David West (1758 – after 1826)
Part 3: 1818 – after 1826
Land in Batavia Township, Genesee County, NY
U.S. Census of 1820, Elba, Genesee County, New York
On 18 May 1826, David West was disowned from Hartland Monthly Meeting.  This is the last Quaker minute that I could find for him. In 1819, David and Susannah had become members of this Meeting.  By 1826, David was probably a widower. In the same month of 1826, Abraham and his family had moved to Logan (Adrian Township), Michigan Territory.  Benjamin and Levi and their families were living in Norwich, Oxford County, Upper Canada.  I could not find the location of Jacob.
It is possible that David West expressed viewpoints that were not in line with his Meeting’s doctrines. The original minute book would describe the circumstances of the disownment. I only had access to the index from the Friends Historical Library (Swarthmore College). In general, a disowned Friend would not be kicked out of the Meeting forever. A properly written apology and consideration by committee could cancel the action. 
It is likely that David West died before 1830. David West did not appear on the 1830 Federal Census. Tombstones for Susannah and David have not been located. During this era it was unusual for a Friend to be remembered with a tombstone.  Also, Quaker minutes generally did not mention the death of members.
As I worked on this project about David West, I discovered a lot of information about his sons Benjamin, Abraham, Jacob, and Levi. Much of it is online, for free. If you are researching this West branch, check local, State, and Federal records. Check the Canada Archives. Examine Quaker minutes in the United States and Canada. 
References and Additional Notes
West Family DNA group results are at http://web.utk.edu/~corn/westdna/west5.htm.
1. Please refer to Part 2 of this series on David West. It is likely that Jacob West moved from Greene County, NY, to Genesee County, NY.
2. Arthur Garratt Dorland, 1927: A History of the Society of Friends (Quakers) in Canada, The MacMillan Company of Canada Limited, Toronto. “Chapter 3: The American Background of the Quaker Migration to Canada,” p. 42-62.
3. Karen E. Livsey, 1991: Western New York Land Transactions, 1804-1824, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, p. 194. At ancestry.com; accessed Mar 2016. The type of transaction is listed as “O.” This means David and Benjamin were the original owners of this particular property.
4. Livsey, 1991, p. 246. The transaction is listed as “W.” This means that Abraham West was probably assuming a contract from a previous owner.
5. Robert Silsby, 1961: “The Holland Land Company in Western New York,” Adventures in Western New York History, Volume VIII, The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, Buffalo, New York, p. 3.
6. Map of Genesee with Townships in Counties and Inhabitants, 1814. Holland Land Company Maps, Archives of the Holland Land Company, 1789-1869. State University of New York, Fredonia, NY. At nyheritage.nnyln.net; accessed Mar 2016.
7. Livsey, 1991, p. viii.
8. Census of 1820, Elba, Genesee County, New York. Records of the Bureau of the Census, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
9. Hartland Monthly Meeting of Friends: Men’s Minutes 1821-1833, H393, Volume 3.3, p. 18. Swarthmore College, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore, PA. Abraham West of Elba, son of David and Susannah; Anna French, daughter of Elijah and Tabby French, married 20 of 12 m 1822.
10. Hartland Monthly Meeting of Friends (Orthodox), Men’s Minutes 1821-1833, H393, Volume 1.1, p. 129.
11. Farmington Monthly Meeting of Friends (Orthodox), 1803-1997: Men’s and Joint Meetings, F335, Volume 1.3, 1816-1821, p. 94 and 109. Swarthmore College, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore, PA. Susannah and David are mentioned separately in two minutes. Hartland Monthly Meeting was created from a portion of Farmington Monthly Meeting.
12. W.A. Whitney, 1880: Historic and Biographical Record of Lenawee County, Michigan, Volume 1, W. Stearns & Co., Adrian, MI, p. 102. Abraham (“Abram”) West was one of the first settlers of Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan.
13. This is indicated by Benjamin and Levi’s membership transfers to Norwich Monthly Meeting, and various excerpts from the minutes of that Meeting.
14. J. William Frost, 1973: The Quaker Family in Colonial America: A Portrait of the Society of Friends, St. Martin’s Press, NY, p. 55. “The excommunicated could still regard himself as a Quaker. . . If the evildoer repented, he had to make formal acknowledgment, either orally or, more often, in writing, before the Monthly Meeting.”
15. Please refer to Part 2 to read about the changes that were occurring during David West’s years in Canada.
16. Frost, p. 43. Up to the early 1800s, “Friends permitted no marker of any kind on the grave, but since having a tombstone was not a disownable offense, some appeared.”
17. Silsby, p. 6.
18. Livsey, 1991, p. xiv.
19. Karen E. Livsey, 1996: Western New York Land Transactions, 1825-1835, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, p. 73. At ancestry.com; accessed Mar 2016.
20. Livsey, 1996, p. 283.
21. The West sons are mentioned in various Monthly Meeting minutes. Here are some of the Monthly Meetings you should check: Oblong (NY); Nine Partners (NY); any other Meetings in Dutchess County (NY); Farmington (NY); Hartland (NY); Adolphustown (ONT); West Lake (ONT); Norwich (ONT); Adrian (MI); Raisin (MI); and, Red Cedar (IA).
22. Census of 1840, Lenawee County, New York. Records of the Bureau of the Census, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
23. Norwich Monthly Meeting Minutes, found in Canadian Yearly Meeting Archives, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, on ancestry.com. Accessed Apr 2016. The minute is on page 38 and 39 of the file called Cemetery Records, 1847-1930, which is actually a compilation of various documents. Benjamin West had been member of Norwich Monthly Meeting for more than 30 years. This is a transcript of his certificate of transfer:
To the Raisin Monthly Meeting of Friends, Michigan.
Dear Friends. Benjamin West having removed and settled within the compass of your Meeting requests our certificate: this is to certify that he is a member of our religious Society and settled his temporal concerns to satisfaction as far as appears, as such we recommend him to your Christian care and remain your Friends.
24. Michigan State Census Records, 1827-1874. 1845 Census of Michigan, Lenawee County. Originals are archived at the University of Michigan. Images are available at Seeking Michigan, seekingmichigan.org. Accessed Mar 2016.
25. “Business Notes, 1799-1840s.” Part of the collection of E.H. Marion Crock of Bloomfield, Ontario. Archived at Pickering College, Newmarket, Ontario. Information used with permission of Canadian Quaker Archives and Randy Saylor, project coordinator. Image 1-6: 17, 18 transcribed by Doug Smith. In a letter dated 3 Mar 1847, Mary Jennings of Raisin, MI, wrote to Stephen Bowerman: “Levi & Nancy live within one quarter of a mile of us. They and their family are all pretty well.” Mary (Bowerman White) Jennings was the mother-in-law of Levi West.