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Lieutenant-Colonel John Bostwick 1780-1849

Lieutenant-Colonel John Bostwick 1780-1849

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Lieutenant-Colonel John Bostwick 1780-1849

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Elgin
The Municipality of Central Elgin
In Port Stanley, at the side of a church
on the northeast corner of
Colborne Street (Road 4) and Matilda Street

Coordinates: N 42 40.236 W 81 12.788


Plaque Text

Born in Massachusetts, Bostwick came as a child to Norfolk County. He was appointed high constable of the London District in 1800 and sheriff in 1805. A deputy-surveyor, he laid out some of the earliest roads in the Talbot Settlement and in 1804 was granted 240 ha here at the mouth of Kettle Creek. After serving as a militia officer throughout the War of 1812 he settled on the site of Port Stanley and founded this community. Bostwick represented Middlesex in the legislative assembly 1821-24. He donated the land for this church, which was completed in 1845, and is buried in its churchyard.

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Posted January 22, 2017
I believe that my Great Great Great Grandfather and my Great Great Grandfather Alexander Goff may have lived in the original settlement of Kettle Creek in 1812. Eventually Alexander received a land grant for serving in the war of 1812 in Howard Township in Kent County around 1820. Is there any info available? Thank you.
Gerald Goff canuck210@att.net

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