My great-great grandparents on my great-grandfather’s side of the family were William Jessie West and Martha Jane Mullis. William was born in 1867 and died in 1967. Martha was born in 1868 and died in 1926. They had one daughter, Cora, and an adopted son, William Roy (Mullis) West, who was my great-grandfather.


My great-great grandparents on my great-grandmother’s side of the family were Adolphus Forester, born April 4, 1868, who married Exir Emma Mosely, born on March 3, 1880, on September 16, 1894.


Adolphus was a son of Edward Forester and Elizabeth Saterwhite Forester.


Exir was a daughter of E. Crawford Mosely and Priscilla Parrish Mosely. They had three sons and five daughters of which one was my great-grandmother, Laura Mae.


Adolphus and Exir lived and died at Rising Fawn, GA. Adolphus died of Bright’s Disease on November 19, 1939 and Exir died of a heart attack on September 9, 1947. They are both buried at the Miller Cemetery.


William Roy (Mullis) West, born August 25, 1903, married Laura Mae Forester, born April 15, 1905, on September 18, 1921. They had two daughters (one is deceased) and seven sons (three deceased) of which one was my grandfather, James Melvin West, known as Jim.


Roy died of a heart attack on June 16, 1963 and Mae who had arthritis, died of a heart attack on July 30, 1979. They are buried at Hamilton Memorial in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN.


James Melvin West, born on August 24, 1928, married Frances Irene Welch, born December 14, 1928, on August 24, 1949. Jim served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. They had three daughters, Martha Ann, born February 15, 1951, Saundra Jean, born June 18, 1952 (my mother) and Mary Catherine, born August 22, 1953.


Jim died on November 13, 1988 and is also buried at Hamilton Memorial.


Saundra Jean West married Jerry Lewis Poe on August 3, 1973. They were divorced in October of 1982. They had one daughter, Robin Jean, born on July 27, 1978. Jerry’s parents are Joseph Floyd Poe and Johnny McDonald. (Submitted by Robin Poe, Trenton, Georgia.)

  1. Elicia J. McCurdy Easton

    I am the granddaughter of Cora Mae West McCurdy. Cora had two children, Martha and Charles. Charles passed but Martha is still living and has been working on our geneology. I would appreciate any other info you have on that branch of the Wests. I knew we were related in some way to the Mullis but had no idea that she was my great grandmother.

  2. Larry G West

    I think you Mistaken on the year of Jim”s Death. My Father Jesse Died December 1 1993. I know he died before Jim

  3. verenicehawkins

    Jim’s daughter wrote an article for the book about his music and says James Melvin West born 1928 died 1988

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