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

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Ursula "Unity" West formerly Croshaw aka Blackwell
Born in Williamsburg, James City County, VAmap
Wife of — married in York, Virginia, United Statesmap
Wife of — married about in Virginiamap
Died after in New Kent County, VAmap
Croshaw-3 created 2 Jan 2011 | Last modified
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A note: I have in my records that the last name is "Croshaw". Thought that might help.

Note: various birth dates and death dates are reported for this woman. However, all seem to agree she was first married to Robert Blackwell and later John West[1]

Ursula Unity (Croshaw) Crenshaw (daughter of Joseph Croshaw and Mary Bromfield) was born 1626 in Brewton Parish, York, Virginia[2], and died Aft. October 1693 in York, Virginia. Her name has been found also as Unity.[3] She married first Robert Blackwell on Bet. 1645 - 1646 in Virginia, son of Robert Blackwell. She married second, Colonel John West in 1654.

Notes for Ursula Unity (Croshaw) Crenshaw:

Robert Blackwell's wife is reported variously as Daughter #3 or Daughter #4 of Joseph Croshaw. Emily Calloway Stillman's research is heavily documented and she identifies the Croshaw daughter that married Robert Blackwell as a daughter by his first wife but does not name her.[4]

The following is from "The Blackwells of Blackwell's Neck" by June Banks Evans: The marriage of a Croshaw daughter to Robert Blackwell has been questioned. However, the Blackwell land was located next to some of the New Kent County land of John West, who owned the large tract in the fork between the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers at the head of the York River - the West Plantation. (PB3:93, 291). West's son John, who was eighteen years old when his father died in 1659, later married Unity Croshaw, daughter of Major Croshaw of York County (Harris, Old New Kent County:567) It is not unreasonable to suggest that John West married the widow of Robert Blackwell (who died before November 1664) and became guardian for her young children, which would account for the deed of gift to Croshaw's Blackwell grandsons. After the death of Croshaw, his daughter Unity and her husband John West eventually held title to all of his estate lands."

Emily Calloway Stillman makes a valid observation that Unity would have been listed as Unity Blackwell at the time that she married John West had she previously been married to Robert Blackwell.

More About Ursula Unity (Croshaw) Crenshaw and Robert Blackwell: Marriage: Bet. 1645 - 1646, Virginia. Children of Ursula Unity (Croshaw) Crenshaw and Robert Blackwell are:

  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, b. 1647, St. Peter's Parish, York, New Kent, Virginia, d. September 19, 1717, Lunenburg, Virginia, married 1st Lydia Turner (1650 VA)
  3. Joseph Blackwell (1649 York VA before 1688 VA

[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)

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). [5]


Unity died after 30 October 1693, when she relinquished dower in "Poplar Neck".[6]


  1. Entered by Vicki Norman Aug 19, 2016
  2. Dawn Barnard Eskins,, GEDCOM: Pilgrims and Bootleggers, "Electronic."
  3. Fox, Henry - Descendants by Carl Pentecost
  4. Blackwell - Mondt Ancestry: Information on Ursula Blackwell
  5. Greene, Don. Shawnee Heritage III, Nov 7, 2014 p.70 Book: Robert Blackwell
  6. Wikipedia cites: Dorman, John Frederick, Adventurers of Purse and Person, 4th ed., Vol. 1, p.773.

See also:

  • Second Supply, Jamestown Rediscovery.
  • Author: Carl Pentecost - e-mail: {} Title: FOX, Henry - Descendants by Carl Pentecost Publication: Name: - first downloaded 22 Dec 2003;
  • Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees
  • American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Author: Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999.Original data - Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library.Original data: Godfrey Memorial Library. American Gen Note: APID: 1,3599::0
  • Edmund West, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Note: APID: 1,5769::0
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Author: Yates Publishing Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was deriv Note: APID: 1,7836::0


Thank you to Lowell Gold for creating Croshaw-34 through the import of OURcarolyn-ancestors_2013-01-16.ged on Jan 16, 2013.

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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.


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 4 Nov 2016 at 18:42 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Crowshaw-9 and Croshaw-3 appear to represent the same person because: same/similar dates, same marriage

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. 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 (, 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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