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BY: Wanda Karyn Bostic
Posted:    Feb. 2004
Updated: Feb. 2012

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Last Twelve Generations

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King Charles I, a Roman Catholic, came to the English throne in 1625; a time known as “The Persecution of the Protestant Puritans”. Many of our Protestant ancestors made an escape to America to avoid persecution; and others left to escape the "Black Plaque" that swept through Europe.

 Origin of the Bostic name:

"Whence the Dan River runs by Bostocke, anciently "Botestoc,Botestock", the ancient seat of the famous knightly family of Bostokes."  "Bostwick, pronounced "Bostick",  and the present American name is Bostic: The name "Botestoc/Botestock" and was derived from the Manor of the same name, situated on the River Dan in Cheshire, England.  The name was written in the Domesday Book as "Botestoch"; (compiled by order of William the Conqueror)" The name was written in the Harl. MSS 2059 as Bostok". The English version of "Boteville" or "Botefield" are nearly an equivalent".

Origin of our Saxon roots:

"Norman Lords of Shipbrook selected the site of their fortress named "Castle Hill", situated on the right bank of the River Weever; opposite to the township of Davenham.  (Existed on the spot as late as 1850)  In the Castle of this place, Randle Gernons, 4th Earl of Chester, was born.  Osmer, the Saxon proprietor was Lord of Shipbrook and several other townships in the time of Edward the Confessor."

At the time of the conquest of England by the Normans he was Osmer, Lord of Bostock, Shipbrooke, Davenham, Audlem, Claverton, Crewe, a part of Edlaston, a part of Wybunbury-cum-Frith, a part of Leftwich, a part of Wistaston, two hedged enclosures for deer, an eyrie for hawks, houses in Chester, and a salt pit in Northwich, all in Cheshire. (Most of these lands were granted after the conquest to Richard de Vernon, Baron of Shipbrook, as recorded in the Doomsday Book. for his services to William the Conquer)"  The Bostocks held arms under the Vernon family."

"It is probable that after confiscation of his lands Osmer Botestoch and family were allowed to live in the manor of Bostock, one of his smaller manors, and either allowed to retain it, or hold it doing feudal service to the Vernons in the 12th Century." 

The "Doomesday Book of Cheshire (Chester)" records Osmer Botestock of Saxon and Anglo-origin. 

Osmer's son Hugh born circa 1080; drowned in 1120 on the sinking ship of Barfleu called "Blaush Nef".

Osmer's son Richard was born circa 1100.

Osmer's son Roger was born circ 1130; and it it through Roger that my family descends.



Charles  (b.1569) seventh son of Robert (b.1522/25) and Emma Bromfeld; Robert son of George (b 1481/85) ; George eldest son of William (b.1450) and  Elyn "Ellen" Bostock; William youngest legitimate son of Adam (b 1412) and Elizabeth Venables (b1414.)  Read more about these families at the end of this webpage.    :

Having discovered my American lineage back to Charles Bostock (b 1606) settled in New Kent VA in 1671.  I began concentrating on my European lineage beginning with  his father:  Charles Bostock (b 1569) Scrivener of London:

"Listed on the ship’s (“Upton Magna”) manifest as a Charles Bostick (b 1606) “Headwright”; which means “a recipient of a land". . Transported on the ship of G. Poole, R. Fastingale, J. Barningham & J. Forsith 1671. He left England as Bostocke and arrived America as Bostick in 1671.

Charles Bostock/Bostick (b 1606) son of:

Charles Bostock(b 1569) at St. Wilfrid, Grappenhall, Davenham, Chesire;  married Mary Saunders (b1575) in  1600 at St. Helen's. Bishopgate, London..Resided in Broad Street, London.  

 Charles and Mary had three  sons:   Charles (b.1606), Arthur (b1612), and John (b1614), and five daughters:       Mary/Marie (b 1602), Susan (b 1603), Elizabeth (b 1607), Anne (b 1608)  Katherine (b1610).  Charles Bostocke  and family living in London in 1625 and a:  "Master of Scrivener's Co. at St. Bartholomew's of London";  and as a "Master Worshipful". 



 Charles Bostock and Mary Saunder's  daughter: Mary Bostock (b 1602) married in 1630 to Needham Langhorne of Poddington {son of Robert Langhorne of Harold Park, county Bedford. .(Mary is our Charles Bostock's  sister.)

 Needham Langhorne left behind a vast fortune upon his death in 1673; including the Manor of Newton Bromswold in Northamptonshire.  Needham and son, William Langhorne  were active in the East India Company  William Langhorne inherited his father's estate noted in his father's will dated 1671; however; in 1667 William and his eldest sister Frances Needham Botiler died; leaving  only two daughters as heirs of Needham and Mary Bostock Langhorne estate of "Newton Bromswold":

Mary Langhorne ( wife of Robert Townshend), and her sister Anne Langhorne (wife of Thomas Wildmane).    

Robert and Mary Townshend left England and spent much time in Stafford County, VA where Robert is buried at "Albion".  Mary returned to England where she spent her last years and was buried  in 1675 at "Newton Bromswold"; which  in addition to "Sulgrave Manor" should be known as another ANCESTRIAL HOME OF GEORGE WASHINGTON.   This connection explains why Charles Bostock and George Washington both attended the parish of St. Peters, New Kent VA.  

Robert and Mary Langhorne Townshend  had two surviving daughters:  Frances and Mary

1656 Colonel John Washington, the great-great grandson of Lawrence Washington, and the great -grandfather of George Washington crossed the Atlantic.  Mary Townshend married Captain/Col. John Washington in 1692 in Westmoreland County, a colony of VA.   Lawrence Washington; a wealthy wool merchant and Mayor or Northampton; built "Sulgrave Manor" the offiicial Ancestrial Home of George Washington; located near Banbury, 30 miles from Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.  Lawrence's descendants lived at Sulgrave Manor  for over 120 years (1539-1659).

John Washington and his wife Mary Townshend Washington acted as guardian of George Washington's father "AUGUSTINE WASHINGTON" during his minority. (Geo. of VA Families from William & Mary College Quarterly)


"Mary Saunders was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Saunders of Surrey. Sir Thomas Saunders : Member of Parliament for Lewes in 1534; High Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex 1553".  Granted lands in "Wates, Michleham, Dorking"

Through Thomas Saunders's daughter; Mary, is our direct link to "Alexander The Great's" second son  Robert. of Mechleham.

                     Click here to read about the Saunders lineage: THOMAS SAUNDERS OF AGMONDESHAM

Click here to read about the SEVERN VALLEY, SHROPSHIRE where so many of our Bostock ancestors originated.

Click here to read about Whixall St Wilfreds and St Batholomew Exchange.htm


 Oxford "Bodeian" Library Guildhall notes:  the "Bacon-House" on Oat Lane, St. Mary Staining, London  conveyed to Charles Bostock from Sir Arthur Savage in 1628.  The Bacon-House became the working residence of the "worshipful scrivener's" and was formally known as the "Shelley House" Nobel Street, Aldergate in London.  (One link to Charles's chosen profession; THOMAS  SAUNDERS, who married Elizabeth Bathurst, whose father was an Alderman of the City of London, of Earl Bathurst's family)

Read more about the "Bacon-House": Bacon-House of London

Click here to read more about the history of   Scrivener's

Rawlinson "Scrivener's Company Common Papers" 1357-1678 lists Charles Bostocke of Broad Street, London as son of Robert Bostocke of late, Ches. gent.   Records of the "Writers of the Court Letter: Company of Scriveners of the City of London": lists Giles Bostock son of William Bostock of Sevenoak, Kent.  It lists Giles Bostocke  as a Scrivener's assistant to Charles Bostocke {1595}and Charles as Warden 1614. Wardens of the "Cinque Ports" were  the Kings peace keeper and the tax collector for the South Eastern counties of Kent, Sussex, Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich."

Robert Bostocke (b 1522/25) married Emme Bromfeld (b 1535) at St. Martin/Martyn Parish,  (More on Robert  and Emma at the end of this web page)

"Sevenoak", Kent" was also mentioned in my Thomas family lineage.  Read more under the "Thomas" link.


Through out my fifteen years of research, I have discovered that many Englishman marry the sole heirs of other prominent Englishman.  They inherit their wife's property and sometimes the BARONY title of their wife's father.  This was done for several reasons: if the family name was near extinction and to acquire the title and estate of the sole heiress..  For example: Thomas Audley became Thomas Stanley;  John Legh was the eldest son of William Venables  Edmund Audley became Edmund Touchet, and Robert Davenport became Robert Lawton.  One of Richard Bostock's sons did the same thing.  He changed his name from Charles Bostock to Charles Rich;. upon his marriage to the sole heir of Sir Robert Rich; Mary Frances Rich.  You can read about the Barony of Charles Bostock Rich below.

The Barony of Bostock, Saunders and Rich  Families:  Read More (This is Richard Bostock's Son)

Read more about the Bostock and Huddleston Family of "Millom Castle" and Tattenhall


My Lineage follows:   Charles  Bostock, MD (b1606):   Baptized at St. Bartholomew Exchange in London 9 June 1606.  "The Harleyan Manuscripts" list's the:  " Bostock's of Bostock originated from Chester (Cheshire), England; an area known as Tarpoley and Davenham; located 170 miles NW of London"..  (This Charles migrated to America in 1671 and first settled in Richmond, Va.  later migrating to New Kent, VA "Blisland Parish" which was formed from the St. Peters Parish. read more below)"

Charles (b1606) attended  Oxford  University in 1627, Cambridge University  in 1631;    MA at Oxford in 1634, and received his MD in 1640. Also studied at Leyden in the Netherlands in 1639.  He was a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians (LRCP) in London in 1643.  His pedigree was given in the Herald's Visitation of London 1634.   Charles (1606) married Mary and had three children:  Charles  (b1642), William, and Mary .   (SOURCE:  "Oxford University Alumni Oxoniensis 1500-1714)

Charles (b1642/3) chrisened  at St. John's Baptist in Peterborough North Hampton, England:  married Mary Elizabeth Horton in 1668..  They arrived in the United States from, England in the 1671. They settled east of Richmond, New Kent County, VA and are listed in "Blisland Parrish in 1682" records..  (VA Patent Book 6 p. 352). Listed on the ship’s (“Upton Magna”) manifest as a Charles Bostick “Headwright”; which means “a recipient of a land". . Transported on the ship of G. Poole, R. Fastingale, J. Barningham & J. Forsith 1671. He left England as Bostocke and arrived America as Bostick.   (Charles died in 1701 and is buried  at St. Peter's parish, New Kent VA.  Mary Elizabeth Horton Bostick died 1709  Greenbriar, Chesterfield, VA).

Click here to read about the Bostock and Horton Family: 


New Kent VA website:  "New Kent is one of the oldest and most charming counties in Virginia, and was first mentioned in the records of the General Assembly in the year of 1654.  The settlers were of English stock and the County was named for Kent in England.  Land grants to the early settlers along the rivers led to large plantations and palatial manor houses, fostering a way of life long associated with our colonial era.  Although many of the homes remain, none are regularly open to the public.

