BOSTIC BROTHERS STORIES: IMMIGRANTS TO AMERICA
One of the "three brothers" story in my Bostick family appears to have originated or been perpetuated by Mrs. Malcom Everett of Macon, GA, who wrote several artices for an Atlanta newspaper in the 1930's.
Mrs. Everett states that "Three Bostick brothers came to America, one settled in Connecticut, one in New York and one in Virginia." There it is, folks - the infamous "three brothers" story. Now, for the rest: "William went to Virginia and married Miss Nancy Wilson. Their son, John Bostick married Miss Chessley of VA and they had 5 sons and 4 daughters. Of the sons, one went to TN, one to SC and the other three came to GA, they were Chessley or Chesley (Capt. in the Rev. War), Nathan (or Nathaniel) and Littleberry. The 4 daughters were Aunts Corbett, Stone, Hatcher and Gervais."
Has anyone ever found a documented connection to the Bostick families in Connecticut or New York? What about Charles Bostick, who appears in VA in the Vestry Book of Blisland Parish, New Kent Co, VA, in 1682.. . . Many researchers believe this Charles is our immigrant ancestor and he was certainly in VA prior to the time the "three brothers" were going in all directions.
Mrs. Everett's newspaper column in the 1930's was not the first instance of this story being advanced.
In = Old Plantation Days= by Mrs. Nanny Bostick DeSaussure, written in 1909, there is a letter dated 8 Jan 1906 written to "My Dear Aunt Nannie" from A. McIver Bostick, attorney of Beaufort, SC (page 118 of cited book). Mr. Bostick states:
"Our family and the Northern family of Bostick were one and the same. Our American progenitor landed in Plymouth, Mass. Sometime about the middle of the 17th century, coming from Chester County England and being probably a political refugee. His wife also came with him from England ... the original stock in Mass. seems to have migrated; mine northward and some gradually drifting southward. The intermediate links I cannot supply, but these brothers settled, two in Carolina, the youngest being our great grandfather Richard and one in GA.
This letter by Mr. Bostick is also printed in =Our Family Circle= by Annie Elizabeth Miller of Macon, GA (c) 1931 with corrections, additions and deletions by Rev. Dr. Robert E.H. Peeples, (c) 1975.
If this letter is to be believed, those who descend from the Black Swamp Bosticks (descendants of Richard), those in other parts of the South and those in the Northeast are all related - somehow. This is all so confusing that I can not figure it out, but did want to point out another instance of lumping all Bosticks into one family.
In =Our Family Circle= Mrs. Miller gives the same information about the "3 brothers" Bostick running around in all directions. She does list the descendants of Littleberry Bostick, as given from an old Bostick Bible by Mrs. Everett of Macon, GA.
This is the same information used in some of Mrs. Everett's newspaper articles.
Mrs. Miller states that Richard Bostick (born 24 Sep 1758, died 5 Feb 1831) married Mary Harriet Robert, daughter of John Robert and Elizabeth Dixon. Richard married (2) Elizabeth Ann Robert Singleton, sister to Mary Harriet Robert. Children of Mary Harriet Robert and Richard Bostick are listed as Ann Eliza, who married William Daniel McKenzie; Benjamin, who married (1) Ann Robert and (2) Jane Aseneth Maner.
There is more information on the Black Swamp Bosticks in =The Last Foray, the SC Planter of 1860 A Sociological Study = by Chalmers Gaston Davidson. On page 179 it is written that Benjamin Robert Bostick of "Ingleside," Black Swamp plantation,
was born 11 Oct 1791 in SC; married 18 Jun 1815 to Mary Eliza Robert (28 Aug 1798-died 1817) and married (2) 19 Mar 1819 to Jane Asenath Maner (25 Mar 1801-6 May 1887). Benjamin R. Bostick died 25 Oct 1866. He was educated at the College of SC (left 1809-1810) and was a deacon in the Baptist Church. He was also a trustee of the Black Swamp Academy and owned 370 slaves.
This Bostick family is also mentioned in =Before Freedom - 48 Oral Histories of Former North and South Carolina Slaves= by Belinda Hurmence (c) 1990. On pgs 162-163, 88 year old Silvia Chisolmin states: "Old man Joe Bostick was me marster .... Mr. Bostick was a good old man. He been deaf. He was a preacher. His father was old man Ben Bostick." She goes on to say that her master's home and his Pineland place at Garnett were burned by the Yankees during the Civil War.
ANOTHER STORY: Charles-Edward-George-Richard =Cavaliers and Pioneers 1666-1695= by Nugent lists the following: BOSTOCK, Charles 7 Apr 1671; BOSTOCK, Ed 21 Oct 1669; BOSTOCK, Edward 1674; BOSTOCK, Francis 1683; BOSTOCK, George 1674; BOSTOCK, Richard 1667-1668. Page 91 shows Charles BOSTOCK arriving in Virgina. He did very well for himself since it seems he arrived in Virginia as an indentured servant.
Some of the best records of the time are found in the parish vestry and register books. From St. Peters Parish in New Kent County 1684-1786 we find the following: "At a vestry held at St. Peters Parish Church on behalf of St. Peters Parrish this 4th day of May 1687. It is ordered by the present vestry in obedience to an order of New Kent County Court bearing date 28 February 1689 each vestry doe putt their Parrishes in Precincts and appoint a time for processing and remarking bounds of each mans land." Among those listed has having lands processed was Charles BOSTOCK.
St. Peters Parish was formed from Blisland Parish about 1678. Present St. Peters Church was built about 1704-06. Over 100,000 bricks were used in its construction and the church and parish are still active today. This is in spite of the Revolutionary and Civil War activity in the area and St. Peters being in the middle of the Penisula Campaign and used as a hospital during the Civil War. Gen. George Washington and Martha Park Custis were married in this church and her father, Park Custis, was a member of the vestry.
From the Parish Register: Mary BOSTOCK daughter of Charles BOSTOCK baptized the 24th day of June [ ] 16? Charles BOSTOCK "dyed" the 4th day of January 1700. Mary BOSTOCK departed this life 7th day of December 1709. James Crump and Veronica BOSTOCK were married 14th day of July 1709.
ANOTHER STORY: Charles-Thomas-Arthur A. Max Bostic has requested that we list the locations where the different Bostic/Bostick/Bostwick families settled in America. He offers the following:
Charles Bostick/Bostock came from England to VA in 1671 and settled just east of present day Richmond, VA. Later migrated to Onslow/Duplin co., NC.
Thomas Bostick/Bostock came from England and settled in Cecil County, MD in the mid-1600's. Part of this family went to Richmond Co, NC
Arthur Bostwick came from England and settled in Strattford, Connecticut in the 1641. Some descendants went to NY.
The information above was exerted from the Public “Bostic Newsletter” website.
Wanda Bostic Dunlap August 2009