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Archives: Research in Leiden, Holland
Will and Administrations of Peter Bodine and Maria Cosijns


As mentioned back on the page concerning our research in Leiden, Holland, there are gravebooks still in existence from the records of the Peters Church. These books date from 1581 to 1828. The books have been abstracted into a card file. There are two Bodines mentioned in the card file: Peter and his son, Abraham. The first record says that Peter bought a grave from the church on October 11, 1610. The next and last record related to this family is from February 29, 1664. Basically, it refers to the transferral of the family grave to Abraham Bodijn, son of Peter Bodijn and Maria Cosyns. It says the following:

Dit graf nu gestelt op Abraham Bodin, als hem van zijn moeder Marya Cosijns, in haer leven boelhouster van Pieter Bodin, by-codesillen gemaeckt, van date den 18 September 1647. Gs gemaect by- Carel Outerman, notaris ons verkent, den 29 September 1664 ons versocht.

This grave is now transferred to Abraham Bodin to be received as a legacy from his mother Marya Cosijns, when she was alive the administrator (boelhouster) of Pieter Bodin, by appendix willed on the date September 18, 1647. This record was made by Carel Outerman, notary known to us, on September 29, 1664 made a request to us.

If you wish to see the actual 1663 gravebook and entry mentioned above, click on the links below. His entry is on the top right of the opened book.

Opened to Peter's page | Closed, title of book

It appears that this request was probably made by Abraham on February 29, 1664. I guess his mother, Maria Cosijns, had willed the grave to him. I have copies of her will and administrations, but so far I don't understand much of it. There are over 100 pages and it is all written in 1600's Dutch! I will put below some of what I have from these will and administrations and will have to work on these as I have time (and find someone to translate).

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.


Here is some more explanation of the records mentioned above. These documents are what I was able to get copied from the Peter Bodine/Mary Cosijns administration files located in Leiden. I think this is everything from those records. My explanation below is my best guess at the moment. Some of what I put may not be correct, but it is what I can determine as of now.

A. Section A appears 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.

page a.1page a.2page a.3page a.4page a.5page a.6page a.7page a.8 (dark)
page a.8 (light)
page a.9page a.10page a.11page a.12page a.13page a.14page a.15page a.16

: We now have a translation of section A. Click here Section A Translation to read this. My appreciation to Boudewijn Wegner and Ad Knuisting Neven for their help with this.

B. Section B seems to have thirty-one pages. It was written on May 27, 1655. This was about four months after Maria's death. The first six pages of material is just writing and does not seem to list anything in the way of possessions or goods. It is signed by someone named Penningen. Pages 7-13 may list some kind of division of property or inheritance. It might also be debts owed to different people. I think I can read the names of some of their children in this section. Page 14 is a summary of the amounts mentioned on pages 7-13. The total is over 10,000 units of their money (whatever that was). The page I've labeled "b. 15" looks like an index of these records. Pages 16 and 17 are administrations from 1676 and 1677. Pages 18 and 19 look like another index of these records. Pages 20-26 may be some kind of bill for services rendered. Pages 27 and 28 is some kind of declaration from 1676 and 1677. And pages 29-31 is another index or description of these records.

page b.1page b.2 (dark)
page b.2 (light)
page b.3page b.4page b.5page b.6
page b.7page b.8 page b.9page b.10page b.11page b.12page b.13
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page b.25 (light)
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page b.27page b.28page b.29page b.30page b.31

C. Section C is only two pages. It is some kind of declaration by the notary, Karol Outerman. It is dated September 7, 1655, but it also mentions the year 1656. There may be one more page to this section which just lists a bunch of numbers and sums. Or this is some new section. It could be section D.

page c.1page c.2page c.3 (?)

D. Section D is either a new section or just a continuance of section C. It is only one page of numbers and sums.

page d.1 (?)

E. Section E is over forty pages of double-sided (folio) pages written by hand. It is dated March 29, 1677. It is the liquidation of the estate. The last page of this may be a bill for services rendered. It is written on folio pages, a large sheet of paper folded once in the middle. They actually have what look like original numbering on them. The first page was labeled "e." and only has one column. The "e" may or may not be original, but the Roman numerals do appear to be original. The second folio page was labeled "ii". The third folio page was "iii". The fourth was "iv", etc. Each folio page has two columns of writing. I will label each folio page as "page e.2a / page e.2b", "page e.3a / page e.3b", etc. This means, for example, that "page e.2a" refers to the first column of folio page 2 and "page e.2b" refers to the second column of folio page 2. It looks like page 3 and page 15 were skipped either in the original documents or when the copies were made.

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