New Kent once formed part of Charles River County, one of the eight shires into which the colony of Virginia was divided in 1634.  Originally including part or all of the present day counties of King & Queen, King William, Spotsylvania and Hanover, the modern day borders of New Kent took place in 1766 through exchange of land with James City County. The European History of New Kent began with the visit of Captain John Smith in 1607.  The English were feasted by the Indians and Smith got several hundred bushels of corn for a few blue beads, representing them as only to be worn by great kings.

The village of New Kent appears to have been the County seat since 1691.  Most of the County's colonial records were destroyed in the burning of the clerk's office in 1787, and later records were destroyed in the burning of Richmond during the Civil War."


Charles died in 1701, and Mary died in1709; in New Kent, VA. Charles & Mary had five children born in VA:   Mary (married William Leake), William (married Elizabeth Audley), John , and  my lineage: Charles (b1675) married Phoebe /Pheby Ann Bassett.   Mary and William both died in Goouchland, VA approx. 1740. 

Charles  (b.1675) at St. Peter’s Parish, New Kent Va; married Phoebe/Pheby  "Ann" Bassett (b1670). Daughter of William Bassett, Sheriff & Vestryman St. Peter Parish,. Virginia.  His grandfather, T. Bassett sailed to America on the ship "Truelove" departed from London in 1635.  T. Bassett was recorded in VA in 1639. 

I visited the library in Fisherville, VA to find my "BASSET" Source: "1710 in Hanover County, Va. magazine of History, Vol 1 1894 "Church Warden 1700". This obscure document is why so many researchers are having trouble "proving" Phoebe ANN Basset's maiden name.

The Bassett's of the Jamestown Massacre are direct descendents of Ann Bassett:  Read More

Read More about Charles and St. Peter's Parish:  The Parish where Gen. George Washington married Martha.

Charles and Pheby "ANN"  had  son, Valentine  (b 1700) in VA. Valentine married Mary and had  son          Charles  (b 1740) in Va.

I uncovered a document that states that Valentine of Hanover County Virginia, sold 400 acres of land to John Woodson in 1741. Charles’s   (b. 1675) WILL to Valentine written in 1750 and recorded in Onslow County, NC indicates that after their Virginia land was sold; they left Virginia in 1741. Valentine and Mary’s  son Charles (b. 1740) was born in Va. and died in Duplin/Onslow County, NC.  Valentine purchased land in NC from his uncle John Bostick who migrated to Georgia.  Uncle John died at age thirty which may be the reason Valentine went to Georgia ; I am certain her retuned to Onslow /Duplin County, NC  prior to his death; but it is not certain when he died.

Click here to read more about Valentine Bostock in Georgia

Charles (b1740),  purchased 100 acres from Henry Allen along the Northwest branch of the New River in what is now Duplin Co., NC (Sampson/Duplin Co., NC Deed Book 6 p 232); one mile southwest of Beulaville, NC, where my father (Milton Bostic) was raised.

I uncovered the WILL of Valentine’s father Charles (b. 1675); The WILL dated 1750 is recorded in Onslow County deed book; leaving their  son Valentine 9 of their 11 slaves and household goods once he turned age 21. The other slaves were WILLED to their newborn grandson Charles (b. 1740). Charles (b.1675) left a stipulation in his will that Valentine would receive his inheritance “provided his mother Phoebe receives sufficient maintenance for the rest of her life”. This establishes the fact that ALL OF THEM WERE IN ONSLOW COUNTY in 1750.

Bostick Early Land Deeds

Charles   (b.1740) married Nancy Ann James (b. 1750) of  Duplin County.    Charles and Nancy’s children were born in Duplin Co. Their children were:   Samuel (b 1767 d 1848 and married Nancy Jane Adams); and my ancestor John  (b 1788, d 1807).      I  have also seen a listing for  one daughter that married Whaley. 

 " Charles Bostic (b 1740) in Onslow Co. N.C.; was a private in the American Revolution  and serving as      "Deputy Constable" under Capt. William Southerland sheriff of Duplin Co. and is recorded as a member in the Duplin County Revolutionary War roster. ( the records dropped the “k” from our name) He was granted 150 acres of land for this service. Charles bought another 150 adjoining acres.  This 300 acres of land would be come what was known to our family as the "Bostic Plantation".  (Read More Below)


 I read an article written by William Dickson born 1780 in Duplin county, where he was “positioned” as recorder of records for Duplin County, and who wrote “The History of Duplin County to 1810” published in the Wilmington Star Newspaper in 1922.. His article gave an authentic representation of life in Duplin County prior to and long after the Revolutionary War . Dickson was 30 years old at the time and had lived there all his life.

In his article he describes the influx of Irish and Scottish Immigrants in 1736 into Duplin County. He made the comment that “At the commencement of the Revolutionary War. Duplin County contained about 1000 white poll taxpayers and very few of them were emigrants from Europe”. Apparently none of the 1000 English decent Duplin County residents considered themselves as “immigrants” since they were there by permission of the King of England. They defended what they believed to be English Soil against any other immigrants whether they were Indian, Scottish, Dutch, Irish, etc.

The article does verify that there were many other immigrants (OTHER THAN ENGLISH ), in and around Duplin County, desperately trying to find a place to settle in America;. even though the English did run the immigrants out of Duplin County at the time; they were able to settle outside of the county, away from the English colonies. This establishes the fact that ONLY English settlers were allowed to be part of the English colonies in their early stages of development. (To become a member of an English Colony, you had to “pray” to the other colony members to be accepted.)

"1736 a flood of Scotch-Irish immigrants arrived from Ulster, Northern Ireland with Henry McCulloch; a wealthy London Merchant.  The British Crown has given him seventy one grants of land.  Each grant contained 160 acres in the Warsaw/Kenansville, NC area."

Dickson's article also mentioned that “The people of Duplin County generally RESENTED the King of England sending in representatives to cause them to take and Oath of Allegiance to the King and pay English taxes; since it was not required in other countries”. He notes that in April 1781, “When Earl Cornwallis marched to Wilmington, he marched through Duplin. As he approached, the inhabitants of Duplin retreated to places of safety out of the enemy’s way.” They saw the British “redcoats” as their enemy; even though they themselves were of English decent.

In July 1781 Col. James Kenan and 250 Duplin Militia formed to prevent any British parties from coming in the county to drive off stock, etc.” “He was joined by Major Griffin from Halifax and about 150 men.

Even though most of  the inhabitants of Duplin County were from English origin; they obviously felt that the land they had worked to improve and the lives they had struggled to carve out for themselves and their families now belonged to them as “Americans”; they no longer felt any loyalty to Great Britain taxation and dictator policies.. This best describes the attitude of the inhabitants of the southern English colonies of Duplin County in new America.

Dickson's article states: “In 1784, Duplin County being remote from navigation, the general individual’s wealth or income came from the production off their land. (Those that survived well became farmers) The first inhabitants of Duplin and Sampson Counties built and lived in log cabins; and as they became wealthier, some built Clapboard Houses with clay chimneys. At present in 1810, there are many good houses, well constructed of brick chimneys and glass windows. There are no stone or brick walled houses.” “The produce raised for market in the lower parts of the county is pitch, tar and turpentine, sawed lumber, and staves. In the upper part of the county, the lands are most fertile and remote from navigation where the produce marketed was pork, bacon, Indian corn, and cotton and conveyed in carts and wagons to the market.”


Son of Valentine  (b 1700) & Mary Bostick: Grandson of Charles (b 1675) and Phoebe Bostick:

  Charles  Bostick (b 1740) and Nancy James’s oldest son was born in 1788-John Bostick. ( d 1848); is recorded in Beulaville, NC , Duplin County. This is our ancestor: (Throughout the recordings of Duplin and Onslow County records our name is appear both with and without the “k”)

Many times my dad mentioned a story that had been handed down through the generations, that John Bostic owned the “Bostic Plantation”. In 1996 my dad  (Milton Bostic) took me to a place where he remembered to be the location if the “Bostic Plantation”. Fields had grown up, not seeing a plow in years; and showing little signs of ownership or civilization (no buildings or remnants of buildings were left.) In years to come, I would be truly thankful that dad took the initiative and time to take all of us to visit the family home places and graveyards. If he hadn’t instilled that sense of family pride and connection in me at an early age, I might never have had the curiosity necessary to do the research and find the truth. Thanks dad!

I wonder who owns the land now? (It is near the Bostic/Sandlin Cemetery on Hallsville Road in Hallsville, NC).

I decided to do some research to find out if the “Bostic Plantation” ever really existed!

Dad told me that for years rumors had circulated that John Bostic was into gamblin’ and that he lost the Plantation in a game of poker. I decided to do some research to see if this RUMOR was true. This motivated me to search for Duplin and Onslow County Deeds or transactions involving John and his son John Miller.

It was Charles Bostick (b. 1740) that bought and established the infamous “Bostic Plantation” located in Duplin County, where all nine of his children were born. (where his oldest son John Bostic  (b.1788) was born – OUR JOHN).

In 1778 Charles Bostick (b. 1740) bought 100 acres of land from Henry Allen of Duplin County, he paid Henry Allen “50 English pounds”. Described as “land south of Muddy Creek and NE Cape Fear River, bordering John Brown and Z. Hollingsworth’s land.” Recorded in Duplin County Deed Book letter F, pages 190, 191 and 192.

In 1788 Charles Bostick (b. 1740) received a LAND GRANT of 150 acres in Duplin County for serving in the Rev. War under Captain William Southerland, and he was appointed "Deputy Constable Of Duplin County.  The land is described as “Allen’s Swamp to Drew Hall’s line to Woodward’s land connecting with Bostick’s existing line.” Recorded in Duplin County Book 66, page 339, Grant No. 1023 Issued July 11, 1788. (The same year our John was born)

This 250 acres were what the children of Charles (b. 1740) and Nancy Bostick would refer to as the “Bostick Plantation”. Land that was bought when Charles was just 38 years old. (We established the fact that they sold their land in Virginia in 1741, they recorded a WILL, and Charles bought the acres of property in 1778.)

I found the deed documenting: This land was handed down to Charles (b. 1740) and Nancy Ann James oldest son John Bostick (b.1788) the year of Charles death in 1814. This land was handed down again to John Bostick’s oldest son in 1848;  John Miller Bostic (b.1824). Recorded in Duplin County Deed Book on April 1848. It is a well documented English tradition to hand down all inheritance to the oldest born son. At first I thought this very unfair to the other children; but it did keep the estate in tact!

