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It's been a year since our last major update at this Bodine web site. Over five hundred new Bodines have been added. In all, over 2000 individuals and 1000 marriages have been added. My thanks to the many people who have contributed toward what has been published here. And, as always, my special appreciation to Ronny Bodine for the countless hours he has spent researching Bodine genealogy and sharing that information with me. Most of these new additions have come from his research. Even with all these additions, though, there are still some of those genealogical "brick walls" to break down. Let's keep pounding on them. Do write me if you have any corrections or additions you'd like to suggest. I especially enjoy getting Bodine pictures (clear and in focus). I will add those to the pages as I have time. My email address is BodineGenealogy@gmail.com. If your Bodine line is not yet on here, what are you waiting for? Send it in. These genealogical data pages were last updated on January 5, 2014. There are now about 9600 Bodines at this site as well as about 1000 other similar surnames: Bodin (~240), Berdine (~430), Bidin (~35), Bordine (~120), Budine (~90), and Burdine (~75). Have fun!

The main Bodine lines we've been working on are listed further below. More lines are listed on the page Ten Most Wanted. Click on the Name Index button on each of the main pages or at the bottom of each data page to see all the names at this site. Clicking on a name will take you to that person's page. The Links page has links to other "Bodine" sites. The Archive Room has links or data of particular importance to Bodine genealogy. The Picture Gallery has some reunion pictures from Bodine family gatherings. Keep checking back for more information and new lines.

Note: Personal information about people who are or might still be living is not shown in the data pages at this site. I have used a genealogy program called Brother's Keeper (version 6.5.3) to convert the genealogy data into web pages. Pages are listed in the form of a family group sheet. This is an easy-to-read format that many genealogists know and understand.


Bodine Origins: Where are we from?

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Jean Bodin 1530-1596The Bodine name has its origin in France. There it is spelled Bodin and is quite common. I remember picking up some phone books while I've traveled in France to look for people named Bodin. I often found lots of them listed. Several important figures in French history carried the name Bodin. The most famous was Jean Bodin the philosopher (1530-1596) who is pictured to the left. Despite what some claim, it is highly unlikely that the American Bodines are in any way related to that Jean Bodin. It would be like saying you were related to the pirate Davy Jones just because you had the last name Jones. Proof of such relationships is needed before such claims can be made. We can confidently say there is NO proof that the American Bodines are related to the famous French philosopher. If that is true, the proof has not yet come to light.

There is a fraudulent genealogy going around that links the American Bodines to some famous Bodine-like names in France running back into the 1300's or so; however, there is absolutely no proof to back up this information. It appears to be the work of a 20th Century genealogist named Gustave Anjou (1863-1942). He was a Swede whose real name was Gustaf Ludvig Ljungberg. He fabricated pedigrees to please those who paid for his services. I think his research on the Bodines came through his work on the Corlies family. Trustworthy genealogical research on the American Bodines can really only be traced back, so far, to the Jean Bodines who came to America in the late 1600's. Anything before that is still uncertain.

It seems like some genealogists search for ways to link themselves to famous people and it doesn't matter if there isn't a shred of evidence to back up their wild claims. If someone needs such a link to be proud of their heritage, then that is already a sad testimony to their roots.

We can safely say that if your last name is Bodine, then most likely some ancestor of yours originally came from France (not in every case, though). However, few, if any, Bodines seem to have come directly from France to America. So far, almost all of the Bodines I have studied have come to America through other countries like England, Holland, Germany, and Sweden. There are even some Bodine lines which came from Italy and Poland. After leaving France, these Bodines may have spent only a short time in these other countries, and sometimes they may have spent several generations there before making their way to America. For instance, there are many Bodine families who came to the USA from Sweden in the late 1800's. I'm not sure how long they had lived in Sweden, but it is likely they were there a long time since there are still many Bodines in Sweden. The spelling of the Bodine name has also changed over time. Some families that started out as Bodines have now become Bordines, Burdines, Berdines, Budines, etc. However, it is not true that all or even most of those names started out as Bodine - only some did. Note: Families that changed their name to Bodine from some other name besides Bodin may or may not have their origins in France.

