George Soule Seventh Generation – Adelia C. West Kenyon

Continuing with the Seventh Generation from Pilgrim George Soule is Adelia C. West Kenyon.  Adelia was born 23 Jan 1814 in Grafton, Rensselaer County, New York, the first child of Joseph West and Mary Ann Brock. Adelia married Thomas Armsbury Kenyon who was born 13 April 1813 in Petersburg, Rensselaer County, New York. Thomas Kenyon was the son of Potter Kenyon and Martha Armsbury.

Thomas and Adelia Kenyon moved to Albion, Dane County, Wisconsin about 1850. Thomas died 01 December 1859 in Albion, Dane County, Wisconsin.


Children of Thomas Kenyon and Adelia C. West Kenyon:

1.  Mary Salina Kenyon b. 07 February 1840 in Petersburg, Renesselaer County, New York

2. Joseph P. Kenyon born 1846, Petersburg, Renesselaer County, New York.

Adelia C. West Kenyon died 19 April 1894 at her home in Albion, Wisconsin.


The Sabath Recorder Vol 50 No. 17, p 272, 1894:

At her home in Albion, Wisconsin, April 19, 1894 Mrs. Adelia C. Kenyon. Sister Kenyon was the daughter of Joseph and Mary West, she was born at Grafton, NY, Jan. 1814. In early life moved with her parents to Verona. She received her education in DeRuyter. Was for several years a member of Edd. Alexander Campbell’s family. During this time she was converted and united with the Pawcatuk Church.

She moved with her family to Wisconsin, probably in the year 1850. On October 9, 1859, she and her husband were received into membership with the Albion Church. Sister Kenyon has been a widow since 1859. Her interest in the church and its work was continuous to the last. She died at her home, April 9, 1894. A quiet burial was had from the home, April11, with no sermon, by request of the departed.


  1. Title: FamilySearch, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Url:
  2. Title: Evergreen Cemetery, Albion, Wisconsin
    Author: Bernie Farmer
    Publication: Rock County Genealogical Society, Inc., 1988
    Page: 6
  3. Title: Find A Grave, Url:
    Page: 81225608





George Soule Sixth Generation – Joseph West

The Mayflower Society publications – Mayflower Families Through Five Generations pretty much stops at the fifth generation for George Soule. There are members of Soule Kindred working on additions to the ‘Fifth Generation’ and have three volumes in the ‘Sixth Generation working project’ however they haven’t worked their way to the children of Benjamin West and Elizabeth Smith yet.

Based on the research I have done using many different resources including “They came to Milton” on Rootsweb by Jon Saunders who has transcribed the records of the Seventh Day Baptist Church , I will continue the generations.

Joseph West – born 26 June 1790, 1793 or 1794 (depending which resource you use) in Grafton, Rensselaer County, New York. Joseph died 11 March 1832 in Verona, Oneida County, New York. The grave marker is inscribed 41 yr 8 mo 15 d. so I need to work on the dates to find the correct birth and death.


Joseph West married Mary Ann Brock ca. 1812 in Grafton, Rensselaer County, New York. Mary Ann Brock was born 21 April 1789 in Verona, Oneida County, New York and she died 20 Feb 1865 in Verona, Oneida County, New York.


Another reference to Joseph West is made by his son Joseph West in a family sketches project shown below:

Oneida County, New York Biographies
Wager, Daniel. Our County and Its People, Part III: Family Sketches.
Boston: The Boston History Company, 1896.
Family Sketches page 141

WEST, JOSEPH, was born on this homestead, October 19, 1817. He was educated in the district schools, and was afterward engaged in farming. January 1, 1843, he married Mary Ann Jackson, of this town. Mr. West’s father, Joseph West, was born in Grafton, Rensselaer County, N.Y., June 26, 1790, and came to this county when a young man. He returned to his native county after a period of about three years, and November 12, 1811, married Mary Brock, of his native place, by whom he had nine children: Adelia C., Emily, Joseph, as above, Julia, Benjamin, Arminta, Francis, Olive, and Elizabeth. He died March 11, 1832, and his wife February 20, 1865. Mrs. West’s father, Alanson Jackson, was born in Connecticut about 1792. He married Marilla Warner and came to the town of Verona in 1818. They had four children: Noble, Amos, Mary Ann and Julia. He died in 1838 and his wife in 1880. Mr. and Mrs. West are members of the Seven Day Baptist church, of which he has been deacon for thirty years. The ancestry of the family is New England stock, of Welsh, Scotch and Irish origin. (p. 141-142)

Children of Joseph West and Mary Ann Brock:

1. Adelia C. WEST b: 23 JAN 1814 in Grafton, Rensselaer Co., New York
2. Joseph WEST b: 19 OCT 1817
3. Julia WEST b: 12 OCT 1819
4. Benjamin WEST b: 15 NOV 1820
5. Eraminta WEST b: 11 JUN 1822
6. Frances WEST b: 22 APR 1824
7. Emily WEST b: 29 FEB 1816 in Grafton, Rensselaer Co., New York
8. Olive WEST b: 23 FEB 1826
9. Elizabeth WEST b: 21 JUL 1828 in New York

Title: The Maxson Family, Descendants of John Maxson and wife Mary Mosher of Westerly, Rhode Island
Author: Walter LeRoy Brown
Publication: Eddy Printing Co., Albion, N. Y, 1954
Page: 69
Title: Find A Grave, Url:
Page: 22471418
Title: Oneida County GenWeb, Url:

George Soule Fifth Generation – Benjamin West (Jr.)

Continued from Mayfower Families Through Five Generations – Descendants Of The Pilgrims Who Landed At Plymouth, Mass. December 1620; Volume Three

741 Benjamin West (Benjamin West, William West, Susannah Soule, George), b. Hopkinton RI, 30 Nov. 1761; died Verona, formerly Grafton, NY, July 1853 aged 91 years.

Benjamin West
B. Hopkinton, RI 30 Nov 1761
D. Verona, formerly Grafton NY
July 1853 aged 91 years

He m. 4 Feb 1782 ELIZABETH DAVIS, dau. of John and Bethiah (Rogers) Davis, b. 15 March 1755; died Verona NY, 29 Nov. 1827.

Elizabeth Davis West
B.15 March 1755; D. Verona NY 29 Nov. 1827

He with his brothers Rusemire and Thomas were original landholders of the Roxborough section of the Rensselaerwyck Manor as of 1791. He and his brother Thomas were residents of Oneida CO. NY when they executed a deed in Rensselear Co.25 Jan 1822. There is no probate in Rensselaer Co. NY.

Children (WEST)b. Grafton NY:

i. Benjamin, b. 15 June 1783,
ii. Elizabeth, b. 15 Sept. 1788
iii. JOSEPH, b. 26 June 1794
iv. John, b. 6 June 1796; d. 1805
v. Olive, b. 30 July 1801; d. 1804
vi. Isaac, b. 29 Nov 1806

Obituary for Benjamin West
From the “Sabbath Recorder.” Vol 10, No. 3, p. 11, June 30, 1853

In Verona, N.Y., May 11th, Benjamin West, aged 91 years. Brother West was a member of the 2nd Seventh-day Baptist Church in Petersburg,, but he observed the Sabbath of the Lord. When re removed to Verona, he united with the Seventh-day Baptist Church, of which he remained a worthy member until removed by death to join the church above.

References: Rogers Davis Fam Bible (sheets); JOHN DAVIS GEN, p. 111; SDB Record 8:32, p. 127; MAXSON FAM, p. 15; Rensselaer CO. LR 25:72 (Benjamin West).

George Soule Third Generation – William West

Continued from Mayflower Families Through Five Generations – Descendants Of The Pilgrims Who Landed At Plymouth, Mass. December 1620; Volume Three

36 WILLIAM WEST (Susanna Soule, George ), b. No. Kingstown RI 31 May 1681.

He m. (1) ABIAH SPRAGUE, dau. of William and Deborah (Lane) Sprague, b. Hingham, 27 Jan, 1688/9, died before April 1721. Her father’s will dated 7 April 1721, probated in Providence RI, 11 Nov. 1723 named Deborah, John, William and Abiah West as his grandchildren.

He m. (2) place unknown bef. 1725 JANE TANNER, dau. of Francis and unk (Babcock) Tanner. On 27 July 1741 the Charlestown RI Town Council ordered “William West, wife and children” be transported to No. Kingstown. William and some of his family were in W. Greenwich as guests of Benjamin Tanner by July 1742 when the Town Council asked Benjamin Tanner for an explanation. There are no Probate records.

Children (West) first four by Abiah Sprague; five through eleven by Jane Tanner.

i Deborah, b. ca. 1710; n.f.r.
178 ii John, b. ca. 1712
179 iii William, b. ca. 1715
iv Abiah, b. bef 1721; n.f.r.
180 v Joseph, b. ca. 1724
181 vi Benjamin, b. ca 1730
182 vii Thomas, b. ca 1732
183 viii Francis, b. ca Aug 1735
184 ix Ebenezer, b. prob. bef 1739
185 x Jane
186 xi Susanna

References: MD 26:10ff; FAM OF PILGRIMS; Providence RI PR 2:158 (William Sprague); No. Kingstown RI LR (William West); Charlestown RI Town Rec Bk 1738; np (William West), SOULE NEWSLETTER 8 12304; SPRAGUE GEN. VR RI; HOPKINTON, NEWPORT.

George Soule Second Generation – Susanna Soule West

Continued from Mayfower Families Through Five Generations – Descendants Of The Pilgrims Who Landed At Plymouth, Mass. December 1620; Volume Three

5. SUSANNA SOULE born probably in Duxbury pos. ca. 1642; died probably Kings Towne, Rhode Island on or after 1684.

She married place and date unknown FRANCIS WAST/WEST and resided with him in that part of Kings Towne Rhode Island which became North Kingstown in 1722/3. We have been unable to find place or date of birth, date of death or parentage for Francis.

When Gov. Andros took over the King’s Province in 1687, he levied taxes on the inhabitants of Kingstown RI – renamed Rochester. Included in the list were Francis Wast senior, Francis Wast junior, and Richard Wast. Only Francis senior had a rate, that of 2 shillings 1 pence. The children of this family have been difficult to trace. Francis, Susannah, and Martha remained in the Kingstown RI area; William removed to Newport RI, probably after the death of his first wife; Clement moved to Charlestown RI, and then disappears from RI records, perhaps moving to Dutchess County NY; Richard returned to Plymouth and Bristol County, living in Middleboro and Taunton. We have not found Peter, John nor Thomas. This family name has a variety of spellings in the public records: WAST, WEST, WASTE, WEAST being common variants. Of the four “WEST” families in Plymouth Colony only this family has its surname used in forms other than W E S T suggesting that the original name, while phonetically similar, was distinct from West. Some of Susanna’s children are identified in the Samuel West Memorandum Book published in the Mayflower Descendant.

Children (WEST) b. in that part of Kings Towne which became No. Kingstown RI.

32 i. Francis, b. ca 1660
33 ii. Richard, b. ca. 1661-4
34 iii. Susanna, b. ca 1666
iv. Peter, B. ca 1668/9; n.f.r.
v. John, B. ca 1672; n.f.r.
35 vi. Martha, b. ca 1675
36 vii. William, b. 31 May 1681
37 viii. Thomas, b. 18 Sept. 1684, twin
38 ix. Clement, b. 18 Sept. 1684, twin

References: MD 26:10ff; NEHGR 35;12406, 181-185; FAM OF PILGIMS, pp. 138ff; VR RI; No. Kingston RI BK 1:30.

Our Pilgrim Ancestor George Soule

It’s Thanksgiving time and as you share your blessings with your family and friends this year here is some new information about our family heritage.

For several years I have researched our early ancestors migration from England to America. Ancestors from the Bernard Hancock family line include the Thomas Brigham family who came to America in 1634 and settled in Marlboro and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Robert Goodell family came to America in 1634 and settled in Salem, Massachusetts.

On Mary Frances Foreman (Hancock) side of the family George Squires marriage records indicate George was married in Concord, Connecticut in 1639 and he died in 1691 in Fairfield, Connecticut. Daniel Scofield, son of Sir Cuthburt Scofield came to Connecticut in 1639 and paid 25 pounds sterling for ten acres as a founder of Stamford, Connecticut.

But the most exciting discovery I have made in the last few months is that of George Soule, a signer of the Mayflower compact. His descendents are part of the Mary Frances Foreman (Hancock) line through her grandmother Mary Salina Kenyon Squires.

Mary Salina Kenyon Squires

Here is the story as published in the Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, ‘Descendants Of The Pilgrims Who Landed At Plymouth, Mass. December 1620’ published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1980.

George Soule, born in England probably between 1593 and 1600, died in Duxbury before 22 Jan 1679 (O>S>) when his inventory was taken by Edward Southworth and Thomas Delano. The tentative dates for his birth are based on his signing of the Mayflower Compact in 1620 and his death in 1679. As a signer of the Compact he must have been twenty, the known age of Gilbert Winslow. Since a life span of eighty-five was rare in those days he was born probably not much earlier than 1593.

The wife whom he married probably in Plymouth before 1626 was Mary Bucket (Becket) who arrived in Plymouth before 31 July 1623 aboard the Anne. She died in Duxbury in December 1676. She has not been identified.

Probably no other of the Pilgrim band has been so exhaustively researched as George Soule. Charles Edward Banks, himself a descendant of the Pilgrim, spent years attempting to determine the antecedents of his ancestor. Roland Soule tells us that “after studying all available American records he made a ‘long sojourn’ in England in 1922 and 1923 in an effort to determine the Soule parentage”. In the chapter written by Banks for Gideon G.T. Ridlon’s “Sole, Solly, Soule, Sowlee and Soulis”, Banks had cited as the father of George Soule, Robert Soule of Eckingham whom, he reported, had three sons Thomas, Robert and George named in his will of 1612. Banks’ conclusion was that George the youngest son, ‘answers best of all the candidates the demands of identification in point of time, locality and relationship to the Sole family which had contact with Governor Winslow in London and Worcestershire”. However, later in the same chapter he stated that the parish records prior to 1612 had been lost but that “an examination of the years remaining show that a George Soule married in 1631 and that a Nathaniel Soule, presumably his son, was baptized three years later”. This then disposed of George, son of Robert, since he could not have been the Pilgrim.

In recent years extensive searches have been made in English parish records but despite all these investigations the parentage and a birthplace of George Soule are still undiscovered. A most interesting and thought provoking article by Roland P. Soule on a possible father for George Soule appeared in the Soule Kindred Newsletter for October 1978. The search still goes on.

George Soule joined, probably in London, a company of adventurers off to the New World. His status is clearly established as a “servant” to relatively wealthy Pilgrim Edward Winslow, also as a signer of the famed Mayflower Compact of 11 Nov 1620, O.S. It appears logical, therefore, to assume that Winslow bore the cost of his passage to Plymouth aboard the Mayflower. The original New Plimoth Colony Records, William Bradford’s “Of Plimoth Plantation, 1620-1647”, Plymouth Registry of Deeds and Probates, Bristol County Registry of Deeds, Plymouth Town Records, Duxbury Town Records and other authoritative sources provide sufficient evidence upon which to base a comprehensive sketch of George Soule’s life in New England. Unlike some of his colleagues, he never returned to his homeland. However, suffice to say that he became a relatively well-to-do leader, business man and office holder in Plymouth Colony. As early as July 1627 George Soule was one of a group of fifty-eight “Purchase or Old Comers” who assumed Plymouth Colony’s debt to “The Adventurers”, the promoters and capitalists who financed the voyage of the Mayflower and other early ventures and expenses of the colony. In return the group received profitable trading concessions in Maine, at Cape Ann, on Buzzard’s Bay and subsequently on the Connecticut River. The General Court voted 5 March 1639/40 to pay these “Purchasers or Old Comers” for the surrender of their patent. Existing land records show tha he acquired extensive holdings in Duxbury, Dartmouth, Middleboro, Marshfield and Bridgewater but resided only in Plymouth and Duxbury or “Ducksburrow” as it was called originally.

On 27 Sept 1642 he appeared before the General Court as one of two “Deputies” or representatives from Duxbury, Plymouth Colony having established representative government in 1639 after finding it no longer practicable to have all the colonists participate as individuals. The representatives were limited to terms of one year and denied the right of succession so we find George Soule serving each alternate year for many years, with increasing assignments such as forming a committee 26 Oct 1646 with Anthony Thatcher “to draw up an order concerning disorderly drinking of tobacco”.

Early in 1637 the Pequot Indians “fell openly upon the English at Connecticut”. In response to a plea for assistance, the Plymouth General Court agreed forthwith to send fifty men. George Soule volunteered for this service 7 June 1637 as one of 42 men under Lieutenant William Holmes and Reverend Thomas Prence as chaplain “but when they were ready to march . . . they had word to stay; for the enemy was as good as vanquished and there would be no need.” The Society of Colonial Wars recognizes the eligibility for membership of any descendant of George Soule by reason of this “service” which, strictly speaking, was not actually performed. An eye witness also has identified one “George Soute, Sr.” as having occupied the fort at Middleboro for six weeks in 1675 during King Philip’s War. Admitting that Pilgrim George Soule was an original proprietor of Middleboro, the disposal of his property there in 1668 and his advancing age, lend credibility to a theory that the member of the fort party was actually the Pilgrim’s son George Soule (1639-1704)

Children of GEORGE SOULE and MARY BECKETT are:
i. ZACHARIAH3 SOULE, b. 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; d. Bef. Dec 11, 1663, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; m. MARGARET FORD, Nov 22, 1646, Plymouth; d. Aft. Mar 1664.
He died during the 1663 Canadian Expedition and his estate went to his brother John.
2. ii. JOHN SOULE, b. 1632, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; d. 1707, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA.
3. iii. NATHANIEL SOULE, b. 1637, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; d. Oct 12, 1699, Dartmouth, Bristol, MA.
4. iv. GEORGE SOULE, JR., b. 1639, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; d. May 12, 1704, Dartmouth, Bristol, MA.
5. v. SUSANNAH SOULE, b. Apr 25, 1642, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; d. Jan 2, 1684, North Kingstown, Washington, RI.
6. vi. MARY SOULE, b. May 1644, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; d. 1720, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA.
7. vii. ELIZABETH SOULE, b. 1645, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; d. 1700, Woodbridge, Middlesex, NJ.
8. viii. PATIENCE SOULE, b. 1648, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; d. Mar 11, 1706, Middleboro, Plymouth, MA.
ix. BENJAMIN SOULE, b. 1651, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; d. Mar 26, 1676, Pawtucket, Providence, RI.
Killed in action by Indians before Pawtucket, RI, on March 26, 1676 during King Philip’s War. Nothing has been found to suggest that he married or ever sired any children.

The second generation of our descendants comes from George’s daughter Susannah Soule who married Francis West.

The line continues with their son William West, his son Benjamin West, his son Benjamin West, his son Joseph West, his daughter Adelia C. West who married Thomas Kenyon their daughter Mary Salina Kenyon who married Edwin R. Squires, their daughter Grace Irene Squires who married Robert Sidney Foreman, their daughter Mary Frances Foreman who married Bernard Hancock, their children, 1)Grace Evelyn 2)Pearl 3)Charlotte 4)Charlene 5)Dorothy 6)Shirley and 7)Robert Hancock.