My 9 x Great Grandfather, John Bostick was born in Tarporley, Cheshire County, England and was baptized on October 18, 1638 in St Helen’s Church. He is the youngest of 5 children. His parents, Arthur Bostock and Jane Whittel, immigrated to Stratford, CT around 1639 and it is thought that only John was brought here at the same time as only 3 people were listed in the household that year.
John married Mary Brinsmead around 1665. Mary born in 1640 in Charlestown, MA, is the daughter of John and Mary(Carter) Brinsmead. They had 7 children: John 1667, Zachariah 1669, Joseph 1672, Mary 1674, Elizabeth 1677, Jane 1680, and Benjamin 1683.
They lived in Stratford, CT and seems that they farmed. John acquired his father’s estate in 1674. He added on to it in subsequent years. The inventory of his land:
There is an inventory of his horses with detailed descriptions of each. Here is one example:
In the inventory of his estate there were many farm animals. A few other things include: a plow, hoes and sickle, sheep sheers and spinning wheel, butter churn and cheese press, 2 pork barrels, and something that I haven’t yet figured out – a whalebone that was worth 10 schillings.
John died December 11, 1688 and something I found interesting is the court record involving Mary which shows that we were still under British rule. King James II was ruling at the time.
The household inventory is long but at the top of the list was a “divers sorts of books”. This indicates to me that they had a lot of books and I would love to know what the family read.
Finally, I found his signature from a document dated 12 November 1682.
England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQDC-XDQ : 24 December 2014), John Bostocke, 18 Oct 1638, Christening; citing it 10 p 86, , Tarporley, Cheshire, England, Record Office, Chester; FHL microfilm 2,106,812.
Bostwick, Henry Anthon. Genealogy of the Bostwick family in America : the descendants of Arthur Bostwick, of Stratford, Conn. 1901