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.
↑ 2.02.1 "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.
↑ 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.
↑ Registration of Marriage Brookline, Massachusetts Record Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915; Marriages Registered in the Town of Brookline; Digital Image, Ancestry.com:
↑ 10.010.1 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
Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915index 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.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Fred by comparing test results with other
carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Fred:
He died at home Oct 7 1925. I have a image of his obit if you would like it.
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