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This name is sometimes spelled Bootfish in early Colonial records. Robert Bodfish was a freeman at Lynn, Massachusetts, 6 May 1635, and two years later removed to Sandwich, where, or at Barnstable he died about 1651.[1]

His wife was named Bridget, and their older children may have been born in England or at Lynn. After his death, Bridget married, as his second wife, Samuel Hinckley, father of Governor Thomas Hinckley. Samuel Hinckley was born in Kent, England, and came to America in the Hercules about 1634, settling at Scituate, but in 1639 removed to Barnstable, perhaps after a short sojourn in Sandwich. [2] His wife Sarah died 18 August 1656, and be married (2) "about y' ' 15 Decemb' 1657", "with Bridget Bodfish Vid." [3] "He was a man prominent in public affairs as shown by the town records." [4] He died and was "buried end of October 1662."

CHILDREN of Robert and Bridget, a partial list, no doubt, and order of birth uncertain:

  1. Robert.
  2. MARY; married John CROCKER.
  3. Elizabeth.
  4. Sarah; married 4 June 1662, Peter, son of Thomas and Ann Blossom. [5] He died July 1706.
  5. Child, name not given, born 27 March 1648.
  6. Joseph, born 3 April 1651; married June 1674, Elizabeth Bessey, and had six sons and six daughters of record in Barnstable. [6]


Mary BODFISH married in November 1659, John, son of Deacon William Crocker, of Barnstable. [7]

  1. Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Savage: 1: 211.
  2. Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Savage, 2: 424.
  3. Mayflower Descendant 6: 97.
  4. Hudson and Mohawk Valleys Genealogy, Reynolds, 2: 595.
  5. Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth, Davis, Genealogical Section, 29; appendix, 309.
  6. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 2: 65.
  7. Ibid. 2: 389.