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BOSTOCK - WILKINSON - BARKER - BLEASE - BRIDGE BETTES - ROBERTS - LIGHTFOOT - ROBE - KING - POLLIT are some of the names linked to this family in U.K.

Page updated March 2001. Louise Rayner 1829-1924 is the creator of this marvellous work. This we believe, is how it may have been in 1699 when Jonathan Bostock conducted his Ironmongery Store.

After some years on the net, Matthew and I have expanded our home page to bring you a story about the many and diverse families from whom we descend. LINKS to all lines of both our forbears, from many different countries, are forwarded on Page 7 of this site.

We began our chase c.1986 after curiosity surrounding the continual use in Matthew's family, of the given name Robertson. It certainly shows how a Tiny Acorn can grow to be a Majestic Oak, as one by one, the names were added to our extensive family tree. Not only were names, but personalities came to life and much joy and delight was spread around. So many people became joined to a family at last - people who throughout their lives felt that they had just 'dropped' from the sky.

We were never handed extensive family trees 'on a platter' as it were, but in fact, enjoyed the 'thrill of the chase', which cannot be compared. Thousands of letters were written and paths worn to the mailbox, in those early days of research. I had the great blessing of Matthew's interest and technical ability to add to my interest in the research and text lines.

We had no knowledge of my grandparents in 1986, while even my Dad knew nothing of his mother's death and burial place. He knew little of his father either, as the family had been put into the care of the welfare at a young age. After some denial of his father's first marriage, it was learned that Dad and his siblings had 10 step brothers & sisters. This story can be seen on Page 4 of this site.

Adding to the excitement of all that new data, we took advantage of the many opportunities to travel and discover the places where our forbears lived, walked and worked, both in Australia and in the U.K. This created for both of us, the most marvellous feeling for both of us, of belonging to a part of pioneering Australia. We also felt very proud and nostalgic as we stood in front of the beautiful homes & places our ancestors left in the U.K. Great sites of homes, stations, properties, bond stores, flour mills and prominent places, added links to those who had much to do with the very establishment of Sydney, Tasmania, Port Fairy, Warrnambool and much of the surrounding country.

MATTHEW'S FAMILY came into New South Wales and after working through that state, became part of the establishment of significant places in central to south east of Queensland. From working the railway, blacksmithing, gold prospecting, pastoral and medical, they had a passion for enterprise which became part of their way of life. BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS

See Birrell / Montgomery families of these sites -

I will try to condense the mass of history that we have gleaned, while revealing the important and humorous stories to keep your interest in these pages.

Firstly, this BOSTOCK story is very much expanded in a 250 page book publised 1994. 'Mariners Merchants...then Pioneers' is A4 size, perfect bound and just a few copies remain available for family members. I shall explain briefly, the beginnings of this line from Cheshire in England.

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. We were absolutely thrilled to arrive in Bridge Street, Chester on Easter Saturday 1995. The Town Crier was in full 'flight' outside St.Peters Church and the Roman Cross, built on the site of the Roman Principia - original Roman Headquarters.

"The Rows" of Chester, along with the multitude of very distinctive, architectural style of Tudor houses, of age blackened wood and plaster, churches, museums and galleried streets, tempt the tourist with the flavour of mediaeval 'old England'. It all adds to the sheer delight for all who descend upon this colourful city.

Jonathan Bostock's Ironmongery Shop was in Bridge Street, Chester in 1699. The late Louise Rayner has captured these ancient streets in her marvellous art of Chester and surrounding sites. We can only imagine which shop in the street was occupied by Jonathan in 1699. Most important, is the wonderful stone wall, built by the Romans about 1800 years ago, before their exit from the region about 400 AD. How marvellous to walk around this place, enclosed by this great stone wall, with 'open' gates to the city - a must for every tourist to the region.

It is believed that the BOSTOCK surname was brought to England by the Vikings prior to 1066. We had the privilege of visiting the Village of Bostock in 1995, which made the heart miss a beat or two. BOSTOCK GREEN is claimed as being the centre of the County of Cheshire. This is a privately owned estate which has changed hands from the earliest times of Osmer. WEB Tony Bostock.

OUR FAMILY in 1604, had links to EDWARD BOSTOCK who was an apprenticed ironmonger. He married widow Ellen Minshall, with 3 children and died in 1645. We don't know the link between Edward and Jonathan but, believe he was from the same Cheshire family. Jonathan Bostock, Ironmonger lived at Chester, while Edward lived at Farndon, which is on the border of Cheshire and Wales to the south.

