Need merge of three men named Thomas West

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While cleaning up the profile of Cockacoeske I came across three versions of Thomas, the son of John West and his wife Unity Crowshaw.  They are West-437, West-11055, and West-12706.  There are some discrepancies among the profiles which may be holding up a merge..

The following is from Dorman's "Adventurers of Purse and Person" the definitive reference on those who came to Jamestown 1607-1624 and their first generations of  descendants.  This is the entry for Thomas, son of John and Unity West (Vol. 3, p. 491)

 "Thomas West, (John 2, John 1) born about 1670, served as captain of militia of King William County aand member of the House of Burgesses from that county (1703-05, 170506, owned 1000 acres there, 1704, and rec'd a patent for 1615 acres in St. John's Parish, King William, 23 Dec.1714. He married, by 4 Feb. 1694/5 Agnes ___, administratirix with the will annexed of Hubert Taylor, who gave power of attorney, 20 Aug 1703, to Wiliam Aylett to relinquish her dower in a deed to John Russell, planter.

 Issue: Nathaniel, no issue, Thomas, Francis, and Agnes, left will, now lost, dated 2 July 1727.

Dornan lists all the documents to support the above statements.
WikiTree profile: Thomas West
in Genealogy Help by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (628k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
What does Dorman say about his mother?  Not convinced about Ursula Unity Crawshaw Blackwell.
Dorman says "Col. John West married, by 4 Nov. 1664 Unity Croshaw."  Unity's entry says, "married by 4 Nov., 1664 Col. John West.  The Wests were the residuary legatees of Majr. Joseph Croshaw and eventually came into all the lands.  In 1685 Unity and John "lived asunder,"  She was alive on 30 Oct. 1693 when she relinquished her dower interest in "Poplar Neck."

Issue:  See West .

Which says:

Issue:  John, Thomas, Nathaniel, Anne.  

As noted above, Dorman says Thomas was born about 1770, well after the marriage of Unity and John.  

There is no mention of anyone named "Blackwell" in any of these entries.
Just looked at Dornan again, he says Blackwell married to unnamed daughter of Joseph Croshaw,  not Unity.
Which I think is inferred from Croshaw having Blackwell grandchildren.  Which seems to imply that his daughter married a Blackwell, though you still have to guess which Blackwell.

But if West married Blackwell's widow, she'd have been called Unity Blackwell.  Question is, do we know what she was called at the time, or do we only know that West married Unity and she was Croshaw's daughter.
I think all that’s known for certain is from the deed of gift from Croshaw to his Blackwell grandchildren.  The rest is all assumptions.  Unity and John West ended up with most of Croshaw’s property, so that implies to me that these were not her children since they needed a separate gift.  I haven’t done much research into this family, just what’s in  the standard references (“Adventurers,” “Cavaliers,” “Virginia Immigrants”) and whatever I could find on JSTOR.  This just popped up when I started cleaning up Totopotomoi and Cockacoeske.

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These three Thomas' wives, children, grandchildren, and in-laws appear to need some attention, too, as far as merges go.
by Daniel Ange G2G2 (2.4k points)

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