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FlandersOne area where Bodines came from in France was at one time called Flanders. See the map to the left for the approximate location of where Flanders used to be located. I have drawn a green circle around the general area. Flanders was an ancient kingdom that no longer exists in the same form today. It was comprised of parts of what is today northern France, western Belgium, and southwest Holland.

Nord-Pas-de-CalaisBy his betrothal record of December 26, 1679 at the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Flatbush (in New York City), we know that Jean Bodin (b. 1662), one of our early Bodine ancestors in America, was from near the town of Bethune in Artois (Artois was what the French then called that part of Flanders). His wife was listed as from Lille in Flanders. I did some research in Bethune and did not come up with any good connections to Bodines back in the 1600's. But close by Bethune is the town of Armentieres. It is marked by a red square on the map to the right. Research has shown that there were a number of Bodines from Armentieres, born there in the late 1500's, who later had moved to Holland. Some of the names were Peter, Abraham and Isaac. These are common names of the American Bodines, too. It is only a guess, but since the American Jean Bodin was from NEAR Bethune, and Bethune is only a few miles from Armentieres, then it is quite possible he was related to those Bodines from Armentieres. Whatever the case, the American Jean Bodin did come from the Bethune area. See the location of Bethune which is also marked on the map to the right. I have more on these Armentieres Bodins in the Archive Room at this site. They were a prominent family in Leiden in the 1600's. The common names between this family and the American Bodines, the Protestant religion they both shared, and the close proximity of their origins in Northwest France make me believe that they are probably related.

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Medis, FranceA second area where we know Bodines came from in France was the small town of Médis. See the map to the left for the location of this town. My wife and I visited there in the 1990's. It is a small town in the countryside in a beautiful area of France. The Wikipedia entry for Medis doesn't have much, but it does say that it is a bastion of Protestantism. Jean Bodin (b. 1645), another American Bodine different from the one mentioned above, fled France on September 13, 1681 because he was persecuted for his Protestant faith. The location of his birth, Medis, is based upon the fact that having fled France, the French authorities noted his escape as "Boudin, fugitif de Medit, Election de Saintes" (Archives Nationales, Paris, TT No. 259). Medit is a previous spelling of Medis. Before fleeing France, he had lived in Soubize (Soubise) which was not too far north of Medis. See the towns marked by a red squares on the map on the right.

In 2009, Tom and Kathy Bodine wrote me about a trip Kathy had made to Medis, France (Tom is the son of George Willis Bodine). See the link to info from that trip in the Archives Page under Research in France to see some photos Kathy took and some research she did while on a three day visit to that area. There is some very interesting information, very possibly about the Jean Bodin who came to America, that she gathered while there. And there are some photos of a street in Medis which might have even been named after Jean or his family.

Charente-MaritimeThe map on the right is a close-up of the area where Medis is located today. The area is the Department of Charente-Maritime which was also a bastion of Protestanism in the 1600's. The web site "Protestant Memory" has this to say about that time:

In 1534, young monks in the saintongeais area, heard directly from Calvin himself, the speech he would pronounce at Angoulême and Poitiers. Soon The Reform would be expounded in the southwest of the Saintonge region, in today's Arvert peninsula. Half a century later, the majority of the population was Protestant.

Faced with the spread of new ideas, the Royal power first seemed hesitant. Denouncements were encouraged by the Inquisition. The Parliaments of Paris and Bordeaux, under whose authority were the Aunis and Saintonge regions, were soon to pronounce the first death sentences. It was said that Marie Bécaudelle, a young maidservant educated in La Rochelle, had just been burnt at the stake at Essarts, in Bas-Poitou. In 1546, two of the monks who had introduced the Reform at Arvert and on the island of Oléron were burnt, one at Saintes, the other at Libourne. New Lutheran converts were reported on the Arvert peninsula. In 1553, the pastor Philibert Hamelin, co-founder of the Reformed Church of Saintes, preached at Arvert. He was arrested, imprisoned, taken to Saintes and then to Bordeaux. He would be sentenced to be burnt at the stake for heresy and for "error."

