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Revolutionary War Pension Files

National Archive Microfilm Publications
Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application Files
From microfilm borrowed from Salt Lake City's Family History Library
LDS Microfilm Numbers:
970139 (Bardine)
970225 (Berdine)
970278 (Boden)
970279 (Frederick Bodine - John Bogge)
970290 (William Boothby - William Borden)
970291 (Christopher Borders - John Boskitt)
970411 (John Burdin - William Burgess)

970139 (Bardines?) I haven't looked at this film yet.
970225 (Berdines?) I haven't looked at this film yet.
970278 (Bodens?) I haven't looked at this film yet.


Notes from Microfilm 970279 (Frederick Bodine - John Bogge)

PENSION FILE #S.9105 Frederick Bodine

Item: 30786 Pittsburgh, Ohio (small slip of paper) Frederick Bodine of Huron Co., Ohio who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Hepburn of the regt commanded by Col. Hunter Pennsylvania Militia time for six months.

Inscribed in the roll at 20 dollars per annum to commence the 4th day of March, 1831.

Certificate of pension issued the 5th day of August 1836 (1831?) and sent to A. B. Forster, Esq. Venice, Ohio.

Item: 20327 Declaration. This is a declaration of a Revolutionary Soldier who served in the Militia, to obtain a Pension under the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.

Frederick Bodine personally appeared in open court on December 6, 1832 in the city of Buffalo, Erie Co., NY. He was a resident of Buffalo and 68 years old.

He says that he was born in New Jersey on January 29, 1764. He did not know the town and county where he was born, but he was living in Northumberland Co., PA when called into service. He continued to make his home there during the War and after the War the county was divided and the part in which he lived was called "Lacomin." He also said that it had been about twelve years since he moved to Buffalo. This is where he had lived ever since. He volunteered on about March 1, 1777 to guard against the indians who had begun attacking settlements and killing some of the inhabitants. He volunteered into Captain Hibbard's Company in Col. Henry's Regiment and served a three month term. They then went into the garrison until the summer of 1778 when they received orders from Col. Hunter to move down the Susquehannah River to Northumberland Town (sp?). They did this and remained there as at home until peace was declared. This and several other letters go on to describe his service in the War. Frederick's signature is on several documents.

Item: A letter written on August 6, 1834, says that Frederick Bodine was then living in Ohio.

There doesn't appear to be anything about Frederick's family or if he had married or had any children.

PENSION FILE #S.12258 Isaac Bodine

Item: Letter from Marriah Bodine

This letter is dated February 26, 1859 from Hudson, NY to the Commissioner of Pensions. She says that a pension of $80 was granted to her father, Isaac Bodine, who was a private in the Revolutionary Army in the state of New York. She says his certificate was dated December 11, 1832, no. 3032. He drew a pension for a year or two and then, like many others, was dropped from the rolls. She says her father died in 1837. I can't understand the rest of this, but she appears to be asking for anything still due him.

Item: Typed letter

There is a typed letter from the Rev. & 1812 Wars Section to a Mrs. G. L. Van Hoyser, 281 4th Avenue, New York, NY dated October 10, 1924. Someone had gone through Isaac's files and gleaned some of the information there was on him. It says Isaac was born in August of 1760 in Montgomery, then in Ulster Co., NY (later Orange Co.). While living in said town, he enlisted in October of 1776 and served as private for one month in Captain Conklin's New York Company. In May of 1777, he guarded the frontiers for some twenty days. It goes on to describe more of his military service. He was granted pension on his application executed August 8, 1832, while residing in Hudson, Columbia Co., NY.

Item: The letter Gladys L. Van Hoyser had written on October 7, 1924 is also in the file. She had asked about the records of several people: Capt. John Bodine who served from Richmond Co., NY in the Rev. War; Ensign Jacob Post of Westchester Co.; Lt. Peter Post of the Ulster Co. Militia; William Bodine, Lewis Bodine, and Isaac Bodine under Capt. Ebenezer Seely, Jr. and Col. De Lancey in the Rev. War; Jacob Bodine of the Ulster Co. Militia; David, John, Isaac, and William Bodine of the Orange Co. Militia; John Bodine of the Gryon/Tryon Co. Militia in the Rev. War; and Isaac Bodine of Richmond Co. who enlisted April 10, 1758.

