The Ten Most Wanted


Here are some other Bodine lines I have data on, but I have not been able to connect them to their Bodine ancestors. If you have any information or sources to help with this, please let me know. Write me at I would very much appreciate any help in breaking down these brick walls.

1.   Jacob Bodine and Catherine/Nancy Bodine of Northumberland and Columbia Counties, Pennsylvania.

Research done by Joan Best has shown that the parents of those people mentioned below are a Jacob and Catherine/Nancy Bodine who lived in the area of Northumberland / Columbia Counties, Pennsylvania. However, they were probably originally from the New Jersey area. Census (and other) data shows that Jacob and Nancy were born before 1755 and that Jacob died between 1810 and 1815 and that Nancy died after 1820. The censuses also show that they had around thirteen or fourteen children: probably nine girls and four or five boys. The older children were most likely born in New Jersey and the younger ones in Pennsylvania.

Orphan Court Records were found by Joan Best that list thirteen children of Jacob and Nancy Bodine.

The names of these children are the following (order is not certain):
1...Margaret (probably never married)
2...Jacob Jr. (m. Catherine Thomas)
3...William Bodine: We are guessing that William is also the son of Jacob and Nancy Bodine, but he is not listed in the Orphan Court records.
4...Catherine (m. William Girton)
5...Abraham (m. Zelah Taylor)
6...Mary (not Ruth) (m. James Watson)
7...Elizabeth (m. Daniel McIntyre)
8...Amy (m. James Best)
9...Martha (m. George Beers)
10..Nicholas (m. Charlotte Sovereen)
11..Desire (m. Jacob Lilley)
12..James (poss. married Abigail Welliver)
13..Leah (m. Abia Phillips)
14..Rachel (m. Thomas Girton)

Here below is a map giving the general area where these Bodines are from. The red mark in Pennsylvania is the approximate location of Columbia County. The red mark below London, Ontario (Canada) is the approximate location of Fingal, Southwold Township, Elgin County, Ontario. See more maps below of the Columbia County area in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania and Ontario

Other possible relatives of Jacob and Nancy Bodine

There was another Bodine family in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. This was the family of Peter Bodine and Anna Vought. Peter was born in 1797 and died in 1865, probably in Catawissa, Columbia Co., PA. In the History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania (Battle, p. 506), there is some history on this family. It says that Peter and Ann were natives of New Jersey, but they came to Columbia County with their parents when they were young. Researchers have looked for a connection between Jacob Bodine's family and this Peter Bodine (of an age to have been Jacob's youngest child or an older grandchild). The recent documentation mentioned in this file makes it clear that Peter and Jacob are not closely related, if at all. It is presently believed that all of Jacob's descendants carrying the Bodine surname had probably removed from Columbia County by 1825. Any Bodines found there after that date are probably related to this Peter Bodine, son of Peter Bodine and Sabillah Ent, of Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey or other Bodine families.

Some other information to take into account

There is a reference to a Bodine Revolutionary War veteran whose family settled in the Columbia County area of Pennsylvania (although he himself did not necessarily end up there). The veteran is referred to as "Col. Bodine of Revolutionary War fame." Some sources say that his daughter married a William Kitchen. Their daughter, Mary Kitchen, married William Hendershot. (The Hendershot family originally came from New Jersey.) William Hendershot was the grandfather of an Erastus Hendershot who was born in Jerseytown on July 16, 1832 and was a farmer there. Erastus' parents were John Hendershot and Mary Welliver. John was a native of Madison Township in Columbia County. John was born March 18, 1802 (History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, p. 503). The identity of "Col. Bodine" is unknown. If this is learned, it could help find the Bodine family that moved to Columbia County. The only hint I have as to who he might be is that Catherine Bodine (b. 1721 in Somerset Co., NJ) married John George Hendershot (b. 1720 in the Raritan Valley, NJ). This is an early connection between Bodines and Hendershots. I would guess that Col. Bodine could be a nephew of Catherine Bodine. That would make him a son of either John, Jacob, Cornelius, or Peter Bodine. I can see no further hints from there. I have some info on the children of Jacob and Cornelius, but nothing on John and Peter.

I later looked at a Kitchen family web site run by Sarah Swisher (sarahswisher at and found this about Colonel Bodine: "There was a William KITCHEN, a Quaker, who came from NJ, to the Danville, PA. area. One account says he 'was m. to the d/o Colonel BODINE of Revolutionary fame.' Another account says he married Eliza BEAVERS. His dau. i. Mary BEAVERS Kitchen, (m. in Danville, 3/1/1799, Wm. Scholl HENDERSHOT, b. 12/16/1778) ... Kitchen's Creek at Red Rock is supposedly named for him." If what was found at this Kitchen site is true, then we might not be able to put much stock in this story about a "Colonel Bodine."

The question now is Who were Jacob and Nancy?

The best choice for the father of these Canadian Bodines might be Jacob Bodine, the son of Jacob Bodine and Catherine Bogart. Jacob and Catherine had two known sons, Jacob (b. abt. 1744) and Nicholas (b. abt. 1746). Nicholas lived out his life in New Brunswick, New Jersey. I know little of what happened to Nicholas' brother, Jacob. His father died about 1748 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey when he was very young. He and Nicholas became wards of their uncle, Cornelius Bodine, in 1754. Cornelius moved to Loudoun County, Virginia around 1769. Jacob would have been old enough to be on his own by then. I have no evidence that he left Hunterdon County when his uncle did. I am just guessing, but it is possible that Jacob moved to the Jerseytown area of Pennsylvania and was the father of the Bodines who later left from there to go to Canada.

Another Jacob Bodine in the area deserves to be looked at more closely; although, the possibility of him being the father of these Canadian Bodines is virtually nil. He is Jacob Bodine the husband of Mary Pickel. Jerseytown is not far away, maybe fifteen miles southeast of Muncy, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. (Lycoming County was formed from Northumberland in 1795.) There were Bodines in and around Muncy. They were probably descendants of Jacob Bodine and Mary Pickel, more concretely, the descendants of one of Jacob and Mary's possible sons, John W. Bodine. John was born on March 29, 1788 in Alexandria, Hunterdon County, New Jersey and was baptized at the German Reformed Church there. He and his wife, Barbara Smithgall came to Lewis on Lycoming Creek, near Pennsdale, and settled in a town that is now called Bodines. It was called Bodinesville at one time. I have pretty good research, but not definitive, on the children of Jacob Bodine and Mary Pickel. I very much doubt that they had a lot of other children who are not known. This Jacob would not be the father of the Canadian and Columbia County Bodines; however, his line could somehow be related to them. Jacob's supposed uncle, another Jacob Bodine, is said to have moved to Northumberland County, Pennsylvania from New Jersey (see the uncle's Notes page). He would be a good candidate for the father of this Bodine clan. I didn't mark down where I had gotten this information, but it may have come from Sinnott's book. Anyway, the info on these two Jacobs and their line is not very reliable. It needs quite a bit more study to begin to make sense.

Here below is a map of the area discussed above. The red dot at the bottom right is the junction of Lycoming, Columbia, and Montour Counties. Next up is Muncy in Lycoming County. It is the red dot at the bend of the Susquehanna River. North of Muncy is Pennsdale where many Bodines are buried. And several Bodines lived in Hughesville, to the east of Pennsdale. These three towns are three or four miles apart. The red dot at the top left of the map is the small town of Bodines. It is about fifteen miles away from Muncy. If you look closely, the other red dot marks the Bodine Mountains. These are just northwest of Bodines. The city of Jerseytown does not appear on this map, but it is just off the bottom right of this map. It is about fifteen miles southeast of Muncy. See the second map below for the location of Jerseytown.

Lycoming County Bodines

The next map below gives the location of Derry and Jerseytown as compared to the Muncy area. Jerseytown is the second red dot up from the bottom of the map. Derry is a little southwest of Jerseytown (the name Derry does not appear on the map). They are very close to each other, about a mile or so apart. Jerseytown is about four miles from the dot toward the middle of the map which represents the junction of Lycoming, Columbia, and Montour Counties. Muncy, Pennsdale, and Hughesville the three red dots to the left on the map.

Jerseytown and Derry, Pennsylvania

Another Bodine in the area, and who might be related, is a Cornelius Bodine. He is in the 1790 Census of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. (The area of present day Columbia County was part of Northumberland County in 1790.) Cornelius could be a brother to Jacob Bodine, the father of the Canadian Bodines. Listed in the 1790 Census was one male over 16 (Cornelius), six males under 16 (six sons), and two females (Cornelius's wife and one daughter). This Cornelius Bodine is most likely the husband of Margaret Sutphen. He supposedly moved from Somerset County, New Jersey to Muncy, Pennsylvania around 1785. He then moved to Ovid, New York in 1802. There might be an obituary for Cornelius in a June 28, 1820 newspaper in Ovid. This should be checked.


2.   William/Wilhelm Bodine of Orange Co., NY. He was supposedly born around 1710-1715 in Montgomery Twp., Orange Co., NY. He may be of German ancestry. Another name for him was Wilhelm Bodyn. Recent DNA testing (2008) seems to show that this William Bodine is somehow related to Jean Bodin of Medis, France. Maybe they had a common ancestor back in France or maybe William is a descendant of Jean Bodin. The connection is unclear.

Information from a query by Paul Wood said that he was born about 1710 in Wallkill, Montgomery Twp., Ulster/Orange County, New York. He lived in Montgomery Township until after 1742. He was the father of the William Bodine who was a private in the Orange County Militia, 4th Regiment Ulster County, New York during the American Revolution. Two other known children were Peter Bodine (Pieter Bodyn), born about 1732 and Jacob Bodine, born May 15, 1742 and died November 27, 1824. Some family records are found in the records of the old Dutch (or German) Reformed Church of Montgomery NY.

Betty A. Roach says that William bodine was born about 1715 in Wallkill, Montgomery, New York and that he married in 1733. Their children were Peter, William and Jacob. Her ancestor is William. He married Maria Melsbach about 1757 in Montgomery, Orange County. Their children were Susanna, Francis, James, Benjamin, Catherine, Mary and John. The family then moved to Hamilton County, Ohio where they were carriage makers.

The following is extracted from New England Families Genealogical and Memorial, Third Series, volume 3. It may apply to this William and/or his son. It seems to have some mistakes, but it does provide some clues that might help work out William's genealogy.

William Bodine, grandson or greatgrandson of Jean, was born about 1720. Unquestionably (Dave: I think this is quite questionable) he belonged to the family of Jean Bodine, but the record of his birth has not been found. He was granted a large tract of land in Montgomery, in the village of Walden, and his homestead was occupied by several generations of his descendants. His name appears in the town records often, from 1768 to 1778, and also the name of Peter Bodine, doubtless, his son. Jacob Bodine also settled early in Walden with sons Charles and Lewis. He was also a son of William, it is believed, but possibly a brother. According to the Census of 1790, there were several Bodine families at Walden, Orange County. William Bodine had four males over sixteen, one under that age and five females; Jacob Sr. had four males over sixteen, two under that age and six females, indicating perhaps that he was as old as William. John, Lewis and Peter also had families. Moses and James Bodine were living in Walden in 1812. During the civil war Henry, Meron, Courtland and John Bodine enlisted from Walden. The brief town history tells us that Peter Bodine, son of William, married Mary Milspaugh and had eleven children, of whom Sylvester had a son Frederick, born 1835, a resident of Montgomery.

I (Dave) have a William Bodine who married a Cornelia Potman on February 15, 1732 at the Schenectady Dutch Reformed Church in Schenectady, New York. This must be in the records there, but should be doublechecked. The marriage record appears to say something like "jm, born Woesyne. jd, born in here lives Maquaas land." I guess this means that he was a young man born in Woesyne and she was a young woman born in Schenectady and living in Maquaas land. I'm not sure where either one of those places is. This needs checking. The marriage date would work for the William from Ulster County, but Ulster is quite a ways, about 90 miles, from Schenectady. The William from Ulster was supposedly born around 1710 or 1715 in Wallkill, Montgomery County, New York. This was stated several times, but no source was given. I wonder what the proof for his being born in Wallkill is.

Ronny Bodine has recently written up all the following on William:

Orange County was one of the first twelve counties established in the Province of New York in 1683. Because of its small population, it was not fully independent and shared government functions with other counties. The first court was not established until 1801. In 1798, the southernmost towns in Ulster County were moved into Orange County, to compensate Orange County for breaking away the southernmost portion of that county to form Rockland County.

Eager, Samuel W.. An outline history of Orange County : with an enumeration of the names of its towns, villages, rivers, creeks, lakes, ponds, mountains, hills and other known localities, and their etymologies or historical reasons therefor : together with local traditions and short biographical sketches of early settlers, etc.. Newburgh N.Y.: S.T. Callahan, 1846-1847. .....p. 265, the Bodines were Huguenots. "Some of these individuals we find on the town record as early as 1768:--the families had, no doubt, been there twenty years or more before that time.

1683-- the Province of New York established its first twelve counties, among which were Orange and Ulster County. The territory embraced in the present town of Montgomery was originally covered by Shawangunk Precinct in which relation it remained until 17 Dec 1743 when it was constituted a part of Wallkill Precinct.
1743, 17 Dec-- Shawangunk Precinct and Wallkill Precinct are organized.
1772, 24 March-- Wallkill Precinct was divided into the Precincts of Wallkill and Hanover.
1782--The inhabitants of Hanover Precinct obtained approval to rename the precinct Montgomery.
1788, 7 March--All precincts become towns--Montgomery, Newburgh, New Windsor, New Marlborough, Shawangunk and Wallkill.
1798, 5 April--the towns of New Windsor, Newburgh, Montgomery, Deer Park and Wallkill are annexed to Orange County.

The name of William Bodine has been used as the earliest ancestor of this family, yet, there has been no evidence that this man actually existed. A large number of Bodines appear in Orange County around the 1750s, many of roughly the same age, and in all liklihood many are siblings, though their precise relationships to each other remain unproven. Many Bodines served as sponsors to the baptisms of the children of other Bodines at the Brick Reformed Church of Montgomery in Orange County, yet, one is unclear if these sponsors were siblings, nephew or nieces, or cousins. Onomastically speaking, there is no doubt they all originate from one family. For the sake of convenience, it is here assumed that the progenitor was indeed a William Bodine and that the named children were his, until evidence can be found that refutes this. No Bodines are included in the lengthy militia lists of the 1730s and 1740s when they should have been, leaving the question if they were indeed present in the Orange-Ulster County area.


3.   John Bodine and Ann Diltz/Dils. This John was possibly born about 1741, possibly in Hunterdon Co., NJ. Other birth dates have been noted for him, for example, August 15, 1748. His wife was Ann Dils, the daughter of John Dils and Elizabeth Kalbitzer. Many people have written to me concerning this Bodine line. I did have this John's father listed as John Bodine, the son of Jacob Bodine and Elizabeth Sebring. However, there is no solid evidence for that. It needs a lot more research. See his Notes file for much more info than I have below. His children are not certain, but right now I have listed: Jacob, John (Baptist), and Samuel.

The following article came out in March of 1905 in the Orrville (Ohio) Courier Crescent:

There is a little cemetery in East Union Twp. [Wayne Co., OH] about 3/4 mile north of Milbourn School. Here was erected about 1822 or 1823, probably the first church in this section a Methodist Church as all these settlers the Boydstones, Bodines, Thomases being Methodist, of hewed logs. In this little graveyard are some old stones.
Bodine Sr., d. Dec. 24, 1836 95 yrs (if transcribed correctly, he would have been born about 1741)
Samuel Bodine. d. Apr. 30, 1872 84 yrs 9 mo 23 da
George Boydstone. d. Nov. 18, 1825 88 yrs (he would have been born in 1737)
-End of article.

As I mentioned above, I did have this John Bodine's father listed as John Bodine, the son of Jacob Bodine and Elizabeth Sebring. However, I have never seen any evidence for that and I'm not sure where that idea came from. Therefore, I have unlinked them in my data. (I also have John listed as the brother of Jacob Bodine, but I am not sure where that info came from either. I will leave it for now, though.) I found a letter of administration for an Abraham Bodine in the Greene County, Pennsylvania Courthouse (Will Book 1, p. 40). It was dated July 5, 1803. It was granted to John Mills and bound as securities were Joseph Archer and William Roberts. Abraham was already deceased by that time. If Abraham were older when he died in 1803, maybe eighty years old, then he would have been born around 1723. That would put him at an age where he could be this John's father (this John being born about 1741). If Abraham were younger when he died, then he could very well be this John's brother. That should be considered as a very good possibility.

Jan Alpert is looking into the possibility that John's father was an Abraham Bodine (the one who was baptized on July 31, 1717 at the Raritan DRC in Somerset Co., NJ). She wrote the following message:

From: JanAlpert at
Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2003
Cc: kennaw at
Subject: Re: Bodine

...If John Bodine who lived in Ohio was born Aug. 15, 1748, he would have been 20 years old 10 months and 29 days when his [possible] father wrote his will. Not yet 21 but close. That would be a good fit. I will write Somerset Co. for a copy of the entire probate record. It should also show the payments to him at 21 and his sisters when they married.

End of message.

Jan also sent this:

The following is a will abstract for Abraham Bodine from the printed New Jersey Colonial Documents, Calendar of Wills 1761-1770 p. 47-48.

1769, June 14. Bodine, Abraham, of Somerset Co., yeoman; will of. Wife, Mary, use of real and personal, till my younger son, Cornelius, is 21. Son, Cornelius, all real. Eldest son, John, 50 pounds when 21. Daughters Mary, Jane and Sarah, each 25 pounds when married. To all my children, John, Cornelius, Judith, Mary, Catrine, Jane and Sarah, moveables. Executors--Peter Van Nest and John Van Nest, both sons of Peter Van Nest, deceased, of North Branch of Raritan. Witnesses--Jacob V: Nor Strand, Aurie Lane, and William Lane. Proved Jul 3, 1769. 1769, July 1, inventory 150.17 pounds, made by Peter Dumont, Abraham Ten Eick and Aurie Lane. Lib K, p. 112.

End of info from Jan.

Joan Best found some info from the book History of Hardin County, Ohio, page 991, about one of Samuel's grandchildren, Rev. A. C. Barnes (Samuel was this John's son). It says that Samuel was born in Rockingham County, Virginia. This is quite a little ways south of Greene County, Pennsylvania. It seems to be pretty good information. This would mean that this John was there in 1787 when Samuel was born. If this is true, what was John doing there?

It is quite probable one of John's children was Samuel, but the other names are not so certain. He may have also had a son named Nicholas, but that is probably not accurate. The names Samuel, Abraham, Levi, and Jans Baptist come from the Lineage record of Mrs. Rose Ann (Bodine) Gilbert at the DAR in Washington, D.C. Her address was 2105 Lishe Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15214.

In Juanita Rogers Brown's DAR application, there are three children listed for John: John Baptist (m. Jane Mariah), Samuel (m. Mary Fox), and Levi (m. Rebecca Fox). No proof is given, though. It also says John, the father, was married to Ann. For references to this generation, Mrs. Brown may have attached a supplement (443064 + 463) for proof. This wasn't attached, but it would be interesting to see what it is.

Sifting through all the information in this file, it seems that John may have been first married to Ann Diltz/Dils. I have the feeling Ann could have died in the 1780's. He then may have married someone else and started a second family. This is all just a guess, though.

The following paragraph about John Bodine comes from notes written down by Theodore A. Bodine:

On November 2, 1769, John was named the executor of his father-in-law's (Peter Diltz) will. In mid February 1778, he was at Valley Forge, enlisted in the Continental Army. He was discharged in January of 1781 at Morristown, New Jersey. On January 1, 1785, he was a witness on the will of William Gano in Alexandria Township. On May 9, 1787, he is mentioned in the final settlement of Peter Diltz's will in Amwell Township. John received 117. 03. 08. lbs., as a legacy in right of his wife, and a commission of 32. 12. 03. lbs. It is not clear if his wife was still alive at that time.

Jim Berdine forwarded some info having to do with this John. I'm not sure what it means or how it fits though. He wrote the following paragraph: I have been going through documents, etc. and found a letter I copied from the Gen. library in Waynesburg [Greene Co., PA]. It is to a Mrs. Hennen for a Mrs T. Bodine, 41 Marshall Ave., Akron, OH 44303, dated May 21, 1979. Quote: "We are trying to prove that this John was the John married to Dils daughter, same locality in Hunterdon Co. NJ. This was the only Bodine family there. He was administrator of Peter Dils Will, and collected in 1787 for wife. We do not know her name or if she was dead at this time. From census in Greene Co., 1800, he seems to have started a late family. If he is our Jacob's father, Jacob named a son Samuel also."

It's possible that this John and a Peter Bodine, the husband of Sabillah Ent, could be related. That is only a guess, though.


4.   Peter Bodine and Isabella / Sabillah Ent. From Bible records, we know that Peter Bodine was born on June 25, 1756, probably in New Jersey. He died on October 10, 1810 (not 1801). His wife, Sabillah Ent, was born June 27, 1759 and died on April 4, 1825 probably near Stockton, Hunterdon Co., NJ. She, and many of her family members, are buried in the Sandy Ridge Baptist Cemetery in Hunterdon Co., NJ. The cemetery is two miles northeast of Stockton, in Delaware Township, which was set off from Amwell Township in 1838. See his Notes file for more info.

Jacob Bodine (#8 below) is probably related to this Peter Bodine. He is from the Stockton area, too. He and many of his family are buried in the cemetery behind the Sand Brook German Baptist Church. The small community of Sand Brook is located in Delaware Township, Hunterdon County between Flemington and Sergeantsville, just off Route 523.

At this point, I have no idea who his parents might have been.


5.   John Bodine (b. Sept 1765). According to his pension file, this John Bodine was born in September of 1765, possibly in Berkeley County, Virginia or New Jersey. According to a Warren County, Ohio court record, John died January 26, 1834 in Franklin Township in Warren County. He married Jane Marlatt about 1785, probably in Berkeley County, Virginia. Jane was born about 1760, possibly in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia. Jane was the daughter of Abraham Marlatt, Sr. or Berkeley Co., VA.

There is some information about this family in the article "John Bodine: Two Revolutionary War Soldiers," Ohio Genealogical Society Report, 35:1, 1995, pp. 39-40. This was written by John Stutesman. This article seems like it is pretty well researched. It discusses two John Bodines who have similar backgrounds. They both fought in the Revolutionary War, both enlisted in Virginia, and both later moved to Ohio. The article calls one the "elder" and the other the "younger." It does not say that they were related. From what I gather, there is no evidence to say the younger John Bodine (born in 1765) was the son of the elder John Bodine (born about 1744). I think such a connection should be avoided unless it can be proven. The author of the article also told me that they could be related, but there was no evidence for that.

From the Stutesman article, we learn that in 1781, this John Bodine enlisted in the Virginia State Regiment commanded by Colonel Joseph Crockett. In 1782, John enlisted as a dragoon in the "Legion" of Continental Cavalry and Infantry. This was commanded by the French volunteer, the Marquis fe la Rouerie, also known as "Armand." Armand was commissioned Brigadier General of Calvary at the same time as "Light Horse Harry" Lee who was the father of the famous confederate, General Robert E. Lee. John Bodine was enumerated in Federal Census of Franklin Township, Warren County, Ohio in 1830. He was a Revolutionary War Veteran.

I found some interesting information about the legion command by Armand. This comes from a site on the history of Loudoun County, Virginia:

The German Palatines who had immigrated to Loudoun County had settled a town called Lovettsville at the northern most point of the county near the Potomic River directly across from Brunswick, MD. The memories of their repression in their former homeland caused them to become intensely loyal to the cause of freedom, and it is said that almost every man of military age volunteered unhesitantily. Because a vast number did not speak English, most signed on to serve in Armand's Legion, recruited by authority of Congress during the summer of 1777 when it commissioned the French nobleman, Charles Trefin Armand, Marquis de la Rouaire, as a Colonel in the American Army. Fluent in French, German, and English, he was the ideal canidate to command the German born ranks, and reportedly was highly respected and loved by the men under his command. This legion, with it's ranks of Loudoun County soldiers, saw action in a number of battles, including the Seige at York. - End of info on Armand's legion. This new info might seem to point in the direction of John Bodine being one of the German Palatine immigrants, or possibly related to one.

I also wonder if this John Bodine is not related to the Abraham Bodine born about 1692 on Staten Island, New York. This is only a guess, but maybe this John could be Abraham's grandson or some other close relation. My notes say that on July 18, 1722, Abraham Bodine bought sixty acres of land on Ambrose Brook from Elizabeth Merlatt. Ambrose Brook comes between the present towns of Stelton and Metuchen in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Both Abraham and Elizabeth Merlatt are described as being from Piscataway (East Jersey Surveyor's Association, Book AB5, folio 433). Piscataway is in Somerset County, close to the border of Middlesex County. This shows a relationship between the Bodines and the Merlatts in New Jersey. Since this John married a Merlatt, he could be related somehow to the Abraham back in New Jersey. I do have a John Bodine, possible son of John Bodine and Vemmete Voorhees (and grandson of the Abraham above) in my data. I don't have any children or a wife for him. He was born about 1760. Again this is only a guess and needs to have solid proof.

There is a slight possibility that this John could be the son of the John Bodine who was born about 1741 and died in Wayne County, Ohio on December 24, 1836 (see #3 above). That John is buried in a cemetery there in East Union Township. That John may have had a son, John, who was born about 1764. (And I do not have a wife or children for him, either.) This would basically match the birth year of this John, husband of Jane Marlatt. Again, this is only a wild hypothesis at this point and would need solid proof.

The following statement comes from John's Revolutionary War Pension file:

6 Oct. 1826. Warren Co., Ohio. John (X) Sagasur, aged about 60, declares his father and the father of John Bodine lived within half a mile of each other in Virginia. He saw John Bodine in service at least twice. It was said he was with some French Troops.

Many of his descendants ended up in Ohio and Indiana. One other possibility is that John could be a son or nephew of the William Bodine from Montgomery County, New York born about 1738. This is just one more lead to check on, though.

See John's "Notes" for more ideas on who his father was. Please contact me if you have information on his ancestors or descendants. My appreciation to Ed Bodine of New Albany, Indiana for most of these new updates and to Bill Bodine of Louisville, Kentucky for the pictures.


6a. (PROBABLY SOLVED)  Jacob Bodine/Bordine and Christiana Marlatt. Jacob was supposedly born December 18, 1765 (probably 1768) in the Mohawk Valley area (Schenectady, Montgomery and Herkimer Counties), New York. He died January 30, 1836 in Yates, Orleans County, New York. His family moved to Michigan. Christiana is buried in Monroe County, Michigan. See also the Bordine family Bible records on the Archives page.

Note that it is also quite possible that this Jacob was born in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey and later moved to the Florida area mentioned above.

A lot of work has been done on this Jacob Bodine/Bordine since he was first listed here in the Ten Most Wanted. I especially thank Karen Weller for all the great research and information she has provided on this line of Bordines. We are now assuming that this Jacob Bodine/Bordine is the son of Nicholas Bordine/Bodine and Dinah Van Lewe. They are descendants of John Bodine and Maria Crocheron. Click on the link to Jacob above for more information on him.

Research is still underway, but it looks like this Jacob Bordine might only be the husband of Christiana Marlatt. He might not have had Ann/Nancy Farmer as his first wife. DNA testing seems to show that. The DNA line might have been broken somewhere along the line, but for now I have to assume that the DNA shows two different Jacob Bordines, not one.

As mentioned, one plausible theory is that Jacob is from near Florida, in the area near Minaville in Montgomery County, New York. In The History of Montgomery and Fulton Counties, New York, by F.W. Beers & Co. (1878) is a description of "the Town of Florida." It says, "This town, the most south-easterly of Montgomery county, is bounded northerly and easterly by the Mohawk river, southerly by the line of Schenectady county, and westerly by the Schoharie creek." This area would fit quite well with the tradition that Jacob Bordine (maybe this Jacob) was born in the Mohawk Valley.

Here is a map of the area. The "Town of Florida" would have been in the part of Montgomery County that is showing, bordered on the north by the Mohawk River. I have put a red circle around the general area of Florida, but it is not exact. Minaville is not listed, but I have put a red dot in its approximate location. The river is the Mohawk:

Florida Area

There were several other "Bordines" from the area of Florida. The 1800 Census of Florida lists an Alfred "Boredine." He and his wife were between the ages of 16 and 26. And they had two females, daughters I would imagine, under the age of 10. I would guess that this Albert would have been born about 1775.

Also nearby were two other Bordines. One was Ann (of Nancy) Bordine, wife of Hermanus Mandeville. The other was Isaac Bordine, husband of Jan (or Ann) Mandeville. They are both listed in the record of baptisms from the Church at the Woestina, the first church in the town of Glenville, New York. This was built in 1785 and was near Hoffmans Ferry, New York. This is right next to Patersonville, that is the Florida area. Hermanus Mandeville and Ann Bordine had two children baptized there in 1801 and 1802. That would mean that Ann was probably born between about 1775 and 1780. Ann is referred to as a Bodine in a mention of her marriage to Hermanus. She is said to be from "Remsenbos." This is actually Remsen's Bush. According to one definition I read, Remsen's Bush was a 4000 acre tract of land in the eastern section of Florida owned by the Remsen and Brinkerhoff families of Albany and Long Island, New York. A German named Lawrence Shuler owned a 300 acre farm there, about a mile east of Minaville, on which the Remsen's Bush Reformed Protestant Dutch Church was formed at least by 1784. This is in a book about the first settlers of Schenectady County, New York (Jonathan Pearson, 1873).

Isaac and Jenny Bordine had a daughter baptized in the Church at the Woestina in 1805. One birth date I've seen for Isaac (no source given) says he was born about 1768. Isaac is referred to as a Bodine in several records that I've seen.

Karen Weller wrote this: The 1810 census in Montgomery County, New York, lists two different men named Jacob Bordine, one in Florida and one in Charleston." Karen now believes that the Jacob Bordine who is linked to John Bodine, Maria Van Heusen, and Hermanus Staley (see below), must be the other Jacob. The Jacob Bordine in Florida Township would be the one born in the Mohawk Valley. The one in Charleston Township would be the one associated with the other Bordines in the area.

6b. (UNSOLVED)  Now that we have probably solved the parentage of the Jacob Bodine/Bordine who married Christiana Marlatt, we have the problem of the parentage of the Jacob Bodine/Bordine who married Ann/Nancy Farmer. Before, we thought these Jacobs were the same person. That does not seem to be the case now that we have DNA evidence to the contrary.

Based on the information in the Marlatt records in a Hollinger Box at the Lenawee County (Michigan) Historical Society Archives, the other Jacob was the one probably born in the Mohawk Valley area of Montgomery County, New York - not this Jacob who married Ann Farmer. From the census data on this Jacob's children, he seems to have been born in New Jersey and possibly New Brunswick, New Jersey. Many people migrated from New Brunswick to that Mohawk Valley area of New York. Karen Bordine told me that a genealogist in New York told her there were so many people who came to Montgomery County, New York from New Brunswick, New Jersey that she could write a whole book about them!

So based on the information in the Hollinger Box being about the Jacob Bordine, the husband of Christiana Marlatt, we really have very little information as to the birth date and death date of this Jacob Bordine. His general date of birth would be from 1764 - 1770 based on the 1810 Census of Florida, New York and he would have been born in New Jersey.

