Simper Fi, Colonel Sales. I have researched the West family as it pertains to my own family tree in Vernon Parish. My Great grandfather, James Stuart Johnson, married Lydia Crews West, d/o Madison West and Martha Lucretia Neal, in 1871. Their marriage was recorded in what was then Sabine Parish. They were married at Madison West's home in the Silver Creek Springs area, which is now Vernon Parish. The Neal & Smart families are connected also.
I would be interested in your West research and will gladly share info with you. I also have some connection for Tyler County research. My wife is from Jasper. (Martindale)