Notes for: John Henry Bodine

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I had his name as John H. Bodine, but a family member says it was John Henry Bodine. I will go with that for now.

John is 18 years old in the 1850 Census (NJ). Their son, Jacob, died of dysentery on September 5, 1866 in Delaware Township. He was 2 yrs, 4 m, and 22 days (Hunterdon County Democrat, September 19, 1866). He and Clarissa were married by John P. Moore at Silas Sherman's. He is 49 in the 1880 Census of North Plainfield, Somerset Co., NJ. He was born in NJ as well as his parents. His wife and her parents were also born in NJ.

Here is a picture of John and Clarissa's grave in Sand Brook Cemetery in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. This comes courtesy of Steven Blakely and the Sand Brook Historical Association.

Grave of John and Clarissa Bodine

The grave of John H. and Clarissa (Sine) Bodine. Their stone on the left and his parents' stones are the two to the right.

And here below is a picture of their son's grave (Judson H. Bodine). It is the stone on the right. Both pictures courtesy of Steven Blakely.

Grave of Judson Bodine

There are better pictures of these stones at the Find A Grave website.

My thanks to Jeff Perine for much of the info I have on this John Bodine's children. It appears that he also received a lot of his info from a Janet Rasmussen.

I had guessed that John probably died in Sand Brook, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. However, in information received from Jeff Perine, there was a birth and death date for this John as well as a place of death: Plainfield, New Jersey. I assume this is the Plainfield in Union County. No source was given for any of this information except that it came from Janet Rasmussen. Since his wife died in North Plainfield and they lived in North Plainfield in 1880, I'm guessing he actually died in North Plainfield, Somerset Co., NJ. That needs verfication, though.

Jeff later sent me a picture of John and Clarissa's 50th wedding anniversary. This also came from Janet. There was a list included of most of the people in the picture (although I have my doubts as to the accuracy of what it says). Here is the picture below:

1903 wedding anniversary

According to the attached lists, here are the names of the people in this picture:

Back Row (L to R): Sam __________ (Mary Eliza Bodine's husband); Mary Eliza (Bodine) __________; Kate Bodine (John's wife); John M. Bodine; Laura (McDonald) Bodine with baby, Mabel Bodine (wife of William Cramer Bodine); Sarah "Sally" Katherine (Bodine) Lawshe (in front of Laura); William Cramer Bodine; Sophie Ann "Annie" (Bodine) Smith; Gibson Smith; Lambert "Bert" Bozenbury Bodine; Annie (Sanger) Bodine (wife of David Bodine); David Bodine; Kate Bodine (daughter of William Cramer Bodine); unknown; unknown.

Middle Row (L to R): Earl B. Smith (son of Gibson Smith); John Bodine (son of carpenter Jacob Bodine); unknown; Clara Augusty (Sine) Bodine; unknown; unknown; unknown; unknown; John Bodine (John, son of Aunt "Lyde" & husband Sam).

Front Row (L to R): Beatrice Bodine (daughter of William Cramer Bodine); Bertha Bodine (daughter of David Bodine); unknown; Elsie Mae Bodine; Annie Bodine; Laura Bodine (all three are daughters of William Cramer Bodine); Pauline Bodine (sister of John).

There is also a list of people who attended a Bodine family reunion that took place in 1930 in New Jersey. Most, if not all, of those who attended were related to this John Bodine. See the Picture Gallery at my web site for more information on this reunion.

I later found the following summary of a newspaper article from 1928 in Trenton. This came from an Internet site related to Bucks County, Pennsylvania genealogy.

Bodine Family 7/12/1928 Bodines Held Reunion: TRENTON, July 6-The twentieth annual reunion of the Bodine family was held in Cadwallader Park. After a picnic lunch the meeting was called to order by William H. Bodine, of Florence, temporary chairman. A letter of regret from Mrs. Joseph Bodine, of Washington, was read. A committee composed of Mrs. Joseph Bodine, Miss Elsie Bodine and Gilbert Bodine was appointed to present resolutions on the death of Rev. John V. Bodine, of Tallman, N. Y., president of the family association for 20 years. Officers of the association were elected as follows: President William H. Bodine, of Florence; vice president, Mrs. Joseph Bodine, Washington; secretary, Miss Elsie M. Bodine, Florence; treasurer, Gilbert Bodine, Rockaway. Eighty-two members of the family were present from Washington, D. C., Philadelphia, Woodbourne, Erwinna, Tullytown, Phillipsburg, Stockton, Florence, Jersey City, Kingston, Frenchtown and Milford.

From Ronny Bodine:

From New Jersey Federal Census Records:
1870 (28 June) Delaware Twp., Hunterdon Co.: John BODINE 39 NJ Carpenter, Clara A. 35 NJ, Sarah E. 15 NJ, John M. 13 NJ, Mary E. 11 NJ, Cramer 8 NJ, Anna 3 NJ, David 8/12 (Sept.) NJ.

1880 (25 June) North Plainfield, Somerset Co.: John BODINE 49 NJ Builder, Clara A. 46 NJ wife, Sarah C. 25 NJ dau, William 17 NJ son Learning Carpenter, Mary E. 20 NJ dau, Annie S. 14 NJ dau, David 10 NJ son, Lambert 8 NJ son, Judson H. 6 NJ son.

1900 (18 June) North Plainfield, Somerset Co.: John BODINE Feb 1832 NJ married 47 years Carpenter, Clara A. July 1833 NJ wife married 47 years 9 children born/7 living, Lambert H. March 1872 Nj son R.R. Repair.

1920 (9 Jan) North Plainfield, Somerset Co.: Lambert B. BODINE 47 NJ Printer-Own Shop, Mary E. 38 NJ wife, Lucy M. 13 NJ dau, Clara A. 86 NJ mother.

Burials in Sand Brook German Baptist Church Cemetery, Sand Brook, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
(Find A Grave Memorial # 11616263)
John Bodine 1832-1904 Clara A. His Wife 1833- (no date)

Obituary, The New York Times of 29 Nov 1925.
Mrs. CLARA A. BODINE, widow of John Bodine, died Friday night at her home in North Plainfield, N. J., at the age of 92. She left four sons, three daughters, fifteen grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren.