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Family Anecdotes and Memoirs of His Own Life by Samuel West

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2009.464

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Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a 1836 handwritten copy of the undated memoir  of Rev. Samuel West (1738-1808)  of Massachusetts.  The handwritten copy was prepared by his grandsons Benjamin and Samuel West.

Talks about his family's earliest history in the United States, gives descriptions of historic events  in Massachusetts during the 18th century (Boston Tea Party) and talks of religion and his changing views throughout the years.

Also included is a photocopy of a transcription of an 1886 newspaper article.


  • Creation: 1836, 1886
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1836

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Biographical Information:

Samuel West was born on Martha's Vineyard November 19, (old style) 1738.  He married Priscilla Plimpton of Medfield, Massachusetts, on February 23, 1769.

He received his degree in Divinity and was a "Minister of the Religious Society in Hollis Street" in Boston, Massachusetts when he wrote his memoirs. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: Samuel West


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Electronic Format:

Location of the original unknown.

Related Materials:

Papers of Samuel West are part of the West Family Papers at the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan   

Guide to the Family Anecdotes and Memoirs of His Own Life by Samuel West
Finding Aid Authors: Anne Johnson.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository