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Bowditch Genealogy and Bowditch Family History Information

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  • Mary White (1686 - d.)
    Mary Bowditch Birth: 1686 Parents: John Bowditch, Temperance French Husband: Thomas White (b abt 1675) Death: 1723 Children include Ruth (1714-1775) Married Daniel Reed
  • Mary Bowditch (1669 - 1724)
    Inscription: Charter Street Burying-Ground, Salem -NER Apr 1849 "Here lyes ye body of Mrs. Mary Bowditch, wife of William Bowditch, who died [ ] 1724, in ye 53d [or 55th] year of her age. From Thomas...
  • Capt. William Bowditch (1663 - 1728)
    OCCUPATION: Merchant, Master Mariner BIRTH-MARRIAGE-DEATH: Salem VR b/m/d dea ae 64y 9m - merchant BURIAL: Charter Street Burying-Ground, Salem -NER Apr 1849 Inscription: "Here lyes ye body of Capt...
  • ? Bowditch (deceased)
  • Abigail Pratt (1731 - 1788)
    Month and day of birth, death date, marrage date all received from AFN file on Family Original documentation would need to be found to verify. Pedigree available on, but ...

About the Bowditch surname

The name Bowditch apparently originates in Chardstock, county Dorset, England, in about the first half of the twelfth century. The Chardstock line is recorded through sixteen generations in the Visitation of Dorset in 1632 [Publ. Harl. Soc. Vol. XX, 1885]. The earliest spelling of the family name heads the Chardstock pedigree: Osmerus de Bunedich. It is believed that the name means bourn or boundary-ditch, and in fact Bowditch Farm, Bowditch Common, Bowditch Manor, etc., places all close together and evidently the cradle of the family, near Chardstock, lie near to a large prehistoric ditch which separated the hostile tribes in Dorset and in Somerset. Nathaniel Bowditch, author of The New American Practical Navigator, is descended from this line.