As to his death date, we can only know that it happened after the birth of his last child (1809) and after any records in Florida Township, Montgomery County, New York pertaining to this Jacob. He was last on the assessment roles there in 1812. There does appear to be a mortgage in Florida, NY related to this Jacob. That was probably between him and his son Nicolas and was dated April 5, 1816. Since this Jacob has not yet been found on any 1820 Census, I can only assume that he died between 1816 and 1820. That is only a guess and awaits evidence to the contrary. From the mortgage (see his Notes page), it seems like Jacob might be moving somewhere or preparing to take a dangerous journey. Or maybe he was in ill health. It's not possible to know from the information available.

Possibly related to this Jacob Bodine/Bordine is a John Bodine who married a Mary Van Hoesen and lived in Schenectady County, New York. I could see this person being Jacob's father, but that is only a wild guess at the moment. They may not be related at all. Here is what I have so far:

1. John Bodine b. abt 1740, m. Mary (Maria) Van Hoesen, b. abt 1745. John Bodine and Mary Van Hoesen are mentioned in the book Contributions to the Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of the Patent and City of Schenectady, from 1662 to 1800," by Jonathan Pearson (1873).


........... i. John (Johannes) Bodine b. abt Mar 18 1770, prob Schenectady, NY, Mar 18 1770, Schenectady, NY.
........... ii. Ann (Annetje) Bodine b. bef Apr 3 1775, prob Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY, Apr 3 1775, prob Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY. She is probably the Annetje Bodine who married Harmanus Mandeville in Schenectady County, New York. He was from "Charston" and she was from "Remsenbos." They married April 22, 1795(?). Children were Maria (11/22/1795) and Elisabeth (10/9/1797). This comes from Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of the Patent and City of Schenectady, from 1662 to 1800," by Jonathan Pearson (1873). FamilySearch info also says she was born about 1789 in Bridgewater Twp., Somerset Co., NJ.
............ iii. Abraham Bodine b. bef Jan 9 1785, prob Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY, Jan 9 1785, Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY.
............ iv. Isaac Bodine b. abt 1787. lists him as being born about 1787, but I wonder what that is based on. I am thinking that this Isaac was the one who married Jenny Mandeville. That Isaac was born about 1768 and was married around 1799. The info at FamilySearch associates him with both Schenectady County, New York and Bridgewater Township, Somerset County, New Jersey.

There were several other "Bordines" from the area of Florida who could be related to John Bodine mentioned above. The 1800 Census of Florida Township lists an Albert "Boredine." He and his wife were between the ages of 16 and 26. And they had two females (their own daughters I would imagine) under the age of 10. In the 1810 Census, Albert Bodine appears in Mayfield Township: one male under 10 and a male and female between 26-45. Comparing these two censuses, Albert would have been born between 1774 and 1784. That is from four to fourteen years after Jacob.

Also nearby were two other Bordines. One was Ann (or Nancy) Bordine, wife of Hermanus Mandeville. The other was Isaac Bordine, husband of Jan (or Ann) Mandeville. They are both listed in the record of baptisms from the Church at the Woestina, the first church in the town of Glenville, New York. This was built in 1785 and was near Hoffmans Ferry, New York. This is right next to Patersonville which is in the Florida area. Hermanus Mandeville and Ann Bordine had two children baptized there in 1801 and 1802. That would mean that Ann was probably born between about 1775 and 1780. Ann is referred to as a Bodine in a mention of her marriage to Hermanus. She is said to be from "Remsenbos." This is actually Remsen's Bush. According to one definition I read, Remsen's Bush was a 4000 acre tract of land in the eastern section of Florida owned by the Remsen and Brinkerhoff families of Albany and Long Island, New York. A German named Lawrence Shuler owned a 300 acre farm there, about a mile east of Minaville, on which the Remsen's Bush Reformed Protestant Dutch Church was formed at least by 1784.�This is in a book about the first settlers of Schenectady County, New York (Jonathan Pearson, 1873).

Isaac and Jenny Bordine had a daughter baptized in the Church at the Woestina in 1805. One birth date I've seen for Isaac (no source given) says he was born about 1768. Isaac is referred to as a Bodine in several records that I've seen.

Like I said, these Bordines mentioned above might be tied to two Bodines mentioned in Pearson's book about the early settlers in Schenectady County: John and Jacob. John and his wife Maria Van Hoesen, I've mentioned already. Jacob and his wife Susanna Peek had two girls baptized at some church there: Elisabeth in 1796 and Susanna in 1798.

Karen Bordine told me that she found some details when she went to New York about these other Bodine/Bordines in Montgomery County. A Jacob Bordine was the witness on the will of Hermanus Staley from Florida, NY. Hermanus was the brother of Hendrick Staley, who was the husband of Rachel Van Huesen. Rachel was the sister of Maria Van Huesen, the wife of the John Bodine mentioned in Pearson's book on Schenectady. Karen believes, however, that that Jacob Bodine was another Jacob Bordine listed in the township of Charleston and not the Jacob Bordine in Florida Township. Both Charleston and Florida were townships in the Mohawk Valley area.


7a. (SOLVED)  Joseph Maddison Bodine and Elizabeth Creveling. This is a family buried in the West Barre Cemetery in Barre, Orleans Co., NY. Joseph was born August 16, 1798 and died May 23, 1868. He and Elizabeth were married on May 11, 1826 in Washington, Warren Co., NJ.

Ronny Bodine and I now believe that Joseph is the son of John Bodine and Esther Mattison. My thanks to Michael Gesner and Joyce Cook, too, for their help in solving this riddle. The key evidence to resolving this was Ronny finding the will of Abraham Lowe Bodine. Abraham names his brothers and sisters "John, Joseph, Peter and ??? Seaborn," and "my Sister Mary." Abraham also names in his will "my nephew Samuel C. Bodinee, of the town of Oakfield, Genesee County, New York." That "nephew" has to be Samuel Creveling Bodine, son of Joseph Maddison Bodine.

Joyce believed that Joseph was probably related to Peter Bodine (b. 1801) and Susan Lafoy, and Abraham L. (b. 12-4-1808) and Amy A. Bodine. Both of these did turn out to be Joseph's siblings.

Michael Gesner suggested that Joseph's middle name "Maddison" could have come from the name "Mattison." That is a common name in that area of New Jersey. That led us to think that Joseph could have been the son of John Bodine and Esther Mattison. And that is in fact what turned out to be the case. Michael Gesner's wife is related to Joseph and Elizabeth Bodine. They live on a part of the farm (in Washington, New Jersey) which once belonged to William Bodine (b. 1808). William had bought the farm from a Creveling and, in fact, Samuel Creveling's grave is only a few hundred feet behind their house. Samuel Creveling is Joseph Bodine's father-in-law.

7b. (UNSOLVED)  Now that we have solved who Joseph's parents are, we need to figure out the parents of John Bodine! So this mystery is still not totally resolved. John was born May 26, 1770 in New Jersey (prob Hunterdon County) and died Nov. 5, 1853. Esther was born March 20, 1775 and was baptized at the Readington DRC in Readington, New Jersey. She died May 12, 1835. They are both listed on the tombstone of their son, Peter Bodine, in the Bethlehem Presbyterian (Grandin Church) Cemetery in Union Twp., Hunterdon Co., NJ.

Two of Joseph's children say both Joseph and his wife were born in New Jersey (1880 Census info for Samuel and Joseph). This fact could lead us back to Washington, Warren County, New Jersey where Elizabeth's father is buried. It would also probably mean that Joseph is somehow related to William Bodine (b. 1808). That William was married to Mary Ann Miller. He was the son of Henry Bodine (b. Aug. 18, 1781) and Margaret Lydia Adeline Groff (b. July 16, 1787). It looks like Henry had a daughter Lydia who also married a Creveling. We're not sure who Henry's father was. According to 1880 Census info for son William, Henry was also born in New Jersey.

Joseph could be his nephew or his cousin, though. That leads us to think that John Bodine, husband of Esther Mattison, would be a very close relative to Henry Bodine. Henry was born Aug. 18, 1781 in New Jersey (possibly Hunterdon County). He is buried in Mansfield, New Jersey which is in Warren County. I would guess that John Bodine and Henry Bodine are either brothers or cousins.

Peter Bodine, John's son, was born April 22, 1801 in New Jersey. His wife was Susan LeFoy who was born Nov. 28, 1807. They had nine children, one of whom was Abram Low Bodine. This middle name "Low" could have come either from his brother or an earlier relative. And of course Peter's brother was named Abraham Lowe Bodine. This would lead me to think that Peter was somehow related to Abraham Bodine (b. about 1717) and his wife, Mary Low (b. about 1721). Looking at the dates, Peter's father, this John Bodine, could be one of Abraham's grandsons.

Abraham and Mary (Low) Bodine had a daughter named Catherine Bodine. It's not certain who she married, but I am leaning toward her being the wife of Joseph Mattison. A Joseph Mattison and Catherine Bodine were the parents of the Esther Mattison who married this John Bodine.


8.   Jacob Bodine and Catherine Fauss. Jacob was probably born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey about August 31, 1806. He died on August 8, 1867 and is buried in Sand Brook Cemetery in Hunterdon County. Catherine Fauss was born about July 22, 1806 and died on March 13, 1884 at her home in Sand Brook. They were married on January 2, 1830 probably in Hunterdon County. Many from this family are buried in the cemetery behind the Sand Brook German Baptist Church. This would seem to say that they may have been of German descent. His parents are unknown, but he is probably related to Peter Bodine and Sybilla Ent (see #4 above). Both Bodine families appear to have been Baptists and both lived in the area of Stockton in Hunterdon County. Peter and Sabillah had a son Jacob, supposedly born on November 29, 1781. That would make him old enough to be this Jacob's father. However, if Peter's son Jacob died young, then this Jacob could even be Peter's son. However, Sabillah would have been about 46 by then. I would think that was getting a little old to have children. One further piece of evidence, a connection to Sabillah's family, is that I think this Jacob's son, David, had a son William who may have married a Jerusha Ent.

Jacob could be related to David (#9a) below.


9a. (SOLVED)  David Rickoff Bodine and Mary Ann Higgins. David was born February 16, 1808 in Ringoes, Hunterdon Co., NJ. He died May 18, 1867 in Trenton, NJ. He and Mary were married on February 18, 1830 in Hunterdon Co., NJ. Many thanks to Ronny Bodine for giving some convincing proofs for David being the son of Peter Bodine and Mary Smith. I think Ronny is correct, but we should keep looking for proofs as sources become available. Click on David's link above and from there his Notes page for more on him and his family.

Ronny wrote that Peter Bodine and wife Mary are named as the parents of Joseph Bodine, David's brother, in his 1849 New Jersey death record. Peter's wife Mary apparently died before 1830 as the older man living in the household of David R. Bodine must be his father Peter. In 1850, Peter Bodine lived with his widowed daughter-in-law (the wife of son Joseph) and grandson Ezra. David R. Bodine served as security for the 1849 estate administration of Joseph Bodine.

9b. (UNSOLVED)  Peter Bodine and Mary Smith. Now that the mystery of David Rickoff Bodine is most likely solved, we have the mystery of who his father Peter was! Peter was supposedly born February 23, 1774 in New Jersey. He certainly died between the censuses of June 1850 and June 1860. Not much is known yet about this couple. And the maiden name of "Smith" for Mary doesn't have convincing proof either. Click on the link above and his Notes page for what we have on them now.


10. (SOLVED) John Berdine/Bodine and Penelope Willit. John was born 1750-1760. He died before January 8, 1814 in Wilson Co., TN. His wife was Penelope Willis (or Mitchell). They probably married in Wake County, North Carolina on December 22, 1784. Penelope was born about 1770 and died before November 9, 1847 in Wilson County, Tennessee.

Ronny Bodine and I think this John Bodine is a good candidate to be the son of Vincent Bodine and Anne Strong. Vincent was born March 10, 1733 in New York and was the grandson of Jean Bodin of Medis, France. Vincent had a son named John who was baptized on June 3, 1753 at the New York City Dutch Reformed Church. Ronny and I are working on this theory to flesh it out more.

It is also quite possible that this John Bodine is the father of the John Bodine of San Augustine, Texas who married Nancy Gunnels. That is also an assumption but it is the theory I am working with right now. This is based on some preliminary DNA testing and research by Ronny. The DNA testing leads one to think that Vincent Bodine is the grandfather of John Bodine of San Augustine, Texas. Vincent seems to be the only Bodine who had descendants in North Carolina at the right time. See further below for more on this.

Here is some 1790 Census data from Wake County, NC in the order that it appears in the Census:

1. Gr*bell Bodine: 2 males +16, one male 0-16, five females. Sheet 15, line 18.

2. John Bodine: 1 male +16, three females. Sheet 17, line 25.

3. John Bodine: He is over 16 and has two boys younger than 16. There are also two females in his household. Sheet 24, line 12.

