John Bostock/Bostick/Bostwick In Stratford, CT

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:

From Genealogy of the Bostwick Family in America p 50

There is an inventory of his horses with detailed descriptions of each. Here is one example:

From the Genealogy of the Bostwick Family in America, p 49

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.

From Genealogy of the Bostwick Family in America p 49

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.

From Genealogy of the Bostwick Family in America p 49


England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000,” database, FamilySearch ( : 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

6 thoughts on “John Bostock/Bostick/Bostwick In Stratford, CT

  1. Hi, cousin. I am also a descendant of Arthur and John, then Robert, Nathaniel, John Holmes, Obadiah, William Edward and Benjamin Edward, Sr. Penny, my wife, and I will have the opportunity to visit Stratford in early April…my first time ever. We renewed our wedding vows a couple years ago at St. Helen’s Church in Tarporley, where they also provided us with records of Arthur and Jane’s wedding, January 1627.
    All the best,
    Robert Stephen (Bob) Bostwick
    Spokane, WA


    1. Hello, It is so nice to hear from a relative! That is so wonderful that you renewed your vows at St Helen’s. I only live a 2 hour drive from Stratford and someday will map out a route to visit the many towns in Connecticut that the ancestors lived. Hope you have a nice trip.


    2. For Robert Stephen Bostwick

      I am researching all of the early inhabitants of Stratford, and cannot locate any on line record of a marriage of Arthur Bostwick and Jane (?) in Tarporley in January 1627. Would you please provide me with a copy of the record the church gave you? Or the last name of the bride?


      Gene Chamberlain (


  2. Hello cousins – I’m a 9th great-granddaughter of Arthur & Jane – thru the Bostwick line to the (Nehemiah) Clarke family – then Mary Almira Clarke marries into the Currie family…..down thru Currie family and Price, Palmer, Hovey, etc families. My grandmother was a Currie. She married James Hoole. The Currie family line goes from William Currie/Margaret Ross in Philadelphia. My line, Ross Currie, fought for the British and evacuated along with N. Clarke family to Nova Scotia (later New Brunswick) in 1783. So that’s the Canadian story. I live in Vancouver, BC.


  3. My line is daughter Eleanor 1633 husband Court JusticeThomas Johnson arrived from York, England family moved on to Essex, New Jersey to Captain Eliphalet Johnson and Deborah Ward to Captain John Johnson and Elizabeth Ogden to Uzel Johnson and Phoebe Wick to William Johnson and Pheby Bonnell family moved on from New Jersey to Shelby, Indiana to Abigail Johnson and husband Thomas Solomon Gadd to Mary Polly Gadd and husband John Thomas Hayes of the old English de la Hay family from Cork, Ireland to Margaret Virginia Hayes and husband Vincent Carpus Bruce, and yes to “the Bruce”. Family had moved to Lynn County, Missouri (Civil War cavalry Yank) to daughter Lulu Mae Bruce and husband Enoch Sparling to my dad Harold and me Harold jr. age 84. Any connections along the way. Give me a hi at


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