The Reform extended over the entire territory. From 1620 to 1622, Royan was under the sole authority of The Reform. Later, the King's administrator speaking of what is currently the Pays royannais, would stress that at Arvert and La Tremblade: "The Catholic religion was hardly known, since the pretended reformed religion is so much in vogue and in authority."

Promulgated in 1598, the Edict of Nantes was now applied rigorously, which meant in the most restrictive way. In 1628, public practice of the Protestant religion was forbidden on Ile-d'Oléron. In 1630, Ile-de-Ré was struck by the same measures. In 1633 and 1640, they reached the towns of Saujon and Marennes, in the Pays de Marennes-Oléron. In 1644, Arvert and Royan were the object of the royal prohibition. In 1658, Marsilly, in the north west of the Département, experienced these restrictions in turn. The Pastors fled their parishes. At La Rochelle 2200 Huguenots, set up there since the Siege, were sentenced to "vacate the town."

A few years before the Edict of Nantes was revoked, persecutions against the Protestants had started again. The King's Dragoons, these "missionaries in boots" who sowed terror where they went, were marching on Arvert. The temples were demolished. First Arvert, then Marennes, lost their places of worship in 1684. In 1685, the pastor of Marennes took to sea. Many sailors from the saintonge area had already left for England and Holland. As of 1681, the people of Charente-Maritime, wholesalers, bargemen and "people of modest means," had organized their escape (end of info from "Protestant Memory").

It was a time of extreme religious intolerance. Religious "freedom," as it was in France at that time, was about to come to an end. Jean Bodin and his wife would soon have to escape from France on their way to making a new life for themselves in England, then America.


I have put some pictures below of churches associated with the move of various lines of Bodines from Europe to America and of their expansion from New York City to other parts of the country.

Peter's Church in LeidenLeiden, Holland

Pieterskerk (St. Peter's Church) in Leiden, Holland. This church was constructed between 1400 and 1565. It is a massive building that still exists today. It is known to some Americans as the church where the Pilgrims worshipped before coming to America. They arrived in Leiden in 1609. Many of them left on the Mayflower in 1620 to start a new life in America. Besides the Pilgrims, Huguenots also worshipped in St. Peter's Church. Some of these Huguenots were Bodines who may have been related to those who wound up in America. (These are some of the Bodin's who had their origin in Armentieres, France who I mentioned above.) In 1610, a Pieter Bodijn and his wife Maria Cosijns bought a grave inside this church. This grave was transferred to their son, Abraham Bodijn in the mid-1600's. Their will, mentioned in the Archive Room, also names a son Peter Bodine, Jr. To the left is a picture of St. Peter's Church. See the page about the results of my research trip to Leiden for more about Bodine records from this church. It's located in the Archive Room.

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Hooglands Church in LeidenLeiden, Holland

The Hooglandskerk (Hooglands Church) is another large Protestant church in Leiden, Holland. It is not too far from St. Peter's Church. It was originally a wooden chapel, built in 1314. Soon afterwards, it was rebuilt in stone. From 1380 on up, it was enlarged many times, but never finished. Many Huguenots worshipped in this church and are recorded in the records. Among them are quite a few Bodines. For instance, from the City Death Records of Leiden, we learn that a child of a Pieter Bodeyn living in the Botermarkt section of Leiden died on March 31, 1632 and was buried in the Hooglands Church. A child of an Abraham Bodijn living in the Marendorp section of Leiden died on April 24, 1638 and was buried in this church. And an Abraham Bodeyn living in the Haarlemstr. section of town died on September 8, 1667 and was buried in the church. There are many more such burials. To the left is a picture of this church today. See the page about the results of my research trip to Leiden for more about Bodine records from Hooglands. It's located in the Archive Room.

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Church in the Fort - New AmsterdamNew York City, New York

The picture on the left is of the Church in the Fort in New Amsterdam. Jean Bodin of Bethune, France would first have arrived at the small fortress-city of New Amsterdam (or Fort Amsterdam) on the island of Manhattan. This is where New York City is today. The site of the fort would be just south of where the World Trade Center was located. New Amsterdam/New York was where most ships coming to the New World docked. In was in this church where Jean served as witness to a baptism in 1677. This is the earliest record we have of this Jean Bodin. The church was then called the Church of St. Nicholas or the Church in the Fort. It is now the Collegiate Church.