4. Vinson Bodine: He is the lone male in the family and there are two females. Sheet 27, line 20. 5. John Bodine: He is over 16 and has one male under 16 in his household. There are two females in the house. Sheet 28, line 15.

Vincent Bodine (#4 above) is listed as "Vinson Bodine." He is the lone male in the family and there are two females. By this time, he would have been about 57 years old and most of his kids would have left home. A couple of his daughters were apparently the only children still living with them.

Living about 25 houses away is a John Bodine (#5 above) who is probably Vincent's son. That John is over 16 and has one male under 16 in his household. There are two females in the house. I think the John in this census is the same as this John who married Penelope Willit. The younger male would be his first and oldest son. The two females are his wife Penelope and a young daughter. She would be John and Penelope's oldest daughter. Since John Bodine and Penelope Willit married on December 22, 1784, I think the son was born about 1785 and the daughter about 1788. The 1820 Census of Wilson County shows that Penny Berdine (the head of household) did have five girls (unless one was the wife of one of her sons - which I doubt). My guess is that the two females born 1804 to 1810 are Charity and Winifred. The two females born 1794 to 1804 are Polly and Nancy. Only one female is unaccounted for - the one born 1775 to 1794. Penny is the female born before 1775.

John Bodine (#2 above) was the lone male in the family and there were three females. Many of his neighbors had the surname Bledsoe. My guess is that he is about the same age as John Bodine, the husband of Penelope Willit, but he would not be the father of John Bodine of San Augustine since there is no young male listed in this household. Maybe he is a cousin or something. It is unknown. He is pretty close to Gabriel Bodine in the Census. Gabriel is Vincent's son. He is not Gabriel or Gabriel's brother John's son. He is too old for that.

John Bodine (#3 above) is, I assume, younger since he seems to have quite a few children in his household. He is over 16 and has two boys younger than 16. There are also two females in his household. He could be the father of John Bodine of San Augustine, too. He is a pretty good match, but the fact that he lives farther away from Vincent goes against this possibility (but not too much against it). He lives kind of apart from the two groups of Gabriel and John, and Vincent and John. One thing is pretty certain, though. He is too old to be either Gabriel or Gabriel's brother John's son.

Another thing that points to John Bodine, the husband of Penelope Willit, being the father of John Bodine of San Augustine is the similarity in some of the family names. John of SA had a son name Thomas and a daughter named Winnie Jane. John and Penelope had a son name Thomas and a daughter named Winifred. Nancy was a name carried on by the John of SA's granddaughters. And Winnie remained in the family, too. It also seems strange that John and Penelope would not have had a son named John among all their children.

It should also be noted that there does not appear to be a good source for the names of all of John and Penelope's children. The list of children I have has been put together from bits and pieces of information here and there. Before I added them, it did not include the two oldest children: John and his unknown sister.

By 1800, it looks like all these Bodines, except Vincent, had moved out of Wake County. I can't find any Bodines in the 1800-1830 censuses of Franklin County either. It looks like they may have moved out of North Carolina completely, but that is not for sure. They were probably on their way west. We don't know where John was during the 1800 and 1810 Censuses, but he was probably in Tennessee somewhere - maybe Wilson County. Ronny Bodine said, "The Tennessee censuses for 1790, 1800 and 1810 don't exist and not for East Tennessee in 1820. He may have been in Tennessee but without a census or statewide tax digest he will be like looking for a needle in a haystack." Ronny also said, "The earliest tax lists for Wilson County, 1804-1809, make no mention of any Bodine."

Let me now continue my discussion from above about John Bodine (b. about 1785), a possible son of John Bodine and Penelope Willits. He very likely must have been born in North Carolina, but South Carolina and Georgia have also been seen in the records. Many researchers have looked a long time for his roots. His parents are still not known for sure, but some recent DNA testing has helped to shed more light on the origins of this Bodine line. The DNA seems to show that this line of Bodines is related to the Jean Bodin of Medis line. Ronny Bodine wrote that the only early Bodine from that line who went to North Carolina was the Vincent Bodine (b. March 10, 1733 in New York) who married Anne Strong. Vincent was the grandson of Jean Bodin of Medis. In 1758-1759, Vincent moved to Granville County, North Carolina. He later was found living in Bute County which became Franklin County. He probably died in Wake County.

Vincent's sons John and Gabriel are the most likely candidate to be the father of John Bodine of San Augustine County, Texas. Vincent's son John was baptized on June 3, 1753 at the New York City Dutch Reformed Church. Ronny Bodine says, "As a child he went with his parents to North Carolina. The marriage bond of John 'Berdine' and Penny Willit of 22 Dec 1784 was recorded in Wake County, North Carolina to which place his father had lately moved. On 7 Dec 1787, he was included in a list of persons to clear a road (Wake Co. Minutes, 2: 376). In 1790, he was a resident of Hillsborough District in Wake County, and in 1797 he and Smith King were buyers at the estate sale of John E. Willit (recorded 6 July 1797, Wake Co. Wills, D: 218)." About Gabriel, Ronny says, "Gabriel Bodine was baptized 20 Oct 1756 at the Dutch Reformed Church of New York City with his uncle Cornelius Brewer as a sponsor. As a child he accompanied his parents to North Carolina and in March 1784 he appeared in the Wake County court to acknowledge a deed (Wake Co. Minutes, 1: 302). A variety of other legal transactions are noted in the court records over the ensuing years, the last being the sale of land on 27 July 1798 (Wake Co. Deeds, Q: 392). By 1800 he had relocated to Iredell County's Salisbury District where the census shows a household that includes besides himself and his wife, one male aged 16-26, one female aged 10-16 and one aged 16-26. The censuses of 1810 and 1820 show in both instances only a male and female aged over 45. The will of 'Gabrel Burden' of Iredell County was written 9 June 1827. Therein he named his wife Jane and appointed his friend Robert Allen as executor. George Flowers and Robert Allen were witnesses. There was no record of a probate (Iredell Co. Will Book 2: 53)."

John (b. about 1785) died August 10, 1839 in San Augustine County, Texas. From the information I have, his first wife was Mary Cremer whom he married about 1809 in Baltimore County, Maryland. His second wife was Nancy Ann Gunnels. They married on December 25, 1810 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. Most of his descendants seem to live in Texas and in other western states. My thanks to James Bodine of Kaufman, Texas for much of the data on the descendants of this John Bodine and to Ronny Bodine for a ton of recent updates.


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