Frederick Channing Bowditch was born on the 24th of June, 1854, in Brookline, Massachusetts.  He was the third-born son of William Ingersoll Bowditch (1819-1909) and Sarah Higginson Bowditch (1819-1919). His paternal family was from Salem, Mass., where his grandfather, Nathaniel Bowditch, had been a prominent mariner and later a maritime insurer. His mother's family (Higginson) were well known in Boston social circles.
The 1855 Massacusetts State Census lists Frederick as age one, born in Brookline and living with William, Sarah, and older children James H. Bowditch and William E. The family lived on Tappan Street in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was six in 1860, and two younger children also lived in the family, Susan K. Bowditch and Louisa Bowditch.  In 1865, Frederick was 11 and the Massachusetts census reported that all the children were born in Brookline.
Frederick attended MIT and Harvard Law School. He followed the career path of his father, and worked in Brookline as a both a lawyer and a conveyancer and served as the president of the Conveyancers' Title Insurance Company. A conveyancer is defined as a lawyer "who makes it his business to draw deeds of conveyance of lands for others..." Assuring a clear title to property is an important function of real estate insurance.
Frederick and Elizabeth Thompson Forster were married Jan 20, 1897, at the First Parish Church (Unitarian), Brookline, Mass. He was 42. She was 22, the daughter of Edward J. Forster and Anita Damon (Lyon) Forster. Their marriage was celebrated by Rev. William H. Lyon, D.D., well-known Brookline Unitarian Congregationalist minister and leader. Rev. Lyon was a guest speaker at Brookline's Bi-Centenary celebration in 1905, President of the Society for the Promoting of Theological Education, and an Alumni of Harvard Divinity School.
In 1898, just a year after he married, Fred Bowditch had a 6,000 square-foot colonial-style mansion built (no mortgage) at 164 Rawson Road in Brookline. He lived there with his wife and his children for the rest of his life. The couple also had servants living with them. After Frederick Sr.'s death, Elizabeth continued to live there with Edward and Frederick Jr. but by 1940 she and Frederick Jr. had moved to a home on Davis Avenue.
Fred Bowditch died on the 7th of October, 1925, in Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA, after a long illness.
- Frederick Channing Bowditch Jr. Born October 16, 1897
- Edward Forster Bowditch Born March 1, 1899
- Elizabeth Higginson Bowditch Born December 26, 1900 m. Fraser
- Anita Lyon Bowditch Born January 1, 1904 m. Preston
- Margaret Thompson Bowditch Born November 21, 1906
- ↑ Ron Ulrich, "Family Group Sheet - Frederick Channing Bowditch," Last updated May 18, 2011. Accessed on February 3, 2015. Unsourced.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHXH-G1W : accessed 9 February 2015), Frederic Bowditch in household of William Bowditch, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district 509, sheet 385B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0548; FHL microfilm 1,254,548.
- ↑ http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=bowditch&id=I3535 - unsourced
- ↑ Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, State Census, 1855 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Massachusetts. 1855–1865 Massachusetts State Census [microform]. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
- ↑ "United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZHJ-3MR : accessed 9 February 2015), Frederick C Bowditch in household of William I Bowditch, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States; from "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," Fold3.com; citing p. 80, household ID 473, NARA microfilm publication M653, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 803,514.
- ↑ Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, State Census, 1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Massachusetts. 1855–1865 Massachusetts State Census [microform]. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Additions to the Bowditch collection of Boston conveyances." Massachusetts Historical Society.
- ↑ Bouvier's Law Dictionary, 1856, online: http://www.constitution.org/bouv/bouvier_c.htm
- ↑ Registration of Marriage Brookline, Massachusetts Record
Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915; Marriages Registered in the Town of Brookline; Digital Image, Ancestry.com:
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915; Marriages Registered in the Town of Brookline; Digital Image, Ancestry.com: Recorded the following data.: January 20, 1897; place: Witton; Groom: Frederick C. Bowditch, age 42 of Brookline; occupation: Real Estate; place of birth: Brookline: parents: William I & Sarah B (Higginson); 1st marriage; Bride: Elizabeth T. Forster, age 22 of Witton; born in Charlestown; parents: Edward J. & Anita D (Lyon); 1st marriage
- ↑ A History of Brookline, Massachusetts..., by John William Denehy; online: https://books.google.com/books?id=FHkUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA117&lpg
- ↑ Unitarian Yearbook, 1904; online: https://books.google.com/books?id=3fwQAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA2-PA121&lpg and Unitarian Register, Vol. 83, 7/7/1904; online: https://books.google.com/books?id=OvcfAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA307&lpg . Despite his surname being the same as the mother of the bride, Rev. Lyon was not a close family relation.
- ↑ House at 164 Rawson Rd, was built in 1898 - it is now valued at over $3,000,000 - cf. http://www.massrealty.com/greater-boston/brookline/home-appraisal/164-rawson-rd-brookline-ma-02445
- ↑ 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940. US Federal Censuses, Brookline, Massachusetts.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Obituary of Fred Bowditch October 9, 1925 Boston Herald, Boston, MA, page #20
- Family Tree of Frederick Channing Bowditch unsourced
- Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915 index and images, FamilySearch, Frederick C. Bowditch and Elizabeth T. Foster, 20 Jan 1897; citing p495-4, Milton, Massachusetts, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1843702.
- 1900 United States Federal Census; Census Place: Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: 669; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 1020; FHL microfilm: 1240669. Digital image Ancestry.com
- "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M2KS-98K : accessed 9 February 2015), Frederick Bowditch, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 1089, sheet 17A, family 328, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,621.
- "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MX1G-69R : accessed 9 February 2015), Fred C Bowditch, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing sheet 5B, family 156, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,721.
- "Bowditch of MA" family tree. Unsourced
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