John Bostick (b. 1788) at age 23, married in 1811 to Elizabeth Miller (b. 1791). They had two daughters and one son: John Miller Bostic  (b 1824), (Mosley b. 1814). Mosely Bostick married Drew Thigpen in Duplin county; the same Drew Thigpen that shows up as one of the witnesses on almost all the deeds and wills in Duplin County! Celea Bostick (b 1811) married Hosea Hunter (b. 1807) of Limestone, NC. Hosea and Celea had only one son- John Edward Hunter (b 1834). There are many ties between the Hunters and Thigpen's to the Bostick family of Duplin County. For ten years John Miller and Elizabeth Miller would not have another child after Mosely was born in 1814. Their only son (OUR John Miller Bostick) was born Feb. 23, 1824. (My father Milton Bostic shared the same birth date as his great grandfather and never knew it!)

Elizabeth Miller (b. 1791) died twenty years after the birth of her son in 1824 but sometime prior to 1840 because:

Records show John (b. 1788) married again in 1841, to Emily “Emma” Lanier (born 1807). Emma was 29 years younger than John; John was 53 years old when he married Emma. They had 4 children:  Thomas (b. 1841), Jacob (b. 1844), Samuel (b.1845), and Mary (1847); all born in Duplin county.  John died in 1848 a year after their last child Mary was born, John was 60 years old. (Leaving a 41 yr. old widow Emma and 4 young children under the age of 7).

I located a deed transaction between the two Johns recorded in Duplin County in 1848. John gave his son John Miller 220 acres of his land defining the boundary lines that go “through my Plantation”, running along Stephens Swamp known by the name of J. HALL place”.  John left the other 30 acres and the house to his wife Emily Lanier Bostick in 1898 and the 4 small children under the age of 7 when John died in 1848; the same year John Miller Bostick received 220 acres of LAND. (Recorded in Duplin County Court Deed Transactions on April, 1848)

John Miller Bostick born (Feb. 23, 1824); married Sarah Elizabeth Williams at age 24. They had 9 children : Sarah E. (b. 1849), Stokley Sidbury (b. 1851), Mary G. (b. 1856), Chancy W. (b.1854), Ira M. (b. 1859), Jesse Thomas. (b.1862/63), John "Willie". (b. 1864), Arthur O.. (b. 1888), and my ancestor  Osker  (b. 1867).

If John Miller Bostick continued his forefathers custom of handing down his property to his oldest son; then Stokley Sidbury Bostick (b.1851) would have inherited the 300 acres of the “Bostick Plantation”. 

 John Millers’ wife Sarah Elizabeth Williams Bostick stopped that English custom. I found evidence that Sarah deeded each of her children land ranging from 25-35 acres. Registered in Duplin County Deed book in 1897. It was all the proof I needed to prove that the “Bostic Plantation” did exist and that the RUMOR was false: it was never lost in any game of poker.  It was simply split up among their nine children which is how/why so many American plantations have disappeared.

John Miller Bostick served in the Civil War between 1861-1865. He served first in the Cavalry in the 8th Battalion Partisan Rangers in 1863, which later merged into the infantry of the NC 66th Regiment Infantry under Major John H. Nethercutt. (He was a horseback ranger!)

My dad Milton Bostic (b. 1922) shared the love of the military with his great grandfather, and his great great grandfather. My father served for 26 yrs. in the US Navy. He participated in the Korean War and World War II, with active combat in Europe, Africa and several Pacific locations, involved in 12 major battles. If I had not asked my father to name his service to his country while he was alive, this history would be lost to my family in the future.   I encourage everyone to ASK QUESTIONS while you still have the chance; and write it down in the family BIBLE.  In years to come that information is priceless to our heritage!  Ask to see your grandparents home place, the oldest family graveyards, pictures and stories of your ancestors!

We have now established that our ancestors participated in the Revolution, Civil War, Korean and World War II; We can be proud of our family patriotism! In 2008 I did more research to find out where Charles (b.1569) roots would lead me. I have written Part II and Part III tracing my heritage back 30 generations. Very exciting story!

Through the census of the 1600, 1700, and 1800’s: I was able to see how many families took in other family members under their roofs during hard times in the 1700 and 1800’s.  

Tracing the roots of our ancestor, John Miller’s youngest son Osker (b.1867), proved to be very difficult.        Osker did show up on the last census made in 1870; (where all the records were gathered and furnished to the Mormon Church of Later Day Saints.). While the Root Web and Ancestry Tree does verify some of the information; the puzzle could not have been put together without the Mormon's census records. This was the only record of him I could find. Our family was always so uncertain on the way Osker was spelled, and we had no idea what his middle name was. It was these same records that dropped the “K” from Bostick.

The census had his name spelled “Osker W. Bostick” . It also listed the correct names and birthdates, parents, and sibling information that identified our Osker Urias Bostic as we know him.

My great grand father: Osker Bostic  (B. 1867) was the youngest son of John Miller and Sarah Bostick; and married Melissa Thomas (b 1870).  Osker and Melissa had four sons:  My grandfather Rushin Best (b 1897), Chancey Miller (b. 1901), Macy Calvin (b. 1904),  Seth (b. 1907); and three daughters:  Lura E. (b1898), Lyda G. (b 1906), and Betha (b 1911).

Melyssa  (Melissa) Thomas (b. 9-4-1870) is the link to our "Irish" ancestry.  Milton Best Bostic, (my father), would never concede to anything but an Scot-Irish ancestry. It took me ten years to discover our "Irish Link".  My dad's grandmother (Melissa Thomas) must have had a powerful influence on him and my grandfather Rushin Best Bostic.  They lived their life only claiming to be "Scotch-Irish" and had a sour face when I suggested otherwise!  

Based on the "History of the Worthies or England by Thomas Fuller":  The Thomas family ancestry descended from the "De Coursey" family of Dublin, Ireland; descendents of John de Coursey, Earl of Ulster 1177-1205).  The family holds the ancient barony of "Kingsale" in the peerage of Ireland, created by King John.  "Kingsale" is the most ancient barony in Ireland.  

Click here to read more: de Coursey Family of Kingsale Ireland

My lineage follows Osker  Bostic’s eldest son Rushin Best Bostic  (born 1897) married Lucretia Mobley (b1902).. She was the eldest child of Edgar L. Mobley and Elizabeth Ann Craft.   I am proud that I too am the eldest of their first son Milton B. Bostic (b 1926).  Elizabeth is the daughter of John F. Craft and Linda "Lindy" Brown (b. 1853) of Cypress Creek, NC.  I hope to discover more on the Craft family of Cypress Creek, "Little Juniper Creek" in Onslow Co., Richlands, NC..

Rushin and Lucretia Bostic had three sons: Milton, Macon and Rivers.  Rivers has 3 sons: Ronald, Charles and James. They lived in Baltimore MD for years and now reside in Shrewsbury, PA.

A very interesting story about the town of  Bostic, NC   Was Abraham Lincoln really born their?


The Name originated from BOTESTOCK:

Bostocke to Bostock to Bostoc to Bostwick to Bostick to Bostic:
30 Generations to OSMER

(Sources are listed at the end of my main webpage):

Background on the area where the majority of our ancestors settled:

"Cheshire, England; between the ancient salt towns of Northwich & Middlewich  ; Old CHESTER  stands proud, as a fine example of an 'ancient walled city'. This once 'Roman Fortress' is encircled by two miles of road, from where one can look far across the landscape, toward the north of   Wales  , as well as back into the city streets. Remnants of the Roman occupation are very evident in and around the shops, in obscure places, in the city streets, creating a wonderful venue for tourists. Located on the River Dee, it was once the primary headquarters fir the Roman Legion.  Later Chester remained the "seat" for Palatine Earldom.  After 1284 it was associated with the direct heir to the Throne of England. Home of  St. Peters Church and the Roman Cross, built on the site of the Roman Principia."

Some of our ancestors listed below were Chester Earls:  Ranulf le Mechine 1120-1129,  and Earl of Chester, Hugh Kevielioc (1153-1181) (father of Hawise; married Warin Bostock).

"BOSTOCK, a township in Davenham parish Cheshire ; on the Chester canal, near the Grand Junction railway, 2½ miles NW of Middlewich. Acres, 1,111. Real property, £2,411. Pop., 154. Houses, 30. Bostock Hall  (there are many Bostock Halls and Manors).    We first appear in William the Conqueror’s “Doomsday Book”.


 Our Saxon Origin:

Osmer (1025) heads the tree according to the Visitations of Cheshire [VCB] and Doomsday(1080)
Son of: Hugh Fitz Richard (1000) [HMS 1535]  of  "Botestock"
Children: of Osmer:     Hugh (b.1058, d. 1120)  [VCB]; Richard (b 1100);  Roger (b. 1130)  [HMS 1535]

"Osmer the Saxon of Botestock "OLIVER”(b abt 1025),  “Saxon Lord of Botestock of Hastings, Cheshire (Chester) England.  son of Hugh Fitz Richard  of "Botestock"(b abt 1000) lived during the reign of the last Anglo-Saxon King Edward “The Confessor” 1042-1066. 

"Upon the death of King Edward; his cousin Duke of Normandy (Duke William II) “William the Conqueror” claimed the throne of England and invaded England Sept. 1066; known as the “Norman Conquest”. He defeated the English at the “Battle of Hastings” and accessed his new property via a survey, under the name of “The DOOMSDAY BOOK”.  Osmer the Saxon is recorded as "mercenary in the service of the Romans".

"At the time of the conquest of England by the Normans he was Osmer, Lord of Bostock, Shipbrooke, Davenham, Audlem, Claverton, Crewe, a part of Edlaston, a part of Wybunbury-cum-Frith, a part of Leftwich, a part of Wistaston, two hedged enclosures for deer, an eyrie for hawks, houses in Chester, and a salt pit in Northwich, all in Cheshire. (Most of these lands were granted after the conquest to Richard de Vernon, Baron of Shipbrook, as recorded in the Doomsday Book. for his services to William the Conquer)" 

" The Bostock's held arms under the Vernon family and were allowed to remain on their property granted to the Vernon family.  Later the Bostock's regain their property holdings thru the marriage of  Margaret Vernon."


Beginning our connection to King Henry I:

Osmer's son Roger (born circa 1120) , father of Gilbert (b circa 1150): The two men are mentioned in a deed dated 1174 on the occasion of the marriage of Amice/Amicia, (an illegitimate daughter of Earl Hugh Kevelioc of Chester), to Randle Mainwaring of Warmingham. Gilbert is mentioned in a document of the late-12th century concerning fishing rights in the river Dane, which ran through Bostock. The document shows his seal which bears an eagle with its wings displayed and the inscription S. Gilberti de Bostocke."        

Gilbert (b 1119) married  Amicia Mainwarming:  the daughter of Rafe Mainwarming and his wife, Amicia Kevelioc."

