The Wests of Central Indiana

This describes the West, Bowman, Kinder, and other families who lived in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Also included: Capron, Crampton, Ferguson, Field, Kelly, McGuire, Sheridan and Tarpey families.

Table of Contents

BulletNEW 2022 Dec 27: Updates, Timeline Index, and pages now feature notes from our genealogical database.
BulletHenry D. West (b. 1799 Kentucky)
BulletAncestors of Harry A. WEST (b.1901)
BulletPictures of West families.
BulletIndex of Names
BulletTimeline Index
BulletSources of information on this web site.
Bullet2001 West Family Reunion
BulletAbout the authors of this web site.


Henry D. West was the first of this family of Wests to arrive in Indiana. He was born in 1799 in Kentucky, and married Lucretia Capron (born in Vermont) on 4 Jan 1838 in Johnson County, IN.

Among Henry's eight children, Crampton R. (Reason) West (born 7 Sep 1840 in Indiana) is best known to us. His seven sons helped spread the West name throughout Indianapolis and beyond.

Two other families featured here married into the West family. William Bowman, born 13 Dec 1813 in Kentucky, had a daughter Nancy Bowman (born in 1852 in Indiana) who married Wesley Kinder (born 8 May 1848 in Lebanon, IN). Their daughter Effie Opal Kinder (b. 11 Nov 1878) married Franklin Crampton West (b. 20 Dec 1868). Wesley Kinder's grandfather, Samuel Kinder, can be traced back to Virginia, having been born there in 1774.

West Family Bible
In 2003 we located pages from a West family bible.
* View West Family History News Issue 1 (PDF format, 1054k)
* View West Family Bible Pages (PDF, 2045k)
* View Ancestry Chart (PDF) of Henry D. West and Lucretia Capron

Contact Information

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Updated 2022 Dec 27