Frederick Bodwell (1787-1868)

Son of: Daniel 1748

In 1814 Frederick was working as a baker. On February 10, 1814 he enlisted as a private in Captain Francis Stribling's First Regiment of Light Artillery. He served out his term of enlistment (presumed to be 12 months) and received an honorable discharge May 25, 1815. At the time of his discharge he was described as being about 26 years old, 5 feet, four inches tall, light complexion, black eyes, and dark hair. National Archieves, Bounty Land Files, Can 16, Bundle 569

The War of 1812 was not very popular by the spring of 1814 and Congress found it necessary to induce men to volunteer by offering sign-up bonuses and land bounties. Frederick received a bounty for 160 acres in the western lands. On November 29, 1817 Frederick received a patent on 160 acres of land in Hancock County, Illinois in Quartersection NE 29, Township 7N, Range 6W. War of 1812-Bounty Lands in Illinois

Frederick probably did not take possession of the land in Illinois. Most sold their patents to eastern speculators. The going price was $100. Frederick died in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1868.

8 Apr 178713 May 1868
Methuen, MaLawrence, Ma


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