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Port Richmond DRCStaten Island, Richmond County, New York

The picture on the left is of the Port Richmond Dutch Reformed Church. This was the first church on the north side of Staten Island. It was formed by both Dutch Christians and French Huguenots. There have been several churches constructed at the present site. The first was built about 1662-1665. The second was built about 1714. The picture here is a diagram of the inside of the second church that was built for this congregation. It was a hexagonal building. The British partially destroyed it during the American Revolution. For more on this church see Historic Gravestones at The Reformed Dutch Church Graveyard and The Roll Family Windmill. These sites have pictures of the church, some of the gravestones, and more on the history of the church.

Several Bodine families seem to have been a part of this congregation. Many were baptized and buried there. The earliest baptism I have of a Bodine there was John Bodine (baptized November 29, 1719). He was the grandson of Jean Bodin of Medis, France. This John's son John, husband of Catherine Britton, was buried there on March 24, 1835. John V. Bodine, Jr., the son of John Bodine and Catherine Britton, is the earliest burial of a Bodine I have there (buried in 1831). John V. Bodine, Jr. married his wife Elizabeth Cruser there on January 25, 1801. Most of their children seem to have been baptized there in the early 1800's.

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Three Mile Run DRCSix Mile Run DRCSomerset County, New Jersey

The image just to the left is of the Six Mile Run Dutch Reformed Church in Somerset County, New Jersey. The image to the far left is of the Three Mile Run DRC. These two churches were part of a circuit of four churches served, in the early 1700's, by one minister. The other churches were the Raritan DRC (now Somerville) and the North Branch DRC (now Readington). The Six Mile Run church was first located at a stream six miles from the present town of New Brunswick. It was organized in 1710 by a mission sent out from the Three Mile Run congegation. This is a drawing of what the Six Mile church looked like in 1717. This six-sided log cabin served the congregation until 1766. The Three Mile Run church was organized in 1703 and is now called the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick. There are many records of Bodines in these churches (mostly in Raritan and North Branch, though). Many Bodines left Staten Island, New York and moved up the nearby Raritan River and settled on the land near this waterway and its branches. The earliest recorded Bodine baptisms are from these churches. For instance, Isaac Bodine (son of Jean Bodin and Maria Crocheron) and Jannetje Maurits had a son, Jan (John), baptized at the Raritan DRC on October 19, 1703. And Jacob Bodine (Isaac's brother) and Elizabeth Sebring, had a daughter, Maryken (Mary), baptized at that same church on April 25, 1711.

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Brick Reformed ChurchMontgomery, Orange County, New York

Besides moving out along the Raritan River, Bodines almost certainly also spread out from Staten Island and its environs utilizing the Hudson River. This would have led them north to the nearby Counties of Orange and Ulster as well as the more distant Mohawk Valley up near Schenectady and Albany. The image to the left is of the Brick (German) Reformed Church located in Montgomery, Orange County, New York. The historian Samuel Eager in his History of Orange County says this church was organized around 1732 and was originally composed of German emigrants. He says that services were probably held in German for the first fifty years of the congregation's existence - and at times in Dutch. Until about 1772 it was served mostly by supply ministers. They came two or three times a year to preach and perform the sacraments. For some years after that, ministers served both this church and the Shawangunk Reformed Church nearby (picture to the bottom right) which was organized about 1753. The first church building was made of logs and constructed about the time the church was organized in 1732. It was located just east of the old graveyard. A frame church was built about 1760 and lasted until 1803. Its site was then occupied by the present brick building which was also enlarged and repaired in the mid-1800's. Some of the earliest names associated with the church were Eager, Crist, Newkirk, Terwilliger, and Millspaugh - all names associated with the Bodines in this area. Samuel Eager says that some other early settlers of Montgomery were a Peter Bodine, a William Bodine, and Jacob Bodine and his sons Charles and Lewis. He also says that the Bodines were Huguenots (that may or may not be correct, but it is interesting to note). Eager also says in his book that it is an oft-repeated mistake which states that the early Germans who settled Montgomery were a portion of the 6000 Palatine Germans who went first to England after escaping from war-ravaged Germany and were later sent to America by Queen Anne of England. Eager says the dates do not match up for that to have been possible. Personally, I'm not so sure how valid his argument was. Those Germans did come to America earlier than 1732, but they could have moved to the Montgomery area at a later time. It is unknown if the Bodines in this region were of German origin, but it is possible. There does seem to be some evidence pointing in that direction, but it is uncertain.

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Shawangunk Reformed ChurchUlster County, New York

The Jacob Bodine mentioned above was born about May 13, 1742 and died on Nov. 27, 1824. He is buried in the Brick Reformed Church Cemetery. He was married to Elizabeth Newkirk. His sons Charles and Lewis are also buried there. Peter Bodine is probably the Peter Bodine who was married to Anna Maria Bookstaver. They were married in the church there in 1753. Their children were baptized there and some are also buried in the cemetery. The William Bodine must have been the one married to Mary Millspaugh. William was born about 1738 was married to Mary in 1760 in Montgomery. Many of their children were baptized at the Brick (German) Reformed Church and some are buried there, too. William and Jacob were supposedly brothers. They also had a brother named Peter who could be the same Peter Bodine mentioned above, but it is uncertain. All of these were probably the children of a William or Wilhelm Bodine who some say was born in Wallkill, New York. This is not too far north of Montgomery. The book New England Families Genealogical and Memorial (Third Series, volume 3) says that William Bodine was "unquestionably" a grandson or greatgrandson of Jean Bodine, but that 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. I do not think the "unquestionably" should be taken too seriously since there is no evidence yet of this. I'm also not certain of which Jean Bodine the book refers to. I would assume this would be the Jean Bodine of Medis, France since William was not a common name at all among the descendants of the Jean Bodine from Bethune, France. The Bodines would be served well by someone taking a close look at the genealogical records from Orange and Ulster Counties in New York. A lot remains there to be sorted out. My appreciation to Denise Oliver-Velez for the pictures used in this section.

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Owasco DRCOwasco, Cayuga County, New York

This next image is of the Owasco DRC located in Owasco, New York. As families expanded, many Bodines removed from the Raritan Valley area of New Jersey to places like Pennsylvania and the Lake Country of New York. The town of Owasco was where some Bodines ended up. The new settlers organized a religious society which was again connected with the Dutch Reformed Church. Emigrants went into the new wilderness settlement quite rapidly in 1795 and 1796. And in the summer of 1797 they erected a church edifice, it was built of hewn logs, 25x30 feet, with a gallery on three sides, with slab seats. It was located on the land owned by a Jacob Brinkerhoff. It stood a few rods south of the bridge at Brinkerhoff Point six miles from Auburn, and was the first church edifice erected in that county. It was continued in use until 1815, when a new one, pictured to the left, was built in Owasco Village. A surviving fragment of the baptismal records shows the date of baptism (June 5, 1801) for one of the children of Cornelius Bodine and Hannah Van Tyne (Vantine). Cornelius was the great-grandson of the Isaac Bodine and Jannetje Maurits mentioned further above.

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Beech Fork Methodist ChurchNelson County, Kentucky

The image to the left is of the Beech Fork or Camp Ground Methodist Church in Bloomfield, Nelson County, Kentucky. This church was built in 1842. Before this church was built, services were held on the same site in a log building. The land was donated by a Mrs. Tizzie Bodine. She was the wife of Cornelius Bodine. He was the great-grandson of the Jacob Bodine and Elizabeth Sebring mentioned further above. Some Bodines left New Jersey and migrated to Virginia and Kentucky. Cornelius was born in 1783, probably in Loudoun County, Virginia and died about 1823. His tombstone is located in the graveyard of this Methodist church. The book Historic Nelson County says the following about that church, "In the pews you would have the families who for so many years were pillars of the Old Camp Ground Church - The Humphreys, Hustons, Greers, Bishops, Shehans, Wilkinsons, Briggs, Duncans, Bodines, Grahams, Browns, and Wakefields." The picture of this church and graveyard comes from Historic Nelson County.


