John Bostwick in New Milford, CT

My 8x Great Grandfather John Bostwick was born May 4, 1667 in Stratford, CT. He was the oldest of 7 children born to John and Mary(Brinsmead) Bostick. John grew up in Stratford and no doubt helped with his father’s farm and went to school and church.
Around 1687 he married Abigail Walker, daughter of Joseph and Abigail (Prudden) Walker of Stratford, CT. They had 11 children: John 1688, Robert 1691, Ebenezer 1693, Joseph 1695, Nathaniel 1699, Lemuel 1704, Sarah 1705, Abigail 1707, Daniel 1708, Mary 1714, and Hannah 1716.

In 1707 the family moved to New Milford, CT. They are the second family to arrive there and their son Daniel was the first person born there. The maps below 1. show the Colony of Connecticut and  2 show a closer section of the area the Bostwicks moved from Stratford (in the bottom) to New Milford (on the top). It is only 37 miles and that is easy for me to say when I can get in a car and get there within an hour. But in 1707, 37 miles with household goods, a family using a horse and wagon and no paved highways would take a bit longer.

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Map from 1758
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Closeup of area. Map from 1758.

According to passages from a book about the history of New Milford, “John was an energetic citizen and bore his full share of work for the new plantation and town.” He was a constable, a collector, part of a committee that hired the school teacher, on the board that decided the wages for the minister, and was frequently elected to the General Assembly. Below is the layout of New Milford with the original families. John Bostwick, Sen is the subject of this post even though he was named after his father. I suppose since this is a new town he was considered senior. Each lot was 21 rods wide by 60 rods long. One acre is 160 square rods so each parcel of land was a little less than 8 acres. John bought this land for 5 pounds on December 2, 1707.

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From History of the Towns of New Milford and Bridgewater, p 21.

It is not known when he died but there is a deed that he signed over to his son Robert in 1747 which would make John 81 years old.

Evolution of the surname. John’s grandfather Arthur had documents with the spelling Bostock and Bostick. John’s father had the same spellings. The deed that was drawn up for John in 1707 had the spelling as Bostick. On a document in 1721 his name is spelled Bostwick and his signature on that document is with a W. Every generation since has spelled the surname Bostwick. See signature below:

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References

“Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F7WY-Y6P : 3 December 2014), John Bostick, 07 May 1667; citing ; FHL microfilm unknown.

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

Orcutt, Samuel  History of the Towns of New Milford and Bridgewater, Connecticut, 1703-1882 published 1882.


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