Notes for: Matilda ("Tilda") Bodine

Posted by Harold Robinson on July 25, 1999 (hrobinson at

Seeking full birth date of MATILDA BODINE who was born @ 1826 in Columbia County, PA and died on 9 April 1887 in West Auburn, IA. She married @ 1844 ELLIS BILLMEYER. He was born on 18 November 1824 in Columbia County, PA and died on 18 April 1898 in Auburn Township, Fayette County, IA. Have much data on their children. Willing to share.

And here is another one from Harold (newest address):

From: Harold Robinson [family_researcher1944 at]
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Subject: Dave's Bodine Genealogy Web Site

Hi Dave,

I have a Bodine in my mother's family history. Ellis Billmeyer was born in Columbia County, Pennsylvania on 18 November, 1824 and died in Auburn Township, Fayette County, Iowa on 18 April, 1898. He married 1st in Fayette County, near West Union, Iowa in 1844 Matilda Bodine. She was born in Columbia County, Pennsylvania in 1826 and died in West Auburn, Iowa on 9 April, 1887. Ellis married 2nd in April, 1890 Elizabeth Ostrander Miles. Her dates of birth and death are unknown. Ellis and Matilda were the parents of 11 children. I can supply their names and other information if you are interested.

Harold Robinson of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

P>I also received the following:

Subject: bodine family

Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000

From: "Daryl & DeAnna Hogan" darylhogan at


hi! my name is DeAnna Hogan. i researching my familly and came across a Matilda ? Bodine b.@1826 in Northcumberland co. PA or Columbia co Pa. d. apr 9,1887 in fayette co ia. m. ellis billmeyer in 1844. he was also from northcumberland co pa. b.nov 18,1824-7 d. april 18, 1898 in fayette co pa. are they any relation to your bodines? if so please tell me how. i would greatly appreciate it. this is as far back as i have gotten in my family line. thank you very much for the info. DeAnna Hogan

DeAnna later wrote me and said she found out that Matilda was orphaned at a young age. I'm am trying to get more info about this.

I later received this from DeAnna:

Subject: william bodine b@1825

Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001

From: "Daryl Hogan" darylhogan at

Hi! my name is DeAnna Hogan. i have emailed you before with a question but now will ask another. this william bodine did he by chance have a sister Matilda? she was b@1826. she was orpahned too. she married a ellis billmeyer in 1844. the moved to iowa in 1855. i have read that matilda "was one of 3 children orhpaned at an early age and reared on a farm" i got this information from a book called the Past and Present of Fayette Co. Vol 1 & 2. does this ring a bell with you? william was on the 10 most wanted. i think matilda was his sister. she is my 4th great grandma. DeAnna

Here is the 1880 Census data on this family from Auburn in Fayette Co., IA:

Ellis BILLMEYER Self M Male W 54 PA Lumber Dealer PA PA
Matilda BILLMEYER Wife M Female W 54 PA Keeping House PA PA
William BILLMEYER Son S Male W 29 PA Farmer PA PA
Ella BILLMEYER Dau S Female W 26 PA Works At Home PA PA
Josephine BILLMEYER Dau S Female W 19 IA At Home PA PA
Charles BILLMEYER Son S Male W 17 IA At Home PA PA
Rittie BILLMEYER Dau S Female W 15 IA At School PA PA
Clara BILLMEYER Dau S Female W 13 IA At School PA PA
Eddie BILLMEYER Son S Male W 10 IA At School PA PA

From Ronny Bodine:

In the marriage record of Josie Billmeyer to John Musser on 9 Jan 1884 in Fayette County, Iowa, her parents are named as Ellis Billmeyer and Tilda Bodine. In the Iowa Death Certificate of Emma Jane Hall of July 1937, her parents are named Ellis Billmeyer and Matilda Bodine, both of PA.

1850 Liberty Township, Montour Co., PA: Ellis BILLMEYER 25 PA Farmer, Matilda 24 PA, Mary 5 PA, Wm. 3 PA, Christianna 1 PA, Christianna BODINE 65 PA

In 1860, 1870 and 1880 the Billmeyer family lived in Auburn, Fayette Co., Iowa.

Burials in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Fayette County, Iowa.
(For grave marker photo see Find A Grave Memorial No. 73739184)
MATILDA Wife of E. Billmeyer Died April 8, 1887 Aged 61 Y. 6 M. & 14 D. [= 24 Sept 1825]

From Grave Records of Fayette County, Iowa.
Ellis Billmeyer died 18 April 1898 aged 74 years and was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery.