John West, deceased, was born October 8, 1817, in Owen County, Ky., and was the son of Van and Sarah (Bourn) West, the former of who whom was born February 15, 1788, and the latter was born September 5, 1798. They were married March 23, 1815. He died March 5, 1829, and she died October 8, 1832. The subject of this sketch came to Johnson County at the age of twenty-one, and was married here to Karon H. Hendricks, September 29, 1840. She was born in Franklin Township, this county, and was the daughter of Lewis and Sarah (Lamasters) Hendricks, the former of whom was a second cousin of ex-Vice President Thomas A. Hendricks. After his marriage Mr. West pursued the vocation of a farmer and live-stock dealer, in Franklin Township, until about 1858, when he removed to Pleasant Township. His first marriage resulted in the birth of twelve children: Miner, born June 19, 1842; Sarah C., December 29, 1844; William C., November 1, 1847; Lucretia J., May 7, 1850; Van A., August 6, 1852; Charles J., September 6, 1856; Dora A., March 17 1859; James E., June 18, 1861, deceased; a twin brother of James, who died unnamed; Melvenia, September 1, 1863; Oliver P., April 1, 1866, and a son that died unnamed. Mrs. Karon H. West died August 24, 1868. The history of his marriage to Elizabeth Tilson, appears elsewhere. Mr. West was a member of the Baptist Church, and of the Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges. He died December 2, 1879.

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Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 826.