 Sir Gilbert Adam Botestock  (b 1119), also referred to as "SIR ADAM"; was the son of Roger  (b circa 1130), son of OSMER de Bostock   (b 1025); son of Hugh Fitz Richard (b1000).:

"Sir Gilbert in named in the deed of gift by "Hugh Kyviliock, Earl of Chester; gave Gilbert  Botestock in fee of the  marriage to  Amicia Maninwarming;  the services of two Knights fees."   ( Sir Gilbert married the daughter of Ralph Mainwaring, Justice of Chester)   The Mainwaring's were seated at Warincham in Chesire.  Earl of Chester, Hugh Kevielioc styled Gilbert Bostock as a Knight in 1174. "Warmimchan in Cheshire."  

"Hugh Kevelioc/Kyvilock  was the illegitimate son of King Henry I.: ( The explanation and foundation of the Keveliock/Mainwarming power and status)  


Gilbert's (b1119) son:   William Randle/Rannulph Bostock (b 1135)

Married into the Vernon Family:  

 ."In the time of Philip de Orreby, Justice of Chester (1209-29); Gilbert Adam  Bostock's son "" William  Randle/Rannulph Bostock (born 1135) of Shipbrook;  acknowledges holding the lands of Warin de Vernon." 

"Gilbert's son :  William Randulph /"Randle"  Bostock (b.1175)   marrried Margaret Vernon. (daughter of Warin de Vernon, Baron of Shipbrook)." ; and was probably dowered with some of Osmer's land.  In 1218 William acknowledges holding the lands of Warin de Vernon."

William and Margaret's son:  Warren/Warin Bostock (1160)   

"The Shipbrook Vernons of Cheshire had risen to the top of the Cheshire aristocracy, Sir Richard de Vernon having been chosen the second baron in the ranks of Earl Hugh Lupus ( Hugh of Avranche, otherwise Hugh Lupus, , nephew of William the Conqueror) . Among the Earl's original establishment in 1087 A.D,  four barons were chosen:. The first in rank was Sir William de Venables. The third was Sir Hugh de Malbank. Later, these families intermarried with the Bostock Family."

" William Bostock and Margaret Vernon’s son: Warine  (b 1160) married Hawise Mechines de Kevelioc  in 1183; (sister and coheir to her brother Randoll 3rd Earl of Chester and Lincoln, ). Daughter of Palatine Earl of Chester Hugh Kevelioc"

Sir Warine de Bostock (Botestock) married in 1220 to Lady Hawise Kyviliock,  "Countess of Lincoln"  in her own right, widow of Sir Robert de Quincey.  Quincey's first wife was Helen of Wales, daughter of the Last King of Wales "Llewelyn". Hawise and Robert Quincey only had one daughter:  :Margaret Quincey; that married John de Lacy, Constable of Chester. (Descendent of Hugh de Lacy, Earl of Ulster, Ireland 1205-1242)."

"Hawise's brother was Randle Blunderville (1217) who was created "Earl of Lincoln".  Upon his death in 1232, Randle transfered the title to his sister Hawise."

HAWISE   married to Warine de Bostock b.1160:
SOURCE:  "Wurts Magna Charta" page 158-168:

Hawise, daughter of Hugh le Mechines de Kyvelieck/Kevelioc, 5th Earl of Palatine:  aka:  FULK III  King of Jerusalem.  "Sutton Hall" 

Click here to read more about the: KEVELIOC, Devereaux and Montfort families:

"Children ot Warin and Hawise:  Sir. Henry Gilbert (b circa 1220); son William; and daughter Margaret married Nicholas de Harley (of the Harleian Manuscripts), and son Joceram.." .

ANOTHER CONNECTION TO Kings of England and of Wales:

"Warine  (b 1160) & Hawise had son:  Sir Henry Gilbert  (b circa 1220) married Eleanor Poole ; (daughter of  Robert Poole)"

Sir Henry Gilbert and Eleanor's son:   William (b1210) who married first to Elizabeth Audley  in 1235.   (daughter of Lord Jamesof Audley and Heligh and his wife Ella Longspee; ggrandaughter of King Henry I   William (b1210) married second to Amice Arclid.

"Eleanor  & Robert Poole are descendents of  Sir Gilbert Poole, Knight.  Sir Gilbert  married Catherine; daughter of Llywelyn; the illegitimate son of King Gruffydd of Powys, Wales. "

Click here to read more about  Sir Gilbert Poole Family Connection: Poole

William Bostock (b 1210) and Elizabeth Audley had sons:  Edward (b 1236 d.1258),   Phillip (b. 1239),   Hugh (1247),  and   Gilbert ( b1245)".   

"Lord James de Audley born in Staffordshire, England was appointed Justiciar of Ireland . James married Ela de Longespee, daughter of King Henry I's  illegitimate son William de Longespree ) and Idonea de Caville .   

Ela Longspree was the ggrandaughter of King Henry I and the mother of Elizabeth Audley.  Our direct link with the Royal Bloodline begins with William Bostock marriage to Elizabeth Audley..:.:

Ela Longspree  also married  Thomas Newburgh, Earl of Warwick 6th; and Sir Phillip Basset, Justiciar of England; and had two daughters."

"Stephen DE LONGESPEE son of William DE LONGESPEE Earl Of Salisbury  and Ela FITZPATRICK Countess Of Salisbury, was born about 1216 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England and died in 1260 in Sutton, Northamptonshire, England at age 44.  This would be our tie to Salisbury."

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Our connection to the Last Scottish King:

"Margaret Vernon was the daughter of Warin de Vernon, Baron of Shipbrook.  

 Warin DE VERNON Baron Of Shipbrook son of  Hugh de Vernon, Baron of Shipbrook; Warin, was born about 1148 in Shipbrook, Cheshire, England.  Warin married Miss De Baliol, daughter of Reginald/Rainald de Baliol.  She was born about 1150 in Bidwell, Northamptonshire, England.
(descendents of the Bishops of Lincoln, and ancestors of 1292 John Baliol was inaugerated the "Last Scottish King by King Edward I)

 Warin Bostick (b1160) married Hawise de Mechines Kevelioc in 1183;  daughter of Hugh Kevelioc, the Earl of Chester from 1153-1181, and Hawise's mother: Maud Ritz Robert .  Hugh Kevelioc was granted "Sutton Hall" by the Norman Earls."        

"Hugh Kevelioc  born in Powys,   Wales  ; was the son of Ranulf de Germon and Maud Caen;  (Daughter of Robert Caen "Earl of  Gloucester , illegitimate son of King Henry I) "  

Read more listed above on my Kevelioc links.

Click here to read more about: EARLDOM OF CHESTER 


Poole family connects us to the Last Prince of Wales:

"Warin Bostock and Hawise's first son:  Sir Henry Gilbert (b1185)  married Eleanor Poole in 1208; daughter of Sir Gilbert Poole and Catherine, daughter of  Llewellyn; the Last Prince of Wales."

Click here to read more on Eleanor 's family Poole

"Henry Gilbert and Eleanor's son:  William (b1210) married first  in 1235 to Elizabeth Audley ; daughter of James, Lord of Audley and Heleigh.".. 

William (b1210) was one of the jurors who tried David, brother of Llewellyn, Prince of Wales. William married second to Amice, a widow.  William died 1272 (Tem. Henry III 1216-1272)

Children of:  William and Elizabeth Audley:  Edward (b1236, d 1258),  Phillip Bostock (1239); and Gilbert Bostock, Lord of Tarpoley". 


"Phillip (b 1239)" married to Mary  de Vernon, daughter of Matthew Vernon  (descendent of Warin Vernon and                  Lady Auda of Malbanks- King Henry's Grand daughter.   

Children of:  "Phillip   (b 1239) and Mary de Vernon and had two sons: Adam (b.1268/9) and Ralph (b. 1272)."   Harl MSSS 2059


"Auda of Malbanks:  Third daughter of William Malbanc, the third Baron of Nantwich married Andeline de Beauchamp, the daughter of Hugh de Beauchamp & Phillipa de Trailli:  Auda de Malbank  married twice, first to Hugh de Altaribus, secondly to Warin, Lord de Vernon, 3rd Baron of Shipbroke - the son of William de Vernon & Avice de Avenell of Derbyshire."

"William de Maldebeng (Malbank), of Nantwich, cousin of Hugh Lupus, became Baron of Nantwich and the third most powerful baron in Hugh Lupus' Parliament. William built a castle of great strength at Nantwich. It is mentioned in Domesday that he possessed no fewer than forty-seven manors or townships. His son, who founded Combermere Abbey, gave one-fourth of Nantwich as an endowment; but there was no male issue of the third Baron, the remainder became much divided between his daughters thus passing into the greatest of the families of England."


"Phillip de BOSTOK (b 1239) son of William, :and grandson of Warin:   occurs in many deeds dated between 1260 and 1288. From one dated 1270 we know that he was a son of William: "Joceramo fratre Phillipo filio Willio de Bostoc". The deed is a grant of premises in Bridge Street, Chester, to a Hugh Bostock (b1247), by Alice de Helesby, on the occasion of the marriage of Hugh and her daughter, Havice Helesby."

Children of:   "Phillip Bostok  (b 1239) and Mary de Vernon and had two sons: Adam (b.1268/9) and Ralph (b. 1272)."   Harl MSSS 2059

"Adam's (b 1268/9) brother:  Ralph de Bostock (b 1272), served the Abbot of Vale Royal as  seneschal (steward of the manor and household responsible for legal and domestic administration). He was no doubt a busy man for during the first half of the 14th century the peasants living and working on the abbey estates rebelled against the abbot's authority and there were many bloody feuds. Ralph lived in Moulton and founded a family that  lived there for many centuries." 

"The Bostok's were closely connected with Vale Royal, where several members of the family were monks."         (18 Rich.II 1395) There is a bitter fued beween Adam Bostok and Abott Stephen of Vale Royal ."

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"Adam de Bostock (1268/9) Lord of the Manor of Bostock; journeyed to Scotland with King Edward I's army at the battle of Stirling on 11 September 1297. The following July, he was at the battle of Falkirk where he received the honor of knighthood from the ‘Hammer of the Scots’; King Edward 1298."

" Sir Adam was appointed as one of the king's purveyors for the hundreds of Northwich occupants;  prior to a further expedition to Scotland. Between 1316 and 1343 he occurs many times in documents relating to the administration of the town of Middlewich and its salt industry; he also occurs in documents of a civil nature. " (46.Edward III 1373)

"Adam  (b 1268/9) married 1st: Joan Brereton in 1290; daughter of William Brereton and Margery Bosley.     

 "Matild Bostok, second wife and widow of Adam de Bostok:   Matilda Bostok  sued John de St. Pierre of Malpas for dower.  She claimed four messuages and sixty acres of land in and around the village of Bostock.  The acreage in Cheshire actually  represented about 126 statute acres.  Although Adam was Lord of the Manor, he held it on the basis of feudal tenure and his superior Lord was St. Pierre." (Plea Rolls 15.Edward III 1341 )".

Adam and Joan Brereton's only son:  William Adam (b1290). 

