Francis Wast (Francis
Birth: about 1643 in Lynn,
Death: Jan. 2, 1696 in North
Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island
Francis was the son of Matthew and
Nicoles West. They were both born in England. His parents settled
in Lynn, Massachusetts where Francis was born.
He married Susanna Soule, the daughter
of George Soule of Plymouth Colony. Susannah was probably born
about 1642 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Mass.
Francis had several spellings of
his last name, including both Wast and West.
Feb. 2005: This just in: Here
is an excellent genealogy linking Francis
West to Bezaleel Waste. It goes back in time before Francis with
different ancestors than presented here.
Click on the map above to see original
hi-res version. This map of Plymouth and Duxbury, Massachusetts
was originally published in the 1770's.
Birth: about 1642 in Duxbury,
Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Death: about 1684 in Kings Towne, Rhode Island
Susanna's father was George Soule,
born about 1593 in Eckington, Worchester, England. George arrived
at Plymouth on the Mayflower as an employee of pilgrim Edward
Winslow. Susanna's mother was Mary Becket, born Jan. 17, 1598
or 1599 also in Eckington. George and Mary were married before
1626 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Their children are listed
George was undoubtedly the most famous
father-in-law in our family, as evidenced below.
Massachusetts and George Soule's descendants
Click on the panoramic map above for
a hi-res version that shows several features connected with "George
Soule", a direct descendant of the pilgrim George Soule.
The map was published in 1889, more than two hundred years after
the pilgrim arrived.
Francis and Susanna
relocated to Kingstown, Rhode Island
Francis and Susanna Wast had ten
children. They were all born in North Kingston, Washington County,
Rhode Island. The old name was Kingstown.
North Kingston is on the western
side of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. This map shows the area
many years after the time of Francis Wast. It was published in
Children of Francis
and Susanna Wast
last names were sometimes spelled West)
When Gov. Andros took over the King's
Province in 1687, he levied taxes on the inhabitants of Kingstown,
RI., renamed Rochester. Included in the list were Francis Wast
Sr., Francis Wast, Jr., and Richard Wast. Only Francis Sr., had
a rate, that of 2 shillings 1 pence.
This family name has a variety of
spellings in the public records: Wast, West, Waste, Weast being
common variants. Of the four "West" families in Plymouth
Colony only this family has its surname used in forms other than
West suggesting that the original name, while phonetically similar,
was distinct from West.
There were no rules for the spelling
of English words in the early 17th century, and each writer did
as he or she pleased, phonetically spelling the word as seemed
fit sometimes differently on a single page.
Follow the link above to read some of
the research on Francis West. There were two men with that name
at about the same time and place. It is difficult to be 100%
certain exactly which Francis is being referred to at times.
More information is also available from the research of D. G.
Francis West II, born about 1660
in North Kingston,Washington County, Rhode Island. He married
Sarah (Meakins) Millard on May 12, 1699 in East Greenwich, Kent,
Rhode Island. She was born about 1676 in Hatfield, Hampshire
Co., Mass. and died in North Kingston. Francis died in Sept.,
1724 in North Kingston.
Here is a page about Francis
Richard Waste (Richard Wast), born
about 1664 in North Kingston, Washington Co., Rhode Island. He
married Mary Samson on Oct. 26 , 1693 in Bridgewater, Mass. Later
he married Elizabeth Canedy on Oct. 21, 1706 in Middleboro, Mass.
Richard died Nov. 17, 1727 in Middleboro.
Here is a page about my ancestor
Susanna Wast, born about 1666 in North
Kingston, Rhode Island. She married Moses Barber on March 24,
1691 or 1692 in North Kingston. Their 14 children are listed
here. He died in 1733. Susanna died
about March, 1758 in South Kingston, Rhode Island.
Peter Wast, born about 1668 or 1669
in North Kingston, Rhode Island. His wife's first name was Patience,
last name unknown.
John Wast, born about 1672 in North
Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island. His wife was named Deborah,
last name unknown. She was born about 1675 in North Kingston,
Washington, Rhode Island. John's last name also appears as West.
John died on Nov. 17, 1741.
Martha Wast, born about 1676 in North
Kingston, Rhode Island. She married Thomas Card on March 24,
1692. Later she married James Card on March 4, 1702 or 1703.
He died about 1706. She then married Jeremiah Fones on Nov. 9,
1710 in Jamestown, Newport Co., Rhode Island. He died in 1747
in North Kingston, RI. Martha died on Dec. 2, 1764 in North Kingston,
William Wast, born May 31, 1681 in North
Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island. He married Abiah Sprague
about 1708 in Hingham, Plymouth Co., Mass. She was born about
1708. They had four children. Abiah died before April, 1721.
Later, William married Jane Tanner about 1725. She was born about
1685 in North Kingston, Washington Co., Rhode Island.Together,
they had eight children. More details on all of the children
located here. William died about 1742.
Thomas Wast (Thomas Waste), born
Sept. 18, 1684 in North Kingston, Rhode Island. He was the twin
brother of Clement Wast. Thomas married Dorcas Rathbone on Sept.
20, 1716 in New Shoreham on Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode
Island. She was born July 14, 1695 in North Kingston, Washington,
Rhode Island. They had two sons, both born in New Shoreham, Block
Island, Newport Co., Rhode Island. Their names were Ichabod Wast,
born June 20, 1717 - 1718 and Thomas Wast, born June 26, 1720.
Thomas Wast, senior, died about 1727.
His last name was spelled 3 different ways.
Clement Wast (Clement West), born
Sept. 18, 1684 in North Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island.
He was the twin brother of Thomas Wast. Clement married Sarah
(last name unknown) about 1725 in North Kingston. She was born
about 1688 in of North Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island. Clement
died about 1749.
Here is a page about Clement
Francis and Susannah Wast
lived 10 generations before mine.
Francis Wast died on
January 2, 1696 in North Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island.