Hi, I'm having trouble identifying a William West, who apparently died in Bartholomew County, Indiana in the 1850s.
He has a memorial page on Find-A-Grave. He clearly died in Bartholomew County, Indiana and, based on the gravesite plaque, served in the War of 1812. The FAG page indicates that he was born in 1773 and died in Bartholomew County either in 1852 or 1857. (It includes both dates, but no source or rationale for either.) But there are a number of problems with this memorial: First, there apparently is no actual headstone that includes a birth or death date. Second, it indicates that he was born in Ohio (in 1773!, long before "Ohio" existed), which is clearly wrong.
I have additional, unsourced information which indicates that William married a Sarah Powell on 16 March 1812 in Harrison County, (West) Virginia, no known children; and a Sarah Hardin or Harden, marriage date unknown, supposedly in Ohio.
I also believe that William had (at least) 3 children:
* (Ellen?) Martha West, b. 1808, Tuscawaras County, Ohio;
* (E)Squire West, b. 5 Jul 1809, Highland County, Ohio; and
* Lavinna Anna West, b. 5 Apr 1830, Ohio.
William and his children apparently all relocated to southern Indiana at some point. Martha married (and divorced) a Leonard C. Walters, then married a William McGaffick; Squire married a Hannah Lorena Mathis and had 12 children. I have no marriage information on Lavinna.
A William West living in Bartholomew County, Indiana does not show up in the 1850 US Census. There is a William West, b. 1772 in VA, that is living with a Maria West in Hendricks County, Indiana in that census. But my records don't show a wife named Maria for William. More significant, it's not obvious to me why someone living in Hendricks County, IN would be buried in Bartholomew County, IN. (There is a Wikitree profile for this "Virginia" William West, West-5629, and I am clear that this is not my William.)
There are about a half-dozen "William West"s on Wikitree that appear to have been born in the 1770s, but the death information provided does not align with my William. So I can't match my William to any of these profiles. Even so, I am loath to add to the problem by creating a new record for my William, with nothing more than a clearly erroneous FAG memorial page as my only source.
Any suggestions on finding and confirming my William West? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.