"Adam and Joan's Brereton's only daughter :  Joan Bostock (b 1310);  married Thomas/Nicholas Vernon, son of Ralph Vernon of Shipbrook.  In 1343; he granted to Nicholas, son of Ralph Vernon of Shipbrook, a parcel of land in Whatcroft, with rights to fish in the river Dane; this was on the occasion of the marriage of Adam's daughter to Nicholas Vernon.". "WHATCROFT" as a wedding present."  (This branch will lead to the ancestors of Thomas Jefferson.)

William Adam de Bostock (b1290), son of Adam (1268): married: "Alice"Winnington of Moulton in 1313; daughter & sole heir of , Richard Winnington,  Lord of Moulton juxta Bostock:  Richard de Leftwich, (Richard Winnington of Leftwich) born 1256 and died in Shipbrooke, Cheshire in 1307; and grandaughter of  Robert Winnington  (b1204)and Matilda de Wilbraham; (  ggrandaughter of  Lidulf de Croxton (Lidulf Winnington of Croxton).   Wilth William's marriage to Alice,  the lands of Moulton/Multon also became part of  the Bostock land holdings."

"William  served on the French campaigns, and served as "Scneschal of the Lordship of Frodsham", and Seneschal of Abbot of Val Royal".  .  Sir William de Bostock.  acquired lands in Bradwall, and Cheshire.  William married second to Joan Norreys, 

William  Bostock and ."Alice" had  son Adam (b1315); born in Henbury, Cheshire."   .  

"Children of William and "Alice" Winnington of Moulton:  William,  Adam (b1315) , Robert of Warmingham, Ralph of  Wixhall, & David (David's lineage leads to the Robert's of Churchton)."

"After Alice Winnington died,  William Bostock(b1290) married second to Joan Norreys; widow of Sir Thomas Danyers, Knt of Tabley; and Robert Abdy of Felix Hall/Chobham Place: and had sons Thomas and Hugh.".


Connection to the Kings of Scotland:

It is through the Winnington's of Moulton and the Keveliock's that we become linked to King Robert I (Robert the Bruce) King of Scotland. (Spelled BRUS, Broase, Breuse, Bruce) " Robert BRUS V (b1185) married Isabel Scott of Huntington.  Isabel Scott's mother was Matilda de Kevelioc.  The Scott's as in Sir Walter Scott.  Robert Brus V's mother was Isabel, Princess of Scotland, daughter of William I "Lion King" of Scotland."

Read more about the Bruce-Stewart connection under my "Graham" family link on my main webpage.


Son of William Bostock  (b 1290) and Alice Winnington of Moulton:

Adam (b1315) married in 1338 to:  Margaret  Wettenhall of St. Martin Parish; daughter and co-heiress of Sir John de Wettenhall (Lord of Acton),  and Agnes De Arderne.   The Arderne's are direct descendents of King Alfred the Great. " .

"Adam de Bostock held the Manor of Walter de Cokeseye, Kent for his military service:  Inq. Prob.etat,9      during the reign of Richard II:  His son Adam Bostock and heir would inherit  the Manor when he attained age 20." (Reg.Rolls 10 & 11 1386/7)  Adam Bostock also became the heir to inherit "Wettenhall" from (Adam's Maternal Uncle) upon showing proof of age". 

 Adam and Margaret  Wettenhall had son: Adam (b 1363) Born at Bostock and was baptized in the Church of Davenham in 1363.

In the winter of 1361 the "Black Plaque" spread through out Europe;  many people sold or abandon their property and fled Europe to escape death:  Perhaps this is why Adam (b 1363) lost his parents  mentioned below:

"Adam de Bostock held one messuage Manor and one carucate of land in "Little Stanthurle" (val.46s.8d):  Inq. 47 during reign of Edward III " he granted the Manor of Bostock to Walter Dammary, parson of the Church of Davenham, and William le Mynor, Vicar of the Church of Weaverham, to the intent that they should hold the properties mentioned for his son ADAM, when he attained the age of 24 years; that said Manor was held from the heirs of John de St Pierre, by military service" (val.p.a.xx)"

Adam (b.1363/65); he was only eight/ten when his father died .. His property was put into trust  held by Vicar of Weaveham, Parson of Davenham; until Adam reached adult.  He  was placed as a ward to Sir William Leigh of Bagguley.; (descendent of John de Leigh of the manor of Sandbach, John Leigh married Elizabeth Sandbach the only heir of the High Sherriff; Richard de Sandbach.  Johh Leigh a; descendent of Randle de Mechines, Earl of Chester 1086).  Adam then lived in the household of the old knight’s son, Randle; and after his death he became a ward  in the house of Sir Henry Bradshaw, whose daughter (Jonet  Bradshaw) he  married. "    

 ( 16th Century Bradshaw was "Lord President of the High Court Justice" which pronounced sentence on  King Charles I.)

Click here to read about the family: Bradshaw of  Lancaster  and "Marpel Estate"


Bostock: Knights of England
(c1350 - c1500)


CLICK HERE: 14th Century:   Effect of the "Black Death" on Europe and our Ancestors

"Adam De Bostock  (b 1315) held the land at "Little Stanthurle", Stanthrone."

"Adam (b1315) married  Margaret Wetttenhall in 1338 . Adam was a bodyguard for King Richard II at the Battle of Shrewsbury; for which he was knighted in 1386."   There son: ADAM (b1363/65)

Adam is rarely found in documentary evidence as he was probably away in France in the service of Edward, Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester - the Black Prince. In 1357, he served in France at the famous  "Battle of Poitiers" (1356). Adam followed the Prince to Spain in 1367 and was knighted on the field of the battle of Najera/Nazaret, Spain on 3 April 1367..

Adam (b1315) married in 1338 to:  Margaret Wettenhall of St. Martin Parish; daughter and co-heiress of Sir John de Wettenhale (Lord of Acton),  and Agnes De Arderne.   The Arderne's are direct descendents of King Alfred the Great. " 

Adam Bostock and Margaret Wetenhall Bostock's daughter Alice Bostock married Richard William Bulkeley.

"Sir John de Wettenhale, Knight [Parents] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 was born 1298 in Wettenhall, Cheshire, England. He died 1348 in Wettenhall, Cheshire, England. John married Agnes de Arderne on 1327 in Wettenhall, Cheshire, England.  

Agnes de Arderne (b 1305) in Alvanley, Cheshire, England. She married Sir John de Wetenhale Knight, on 1327 in Wettenhall, Cheshire, England.

Agnes Parents:   John de Arderne; Knight , was born 1266 in Alvanley, Cheshire, England. He died 1308 in Alvanley, Cheshire, England. John married Margery ferch Gruffydd on 1285 in Alvanley, Cheshire, England..

 Margery ferch Gruffydd was born 1261 in Powis/Powys, Montgomeryshire, Wales. She died after 8 Jul 1314. 

Margery’s Parents:   Gruffydd ap Cynan King of Gwynedd (Wales) ; was born 1055 in Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. He died 1137 in Bangor, Caernarvonshire, Wales. Gruffydd married Angharad ferch OWAIN on 1087 in Bangor, Caernarvonshire, Wales.

Margery Descendent: Gruffydd ap Cynan King of Gwynedd (WALES),  King of Ireland and Descendent of King of Wales; and  Emma de Audley..

DARRYDD (Sir) Gruffydd (1227? - 1284) ;  Lord of Denbigh; aka David GRUFFYDD; last Prince of   WALES 

It is through Margery  Gruffydd (b1261) that the Bostock entwines the Royal Blood of Ireland and Wales."                        

"In 1374 Adam's inquisition post mortem was held. The enquiry revealed that on the day of his death the Manor of Bostock had already been granted to the parson of Davenham and the vicar of Weaverham, to hold as trustees until the eldest son and heir should attain the age of twenty-four. The son, Adam, was then age eight. It was stated that the manor was worth 20 marks (£13 6s 8d or £13.33) per annum, and that it was held by military service from the heirs of the St.Pierre family."

Adam de Bostock   (b 1363)  Baptized at Davenham Church in 1365. 

"Adam's  (b 1363)  and Jonet  Bradshaw children were:   Ralph (b 1391);  Hugh (1393) (Lord of Hassell & Moreton & Salop); Henry Gilbert(1393/95)(Lord of Huxley , Tarporley, & Tattenhall); William (1398) (Lord of Huntingdon); Matilda, Margaret, Elizabeth and Agnes.   Jonet Bradshaw Bostock died at age 34. (most certainly caused by the Black Plague that swept thru Europe during this time)" :

"The childhood of this next Lord of Bostock:  Adam’s  (proof of age) was heard at Middlewich in May 1386. Witnesses gave evidence that he was born at Bostock on 25 March 1363 and was baptized at Davenham Church in 1365. After his father’s death the Prince of Wales granted Adam’s ward ship to Sir William Leigh of Baguley. Adam then lived in the household of the old knight’s son, Randle, where he was taught all that was necessary for a boy of those times." 

"At age eight, Adam Bostock  was placed in the care of Sir William Leigh. William's father, Robert Leigh (b1269) married Matilda de Arderne; descendents of Hugh Dutton and the Funk "Count of Anjou". All decedents of "Ivo Visount of Cotentin" (b1020) in Normandy, France. The Leigh's were Noble relatives   William Leigh, through lines of the Morville and Meschines family was directly descended from Emma; daughter of Ariotta (mother of William the Conqueror, sixth son of Charlemagne). When Adam was sixteen his guardian Sir William Leigh of Baguley, died.  Adam was placed under the care of Sir Henry Bradshaw of Bradshaw, whose daughter, Jonet/Jenet Bradshaw ; .they married .at St. Martin/Martyn's Parish."

"Adam grew up during the reign of Richard II. When the king began to recruit an army in Cheshire, Adam answered the call and became one of the captains of the sovereign’s elite bodyguard of archers. He was Knighted in 1386 by King Richard II and later by King Henry IV at Bostock."

"Rebellion against King Henry IV culminated in the battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. Adam had a command in the rebel army that was eventually defeated. Confiscation of lands held by the rebels was ordered. It does not seem that it was actually executed against Adam. The vicar of Weaversham held Adam’s property “in trust”;  he was under the protection of the Prince of Wales; and Adam was the eldest son and of noble/royal lineage.  His friends and neighbors were not so lucky: On 23 July, three days after the battle, Sir Richard Vernon, baron of Shipbrooke, and Sir Richard Venables, baron of Kinderton, were executed and their bodies displayed on the" city gates of Chester."

"Adam de Bostock was commissioned for the "Northwick Hundred" (Henry IV 1406, 63,35 2d), to conduct men-at-arms to the marshes of WALES in Broxon Hundred, for defense against the Welsh.  For his military services; Adam held the Manor of Bostock, Manor of Huxley, half the Manor of Tatenhall, Newton juxta Tattenhall, Rocristeton, Eccleston, and Monkes, Copenhall."

