My 6x Great Grandfather, Joseph Bostwick was born 19 August 1728 in New Milford, CT. He was the son of Joseph and Rebekah (Wheeler) Bostwick. When his father died in 1756, he must have previously been given a portion of the estate because according to the will Joseph was given 5 shillings and which what he already received was the full portion of the estate.
Joseph was married twice. First on 7 February 1751 to Bette Hurd daughter of John and Susanna (Bostwick) Hurd. They had 4 children: David 1752, Elnathan 1753, Mary 1755 and Zecheriah 1757. His second marriage was to Mary Ann. They had 5 children: Abigail 1763, Ebenezer 1765, Joanna 1767, Elizabeth 1769, Andrew 1772, and Joseph 1774. There are some trees that show he married the sister of Bette but in the will of her father, it clearly states that Bette is his only surviving child and it names grandchildren, David, Elnathan and Elizabeth (must be Mary).
There is no documentation that he was in the Revolutionary War but he was certainly around during the time leading up to and during it. He was active and influential in the community. He was the first ancestor in this line that was enumerated in the US census. He can be found in both the 1790 and 1800 census. There are 2 Joseph Bostwicks in the 1790 census: 1 is the 1st and 1 is the 2nd. It is difficult to figure out which he is but I think he is the 1st. The reason is there was another Joseph Bostwick born in New Milford in 1735 who is younger than my Joseph. The 1st Joseph has 7 people in his household and Joseph 2nd has 5. The 1800 census there are 2 Joseph Bostwick’s but this time one has an E for the middle name which would be the youngest son of the subject of this post. The Joseph that was born in 1735 died in 1800. I need to delve into this further to see if I can figure out who was living in each of these households.
Joseph died 18 November 1808 in Upper Merryall, CT and is buried in the Upper Merryall Cemetery, New Milford, CT. The inventory of his estate was taken on 1 April 1809 and contained the normal inventory of a farmer. There was no will that specifically distributed his estate to his children. His second wife died the year before he did so she didn’t need to be cared for. He is the first Bostwick grave in my line that is identified and the tombstone is still standing. It has the common weeping willow in the urn carved into the stone. It says:
Who departed this life
Nov. 18th AD 1808 in the
82nd Year of his Age.
Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F741-VVR : 3 December 2014), Joseph Bostwick, 19 Aug 1728; citing ; FHL microfilm unknown.
Bostwick, Henry AnthonGenealogy of the Bostwick family in America : the descendants of Arthur Bostwick, of Stratford, Conn. 1901
United States Census, 1790,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHKV-PBM : accessed 5 February 2017), Joseph Bostwick 1st, New Milford, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States; citing p. 236, NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1; FHL microfilm 568,141.
United States Census, 1800,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHR9-5SK : accessed 5 February 2017), Joseph Bostwick, New Milford, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States; citing p. 732, NARA microfilm publication M32, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 2; FHL microfilm 205,619.
Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F7CF-7NG : 3 December 2014), Joseph Bostwick, 18 Nov 1808; citing New Milford, Connecticut, reference ; FHL microfilm 3,092.
Bradbury, Michael, Find A Grave Accessed 5 February 2017.