William A. and Junius S. Smith papers 1862-1865
Samuel West (1738-1808) was the son of Rev. Thomas West, a clergyman and teacher from Rochester, Massachusetts. Samuel studied divinity at Needham, Massachusetts, and eventually moved to Boston. His brother, Benjamin West (1746-1817), eventually became a lawyer in Charlestown, New Hampshire, where he worked with Simeon Olcott. Samuel had three sons and a daughter, including Samuel, Jr., Nathan Plimpton (d. 1814), Benjamin West (1776-1829), and Priscilla. The younger Benjamin West was a Boston merchant and sugar refiner during the first decades of the 19th century. In 1826, he moved from Boston to Charlestown, New Hampshire, and resided there until his death in 1829.