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.
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.
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.
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