!Savage: William Bowdish-Bowditch probably born in co Devon, England and was
admitted as an inhabitant of Salem on November 20, 1639 and on 23 January
1642/43 he received a grant of ten acres of land. His wife Sarah was admited to
the church at Salem on 10 May 1640 and on Feb. 12, 1642/43 their son Nathaniel
was baptized in the First Church of Salem.
On 4 August 1646, Sarah was
admonished by the Quarterly Court of Salem "for offensive withdrawing from ye
ordinance of Baptizing of Infants". This was after the birth of their daughter
and Sarah, evidently not believing in orginal sin, did not want to be forced to
baptize her while a baby.
On 13 October 1649, "goodman" Bowdish received another grant of 30 acres of
land at Salem. This is the last time the Bowdish-Bowditch name appears on the
Salem records for about 20 years. It is likely that they made their way to
Newport, Newport Co., Rhode Island to avoid more persecution because of
Sarah's Baptist ties. On 9 Dec. 1673, William's 30 acre grant was laid out
and on 12 Oct. 1674, Nathaniel Bowdish of Newport, Rhode Island sold the 30
acres to John Pudney. Savage claims this makes Nathaniel heir and progenitor
of the Bristol Co, Massachusetts and Newport, Newport Co, Rhode Island
Bowdishes. He does not account for the child born after Nathaniel was baptized
and for which Sarah was admonished.