Jabez Bostwick Leaves Many Clues

My 4x Great Grandfather, Jabez Bostwick was born 4 July 1778 in New Milford, CT to David and Currence (Hard) Bostwick. David moved the family to Meredith, NY in 1793 being among the first settlers of the area. In the book History of Delaware County, there is a passage that I am certain is about Jabez. He has an older brother by 2 years named Ammon and this is the passage “Ammon Bostwick and his brother used to run over to a friend’s house in Kortwright, eight miles distant, spend an evening and run home at midnight.” This was one of the passages under the title Pioneer Adventures in the book.
On 4 October 1801 in Delhi, NY, Jabez married Freelove Frisbee daughter of Judge Gideon Frisbee and Huldah Kidder. They had 4 children: Marcus 1802, Adeline 1807, Eliza 1818, and Jabez 1821. They opened a store out of their home in Delhi, NY in 1810 and continued in retail until 1816 when they purchased a farm and moved down river to Hamden, NY.

As best as can be extrapolated from the early US censuses, Jabez is on the 1790 and 1800 censuses in his father’s household. In the 1810, 1820, and 1830 censuses everything added up with the ages of everyone expected to be enumerated. The 1840 census is a bit of a head scratcher but I think perhaps his youngest son, Jabez Jr is still living with him but the age is one tic mark off. Jabez Jr married in 1839 but I can’t find him in the census and I know he had a farm in the area. He may have continued living with his dad as there are 2 women in the household in the 25-30 age range, one of them could be his wife. I haven’t figured out the other woman yet. The 1850 census finally names everyone in the house. This one has 2 of his 7 orphaned grandchildren (all but 1 are scattered in other households in the county, the youngest is in PA). He also has a laborer enumerated in his household.

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1850 US Census

Jabez can also be found on the 1850 Agriculture census. He had 250 acres of land 130 of which was improved. The crops grown were rye, oats, Indian corn, Irish potatoes, buckwheat, hay, and an orchard -most likely apples. He also had 2 horses, 9 milch cows, 11 cattle, and 4 swine. He produced 200 pounds of butter. If you would like to see more about his farm and the farms of his sons, Marcus and Jabez Jr, I wrote a post about it here.

Fortunately, I was able to find many, many articles in the newspaper about Jabez. I’ll highlight a few of them and many were similar from year to year since he was in the same organizations. From 1820-1854, he was Treasurer of the Delaware Academy which was founded in 1819 and is now the k-12 public school in the area. In November 1824, he was elected to represent Delaware county as a Member of the Assembly in New York. I found him listed in Wikipedia as a member of the 48th Assembly in New York. Also, he received 2 votes for Governor in that election. In 1828 he was elected to be a Justice of the Peace and was a Judge for the Common Pleas Court. October 1830, he sued Edward B Chace for slander. A special twist to this is that 18 years later, the daughter of Edward Chace (Jane) married the son of Jabez (Jabez Jr) who are the ones I am descended from.

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From Delaware Gazette October 6, 1830, p 2.

In 1832 he was chosen to be a delegate to represent the county at the convention in Herkimer, NY to elect a Presidential candidate. In 1832 he was president of the Temperance Society and was a member for many years. In 1832 he was a member of the County Bible Society and was a member for many years. In 1835 he was elected Superintendent for the Poor and oversaw that department for a year.  He was Chairman of the Democratic Republican party in 1836. He was also a member of the Baptist church.

Jabez Bostwick died June 11, 1856 in Hamden, NY. There is a very long obituary for him and I highlighted it throughout this post but will dedicate one post to transcribing it in the future. He also left a will which I did transcribe in an earlier post and can be seen here. He left most of his estate to his wife but set aside some special pieces for his children. The farm was to be purchased by his oldest son, Marcus and in subsequent censuses his mother is living with him. Jabez also left money for each of his orphaned grandchildren. Jabez is buried in Bostwick Cemetery in Hamden, NY on what looks like where his farm was located. I was there and it is in the front yard of a private residence. It is fenced in and his wife and sons are buried there. Also,  some other people are buried there for a total of 18 people buried in this cemetery. Some day I will research all the names to see how they are related or affiliated with the family.

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Personal photo August 2015

 

References

Bostwick, Henry Anthon Genealogy of the Bostwick family in America : the descendants of Arthur Bostwick, of Stratford, Conn.1901
History of Delaware County, N. Y.: With Illustrations, Biographical Sketches W W Munsell and Co 1880.

United States Census, 1810,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH23-WSG : accessed 13 February 2017), Jabez Bostwick, Delhi, Delaware, New York, United States; citing p. 423, NARA microfilm publication M252 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 26; FHL microfilm 181,380.

United States Census, 1820,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHL8-8GT : accessed 13 February 2017), Jabez Bostwick, Delhi, Delaware, New York, United States; citing p. 52, NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 65; FHL microfilm 193,720.

United States Census, 1830,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH5Q-QVZ : 18 August 2015), Jabez Bostwick, Hamden, Delaware, New York, United States; citing 92, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 89; FHL microfilm 17,149.

United States Census, 1840,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHTQ-PF1 : 24 August 2015), Jabez Bostwick, Hamden, Delaware, New York, United States; citing p. 298, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 274; FHL microfilm 17,183.

United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCY3-9RW : 9 November 2014), Jabez Bostwich, Hamden, Delaware, New York, United States; citing family 2060, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Delaware Gazette (Delhi, NY) 1819-1915 November 24, 1824, p 2. Image provided by New York State Historical Society.

Delaware Gazette (Delhi, NY) 1819-1915 October 6, 1830, p 2. Image provided by New York State Historical Society.

Delaware Gazette (Delhi, NY) 1819-1915 June 13, 1832, p 2. Image provided by New York State Historical Society.

Delaware Gazette (Delhi, NY) 1819-1915 December 12, 1832, p 2. Image provided by New York State Historical Society.

Delaware Gazette (Delhi, NY) 1819-1915 December 2, 1835, p 2. Image provided by New York State Historical Society.

Delaware Gazette (Delhi, NY) 1819-1915 June 29, 1836, p 2. Image provided by New York State Historical Society.

Delaware Gazette (Delhi, NY) 1819-1915 June 18, 1856, p 2. Image provided by New York State Historical Society.

Ancestry. com New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999 [data base online] Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry Operations Inc. Accessed February 6, 2017.

 

 


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