David Bostwick moves to New York

My 5x Great Grandfather, David Bostwick was born 24 April 1752 in Upper Merryall, CT. His parents were Joseph and Bette (Hurd) Bostwick.
In 1775, he married Currence Hard daughter of Abner and Hannah (Beers) Hard. They had 10 children: Amon 1776, Jabez 1778, Betsey 1780, Ezra 1783, David 1785, Currence 1788, Lucy 1790, Abner 1793, Mary 1796 and Abel 1797.

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From Google Maps showing Upper Merryall, CT to Meredith, NY.

So, from my 10x Great Grandfather to my 6x Great Grandfather, this branch of the Bostwick family lived in Connecticut.  They lived in Stratford for 2 generations, then New Milfrod for 1 generation, then Upper Merryall for 2 generations. Now it is time to move. According to a book about the history of Delaware County, NY, David moved to Meredith, NY in 1793 along with 4 other families. Along with the US censuses, A David Bostwick family can be found in Upper Merryall, CT in 1790 and then in 1800 and 1810, he can be found in Meredith, NY. Below is the entry from the 1800 census. Assuming the family didn’t pick up anyone or any of the older children didn’t leave yet, all of the children are accounted for in this census. There are 2 males under 10, 2 males between 10-16 years, 2 males between 16-24 years, 1 male over 45, 1 female under 10, 2 females 10-16, 1 female 16-24, and 1 female over 45.

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1800 US census, Meredith, NY

In 1803, David and his oldest sons, Ammon and Jabez (4x gg) are listed in the NY tax rolls. The first column is the value of real estate, 2nd value of personal property, and 3rd amount taxed.

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1803 NY Tax Rolls

He was a Private in the Revolutionary War and served 1 day, from July 5 1779 to July 6, 1779. He was part of the 3rd Connecticut Regiment, Captain Nichol’s Company. The best that I can figure out is that they marched one day. Most of the men listed have the exact same enlistment and discharge dates. Now it is very important to distinguish this David Bostwick from another one. There is another David Bostwick that lived in the same area of Connecticut that served much longer and there are many pages of service records for him. The David that I am descended from died before the pension records were filled out for the other David who also still lived in Connecticut. There are several family trees that claim the well documented David even though the above evidence shows otherwise.

David Bostwick died 12 June 1818 and is buried in Meredith, NY. I was fortunate to take a day trip out there to visit the site of his grave. It shows his service both with medallions from the DAR and SAR and a plaque at the foot of his tombstone.

Memory of
DAVID BOSTWICK
who departed this life on
12 June 1818 AD in the
67th year of his age

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References

Ancestry.com Connecticut Town and Birth Records, pre 1870 (Barbour Collection) [data base online] Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry Operations Inc 2006

Bostwick, Henry Anthon Genealogy 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-PYR : accessed 7 February 2017), David 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:XHRZ-WCF : accessed 7 February 2017), David Bostwick, Delhi, Delaware, New York, United States; citing p. 1322, NARA microfilm publication M32, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 22; FHL microfilm 193,710.

United States Census, 1810,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH23-WBX : accessed 7 February 2017), David Bostwick, Franklin, Delaware, New York, United States; citing p. 451, NARA microfilm publication M252 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 26; FHL microfilm 181,380.

Ancestry. com. New York Tax Assessment Rolls of Real and Personal Estates 1799-1804 [data base online] Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry Operations Inc 2006

History of Delaware County, N. Y.: With Illustrations, Biographical Sketches WW Munsell and Company 1880. p 249.

Johnston, Henry P., ed.. The Record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service During the War of the Revolution 1775-1783. p 550.

Personal photos of David Bostwick grave. West Meredith Cemetery, Meredith, NY. August 2015.

 


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