His birth year would match up with the fact that he was ten years old at the time of the 1860 Mercer County, New Jersey Census (roll 698, p. 58). In the Hunterdon County Democrat of July 5, 1881, his name is listed as Joseph S. Bodine. It says he died on June 30, 1881 at Orange, New Jersey in the 32nd year of his age. It also says he was the brother of Mr. J. P. Bodine "of this place."
He is listed as a "merchant tailor" in the 1880 Census of Orange, Essex Co., NJ. He is in the house of his father-in-law, Gottlieb Bodmer.
From Ronny Bodine:
From: Richard Higgins: A Resident and Pioneer Settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey and His Descendants, by Mrs. Katharine Chapin Higgins, Worcester, Mass., 1918, p. 306-307.
Joseph Horner Bodme, b. June 20, 1850, d. June 30, 1881, resided at East Orange, N. J., married Helen Bodmer and had David Bodine and Helen Dorothea Bodine;
Note: The foregoing calls him Joseph Horner Bodme [sic] which must be in error, as with his last name, as all other records call him Joseph S. Bodine.
From Philadelphia City Directories:
1875 Joseph S. Bodine, salesman, 320 N 9th
1876 Joseph S. Bodine, salesman, 32 Christian
1878 Joseph S. Bodine, salesman, 255 S. 5th
1880 Joseph S. Bodine, salesman, 255 S. 5th
From New Jersey Federal Census Records:
1880 (14 June) Orange, Essex Co.: Gottlieb BODMER 57 Switzerland Supt. of Cemetery, Minnie 21 NJ dau, Walter R. 17 NJ son Works in Factory, Joseph BODINE 30 NJ son-in-law Merchant Tailor, J. Helen 28 NJ dau, David 2 NJ grandson.
1920 (3 Jan) East Orange, Essex Co.: A.D. REEVE 38 NJ Builder-Carpenter, Helen Mae 39 NJ Teacher-Newark City Schools, Helen Mae BODINE 68 NJ mother-in-law.
From California Federal Census Records:
1930 (8 April) Pasadena, Los Angeles Co.: David BODINE 51 NJ married@35 Salesman-Office Supplies, Elizabeth 45 ID wife married@28, David P. 16 ID son, Richard S. 9 ID son, Helen 78 Switzerland mother.
Death Notice, Hunterdon County Republican of 7 July 1881.
30 Jun 1881. Orange, NJ, Joseph S. BODINE, in the 32nd year of his age. He was a brother of Jesse P. Bodine of Flemington.