William BOWDISH, Sr.
Born: 15 Mar. 1672/73 - Place: Newport, Newport Co., Rhode Island
Died: 7 Oct. 1753 - Place: Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts
Buried: ......... - Place: ........, .......
Father: Nathaniel BOWDISH
Mother: Sarah UNKNOWN

!Karen Bowdish: William Bowdish, Sr. married Marcy TOMPKINS, 7 Oct. 1707, was the daughter of Nathaniel TOMPKINS and Elizabeth ALLEN. She was born on 20 Oct. 1685 and died 17 March 1736/37.

William was admitted as a free man in Newport on April 4, 1706. They lived in Rhode Island until 1712 when they moved to Dartmouth, Mass. He was a tailor by trade. On 22 April 1712, he sold his dwelling house and 8 acres that had been Nathaniel's in Newport to Capt. Richard Dunn of Newport. William was a member of the Dartmouth Society of Friends, more commonly known as the "Quakers". His will on file in Taunton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts was dated 5 April 1750 and proved 5 May 1755. In the will he mentions his sons Nathaniel, William and Freegift, his daughters Katherine and Elizabeth, the wife of Paul Russell, his grand-daughter Hannah Brownell, daughter of Joseph Brownell.