We don't have birth of JONATHAN BOSTOCK but he m.1699 MARTHA BRIDGE. Jonathan & Martha issue:- ALICE bp.1702. RICHARD bp.1703. NATHAN bp.1706. JOSEPH bp.1708. PHILLIP bp.1709.

Poor Martha died December 1713 leaving Jonathan with 5 children under12 years. In 1714 Jonathan re-married at St.Peters's Chester to ELIZABETH ROBERTS - had issue: MARTHA bp.1715. PETER bp.1716. DEBORAH bp.1717. DANIEL bp.1719. SAMEUL bp.1720. ESTHER bp.1722.

We have information, on the line from PETER BOSTOCK born to Jonathan & Elizabeth but of no others. Where they are or what happened remains a mystery. We would love to discover another link from those original male lines. Seeking descendants of RICHARD, NATHAN, JOSEPH, PHILLIP, PETER. SAMUEL & DANIEL plus female lines, always difficult to trace.

PETER BOSTOCK married ELIZABETH BLEASE in 1742, while her sister MARGARET BLEASE married JOHN WILKINSON the same year. Peter (1716-1767) was a Church Warden at Tarvin in 1747 the time of Robert's birth, confirming his residency there. Peter's wife died and he married again to Ann of Bruen Stapleford (Tarvin) and just one more son named Peter Bostock was born in 1746, before Ann also died in 1748. Peter was left with a five year old son Robert and his step brother Peter who was aged about 20 months. It is not known what became of Peter or the son Peter Bostock.

In 2000 we were delighted to make contact with Australian NEIL ROBERTSON who descends from CHARLES WILKINSON brother of ELIZABETH WILKINSON who married ROBERT BOSTOCK. So there is much to catch up on, in the years to come.

ROBERT BOSTOCK (1) was baptised at Tarvin in 1743. This Robert Bostock who married Elizabeth Wilkinson in Tarvin in 1770 is the line we are following. Robert became a mariner serving in the Royal Navy and after being a sea captain in the employ of Fox Croft & Co., was encouraged by his uncle JOHN BOSTOCK ???? of Liverpool, to enter the Slave Trade. This he did between 1779 and 1793 when he died aged 50. Although Robert owned a few ships in the business, he was regarded as a small operator. He resided at Union Street, Liverpool with Elizabeth and their young family.

ELIZABETH continued in business after Robert's decease, but it is not known in what capacity. Elizabeth Bostock died in 1840. They had issue of nine, with all males going into the Royal Navy, while only two Robert and Charles married. John died at sea while Elizabeth remained unmarried. Margaret, Amelia and first Elizabeth died young. Maria married JOHN KING of Dover, son of a shipbuilder, while the second Margaret married JOHN POLLIT of Liverpool.

The spinster daughter Elizabeth Bostock survived until 1845 residing at 2 Hope Place, Hope, Street Liverpool. These graceful old brick units, in the shadow of the Cathedral, were still in beautiful condition during our visit in 1995.

What can we say about the slave trade, except that it was a very sad time in world history. Slavers were part of a network sanctioned by all sections of society including powerful sections of the population, church, monarchy, industrialist and merchants looking for outlets for increased production. More alarming of course were the African leaders themselves looking for business and exchanges. Recently we watched an explicit documentary showing the other side of this disastrous period in the history of slavery. African people had 'caravans' operating from their remote inland villages, delivering their own kind to holding camps on the beachfront while inviting Englishmen to procure greater trading for them. However immoral, but legal, slavery has to be seen through the eyes of that time in history when very few, apart from Wilberforce, Newton and others fought for abolition against traders, churches, monarchy and merchants.

From a genealogist point of view, some great documents have been preserved, including 400 pages of letterbook of Robert Bostock (1743-1793). He was part of a family of mariners who served in the Royal Navy and had obviously received a good education. At some cost these papers are now in my possession, courtesy of City of Liverpool Library, William Brown St., Liverpool, which we visited in 1995.

As our story continues, Robert the eldest son of Robert and Elizabeth was found operating in the slave trade in Sierra Leone but was in fact, at St.Paul's River and not on Commonwealth Territory. He was sent to Australia, receiving a pardon almost forthwith. His story continues on the next page.

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