Augustus Bostwick


Augustus Bostwick probably was born about 1740. He is said to have been the son of David Bostwick of Stratford, Connecticut and his first wife, Sarah Nichols Bostwick. Perhaps he was related to contemporary Albany resident Henry Bostwick or to other Bostwicks living in the area during his lifetime. We seek defining information on his origins and path to Albany.

In August 1766, their marriage license identified his wife as Jane Doty. The marriage may have been childless although one source held that they had two sons born during the 1760s. But, by 1768, they were identified as subscribers and communicants at St. Peter's Anglican church. Over his life in Albany, Bostwick was an Anglican stalwart.

In 1764, he was named constable for the second ward. In 1769, he was appointed firemaster for the first ward. In 1767, he was a member of Abraham C. Cuyler's Albany militia company.

In 1766 and 1767, his first ward property was accorded a modest assessment.

Augustus Bostwick may have been dead by the outbreak of hostilities in 1775 as his name was not listed in the records of Albany's wartime committees.

His widow was named as the head of the household in 1779 and carried on in their lower State Street home until the early 1790s.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Augustus Bostwick is CAP biography number 7380. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 4/20/07; updated 7/1/15