Item: Declaration of Service (a handwritten letter)

Isaac Bodine appeared on August 8, 1832 in court in Hudson, Columbia Co., NY. He was a resident of the city and was 72 years old. He says he was born in August of 1760 in Montgomery, Ulster Co. (now Orange Co.), NY and that he resided there until 1776 when he was drafted. He went back and forth between home and service in the Militia. He said that he states his age from the date which is recorded in the family Bible which is in his possession. He continued to live in Ulster County until 1822 when he moved to Dutchess County. He lived there for about two years until he moved to Hudson in 1824. He has lived in Hudson ever since. His signature is on the document.

Item: Handwritten letter of June 8, 1835

This repeats more about his service in the War. It also says that he had recently become blind. It may say that he had been a sergeant, but this wasn't clear. It also says that he was living with his father in Ulster County when he was called out by the Militia in October of 1776.

PENSION FILE #S.42624 John Bodine of Ross County, Ohio

Items: The following info comes from various copies of letters in the file which summarize what is known about John Bodine from his pension files.

John Bodine enlisted at or near Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., VA in 1775. He served one year as sergeant in Captain Hugh Stephenson's Virginia Company. He was discharged July 1, 1776. He enlisted January 22, 1777 and was a sergeant in Captain Joseph Mitchell's Virginia and under Major Caleb Gibbs in General Washington's Life Guard. He was discharged January 22, 1780.

He was allowed a pension on his application executed on November 9, 1819. At that time he was living in Ross County, Ohio. He was 75 years old. In 1821, he was living in Green Township, Ross County. He died on September 2, 1822. The place of death is not stated.

There is nothing in this file that discusses his family. Several people have written letters asking this question and the response from the Administration has always been the same. It goes something like this, "There are no data as to his family." Or as another letter in the file says, "...there are no data whatever on file in regard to his family, whether or not he ever married, and had children, and no reference is made to the family of his father." One piece of advice (back in 1932) was to write the Records Division of the General Accounting Office (Washington, D.C.?) to obtain the date of the last payment of pension and the name of the person paid. The following data would be needed: "John Bodine, Certificate No. 17452, issued June 9, 1820, rate $8 per month, commenced November 9, 1819, Act of March 18, 1818, Ohio Agency."

Item: Various copies of letters from people interested in this John. One of those people was Mary Sinnott who wrote a well-known genealogy which included Bodines. The dates their letters were written are in parentheses. All were written some time ago.

Miss Grace S. Pierce (1918)
Washington, D.C.

Miss May E. Bodine (1928-1931)
907 W. 9th St.
Oklahoma City

May Bodine sent many letters inquiring about John Bodine. She wondered if the John Bodine in "Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds" (Jillson, p. 317) was not this John Bodine. It says, "John Bodine, 200 acres, land warrant 2853, service 3 years, sergeant VA Line, date 4-1-1784." This is thought to be this John Bodine of Ross County. I think I've figured out that May E. Bodine was May Estelle Bodine, the daughter of James Alexander Bodine and Ellen Rebecca Eddington. It does not look like she was related to this John Bodine, but just interested in genealogy. I have a note about her saying that she had worked on genealogy quite a bit.

Mrs. William Johnson (1932)
Box 131
Sparta, TN

PENSION FILE #S.42628: John Bodine of Warren County, Ohio

Item: Declaration. This is a several-page handwritten letter.

The abstract I already had of this pension file basically gives most of the genealogical info that can be gleaned from it. I went through the file's contents myself and did not really find anything new. His signature does appear to be on a couple of documents.

He applied on December 24, 1825 from Warren Co., OH. He was 61 and his wife was about 65. They had ten children: Abraham, Hannah, Ann, John, William, Catherine, Margaret, Polly, Peter, and Lydia. The wording is a little hard to figure out about the children being of age, but it seems to say that all their children were of age and moved away, except for Polly who was still living with them. That's what I make of it anyway. The language in the file does not match the abstract very well. Jane's father is Abraham Marlatt, Sr. A copy of his will is included in the pension files.

