Just curious. Are there any eastern shore NC records and Princess Anne Co., VA records that have not been destroyed and have not been microfilmed?
I too have looked through numerous microfilms trying to make a connection of my Joshua to anyone, all with little success. Sure, I've found some probate records, some property transactions, but so far, none that help get me past my brick wall.
Still, there has to be a connection between Joshua and Nathaniel Spence. They both carried on the "Spence" name in one way or another.
Joshua's will states he has three grandsons, William Simmons, Willoughby West, and Malachi West who were cousins, and a grandaughter Sarah. I wonder if either of them are connected to the Nahtaniel Spence line?
In some old research data coducted by my great aunt, she wrote the following: "(North Carolina Historical & Genealogical Register of 1900. Vol I, P. 82.)
"A Thomas West of Perquimans died Apr. 28, 1735. Brothers were Thomas & Joshua. Also Mentioned in will of Wm Long, brother of Samuel & John Wiatt. This places a Joshua West in Perquimans in 1735 (if he was born in 1725 he would have been only 10 years old at the time)."
"(William & Marys Quarterly. Vol I. P. 158.)
Among papers of Sir John Randolph of VA, a letter of pedegrees as follows: Wm, son of Robert and Rosa Rand, died 1670, 88 years. Md. Elizabeth, d. of Thomas Smith. Issue (1) Thomas who md Dorothy d. of Rich Law & widow of Thomas West. (Could this Thomas West be the brother of Joshua Sr. and the same as the one who died in 1735???)"
But 1835 is the year my Joshua was placed in indenture.
I don't know if any of that helps any or not, but it adds one more West (Thomas) to the mix. But, this could be a different Joshua, not directly related to my Joshua.