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  • Elizabeth Havens (1742 - 1828)
  • 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...
  • Mary White (1687 - bef.1724)
    Mary BOWDITCH was born 17 FEB 1686/7 in Braintree, Norfolk, MA, and died BEF 8 FEB 1723/4 in Braintree, Norfolk, MA. She was the daughter of 2. John BOWDITCH and 3. Temerance FRENCH. She married Thom...
  • Mary Place (deceased)
    Seen as wife of Peter Place without supporting evidence
  • 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...

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.