Bowstake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the name Bowstake date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Cheshire, where they derived their name from the township of Bostock, in the parish of Davenham.
Early Origins of the Bowstake family
The surname Bowstake was first found in Cheshire at Bostock, a township, in the parish of Davenham, union and hundred of Northwich. "This place gave name to a family descended from Osmerus, lord of Bostock in the reign of William the Conqueror: the heiress of the elder branch brought the manor in the latter part of the 15th century to the Savages." 
"John Bostock, Abbot of St. Alban's, a learned divine and poet in the time of Henry VI., was born [at Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire], and was commonly called John of Wheathampstead." 
Early History of the Bowstake family
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Bowstake Spelling Variations
Bowstake has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bowstake have been found, including Bostock, Bowstock, Boast, Bostake, Bostick and many more.
Early Notables of the Bowstake family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Bastwick (1593-1654), an English Puritan physician and controversial writer, born at Writtle, in Essex. "He was entered of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on 19 May 1614, but remained there only a very short time. Leaving the university without a degree, he went 'on his travels,' and served for a...
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Migration of the Bowstake family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bowstakes to arrive on North American shores: Francis Boast and his wife and five children settled in Nova Scotia in 1774; Henry Bostock settled in Maryland in 1779; Henry Bostock settled in Barbados in 1635.
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.