"Adam (b 1363): " After his death it was recorded that Adam had held the manor of Bostock, valued at £20 per annum, from Hugh Cokesay by military service. Could this have become what is known today as "Cokesay Castle"? Bostock Hall/House was located in "Little Hassall", Parish of Sandback & Middlewich.  Adam also held the manor of Huxley, half the manor of Wettenhall and lands in Tattenhall, Christleton, Tatton, Eccleston and Coppenhall, to a total value of £63 3s 2d (£63.16) per annum, directly from the Earl of Chester."

Ralph de Bostock   (1391 - 1421)

"The next Lord of Bostock was born in 1391. Ralph, like his father and grandfather, was an experienced warrior. He fought at the  battle of Agincourt in 1415 and  received the order of knighthood there by King Henry V. The following year he led a company of archers back to France. Iin 1417, he was commissioned to raise 3000 marks in the Northwich Hundred to help finance a further invasion of France.  He was in France in 1419 and 142. Latter he was one of fifteen Cheshire captains commanding 180 archers from the county."

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Ralph (b 1391) married Isabel Lawton (1393), the daughter and heiress of William de Lawton of Wigland, who in her own right was also heiress to half of the ancient barony of Malpas. The couple had the following children:   Adam (b 1412), Hugh (who lived at Wharton) and Henry (who lived in Middlewich);  Alice Bostock (b 1419), and son John."

"Ralph Bostock, son of Adam Bostock and heir at age 23; seeing much service in the French Wars, in the 28th year of age; as Ralph de Bostok, Armiger of Bostock; had his letters of protection on his going abroad in the retinue of King Henry V; and was probably knighted in France in 1416; in a commission with Sir William Brereton and others, as collector of part of a subsidy of 3000 marks in Northwich Hundred". 

"(Inq. p.m. 6  Henry V 1418)  Ralph de Bostok {Knight called "Ranulphus de Bostok", Chivaler}: granted the Manor of Bostock in fee, and lands in Occleston, Calvylegh, Alsager, Multon, and Tetlon.  Also two messuages and 80 acres in Chirchelauton, as of the right of Isabel Lawton, late wife of the said Ranulphus de Bostok, and half the Manor of Wetenhale."  (val. tot. XIII . VIs.) (obiit 22 Jan ult  1418)."

"Sir Ralph fought in the Battle of Agincourt under King Henry V:  died in 1421 probably in France.  The extent of his estates were: manor of Bostock, half the manor of Wettenhall and lands in Occlestone, Calveley, Alsager, Moulton, Tatton and Church Lawton."

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Adam de Bostock  (1412 - 1475)   (Son of Ralph Bostock and Isabel Lawton)

"For some time during his minority Adam was placed in the care of John de Kingsley, but details of his youth are vague. In 1424,   conditions were  put in place that the young Adam did not leave the inner bailey of Chester Castle until Kingsley died. Once he was age 21 he came into his inheritance of his title and property as “Lord of Bostock".

"( dated 1433.Henry VI):  Ranalphus de Bostok, Chivalers; was found to have died seized of the the aforesaid possessions; had been in the late Kings Wardship by reason of ADAM, the heir and minority, and who granted Adam's wardship to the kind dear esquire "John de Kyngesley" during the non-age of the said Adam; together with his marriage; and it was also returned that the said Adam was of the full age of 21 years." 

"Adam (b 1412) married Elizabeth Venables of St. Martin Parish; daughter   of Sir Hugh Venables, baron of Kinderton and Parnell; sister of Richard Venables, sister of Joan Cotton, and co-heiress of her nephew Hugh Venables II."  

Adam Bostock and Elizatbeth Venable's sons were: Ralph (b1434), John of Belgrave (b 1436); Nicholas of Mobberly (b 1437); and our William of Whatcroft, Stapleton, Bostock and London (b 1450)."

"Adam Bostock is found in connection with the administration of the salt industry in Middlewich. Between 1456 and 1460, he was the farmer of the town (i.e. he held the rents and profits of the industry..  He also had an illegitimate daughter, Jane Bostock, who married her cousin Robert Bostock of Churton; and after Robert Bostock died, Jane married Sir Edward Holt of Wimboldsley.  Edward Holt and Jane Bostock are the parents of our Emme Holt that married our George Bostock (b.1481/85)".

Elizabeth Venables: daughter of Sir Hugh Venables, Baron of Kinderton; descendents of "Gilbert de Venables of Kinderton 1050-1086.  Gilbert came to England with William the Conquerer.  William's daughter "Adela" was Gilbert Venables sister-in-law.  King Stephen who reigned 1135-1154 was Gilbert Venables nephew."

St. Michael & All Angels Church, Middlewich, Cheshire:  parts of the church date back to the 12 Century.  The KINDERTON CHAPEL  also known as BOSTOCK'S CHAPEL (was built as part of St Micheal's  in the 16th Century) and is located at the east end; which contains a brass monument dated 1591 dedicated in memory of Elizabeth Veneables, wire of Baron of Kinderton, Sir Adam Bostock. (parents of our William b.1450)

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Son of Adam Bostock (b1412) and Elizabeth Venables:

"Ralph Bostock (b 1434) married Elizabeth Dutton  (daughter of Thomas de Dutton, esquire). Ralph held the Manor of Wigland, lands in Wirral, Newton, and Middlewich.  (See the Dutton Family information listed below)"

Note:  Nicholas Bostock married the daughter of Sir William Mobberly (Catherine Mobberly)  another family connection.  It is through this branch of the Bostock family that we become related to Thomas Jefferson

Click here to read more  VENABLES  OF  TATTON

"Elizabeth Venables: Descendent of the 1st Baron of Cheshire, Sir William Venables (assigned 1st Baron by “William the Conqueror’s” cousin Earl Hugh Lupus 1087).  John Legh was the eldest son of William Venables.

Parnell Dutton, daughter of Sir Peter Dutton, married Hugh Venables, Baron of Kinderton; Elizabeth Dutton another daughter, married John Done, Son and Heir of John Done of Utkinton 1460.  After Parnell Dutton’s Venables death  Hugh Venables married Emme Warren.  After Hugh Venables death Emme married Hugh Dutton."

Read more on the Dutton and Done families below.

"In 1462, Adam (b 1412) and his son, Ralph, (b 1434) were bound over to be loyal to the Yorkist king, Edward IV.

"The enquiry into Adam’s estate, heard in 1475, states that Adam (b 1412) died in May of that year 1475, leaving his heir Ralph aged 30 years. (Later Ralph’s only son William (1470) died leaving without a male heir so the Bostock property was passed to sister Anne. Anne married John Savage and for over ninety years,  the property was controlled by the Savages.  Upon the death of John Savage in 1572;  Ralph’s youngest brother William (b 1450) and widow "Lady Elyenor" Ellen" descendents contested the marriage settlement of Anne Bostock upon John's Savage's death in 1572."

Click here to read Cholmondeley and Keviloc and Mainwarming  Family:

Adam Bostock (b1412)  (although married to Elizabeth Venables:  also had six illegitimate children:

"Illegitimate Children of Adam (b 1412) are recorded as:

Adam (b1412) reportedly had a son Adam (b 1452) by a ward named Ellen.

Adam (b1412) reportedly had 2 sons and 2 daughters by a ward of William Bradshaw: Jane b1454, John b1462, Arthur b 1464, Emma b 1467"


Ralph de Bostock (b 1434-1482):    ( 1st son of Adam( b.1412) and Elizabeth Venables:)

"In 1458 Ralph married Elizabeth Dutton, daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas de Dutton of Dutton: they had two children, William (b 1468/70) died without issue,  and daughter Anne Bostock (1472).   Ralph has one illegitimate son listed as:  John (b 1470)."    Anne married into the Savage family and took with her the Bostock estate.  

"Elizabeth Venables and Elizabeth Dutton's families:  Very prominent families of Cheshire:

Hugh Dutton of Hatton was Sheriff of Cheshire 10 Hen. 5, 1422, and had a second wife, namely, Emme the widow of Hugh Venables of Golborne, and Daughter of Nicholas Warren of Pointon

John Dutton of Dutton Esquire, Son and Heir or Sir Peter, married Margaret Daughter of Sir John Savage of   Clifton  .  John Savage was married to Ralph/Raufe Bostock only surviving daughter Anne Bostock 1472.  John Dutton, slain with his Brother Sir Thomas Dutton at Blore-Heath, 1459; Margaret married Hugh Son and Heir of Raufe Egerton.   

Sir Thomas was slain at the Battel of Blore-Heath in Staffordshire,  September 23, 38 Hen. 6, 1459, Stow in his Annals; and in the thirty-eighth year of his age. Anne Audley, his widow, afterwards married Hugh Done of Olton in   Cheshire  ;

Anne Audley Dutton Done died  1503."  

Our William Bostock (b1450) third wife was Elizabeth Done.(b1480): their daughter ANNE BOSTOCK (b. 1505)

John Done Knighted by James I:  His son John Doane of Plymouth Mass Colonist

Utkinton Hall in Cheshire, seat of the "Done/Doane" family.


DUTTON FAMILY OF DUTTON (Click here to read more)

"Ralph (b 1434); served  in the civil wars. Like his father, they would be loyal to King Edward  and paid in the sum of 500 marks."

"As a result of his loyalty to King Edward, and in consideration of his services "at his own cost"; he received license to enter his share of the barony of Kinderton. The rights to the barony were in dispute between the Venables family and William de Brereton; both of whom had also put forward a claim for the barony.

In 1482, it is speculated that Ralph died from poisoning at age 48.. His inquisition was held that year and reveals that Ralph held the manor of Bostock from the earl of Chester and that it was valued at £10 3s (£10.15) per annum. He also held the manor of Wigland, and lands in Newton (Middlewich), Huxley, Foulewiche, Bradley, Occlestone, Marsheton, Brereton, Leigh and Newton (in Wirral). Ralph's son and, heir is given as William (b 1470), then aged 13 years."


Read more about the Bostock and Huddleston of Newton Tattenhall


Ralph (b 1434):  The Bostock Lands are lost to the Savages:

"William (b1468):  (only "legitimate" son  of Ralph (b 1434);    William died in 1489  without any known issue.)   William choose to leave his only sister Anne, to inherit the manor and  Bostock  estate. .   .

With the death of Adam (b1412) & Elizabeth Veneables's oldest son (Ralph b.1434); the Estate went to Ralph's only son William (b1468); William died without issue.  Under traditional English law,  after the passing of William, the estate would have passed to the next eldest brother of  (Ralph b. 1434):    John ,   Nicholas,   or William:  (b 1450) to keep the estate intact as  a "Bostock Estate".

Ralph's only son William (b1468) chose to leave the estate to his only sibling and sister Anne Bostock (b1472).  She married John Savage of Clifton, and the estate remained under John Savage's control for over ninety years until  John Savage died in 1572.   There are nine John Savage's in succession, all descending from Archbishop Thomas Savage."

Click here: :JOHN SAVAGE  to read about the illegitimate children of the Savage Archbishop's.


Ralph (b 1434)'s  youngest brother Willilam (b 1450) is our lineage.

