Bodfish Family Genealogy
Bodfish Family Genealogy

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1. Robert Bodfish - was born in 1612, lived in Barstable, MA and died on 19 Nov 1651 in Sandwich,Barnstable,Massachusetts .
Robert married Bridget about 1639 in Barnstable, MA.

Bridget - After Robert died in 1651, she married Samuel Hinkley in 1657, the father of Governor Thomas Hinkley.

Robert - made freeman May 6, 1635 at Lynn, Mass. moved to Sandwich in 1637. Robert was one of the original proprietors of Sandwich. The Indian title to the land was purchased by William Bradford in 1637, then assigned to Robert Bodfish, Richard Bourne and others. In 1640 the lands were divided and Robert received 5 acres, a little less than average.
 
In 1641, he was a surveyor of Highways, in 1644 he served on the Grand Jury and also was licensed to "draw wine in Sandwich". The family all moved to Barnstable, Mass in 1657.
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Sarah Bodfish was born in 1638 in Sandwich, MA and died on 3 Oct 1704 in Barnstable, MA .
Sarah married Peter Blossom on 21 Jun 1663 in Barnstable, Mass.. Peter was born in 1648 in Barnstable, Mass.. He was the son of Thomas Blossom. He died in 1706 in Barnstable, Mass. .
See Blossom family for children.
ii.  Joseph Bodfish was born on 3 Apr 1651 in Sandwich, Mass.. See #2. below.
iii.  Robert Bodfish
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2. Joseph Bodfish - was born on 3 Apr 1651 in Sandwich, Mass.. He is the son of Robert Bodfish.
Joseph married Elizabeth Besse.

Joseph - married Elizabeth Bessey in 1674 - 12 children. Resided on Bursley's Lane in West Barnstable.
 
When he was eighteen, Plymouth had been settled fifty years but ravenous animals abounded in the Colony. In 1654, nineteen wolves were killed. Joseph could set a trap as cunningly as the oldest Indians. Wolf Neck, so named because it was the resort of these animals, was about 1/2 mile from Joseph's home, and there he set his traps. Once he narrowly escaped losing his life. Seeing a large wolf in his trap, he approached with a rotten pile pole in his hand. He struck, the pole broke, and the caged beast sprang at him with the trap and chain attached to his leg. Mr. Bodfish escaped, but the trap is preserved as a family heirloom.
 
It is said that the last wolf killed in Barnstable was killed by Joseph Bodfish
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Benjamin Bodfish was born on 20 Jul 1683 and died in 1760 . See #3. below.
----- Third Generation -----
3. Benjamin Bodfish - was born on 20 Jul 1683 and died in 1760 . He was the son of Joseph Bodfish and Elizabeth Besse.
Benjamin married Lydia Crocker on 10 Nov 1709 in Barnstable, Mass.. Lydia was born on 26 Sep 1686 in Barnstable, Mass.. She was the daughter of Jonathan Crocker and Hannah Howland. She died before 1742 .
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Sylvanus Bodfish was born on 2 Sep 1710 in Barnstable, Mass..

Sylvanus - married Mary Smith.
ii.  Hannah Bodfish was born on 12 Feb 1712 in Barnstable, Mass..

Hannah - married Caleb Nye.
iii.  Thankful Bodfish was born in 1714 in Barnstable, Mass..

Thankful - married Joseph Shelley.
iv.  Solomon Bodfish was born on 20 Mar 1716.

Solomon - married Hannah Bodfish.
v.  Joseph Bodfish was born on 16 Apr 1718 in Barnstable, Mass..
vi.  Benjamin Bodfish Jr. was born on 16 Mar 1720 in Barnstable, Mass..
vii.  Lydia Bodfish was born on 9 Jun 1723 in Barnstable, Mass..
viii.  Rachel Bodfish was born Jan 1725/1726 in Barnstable, Mass..
ix.  Jonathan Bodfish was born on 10 Aug 1727 in Barnstable, Mass..

Jonathan - married Desire Howland.

Last change (on this page): Friday, November 29, 2002
The Our Folk Genealogy Pages were compiled by Albert Douglass Hart, Jr. based on the original "Our Folk" compiled by Albert Thomas Hart in 1972 with help from Albert Douglass Hart Sr, Cara Hart and lots of other family members.

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