Note: In his will (of 1799), Abraham Marlatt calls Elizabeth Bodine (his granddaughter) the "natural daughter" of Jane Bodine. I wonder if this means that Jane was a second wife of John Bodine and their other kids were from his first wife. So Elizabeth could be Mary ("Polly") Bodine who was possibly born in 1799. John and Jane then had a few more children after Abraham had made his will. This is just a guess.

PENSION FILE #W.259 Mary Bodine, widow of John Bodine

Item: Declaration of Mary Bodine of Warren County, New Jersey in order to obtain the benefit of the 3rd Section of the Act of Congress of July 4th 1836.

This declaration was written in Warren Co., NJ on June 16, 1843. Mary was eighty-nine years old and a resident of the Township of Oxford in Warren County. She says she is the widow of John Bodine, formerly of Somerset County, more recently of Hunterdon County, deceased. She believes he was a private in the Rev. War, but she can't remember too many details about his service. He lived in Somerset County at the time of the War. She says he was frequently gone due to his tours of duty. When he got back, they would talk about the dangers he had been through while gone. He served in the War from the beginning to end. She goes on to discuss some of the battles he was in. Mary was afraid they might have spelled John's last name incorrectly in the records. She says they had always spelled it "Bodine" and that her Bodine family was the only one that she knew of in Somerset County. Her signature is on this document (as it is on several others).

Item: Page from Family Bible

There are two pages from their family Bible in this file. The following dates are listed:

John Bodine born 20th Dec. 1754
Garret Bodine was born 6th Sept. 1781
Frederick Bodine was born 17th Oct. 1784
Mary Bodine was born 8th April 1754
Elshe Bodine was born 22nd April 1777
Mary Bodine, daughter of John Bodine, was born 7th Feb. 1787
Anna Bodine was born June 7th 1798
Jacob Rowan was born 12th October 1798
Mary Bodine Rowan was born 30th Sept. 1820
Juliann Rowan was born 31st May 1823
Lorenzo Houseworth was born 16th May 1815 (year is unclear 18_5)
Baty Rowan was born 9th of May 1829

Anna Bodine was married to Jacob Rowan 1st Jan. 1820 (the day is unclear) This letter is from Hunterdon County and was written on July 2, 1845.

Note: It's strange that Mary Bodine is noted as the "daughter of John Bodine." Why would this be noted like that? It made me curious. So I looked in my data for a Mary Bodine born in 1787. There is one. She is Mary Bodine, daughter of John and Lemme (Cozine) Bodine. She was baptized at the Conewago Dutch Colony on March 25, 1787, four months after her father, John, had died. Conewago is in the York/Adams County area of Pennsylvania (south-central region). So Mary, baptized March 25, was probaby born in March or February of that year - about the same time that the Mary in the Bible record was born! Another strange thing is that Mary Bodine (b. 1787) was not even listed in the abstract of the pension file. I wonder if someone else also thought that she might not be John and Mary's daughter. Lemme Bodine eventually worked her way from southern Pennsylvania to New York where she died. Is it possible that Mary Bodine (b. 1787) from the Bible record above somehow went from Pennsylvania back to New Jersey? I'm sure it is. After all, the Conewago Dutch colony originally came from New Jersey. One more note about John Bodine from Conewago. It's possible that he could be the infamous "Col. Bodine" mentioned in some records from the Northumberland County, Pennsylvania area. Here is a note I have on him, "John Bodine was an officer in the 4th Battalion, York County Military. He was a lieutenant in 1779 and a captain in 1784 (see PA Archives, series 11, v. 14, page 517)." He was from Somerset County, New Jersey as is the John Bodine from this pension file. There is probably some family relation. Maybe they are cousins.