Click on either of the links below to see some of the Bodine data published to this site. These are only some of the Bodine lines at this site. Some other main ones are listed on the Ten Most Wanted page. And others can be found by doing searches on the Name Index page.

1. Jean Bodin of Medis (b. May 9, 1645). This Jean Bodin was born, it is said, in Medis, a village in the Canton of Saujon, District of Saintes, then located in the former French province of Saintonge, on May 9, 1645, based upon "a tradition universal in the family." This "traditional" statement is set forth by Mary Elisabeth Sinnott in her genealogical work, Annals of the Sinnott, Rogers, Coffin, Corlies, Reeves, Bodine and Allied Families (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1905), p. 154. She does not state how this tradition came about. The year 1645 was noted earlier in E. P. Bodine's History of the Branch of the Bodine Family Founded by Cornelius Bodine, (Buffalo, 1897), p. 6 and in Biographical, Genealogical and descriptive History of the First Congressional District of New Jersey (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1900), ii, p. 283. The date May 9, 1645 was repeated, subsequent to Sinnott's publication, in Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey (Lee, Francis Bazely, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910), iv, p. 1368, all of whom cited no references. No original source for this claim has yet been found. The location of his birth, Medis, appears to have some basis in fact. Upon having fled France, the French authorities noted his escape as "Boudin, fugitif de Medit, Election de Saintes" (Archives Nationales, Paris, TT No. 259).

Jean and Esther Bodin first removed to Soubize, a small village in the Canton of St. Agnant, District of Rochefort-sur-Mer. Accompanied by his wife, Esther, he fled his native country on Saturday, September 13, 1681, a date noted in the financial aid records of the Threadneedle Street Church in London.

The arrival in America of Jean Bodin can be ascertained only by June 19, 1701, when Jean Bodin, as a resident of Middlesex County, in the Province of East Jersey, purchased an 80 acre tract of land on Staten Island, New York from Johannes and Neeltje Messereau. Middlesex County was situated just across Hudson Bay from Staten Island.

It would appear from probate records that Jean Bodin, now better known as John Bodine, died shortly before March 24, 1708. His death likely occured shortly before January 3, 1708 when his will was noted in New York Calendar of Land Papers, iv (1704-1709), p. 81. For more information on this Jean Bodin, see his gorup sheet and Notes page. My appreciation to Ronny Bodine for the introductory information on his ancestor, Jean Bodin.

2. Jean Bodin of Bethune (b. about 1662). This other Jean Bodin was born near Bethune, France about 1662. This date is not certain, but then there isn't a whole lot about this Jean that is. He is most likely the Jean Bodin who was mentioned in the "1706" Staten Island Census as being 45 years old. It is doubtful that any other Jean Bodin on Staten Island at that time could have been anywhere near 45 other than Jean of Bethune. A lot of educated guesses have to be made in regard to his immediate family. I think much of this information is probably pretty accurate, but quite a bit is still uncertain. Hopefully, more evidence and investigation will shed further light on the subject. His father may have been another Jean Bodin (Jean I) who died on Staten Island before March 4, 1695. This is shown by his estate administration there. "Jean I" mainly owed money to a Paul Richards. Richards was appointed the administrator of Jean I's estate on March 4, 1694/5 (NY Wills, Book 5, p. 101).

Jean of Bethune (we will call him "Jean II") first married Mary Crocheron. They were betrothed (engaged) on December 26, 1679. Jean and Mary then married a couple of weeks later on January 11, 1680 in Midwout (an area in what is now Brooklyn, New York). For references to this marriage, see the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, v. 111 - 1980, n. 1, p. 35 and a small abstract in the Year Book of the Holland Society of New York, 1898, p. 88.

3. William Bodine of Orange Co., NY (b. about 1710). Ronny Bodine has just put this family together from scattered orphan lines of Bodines located in Ulster and Orange Counties, New York. DNA testing from 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 remains unclear at this point.

Ronny writes, "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."

Ronny has done a lot of new research on the Orange and Ulster County, New York Bodines. See the latest information on them and see if you can add anything that might be missing or give more clues to figuring out this enigmatic line of Bodines.


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