Obituary -Thomas M West

Nephew of Thomas Renshaw West and Grandson of Thomas West.
Note the last paragraph about the eldest Thomas.   

Thomas M. West was born in Jackson County, Ala., August 19, 1828, and 
is one of thirteen surviving members of a family of sixteen children 
born to the marriage of Jonathan R. West and Nancy McIntire, who were 
also natives of Jackson County, Ala. They came to Arkansas about 1830, 
and here the father was ordained a minister of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, and preached the Gospel throughout Northwest Arkansas and 
Southwest Missouri for forty years. He was presiding elder of the 
Arkansas Conference from 1857 to 1861, and was one of the few 
ministers of his doctrine who adhered to the old church when the 
Southern members withdrew. He was a strong Union man during the war, 
and was so persecuted on account of his belief that in 1863 he was 
compelled to leave home and go to Kansas. He died at the home of his 
son-in-law, Franklin Johnson, at Carthage, Mo., in 1874. His wife was 
a daughter of Rev. John McIntire, of Alabama, and was a noble and 
self-sacrificing mother. She was of a very energetic disposition, and 
for years spun and wove the clothing for her large family of children. 
Her death occurred at the home of her son, Thomas M., in Bourbon 
County, Kas., in 1863. Thomas M. West grew to manhood in Washington 
County, Ark., and, being the eldest son, took charge of his father's 
farm, and consequently received but little education. In 1860 he was 
married to Miss Alpha C. Cook; a native of Sevier County, Tenn., born 
in 1840, and a daughter of Samuel Cook, and in 1862 removed to Bourbon 
County, Kas., where he remained until 1866, when he returned to 
Washington County, and located on the farm where he now lives. He owns 
a good farm of ninety-three acres on Clear Creek bottom, and has a 
comfortable and pleasant home. His family consists of the following 
children: Jonathan C., Samuel C., Lemuel E., Rebecca E., Arthur M. and 
John T. H. Mr. West is a stanch Republican; is a member of Lodge No. 
101, A. F. & A. M., at Cincinnati, Ark., and a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church. His paternal grandfather, Thomas West, was the 
youngest of six sons, and when a young boy was bound out until he was 
twenty-one years old. He then married and located in Jackson County, 
Ala., and in 1830 moved to Washington County, Ark., locating near the 
Indian Territory, on a farm. He reared six sons and two daughters in 
Alabama, and died March 31, 1860, at the advanced age of one hundred 
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