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Ursula (Croshaw) West (1636 - aft. 1693)

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Ursula "Unity" West formerly Croshaw
Born in Williamsburg, James City County, VAmap
Wife of — married about in Virginiamap
Died after in New Kent County, VAmap
Croshaw-3 created 2 Jan 2011 | Last modified | Last edit: 19 Aug 2016
19:57: Vicki Norman edited the Biography for Ursula (Croshaw) West. (have added some other information on marriage to Blackwell - many discrepancies on this woman) [Thank Vicki for this]
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Biography

Ursula Croshaw (her name has been found also as Unity.)[1]

[Unity Croshaw] is perhaps most notable as the reportedly shrewish wife of Colonel John West, son of Governor John West, who divorced him for adultery when he left her to live with Cockacoeske who was the queen of the Pamunkey Indians and a cousin of Pocahontas.(According to Wikipedia)

Unity Croshaw was born at Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, James City, Virginia. She was christened in 1636 at West Point, King William County, Virginia, and she married Colonel John West there in 1654.

Unity (Ursula) Croshaw was the daughter of Major Joseph Croshaw, and a granddaughter of Raleigh Croshaw, who came to Virginia in 1608 with the Second Supply[2]


Birth

Birth Abt 1632 Williamsburg, James City County, VA
Also found Birth Place West Point, King William, Virginia

Marriage

Husband: Robert Blackwell
Wife: Ursula Croshaw
Marriage: 1644
Children:

1. Robert Blackwell Jr 1645 York VA – 1718 York VA 1st married Ann Unknown (1642 VA-1676 VA)in 1665 2nd Mary manning (1660 after 1718 VA) in 1676 2. James Blackwell (1647 York VA – 1717 VA 1st Lydia Turner (1650 VA) 3. Joseph Blackwell (1649 York VA before 1688 VA

Robert (ancestry unknown) b. 1610 Eng died 1664 York VA came to Virginia circa 1635; On 1644 in York VA he married Unity Ursula Crosahw 1608 VA after 1657 VA). [3] :Note: This is quite a significant discrepancy in birth dates for Ursula

Husband: John West
Wife: Ursula Croshaw
Marriage 1667

Death

Death 20 APR 1669 New Kent, New Kent, Virginia
Death: Unity died after 30 October 1693, when she relinquished dower in "Poplar Neck".[4]

Sources

Footnotes

  1. Fox, Henry - Descendants by Carl Pentecost
  2. Wikipedia: Unity Croshaw last accessed Aug 19, 2016
  3. Greene, Don. Shawnee Heritage III Lulu.com, Nov 7, 2014 p.70 Book: Robert Blackwell
  4. Wikipedia cites: Dorman, John Frederick, Adventurers of Purse and Person, 4th ed., Vol. 1, p.773.

Acknowledgements

  • Croshaw-34 created through the import of OURcarolyn-ancestors_2013-01-16.ged on Jan 16, 2013 by Lowell Gold. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Lowell and others.




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On 29 Jun 2011 Ted Williams wrote:

Unity Croshaw (ca. 1636 – April 20, 1669, New Kent County, Virginia) was the daughter of Major Joseph Croshaw,

one of the main figures of the early Jamestown Settlement. She was the grandchild of Raleigh Croshaw, one of the founders of Jamestown. She was the daughter-in-law of Colonial Virginia Governor John West of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia (now part of the United States). But she is perhaps most notable as the reportedly shrewish wife of Colonel John West, son of Governor John West, who divorced him for adultery when he left her to live with Cockacoeske who was the queen of the Pamunkey Indians and a cousin of Pocahontas.

Biography

Unity Croshaw was born at Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, James City, Virginia. She was christened in 1636 at West Point, King William County, Virginia, and she married Colonel John West there in 1654. The couple had the following children:

Captain Nathaniel West (b. 1655-1724), he was mentioned in records as a Captain in 1662, a Major in 1667, Lt. Colonel in 1673. He commanded the militia of the county. Nathaniel married his second cousin Martha Woodard. Their son-in-law, William Danridge, was Martha Washington's uncle. Unity (Susannah) West (b. 1657), married George Martin. Anne West (b.1660-1708), married Henry Fox. John West III (b. 1666), married Judith Armistead. Captain Thomas West (b. 1670-1714), married Agnes (?).

Unity died on April 20, 1669 in New Kent County Virginia.



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On 19 Aug 2016 at 23:26 GMT Vicki Norman wrote:

Crenshaw-76 and Croshaw-3 appear to represent the same person because: These are the same people; however, I will post further notes and sources on birth dates. Unity/Ursula was first married to Robert Blackwell and then John West

On 19 Aug 2016 at 13:23 GMT Brent Bowen wrote:

I was looking at Ursula Unity Croshaw's profile and I wondered why her 1st marriage and children are not listed. I'm unfamiliar w/WikiTree and new to genealogy research and some of the verbage. Unity Croshaw is my 8th great grandmother. She married Robert Blackwell (1619-1664) in abt. 1645 and had 2 sons, Robert Blackwell (1646) and James Blackwell (1647). In Joseph Croshaw's will he left land to his "grandchildren, Robert and James Blackwell, when they became of age" and John West was his executor. He also gave land to his daughter, Rachel and her husb. it states, "Joseph Chroshaw, Gent., out of natural affection, gives to Ralph Graves & Rachel, his wife, 1000 acres of land in New Kent, easterly on Capt. West Esqr's land. S. on Coll. William Claiborne's &c. Dated 23 Dec. 1654; ack.:24 Apr. 1656." Source Info. Ancestry.com Virginia Will Records. Original data: Virginia Will Records. I am a direct descendent of Robert Blackwell (1646-1718) and Blackwell surname until 1920's.

I have taken a DNA test (I'm 95% GreatBrit & 5% Trace Region- Ireland & Europe West) and can upload in order to disprove rumor's that Joseph Croshaw's wife and mother of his children was Rachel (Pocahanta's cousin). I read "story" that Unity was caring for a Rachel and it was more than likely her sister, Rachel Graves (1629-1656). I would like the to see the record corrected and the inclusion of Unity's children by Robert Blackwell. John West went to court many times to fight for his stepsons to retain the land and for it to not go to Joseph's last wife and her son. Thank you The sender, Merry Crawford (merrycrawford66@gmail.com), was not logged-in to WikiTree.

On 23 Nov 2014 at 20:05 GMT Michelle McQueen wrote:

Powhatan-34 and Croshaw-3 do not represent the same person because: Ursula was his first wife, cockacoeske was the indian he left her for.



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