I‘m looking for information on Robert West, who may have been my 3x great-grandfather. I’ve identified Robert as the father of William West, my great-great-grandfather based on two facts: 1) the Robert West family includes a William W. West in 1850 and 1860 in Polk County, Tennessee, and 2) William himself was enumerated as head of household in Polk County in 1870.
Robert was born about 1800 in South Carolina. Based on census records, he lived in Polk County in 1850, 1860, and 1880. He was married to Anna Mariah (or Marissa) Cook (last name not confirmed). The children that I can identify are Catherine, Elizabeth, Millberry, Nancy, Robert, William, Susanna, and James. He had grandchildren living in his household in 1880: Harriet (listed as a daughter, but probably a granddaughter), Frank, Sallie, and Robert.
The 1880 Census reports his parents as being born in South Carolina.
Any information that would help me confirm Robert as William’s father or further information on the Wests would be most appreciated.