Item: This is a letter from Elshe Cronce in regard to her mother's case. This has to do with family records which prove that Mary and John did marry. This seemed to be something Mary had trouble proving to the government. Elshe says she was the oldest child of John Bodine. She says that she had in her possession, and had had for thirty years, a book called "Scott's Essays" which have a record of the ages of her father and mother and all their children. (The word "Essays" is written in over the top of another word "Lessons" which is crossed out.) This correction does appear to be original.

Item: Small slip of paper. This appears to be a receipt with John Bodine's signature on it.

I think it says the following:

Captain Danike please to let
the bareer (sp?) hereof receive the pay for the
time that I have been under you at bergan
if for doing your will ably (sp?) your frend
John Bodine

Note: The name "Danike" is probably supposed to be Ten Eyk. I believe John served under a Jacob Ten Eyk.

Item: What appears to be a receipt from the state of New Jersey to "John Bodyne" for military service. The date on this is May 10, 1784. Note the spelling of John's surname.


Notes from Microfilm 970290 (William Boothby - William Borden)

These are all Borden or Burden surnames and do not seem related to the Bodines. They mostly came out of Massachussets and Rhode Island. First names of some of them were Benjamin, Ebenezer, John, Josiah, Selden, and William.


Notes from Microfilm 970291 (Christopher Borders - John Boskitt)

PENSION FILE #S.2389 James Bordine / Burdine

I had to run through this one quickly, but it doesn't appear to have anything interesting. It talks about a James Bordine/Burdine who was born March 10, 1755. I think he may have been born in South Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ, but I'm not sure about that. It was hard to read.

Jacob Wyckoff (Wicoff) was one witness saying that he knew James Bordine had been a soldier in the Rev. War. Jacob was also from South Amboy, but the name of the county might have changed.

This James Bordine could be the James Bodine I have in my records who married Gittee Wyckoff. My info does say that he was a soldier in the Rev. War.


Notes from Microfilm 970411 (John Burdin - William Burgess)

PENSION FILE #S.12369: John Burdine / Burdin, service in Delaware and New York

This John Burdin applied for a pension from Monongalia, Virginia on August 28, 1832. He was seventy-six years old at the time. He enlisted in Chester County, Pennslvania for one year. He was under Capt. Perry, the commander stationed at Lewistown, on the capes of the Delaware. Burdin could not remember in which year he enlisted, but it was during the winter in March. He was employed in keeping the enemy from taking cattle and provisions. He was discharged at Lewistown. He later enlisted in May of 1780 for seven months in the state of New York. He later enlisted in the Delaware regiment in the year that peace was proclaimed. He was discharged about July 1 at New Castle.

Burdin appears again in Monongalia County, Virginia on June 17, 1833 to make another statement. He says that it was not in Chester County that he enlisted, but about eight miles from Lewiston, Delaware on Broadkill Creek and that it must have been in 1778. Burdin goes on to say that he was born in Sussex County, Delaware, but he did not know the year. He does say that he believes he was seventy-six last March. John says he has lived in Monogalia County for eight years, previous to which he lived in Ohio. He had first removed to Monongalia from Delaware upwards of forty years ago and had lived in Monongalia for about ten years before moving to Ohio.

There are some other letters in his file which are not very flattering. To put it nicely, they say he was a very simple man who was often duped by his fellow soldiers into doing somewhat ignorant things. This type of testimony was intended to help his case for getting a pension since he needed to serve a certain amount of time in the War in order to get the pension. It's a little complicated.

I saw nothing about John Burdin's family in the file.

PENSION FILE #S.2.389: James Burdine / Bordine New Jersey

There is no information on this person, just the number of his file.

WARRANT NUMBER 6802: Francis Burdine

This is just a Bounty Land Warrant Record Card for Francis Burdine, private from New York. It was issued September 27, 1790 to Jacob Tremper, asignee. I guess information on the issuance of these warrants is found in volumes 2 to 4 of "Land Warrants Issued Prior to 1800." These are registers of bounty land warrants issued to non-commissioned officers and privates under congressional resolutions of September 16, 1776 and subsequent dates. Many of the records related to warrants were destroyed in the War Department fire of November 9, 1800.

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