William (b1450) of Whatcroft, Stapleton, Bostock and London;  was the 4th son of Adam (b1412) and Elizabeth Venables.


                                                            Bostock's of Davenham, Cheshire


"A branch of the family continued to reside at "Bostock Hall", farming the manor as tenants of the Savage family. This branch was descended from William Bostock, (b1450) youngest brother of Ralph de Bostock (b1434); William was the youngest  child and legitimate son of Adam (1412) and Elizabeth Venables.  Adam and Elizabeth had 4 sons and 5 daughters."  

It is through William's oldest brother Ralph's lack of a male heir, that the Bostock/Moulton/Vernon property fell into the hands of the "Savage" family;  through the marriage of Ralph's only daughter Anne to John Savage.  

William  Bostock(1450) seems to have resided at several places: Stapleford/Stapleton , Cheshire, Huxley, Bostock, and London.. 

From Generation to Generation" by: Henry M.Neil   is the first place I have  seen William 15 (b1450) listed as "MARRIED" to Ellen Bostock. "Lady Eleynor"

Wife: #1  "Alice Patrick b. 1460 bore one son: Edward or Edmund Bostock b. 1481  Edmund was known as "The Keeper of the Castle" of Canterbury.   Son of William Bostock of Stapleton. This branch of the Bostock family lived at "Bostock Hall" until it was badly damaged in the Civil War. (See the picture and information listed below on the original "Bostock Hall".)   It was not pulled down until the early 1800's."

"(Bishop Percey's Follie Manuscripts Vol 1 by Thomas):  Mentions Sir Lawrence Bostock, Saxon and Norman Earl of Chester as mentioned by Ormerod;  Lawrence marreed Joan Minors of the Castle of St. Briaval in the Forest of Dene.  Joan was the daughter of Sir Roger Minors, Knight of Triago, constituted by Edward II as "Keeper of the Castle."  Perhaps their is a connection between Edmund and Lawrence Bostock?

"Edmund/Edward married Anne Shaw (b1483) and  had daughter Margaret Bostock (b1508) in Walcroft/Whatcross, Cheshire  (d 1540) in Alegate, London.  In 1524 Margaret married the "Duke of Devonshire", William Cavendish.  William and Margaret had one daughter: Anne Cavendish (b1534) in Chatsworth, Derbyshr."  It is through Anne Cavendish's marriage in  1582 to Henry Baynton (son of Sir Edward Baynton and Isabel Leigh the wealthiest land owners in England) that we Connect with King Henry VIII..  Isabel Leigh remarried to Sir Edward Howard and is the mother of Queen Catherine Howard and the aunt of Queen Anne Boleyn. We become linked to the wives of King Henry VIII . "

Click here to read more about the Cavendish family, Dukes of Devonshire     

Wife  #2:  Ellen:  As indicated in Henry Neil's book; "the children of William and.: Elyanor "Ellen" Bostock (b1455): five sons: George Bostock 14 (b1485/90), Ralph (b1489/91), Arthur (b1493), Humpry (b1497), and Roger (b1501)".  Henry Neil's account  of William being "MARRIED" to Ellen Bostock at St. Martin Parish:;  produces the theroy that Alice Patrick died after Edmund's birth in 1481, that Elyanor "Ellen" died after Roger's birth in 1501 and that Elizabeth Done did in fact become William's third wife; especially given her social standing as Sir Robert Done of Utkinton's daughter.  (also backed up by the birth of William and Elizabeth Done Bostock's daughter "Anne" in 1505).  I believe Ellen/Elyanor Bostock was the daughter of Henry Bradshaw.   

The time:  1485 "The Sweating Sickness" swept through Europe:  We are fortunate that George born that same year survived the sickness..

Wife #3:  "Elizabeth Done b. 1480 bore one daughter: Anne Bostock b. 1505 (notice Elizabeth is forty year's Williams junior).  Elizabeth Done, daughter and heiress of  Sir Robert Done of Utkinton".  See: Utkinton Hall in Cheshire, seat of the "Done/Doane" family listed above.  


Click here to read "William Bostock's Daughter Susan Bostock:   FitzAlan and Lumley Families






George Bostock (b1485/90):

William and Elyanor "Ellen" Bostock's, (daughter of Adam Bostock):  first son: George 14 (b 1485) is the forefather of our five Charle’s:

George (b1485)  married Emma Holt of St. Martin Parish. . Emma (b 1487) was the daughter of   Sir Edward Holt and   Jane Bostock.  Edward and Jane were: married at the ancient St. Martin-in-the-Field Parish, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey..  

 Robert (b1522/5) in Mobberley, Cheshire, England; son of George and Emma Holt; married to Emme Bromfield of St. Martin Parish..   Robert was buried in 1583 at Davenham.   (Children of George and Emma Holt::  Ralfe/Robert (b1522/25), Jane(b 1523) married William Abraham of London, Margarey, Isabell, Anne, Emme, Edward, Arthur)  

Emma Holt's mother:  Jane Bostock was the daughter of Sir Adam Bostock (b 1412) .

Many records also indicate that Emma Holt was George Bostock's second wife. I have found no solvent records of his first wife  Elizabeth (b 1493).

St. Martin-in-the-Field :  records confirm that George's parents were William Bostock and Ellen Bostock.  It also records Ellen as Williams  wife, "married" in that parish.   This is the second record, besides the book by Henry Neil ; that supports the fact that our descendent George was a legitimate child of William (b 1450) and Ellen Bostock.  


                                   Holt of Balderstone:  Holt Family Roots (click here to read more)


Robert Bostock (b1522/25) of Cheshire:

 Robert is buried at Davenham, Cheshire and died in 1582/83.

"Robert married Elizabeth "Emme" Brumfield ; she was the grand daughter of  William Abraham Brumfield of London; and  Jane Humfry of London.  Her father was Humpfry Brumfield.  .  Robert and Emma's  7th son Charles  (b 1569) is my lineage. Robert and Emma had twelve children.  Three sets of twins:  two sets of twin boys and a set of twin girls. Listed as: Arthur (b 1559) married Ellen Dennis,  Edward (b1561), John & Simon (b 1564), Humphrey (b1566), Ralph (b1567, My Charles (1569) and his twin Isaac, Robert (b1570), George (b1571), Anne & Katherin (b1573)."

"Humpfry Brumfield was named after his mother; Jane Humphry, ancestor of 1444 Duke Humphry (King Henry V's younger brother) founded the Oxford Library."

Robert Bostock (d 1583) at the age of 48, and is buried in Davenham, Tarporley,Cheshire.

Elizabeth "Emme" Brumfield/ (b1535) at St. Martin Parish,  (d 1632) age 97, and is buried at Bunbury, Cheshire.

"The Brumfield family were the owners of many "Salt Houses" of Northwich' descendents of Thomas Brumfield of Witton. " 

I am not certain why Robert and Emme are not buried together. Emme lived 49 yrs after Robert died and could be living in Bunbury near some of her twelve children.  It is ironic that their son Arthur (b 1559) died 1632  and is buried at Bunbury, Cheshire. Arthur's wife: Ellen Dennis Bostock died in 1642 and is buried at Tarporley, Cheshire England.  Arthur is buried with his mother Emme in Bunbury; both of them died in 1632; which leads me to believe they were victims of the "Black Plague" that swept Europe in the winter of 1631.  

It is also curious to note that one of  William Shakespere's wives was Alice Bromefeld/Brumfield. Most of us only know about Anne Hathaway.

Arthur Bostock (b1558/59):

"Charles (b 1569) brother: Arthur (b1558/59) was baptized in Davenham, Cheshire and married Ellen Dennis in 1603, and for a while exiled to Dublin Ireland. St. Martin Parish  identifies the "DENIS/DENNIS" family origin as County Galloway, Ireland; which would explain their exile to Ireland for a few years prior to returning to England  Where Arthur died 1632  and is buried at Bunbery, Cheshire. Ellen Dennis Bostock died in 1642 and are buried at Tarporley, Cheshire England.." 

" Arthur & Ellen Dennis had three sons: Arthur (1603), Richard, and William. 

Their son Arthur (b 1603) was baptized at Tarporley in 1603.  He married Jane Whittle in 1627; (daughter of Rev. Robert Whittel, Rector of St Helens, Tarporley). Arthur and Jane  had four children: Charles, John, William, and Mary (Harris).  It is not certain if Jane Whittle died prior to Arthur's immigration to the US in 1641; Arthur married in the US to Ellen Johnson, a widow.

Arthur's son Charles inherited his father's estate :  In the 17th Century, The Manor of "Balams" became the home of the Bostock family. (harl MSS no 411 p188)      "Balams" was owned by the Monastery of Bermondsey, until the monastaries disolution in 1548.  The survey of 1548 describes it as "Great Balams"; including 300 acres from Dragmire Lane (previously known as Cavendish Road) down to Nightengale Lane and down the slope to Falcon Brook. ( Son of Arthur: Charles Bostock of High Street and St Andrew Undershaft ,and his wife Elizabeth Horton of London)  . (harl MSS no 411 p188)    

"The town of Northwich was mapped out in 1600.  The Bostock's are shown owning two residents #52,  #75, and #63 and "the Swan"  also known as the "Trinity House Estate".  Throughout my research "High Street" continues to appear.  Bostock House #52 is on High Street.  The Swan #63 is in the Towns "Market Square".  Northwich is known for it's ancient salt mines."

  Arthur's   son William  left for America in 1640/31, seeking religious freedom. They settled first in Southhampton, Long Island in 1641, and second  in Stradford,  Fairfield, Connecticut in 1643.  

"Arthur's son: John Bostock/Bostwick; baptized at St. Helen's, Tarporley, Cheshire in 1638 and died in 1688.  John Bostwick married Mary Brimsmead in 1665; (daughter of John Brimsmead and Mary Carter)".  I believe this John is the second son of Arthur and Jane Whittle listed above.

There are records in the tenth century England History that mentions another Arthur.  How he fits into the family is not certain:                                    Longdendale" also called "Belybooth" is given as dwelling of yoeman Arthur Bostocke, granted  by Hugh Malbanc before 1130; located in the valley north of England and east of Homfirth known as "Glossop".


Click here to read:  Denis Family  

King Alfonso Denis,  3rd King of Portugal :   Ancestors of "Denis Family of Galloway, Ireland": Denis Family


Charles Bostock (b1569):

Apparently not much was gathered and documented on  Arthur's younger brother Charles (b1569)at St. Wilfrid, Davenham, Cheshire;  married Mary Saunders in London in 1600 at St. Helen's. Bishopgate, London  In 1625 Charles  worked as  the:  "Master of Scrivener's Co. at St. Bartholomew's of London"; and lists him as a "Master Worshipful" and son of Robert. (Source:   Call 034423:  St. Bartholomew in London records: Print call 6903504; Batch C022312; Dates:1558-1736)

Mary Saunders was the daughter of Sir Thomas Saunders; KNIGHT and  Sherriff of Surrey 1553; and member of parliament for Lewes in 1534. This is the obvious MAIN reason for Charles to migrate to the county Surrey; 200 miles away from his ancestors lands in Cheshire.. Read more about "Sir Thomas Saunders of Agmondesham" above.

