Peter (Pierre) Bowdoin (Baudouin)

Peter (Pierre) Bowdoin (Baudouin)

Birth
France
Death 12 Sep 1706 (aged 66)
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot [probably] Bowdoin Tomb (Tomb 7)
Memorial ID 136652084 · View Source
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Pierre Baudouin, accompanied by his wife and four children, fled France to Ireland, on account of religious persecution. In 1686 he came to Casco (now Portland), Maine; 1687, in the summer, petitioned Governor Andros for a grant of 100 acres on Barbary Creek, Casco Bay; 1687 December, petition granted; 1690 May 16th, moved to Boston.

The Bowdoin family has sometimes been traced back to Baldwin Count of Flanders, in 862, and sometimes to Baldwin, King of Jerusalem, in 1143, both of whom are said to have spelled their names precisely as the first emigrant to America spelled his. This first emigrant was Pierre Badouin, who arrived in Casco Bay, in the then Province of Maine, in the summer of 1686. He was of an old Huguenot family, which had long resided in the neighborhood of Rochelle, so well known to history as the stronghold of Protestantism in France. He had been driven out from his native land by the fury of that religious persecution for which Louis XIV gave the signal, by the revocation of the Edict of Nantz. Having first sought refuge in Ireland, and having failed to find permanent employment there, he resolved to seek his fortune in the New World. A physician by education, and having enjoyed at home a handsome estate, he landed upon the shores of Maine, with a wife and four children, in a condition of absolute penury. Sir Edmund Andros, then Governor-in-Chief of New England, granted him, upon his petition, a hundred acres of land in Casco Bay, within or near the limits of the present city of Portland, and here he established himself, and commenced his efforts to obtain bread for his family. In 1690 he removed to Boston, having departed from Casco just in time to escape the terrible massacre which was perpetuated there by the Indians on the 17th of May of that year. Pierre Bowdoin lived sixteen years after his arrival in Boston. He died in September, 1706; and his widow, Elizabeth, died 18th of August, 1720, aged seventy-seven years. They left two daughters and two sons, of whom the younger removed to Virginia, where his descendants are still living.

"Names of persons interred in the Bowdoin vault, in the Granary, Tremont Street, Boston:

-James I Bowdoin, 1747.
-Sarah, daughter of William Bowdoin, 1759, aged 4 years.
-Mrs. [Phebe Morton] Murdoch, mother of Mrs. William Bowdoin, 1760.
-Mrs. William [Phebe Murdock] Bowdoin, 1772.
-William Bowdoin, 1773.
-Balthazar Bayard, 1778.
-Mrs. Balthazar Bayard, 1780.
-James II Bowdoin, 1790.
-Mrs. James II Bowdoin, 1803
-Ann Elizabeth Palmer, daughter of William L. Palmer, 1808.
-Still-born daughter of James Temple Bowdoin, 1809.
-Elizabeth Bowdoin (Lady Temple), 1809.
-James III Bowdoin, 1811.
-Perhaps the 3 wives of James I Bowdoin.
-Perhaps Mrs. Bourn, daughter of Balthazar Bayard.

The memorandum from which this note is taken is in the possession of the Hon. Robert C. Winthrop, and was drawn up by his brother, the late Mr. James Bowdoin, who obtained the information from the widow of James III Bowdoin, then Mrs. Dearborn."


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Hon. James Bowdoin First of that name
built this tomb before 1744 probably
much earlier. In it were buried
perhaps PIERRE BAUDOUIN the Huguenot[,]
without doubt Gov. James Bowdoin of Revolutionary memory[,] and numerous
other members of the Bowdoin Family.


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  • Created by: CuBO
  • Added: 30 Sep 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 136652084
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter (Pierre) Bowdoin (Baudouin) (27 Jan 1640–12 Sep 1706), Find A Grave Memorial no. 136652084, citing Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by CuBO (contributor 48175633) .