This is the first of the series of posts researching the women who married into my ancestral line of the Bostwick family. Jane Whittell married Arthur Bostocke in Tarporley, Cheshire, England on 8 January 1627. The ceremony took place in St Helen’s Church where it is said her uncle, Robert Whittell was the Reverend and a Puritan. I have seen some family historians say that this is her father. Others say that William Whittell is her father. William died in 1625 and it is thought that Jane moved to Tarporley where Robert lived after William’s death who lived in Chester. The distance from Chester to Tarporley is only 16 miles and the distance between the 2 churches is 10 miles.
I have found a reference that a Jane Whittell was baptized in Chester, Cheshire, England on 11 April 1602 and her father is William. This took place at St John the Baptist church. Thus far, I have not found a Jane associated with a father named Robert.
William married Margaret Barnes on 1 December 1594 in Chester, Cheshire, England, but I have not found the documentation for this. Some family researchers say that Robert is married to Margaret. I have found a Robert married to a Margaret Phillip but this took place in 1606 at St John the Baptist church, 4 years after Jane’s baptism. I need to follow-up on this but so far it seems that the more recent researchers may have found that Jane is William’s daughter, not Robert’s.
I have found a William who was a tanner that died in 1625 and he has a will. His death is 2 years before Jane married so if this is her father, there may be some validity that she moved to her uncle’s home in Tarporley. Also, Robert died in 1639 and he left a will. So, I need to figure out how to get hold of the wills to see if this will clarify who the father of Jane is.
No one has been able to figure out when Jane died or if she came to America with Arthur. Some guess that she died in England some in Stratford, CT. I have seen various dates but no source citations. Something to look for in the actual records of the church instead of relying on the transcriptions.
I still have a lot of work to do and have found a family history group in Cheshire so when I am ready to dive into researching family in England, I will contact them to see if they can help me obtain records or even better travel there myself.
England, Cheshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1598-1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NHVP-9HC : 3 December 2014), Arthur Bostocke and Jane Whittell, 08 Jan 1627, Marriage; citing , Tarporley, Cheshire, England, Record Office, Chester; FHL microfilm 1,751,853..
England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQWK-N5J : 24 December 2014), Jeane Whittell, 11 Apr 1602, Christening; citing item 2 p 41, , Chester, Cheshire, England, Record Office, Chester; FHL microfilm 2,045,920.
England, Cheshire Probate Records, 1492-1940,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGBL-Y65 : 3 December 2014), William Whittle, 1625; citing Chester, Record Office, Chester.
England, Cheshire Probate Records, 1492-1940,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGBG-JJ3 : 3 December 2014), Robert Whittell, 1639; citing Tarporley, Record Office, Chester.