Arthur Bostock/Bostwick : First in America

My 10 x Great Grandfather, Arthur Bostock, born in England and baptized December 22, 1603 in Tarporley, Cheshire County, England. He married Jane Whittel January 8 1628 and had the following children: Mary 1630, Jane 1632, Ellen 1633, Arthur Jr 1636, and John 1638 all in Tarporley.

Tarporley, Cheshire County, England, from Wikipedia


His father in law, Rev Robert Whittle led St Helen’s Parish and was a Puritan. It is thought that after Rev Whittle’s death in 1639, Arthur moved to escape persecution to find religious freedom. He moved during the time of the Great Migration in which Puritans were coming to New England. Considering his youngest son was baptized in 1638 and that Arthur is considered one of the first settlers of Stratford, CT in 1639, he most likely emigrated around this time period.

From History of Stratford p 184

There were only 2 people with him and family historians think that they were his wife and 1 child probably the youngest, John. Below is the layout of the town with the first 17 settlers.

From History of Stratford p 185

It is thought that his wife Jane died before 1643. Between 1643 and 1646 there is an Arthur Bostock found in records in Southampton, NY. Some of the settlers from Stratford were also there so some think this is the same Arthur Bostock. Further, Arthur remarried and his second wife, Ellen Johnson, named in her will a son that lived in New Jersey. It is possible that Arthur married Ellen while he was in the Southampton, NY area and returned to Stratford, CT after October 1646. This is when the last entry into any records in Southampton was found for Arthur. It was a censure of Arthur by the court for challenging a Mr Stanborough to fight. He was ordered to pay 10 schillings.

Between 1658 and his 1674 there were numerous documents regarding Arthur. Interesting, his name evolved to Bostick during this time. Arthur acquired a considerable amount of land as there are 13 entries of new land records for him. Around 1658, he and Ellen split up the estate and they lived separately. In a document in 1674, Arthur signed over his estate to his son John and in the document, John is to provide for Arthur until his death. It is not known exactly when Arthur died but the last document is in 1680. His will also stipulates that his other children should receive 20 pounds each but it does not name each one. His son John received everything else.


Bostwick, Henry Anthon Genealogy of the Bostwick family in America : the descendants of Arthur Bostwick, of Stratford, Conn. 1901

Orcutt, Samuel A History of the Old Town Stratford and the City of Bridgeport Connecticut. 1886

Southampton NY. Records of the town of Southhampton, with other ancient documents of historic value. 1874

4 thoughts on “Arthur Bostock/Bostwick : First in America

  1. I assume the numbers in the last paragraph should be in the 1600s?? How is he related to you? How cool to have a relative who came so early. And I’ve driven past Stratford, CT, many times and also went to the Shakespeare theater there when I was in high school. 🙂


    1. Thank you for catching that. I fixed it. Also, I clarified in the first sentence that he is my 10 x Great Grandfather. I hope to visit the area someday once I have everything organized. I still need to work on the female lines since there will be family to look up in the area also. I should be able to get there since I only live a 3 hour drive away!

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      1. I make those kind of typo mistakes all the time and am always glad when someone tells me so I am glad you didn’t mind. Wow, 10th GGF! That is remarkable!


  2. Arthur’s my 11th great-grandfather. So I suppose that makes us distant cousins of some sort. 🙂

    I’ve just started digging into the Bostwick line. (I’ve spent more time on the Prudden line, which merged with the Bostwicks through Abigail Walker, who married Arthur’s grandson, John.)

    I try to visit Milford (founded by Peter Prudden, a Puritan minister who led his flock there from New Haven) once or twice a year. It’s a gorgeous town right on the water. And it’s not far from Stratford where Arthur and his son were from. It’s a lovely area in general and I hope you get to visit if you haven’t yet.

    It might not be possible to find where Arthur and his son are buried (though not impossible either – I’ve found some in Milford from the 1600s to early 1700s). But Arthur’s grandson (also John) passed in New Milford, a bit northwest of Stratford.

    Here’s his gravestone if you’re interested.

    Perhaps digging into him might help you learn more about his father and grandfather. He has a military history, so sometimes that makes it easier to track info on their lives.

    Good luck learning more!


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