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Will and Administrations of Peter Bodine and Maria Cosijns
* Section A *

Here is what I know so far about this family. Peter Bodine was born in Armentieres, France. His name has been spelled many ways, but I will just put "Bodine" in order to simplify things. The city of Armentieres is near the border between France and Belgium today. This used to be a part of Flanders, a kingdom that no longer exists. I think he was married in the Walloon Church in Leiden on June 25, 1594 to Maria Cosijns. She was born in Sanduy (sp?), France. The witnesses at their wedding were Pieter Bodeyn (Peter's father) and Loys d Buquo (Peter's associate). Maria's witness was her mother, Cathalyna Couseyn. Based on their marriage date, I would guess that Peter was born about 1565-70. Maria was probably born about 1570-1575. As mentioned, Peter was the son of another Peter Bodine. His mother was, I think, Mary Proni. I think he had at least two sisters. One was named Martijntje and the other Antoinette. After marrying, Peter and Maria Cosijns seem to have spent the rest of their lives in Leiden. It looks like they were fairly well-off. Some large sums of money seem to be mentioned in their will and administrations and they were buried in St. Peter's Church in Leiden. Usually, only the rich could afford a tomb inside the church.

What follows has to do with her wills and administrations. The numbers in parentheses refer to where the records can be found, but I don't remember any more than that about what these numbers mean.

De boedel van Maria Cousijn, wed Pieter Bodeijn, komt aan de Weeskamer te Leiden.
The estate of Mary Cousijn, widow of Peter Bodine, is bequeathed to the Orphanage at Leiden.

Inventaris Archief Weeskamer (#518)
Orphan's Court Archive Inventory
..... Cousijn Maria, gehuwd met Pieter Bodeyn (#2366)
..... Cousijn Mary, married to Peter Bodine
.......... a. Testament van man en vrouw, April 2 1643.
............. Will of husband and wife, April 2, 1643.
.......... b. Inventaris, 27 mei 1655.
............. Inventory, May 27 1655.
.......... c. Verkaring over het erfdeel van de kinderen van Pieter Bodeyn de jonge, 7 sept 1655.
............. Declaration concerning the erfdeel of the children of Peter Bodine, Jr., Sept. 7 1655.
.......... d. Processtukken, 1676.
............. Proceedings, 1676.
.......... e. Liquidatie, 29 maart 1677 (erfgenanen ook de kinderen van Marlijntje Bodeyn en Jacob Vidze.
............. Liquidation, March 29 1677 (erfgenanen also of the children of Marlijntje Bodine and Jacob Vidze.

Section A is the will of Peter Bodine and Mary Cosijns. There are sixteen hand-written pages of this. It was first written on April 2, 1643. This would match up with a death record for a Pieter Bodeyn who died on May 6, 1643 (see the notes from my research trip to Leiden in 2000). Peter must have been sick and the will was written up shortly before he died. That Pieter Bodeyn was living in the Marendorp section of Leiden and was buried in the Peter's Church. Another death record says that Maria Couseyn, widow of Pieter Bodiyn, died on January 22, 1655 and was buried in the Peter's Church. The Notary, Carol Outerman, signs and dates the end of the will in February of 1655. This would closely match up with Maria's death date. Click on a page number below to see the actual page.

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Here below is a summary of the information found in the pages from Section A described above. I have had a full transcription and translation done of this section, but I haven't yet had time to put this up at the site. My appreciation to Boudewijn Wegner and Ad Knuisting Neven for their help with this.


The honorable Pieter Bodeijn the Elder, ribbon merchant, and his wife, the honorable Marija Cousijnse, had a will made on the 2nd of April 1643 at their place on Haarlemmerstraat in Leiden by solicitor Karel Outerman, in the presence of two witnesses (Jan Arends van Hoven and Pieter Loper). In this will, they revoked all the wills that had been made before that date and they left all their liquid and real goods to the longest living of the both of them. Their children were designated (with equal shares) as heirs of the longest living and this role would pass to their descendants if one of them would die sooner than the makers of this will. The share of Pieter Bodeijn the Younger would be inherited by his children from his first marriage with Maeijcke Verhamme. Pieter Bodeijn the Younger could use the interest for his own maintenance, but the rights to the inheritance itself belonged to the children from his first marriage. The children from his second marriage with Elisabeth Jans would not receive a share in the inheritance. If Pieter Bodeijn the Younger died sooner than his parents, then the children from the second marriage would only be entitled to that share which their mother, Elisabeth Jans, inherited from her husband. In this case, the inheritance of Pieter and Maria would still go to the children from the first marriage. Should one of the children from the first marriage die sooner than the longest living of the makers of this will, in that case his or her share would go to the other children from the first marriage. The rights would only go to the children from the second marriage if all the children from the first marriage would be deceased. The makers of the will also demanded their heirs to obey their desires and not bother the longest living about the inheritance. Anyone who opposed their desires would have to give back all which they had received from the makers of the will. Frans Bruninx, wine merchant from Amsterdam, Josias Haling, ribbon maker, and (after the division of the inheritance) Abraham Bodeijn, their son, were named as guardians of the minor children and those who would need any other form of supervision. (Pieter and Marija's son-in-law, Noe Barberij, is also mentioned here in some capacity.) In the event of the death of one of the guardians, the other guardian would have to assign a new guardian. The guardians would be relieved of their duties if the will would be in conflict with the law or if permission of the magistrates or orphan masters would be needed. The will was opened on February 16, 1655.

Page 1: Pieter Bodeijn the elder (a ribbon/cloth merchant) and his wife Marija Cousijnse appear before a public notary named Carel Outerman. The date is April 2, 1643 and the place is the Provincial Courts of Holland in the city of Leiden.
Pages 5-6: This page mentions Pieter Bodeijn the younger and his first wife Maeijcke Verhamme. Pieter the younger had some children by this first wife.
Page 6: This mentions Pieter Bodeijn the younger and his current wife, Elisabeth Jans. Pieter has also had some children by Elisabeth. His first wife is mentioned again, spelled Maeijcken Verhamme.
Page 8: Pieter Bodeijn and Maeijken Verhamme are mentioned again as well has his other wife, Elisabeth Jansdr.
Page 10: Elisabeth Jansdr is mentioned.
Pages 13-14: Here it looks like some guardians are mentioned: Franz Bruninx (a wine buyer in Amsterdam) and Josias Haling (a cloth merchant) are mentioned. They may be would-be guardians if needed in the future. Another of Pieter the elder's sons is mentioned: Abraham Bodeijn. He may designated as the guardian of Pieter Bodine the younger's children. And a son-in-law, Noe Barberij, also is mentioned (he's a cloth dyer).
Page 15: Pieter's address in Leiden is mentioned. He was living on Haarlemmerstraat which today is one of, if not the busiest shopping streets in Leiden. Witnesses to this will are Jan Arends van Hoven and Pieter Loper.
Page 16: This was signed and sealed by K. Outerman. The will opened and signed again on February 16, 1655 by K. Outerman, public solicitor/notary. This was the year that Marija Cousijns died.

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