When she was 24 Helen married fisherman John West on July 10th 1847 in Ferryden and they lived their lives there living the traditional way of a Ferryden fishing family. They seemed to move around a bit within the village: Rossie Terrace, Beacon Terrace, King Street.
Helen and John had five children.
Helen died of old age on November 26th 1898 in Brechin - at the home of her daughter Robina. She was 75.