His son Charles was baptized at St. Bartholomew Exchange in London in 1606.  He attended  Oxford  University in 1627, Cambridge University  in 1631;     MA at Oxford in 1634, and received his MD in 1640. Also studied at Leyden in the Netherlands in 1639.  He was a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians (LRCP) in London in 1643.  His pedigree was given in the Herald's Visitation of London 1634. 

It would be another thirty years before my/our ancestor Charles's (b 1569): grandson:  Charles (b 1642) left for America in 1671 and settled in New Kent, VA; .Later migrated to Onslow/Duplin County, NC in 1673. .  

 1614. Charles Bostock was assigned as one of the Wardens of the "Cinque Ports" were  the Kings peace keeper and the tax collector for the South Eastern counties of Kent, Sussex, Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich.. (This is the SECOND main reason for Charles to migrate to Surrey)

Because of Charle's marriage to Mary Saunders of Surrey; our branch of the Bostock family of Cheshire  is linked to Surrey , and in the 15th century upon Charles appointment as Warden.  

Explanation for the confusion about the location of "St Martin's in the fields":

Knowing that Charles Bostock and Mary Saunders were married at St. Helen's Bishopgate London in 1660, and after examining the records of St. Helen's, I am led to several ANCIENT parishs in London that merged with St. Helen's:      St Martins Outwich which once stood at the junction of Bishopgate and Threadneedle Street, London. It was demolished in 1874 and eighteen of St. Martin's monuments  were transfered to St.Helen's Bishopgate.  As time passed, five other churches were merged with St. Helen's (which holds the Tomb of Sir John Spencer) :  St. Andrew Undershaft,  St. Mary Axe (which holds the crumbling tomb of Juilus Caesar), and St. Ethelburga;   all merged and became part of St Helen's Bishopgate.(mss 7493)  

Another:  "previously known as "Saint. Martin's-in-the-fields" :  St. Leonard, Shoreditch, Borrow of "Hackney", Middlesex, London.  St. Leonard.

Lord William Bostock , Knight (b 1210) in Cheshire; married Elizabeth Audley (b 1225 at St. Martins Parish).

Their great grandson: Lord William Bostock, Knight (b1315) of Cheshire; married Joan Matilda "Alice" Winnington of Moulton (b1300) of St. Martin Parish

Their son: Sir Adam Bostock (b 1330) in Cheshire; married Margaret Wettenhall (b 1330) of St. Martin Parish.

Their son:  Lord Adam Bostock (b 1363) in Cheshire; married Jonet Bradshaw of St. Martin Parish.

Their descendent:  Lord Adam Bostock (b  1412) married Elizabeth Venables born abt. 1415 at St. Martin Parish.

William's (b 1450) second wife Elyanor "Ellen" Bostock is the mother of our ancestor George Bostock (b 1485/90); married Emma Holt , daughter of Sir Edward Holt of Wimboldsley.  Sir Edward Holt married Jane Bostock at  St. Martin's.  Jane was the daughter of Adam Bostock (b 1412).

George and Emma's son Robert Bostock (b. 1525) married Emme Brumfield (1535) of St. Martin Parrish     .


Click here to see the 1600 town of Northwich layout

"The Swan", Trinity House Estate; Northwich


(Thomas) Edward Bostock:     wasn't a Bostock )

Source:  "The complete book of Emigrants" 1607-1660"     by Peter Coldham 1987

With the permission of King Charles I: to form the "Massachusetts Bay Company":

1000 Colonists and 17 ships sailed to America seeking religious freedom;  Among them was a ship                         named  "Defence".  It  sailed from Fenchurch, London June 1635 and arrived in Boston Oct. 1635.

Master of the ship:  Edward Pearce who changed his name to Thomas or EDWARD Bostock.  

Among his passenger list was the family William French of Halstead, Essex Co., England; seated at Bostock Hall.  

"William Bostock of Fitzharris, Abingdon (b abt 1570): went to Virginia as a member of Captain John Smith's Expedition in 1608/09.  William was the Captain of her Magesty's ship "Pinnace".  William Bostock married Edith Fettiplace in 1593 in Appleton, Berkshire England.  William wrote an/the account of "Pochontas".


Bostock Estate: Cheshire England: “Broadbottom Hill” 

"Broadbottom was nothing more than several remote houses and farms before the industrial revolution. The oldest building is possibly Home Farm, Hill End Lane with a date stone showing 1604. Broadbottom Hall was built in 1680 although the Bostock family in the 19th century had deeds for the land dating back to 1330 where William de Brodebothum left his land to Henry his son. During most of the 19th century, Broadbottom Hall and much of the surrounding land was owned by the Bostock family. During the 18th and 19th centuries the village grew with much of its industry using water taken from the nearby river Etherow." 

The Bostocks of Cheshire

"Bostocks who lived in Cheshire had their ancestry in one Osmear, the Saxon Lord or Thane of the Manor of Bostock. Strict puritans by the time of the Reformation and dissatisfied by the Church's tolerance of Catholics.. The Bostocks held extensive lands throughout Cheshire and parts of Lancashire including at Great Budworth, Warmingham, Church Coppenhall and in Church Minshull. Broadbottom Hall was built by them in 1680 and up to the 19th century, Broadbottom Hall and much of the surrounding land was owned by the Bostock family. The name is sometimes written as Bostwick, Bostick or Bostic in America, but have the same root."

"The Bostock family of Holt were direct cousins to the Bostock's of Churchton, and close kinsfolk of the Bostock's at Tattenhall, the Bostock's of Bruern Stapleford,  and the Bostock's of Farndon".

Richard Bostock of "Tattenhall"  also had a son Charles Bostock of "Shirley House"  Charles Bostock married Mary Smedley at Collegiate  Church before 1642.  Mary was born 1624 and the daughter of Leonard Smedley of "Smethley Mills" in county Chetham, township of Manchester.  Leonard was "Deputy Herald"  agent of  "College of Arms" in Lancashire. (arms painter and stainer).  .It is easy to confuse the Bostock's of Tandridge with those of "Tattenhall".

1555 Thomas Bradshaw was owner/ proprietor of the "Manor of Tandridge Hall" also known as "North Hall".  1576 Richard Bostock purchased Tandridge Hall from Thomas Bradshaw.  Richard's oldest sister Katherine Bostock Fuller were proprietors of the "Beverly Manor" & other Tandridge lands.  1625 Edward Bostock was owner of Tandridge Hall.

During the reign of Elizabeth I; "The Trinity House" Estate was owned by the Bostock family.  Also referred to as the "Swan". 

1581 Queen Elizabeth (volume 150) paid Mr. Bostock 401 for the "Old Shire Hall" which she delivered to Richard Spencer for the building of the new "Exchenqer" in "Chester Castle". 

Thomas Bostock (a merchant of London)  married Mary Abdy and was the proprietor of "Walworth Manor".

"Manor of "Moreton Saye" held in 1086 by Roger de Lacy, it had belonged to a Saxon Eldmund Franklin.             In the 12th Century the men of Audley were tenants of Robert de Say.  The Family of Hugh Bostock and Anne Burton of Longner settled in Moreton-Saye before the close of the   15th century.  Hugh was the son of John Bostock and his mother Jane Vernon Grosvenor.  His mother was the widow of Richard Grosvenor, and the daughter of Sir Thomas Vernon.". 

Palantinate of Chester: Concerns a 50 yr. lease to Hugh Bostock by John Savage. Also Hugh Bostock  and his wife Alice Corbett of Moreton Saye Manor in 1581, Son of John Bostocke, in the Stropshire records.  

Also mentioned:, William Bostock 1455 as a citizen and merchant of London.  Edward Bostocke in 1614 as an ironmonger.  Robert Bostock 1779-92 as a Ship Captain & Liverpool merchant/slave trader in the British West Indies to Liverpool England. 

John Bostock Abbot of St. Alban 1906  (Click here to read)

House of ST. Albans  (click here to read)

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Cheshire Tarporley

"Bostock Hall"::  The Old House" was moated but pulled down in 1803. The original property owners were decendents of "OSMERUS", Lord of Bostock.   Currently there is a Bostock Hall located in Bostock and now called Bostock Green. The new Bostock Hall is privately owned and can't be toured. It is not the original Bostock Hall, however the original foundation and mote is viewable in the pastures of Bostock Green.  The exact location is given as "Middlewich-Shipbrook", Cheshire England. "  "Bostock Hall" as "Bostoeks of Moreton Saye co,Salop, and Henry Bostock of that place" Salop                                                                                                                                    Inq. p.m. 23, Elizabeth  


Bostock Hall  Click on the link below:                                       

“The Lowndes of SC”     and    “Bostock Hall”:

Actually built in 1622 by Richard Bostock:

Grid Ref: SJ 486 586
16 April 2002

St. Alban's



St. Alban's, Tattenhall


The church with its decorative iron gates

The Hall



Tattenhall Hall


Cottage in the main street

 With the exception of the tower, the church of St. Alban's in Tattenhall was rebuilt in 1869.

"Tattenhall Hall:   It is an early example of a brick house in Cheshire. It was built for Richard Bostock, some time before 1622. The windows have stone mullions. During most of the 18th century and the early 19th century it was used a farmhouse before it was purchased and restored by Robert Barbour of nearby Bolesworth Castle, in 1856."

Tandridge Hall    Tattenhall Hall   "Bostock , Fuller and Huddleston Family

Arderne Hall 

Click here to read more on the Arderne, Audley, Stanley, Sandbach  Families:  "Casle of Aldford"  Arderne Family

"Adam Bostock (b1363/64) It is through his marriage to Agnes the Bostock blood entwines with KING ALFRED THE GREAT, CYNAN King of Gwynedd,  King of Ireland 

Kin Alfred, born at Wantage, Berkshire, in 849, Alfred was the fifth son of AEethelwulf, king of the West Saxons. As King of Wessex at the age of 21, Alfred (reigned 871-99) He defended Anglo-Saxon England from Viking raids"

1218 Treaty of Worcester between Llywelyn the Great and the English Crown

Attie Bostick missionary in China in 1900


The Bostock Coat of Arms

Contributed to me by Ira T. Bostic of Matthews, NC


 Click here to see the Bostock    LINEAGE OF "King Alfred the Great"

Click here to read about the Davidic Throne of England   "Joseph of Arimathea"


Several researchers have made comments to me that:  "it is of no particular privy to attach ourselves to the past"

To that I respond:      "Nothing can we call our own------except our dead!"

Many of my attachment/hyperlinks have the sources listed at the bottom of the page.

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I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all my distant cousins and friends that have written to me and have shared their family history with me; as I continue to share mine with them.  Without their contributions and collaboration, many pieces of our family history would continue to remain a mystery.  Thank you!!!!

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