Sunday, May 29, 2011
Joseph Bodfish (Wolf Bounty Hunter)
Joseph Bodfish, my 8th g-Grandfather, was born April 3 1651 in Sandwich Massachusetts. Joseph was the youngest of ten children born to Robert Bodfish and Bridget Sugg.
Joseph married Elizabeth Besse in June of 1674 and the couple would have fourteen children, Seven sons and seven daughters.
Joseph moved to Barnstable Massachusetts and established the Bodfish name in that town. Joseph was said to be an expert hunter and was on par with the "Indians" when it came to setting traps for catching wolves for their bounty. On one occasion Joseph was attacked by a Wolf when the trap came loose, and the trap became a family heirloom. Joseph is said to have killed the last wolf in Barnstable Massachusetts.
Joseph died on December 2 1744 at the age of 94 in Barnstable Massachusetts where he is buried.
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