My 7x Great Grandparents David Hurd and Susanna Bostwick lived in Stratford, CT. David was born 24 March 1699 to John Hurd and Abigail Wallis in Stratford, CT. Susanna Bostwick was born 22 November 1700 to Zachariah Bostwick and Elizabeth in Stratford, CT.
David and Susanna married around 1728 and had 4 children. Bette 1729, Elnathan 1731, Hezekiah 1733, and Mary 1737. They had a farm and land around Stratford, CT. Both David and Susanna inherited land from their fathers. They had some bad times as 3 of their children died before them. Mary died 2 January 1753 at age 16, Elnathan died 4 August 1753 at age 22, and Hezekiah died 30 March 1755 at age 22. I searched the cemetery to see if there were many deaths in 1753 but I only found 2 others both young, a 13 and a 20 year old. There is no record of an epidemic that I have found. I read something interesting though. If multiple people in the same house die within weeks of each other it may be attributed to an influenza epidemic. If they die months apart the possibility of tuberculosis could be considered. I have no idea why they died but it could have been any number of things. Below are the tombstones. There are two sets of photos from 2 different people. I got permission from one to use the ones taken in 2013. Hezekiah’s is badly damaged in the photo here. The other set of photos are from 2009 and his tombstone carving was still there. Interesting how much it has crumbled.
David died in 1758 and his will indicated that he had one surviving child, Bette. She was already married to Joseph Bostwick and had 3 children, Mary, David, Elnathan. His wife Susanna received half the house, barn, and 1/3 of the land. He also gave his daughter Bette 1/3 of the land and gave his son in law Joseph Bostwick 1/3 of the land, oxen, farming furniture, and a pair of pistols. His grandchildren were also named. Mary received 30 pounds and 1/3 of the land. David received silver shoe buckles, a long gun and sword, and half the land given to Susanna after she dies. Elnathan received a short gun and the other half the land given to Susanna. Two other people received things and I am not clear who Elizabeth Bostwick is. There were so many Bostwicks named Elizabeth so I will have to really study this some day and try to figure out who was living in the area during that time period. Anyway, she received the featherbed, linen, pillow, decent furniture, 1 cow and 6 sheep. She must be an important person in their life. Perhaps a sister of Susanna, but that Elizabeth was married so I don’t figure they would use her maiden name. The other person who received something was Reverend Christopher Newton. He received 100 pounds, 50 of which was to be paid to the Church of England in Ripton. Joseph’s estate was appraised at 442 pounds.
It appears Susanna died in 1774 and I think her daughter Bette died at the same time. Both of their probates are dated on 19 September 1774. Joseph filed both of them. The inventory was taken for Susanna’s estate and valued at 37 pounds. There was a small pox epidemic in New England and I found that Lyme, CT which is about 60 miles away documented this outbreak in 1774. I wonder if this was the cause of their deaths.
Something else should be explained. Susanna and her son in law are related. They are first cousins once removed. Susanna’s grandfather is Joseph’s great grandfather who is John Bostwick.
I have not found where Susanna is buried but there is a tombstone for David. I suspect that Susanna is near David as the 3 children that died before them are all buried in the same cemetery with their dad which is the Old Cemetery of Huntington.
David Hurd married Susanna Bostwick their daughter,
Bette Hurd married Joseph Bostwick their son,
David Bostwick married Currence Hard their son,
Jabez Bostwick married Freelove Frisbee their son,
Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,
John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,
Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,
Florence Bostwick -my grandmother
A history and genealogy of the family of Hurd in the United States, and a partial history of the New England families of Heard and Hord, including a treatise on nomenclature, heraldry and coat armour, and ancestry Hurd, Dena D. Soekland
Bostwick, Henry AnthonGenealogy of the Bostwick family in America : the descendants of Arthur Bostwick, of Stratford, Conn. 1901
A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport Connecticut, Part 2
By Samuel Orcutt
Ancestry.com Susannah Hurd Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Death: Abt 1774 – Connecticut, USA
Ancestry.com David Hurd Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Death: Abt 1758 – Connecticut, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 21274006 David Hurd, photo courtesy Marion O.
Find A Grave Memorial# 21274025 Elnathan Hurd, photo courtesy Marion O.
Find A Grave Memorial# 21277834 Hezekiah Hurd, photo courtesy Marion O.
Find A Grave Memorial# 21274015 Mary Hurd, photo courtesy Marion O.