Notes for: Peter Bodine

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No baptismal record has been found for this possible child of Jacob and Elizabeth. He is mentioned in the Somerset County Genealogical Quarterly, December of 1985, pages 233-237. Daniel Sebring, Elizabeth's brother, left his estate to several nephews, including "Peter Bodine" (NJW no. 635J). Since Elizabeth Bodine was Daniel's sister, it is assumed that this Peter must have been her son - and therefore Daniel's nephew.

The article went on to say that this Peter had a daughter baptized in 1752 at the Raritan church. Presently, I have that child as the daughter of Peter Bodine, son of Abraham Bodine. That could be incorrect.

Here is an email about this:

From: Renee Dauven [promine at web-ster.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Subject: John (Jaentien) Bodine

Hi Dave,

I don't know if this will help you or make things worse. I am not a Bodine researcher but I have been studying the Raritan Dutch Reformed Church baptismal records a good deal lately.

I noticed that on both of the following pages:
Isaac Bodine & Jannetje Maurits
Jacob Bodine and Elizabeth Sebring

you list a John (Jaentien) Bodine for both families. In the Raritan records, Jaentien is always a female name, not a male name. It appears to be a nickname for Ariaentje (with many spelling variations). Ariaentje in turn has been erroneously equated with Adrianetje (also with many spelling variations). It is the name of Elizabeth Sebring's mother.

This is the baptismal record from the Raritan Church for the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Bodine:

Bodien, Jacob and wife--Jaentien. Witnesses: Ouke Jansen and wife

The witness is Ouke Jansen and his wife, Catryntje Sebring. Catrynte is the sister of Elizabeth. Ouke (Auke) and his wife also named a daughter Ariaentje. Here is her baptismal record:
- Jansen, Ouke and wife--Jaentien. Witnesses: Jacob and Maria Sebrige.

This is the young woman, Arriantje Janse, who will eventually marry Jacob Bodine's younger brother, Abraham Bodine.

I don't know what became of either of the Ariaentje(Jantien) daughters at this time but it might help to know that you should be looking for a female rather than a male and that the name may be given as Ariaentje rather than by the nickname Jantien or it may have been Anglized into Adrientje.

Oh...and the Peter Bodine that is often included in the family of Jacob and Elizabeth may not have existed. As far as I have been able to learn, the only evidence for him is from Daniel Sebring's will in which Daniel refers to his "nephews" and his "son-in-law". Just as hislanguage in the case of "son-in-law" actually refers to his step-son, Peter Bodine, I think that his language of "nephew" may actually include the category of "grand-nephew". Thus the Peter Bodine who is called a nephew is actually a grand-nephew, the son of Abraham Bodine and Ariaentje Janse. Abraham and Ariaentje can be proven to have had a son named Peter and Ariaentje was a daughter of Daniel's sister, Catryntje. Ariaentje was a niece to Daniel and any of her children would have been his grand-nephew.

Renee L. Dauven

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Here is an abstract of Daniel Sebring's will.

1763 Nov 19 - Sebring, Daniel of Reading Twp, Hunterdon Co., NJ

Wife Catherine gets house & 5 acres. To Daniel McKinney 50, rest to nephews Daniel & Peter Belew, Mordecai McKenney and Peter Bodine. Son-in-law Peter Bodine and nephew Isaac Belew get apparel. Proved 31 Jan 1764.

A footnote on the bottom of page 20 of "Sebring Collections" states that Marietje's (Mary) husband, Mordecai McKinney, was an executor of Daniel Sebring's will. Daniel McKinney was also named. The rest of the estate went to other nephews named Daniel Belew, Peter Belew, Peter Bodine, Isaac Belew. See also "Colonial History of the State of New Jersey," v. 33, (1), 1928, p. 378, reproduced in "Genealogical History of Our Ancestors," compiled by William Kenneth Rutherford and Anna Clay (Zimmerman) Rutherford, about 1970.

Here is some new information that helps shed light on all this:
From: Audrey Shields Hancock [AudreyShieldsHancock at att.net]
Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2004
Subject: BODINE-LABOYTEAUX marriage?

Dave,

Do you know anything about this BODINE family? I am a LABOYTEAUX researcher. I have been trying to find information on Jean/John BODINE and his family.
Audrey

JEAN / JOHN BODINE

Little is known of John Bodine and thus little is written of him. His BODINE parents and family members are unknown at this time. It is appears he was married perhaps around 1730 to Catherine LeBoiteaux/Laboyteaux, dau/o Gabriel LeBoiteaux/Laboyteaux and Agnes Constance LeBrun. Their children are given as: Gabriel (probably named for his maternal grandfather), Caterena, and Johannes, but nothing is known of the children either.

See: Traders at Raritan Landing
http://www.raritanlanding.com/voices/traders.htm

Under John Bodine...mentions Paul Laboyteaux (partner of John Bodine) and Paul's sister, Catherine (John Bodine's wife) and John's & Catherine's children: Gabriel, Caterena, and Johannes, all baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church in New Brunswick as it indicates, " We were as close to Catherine's people in Piscataway as we were to my own right here at the Landing. " John & Paul were in business together by 1737, and John speaks of his wife, Catherine, being sister of his partner.

It appears that John Bodine died young, for it is said that Catherine is believed to have married perhaps about 1740 to Daniel Sebring and by her had no heirs. It would seem also that Daniel could have been married previously, but no other record indicates this as Daniel appears to be about 30 years Catherine's senior, and Daniel is said to have had no heirs listed in his will. A joint sponsorship of a child being baptized and witnessed by Daniel Sebring and Catherine Laboyteaux would appear to provide some legitimacy to the marriage.

Catherine's mother, Agnes (Lebrun) Laboyteaux/Leboiteaux married as her second husband, Roelof Sebring.

And here is another message by Audrey:

From: Audrey Shields Hancock
Sent: Saturday, December 25, 2004
Subject: RE: BODINE-LABOYTEAUX marriage?

[Dave,]

The following came from "freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~bodine/n3895.htm":

Notes for: Peter Bodine
No baptismal record has been found for this possible child of Jacob and Elizabeth. He is mentioned in the Somerset County Genealogical Quarterly, December of 1985, pages 233-237.

Daniel Sebring, Elizabeth's brother, left his estate to several nephews, including "Peter Bodine" (NJW no. 635J). Since Elizabeth Bodine was Daniel's sister, it is assumed that this Peter must have been her son - and therefore Daniel's nephew.

The article went on to say that this Peter had a daughter baptized in 1752 at the Raritan church. Presently, I have that child as the daughter of Peter Bodine, son of Abraham Bodine. This could be incorrect.


Here is an abstract of Daniel Sebring's will, but I think it may have a mistake calling Peter Bodine "son-in-law."

1763 Nov 19 - Sebring, Daniel of Reading Twp, Hunterdon Co., NJ

Wife Catherine gets house & 5 acres. To Daniel McKinney 50, rest to nephews Daniel & Peter Belew, Mordecai McKenney and Peter Bodine. Son-in-law Peter Bodine and nephew Isaac Belew get apparel. Proved 31 Jan 1764.

[from Audrey] Might I suggest that this Peter Bodine was the eldest s/o Jan/John Bodine b 1712 (s/o Peter Bodine) & Catherine Laboyteaux, and that Daniel Sebring married the widow, Catherine (Laboyteaux) Bodine. So in reality...this Peter would have been the son-in-law (step-son according to law) of Daniel Sebring and thus perhaps inherited from the estate of his step-father.

I don't think it was a mistake.

Audrey

Note from Dave: I would agree with Audrey's conclusions here. Therefore, the Peter Bodine mentioned as Daniel Sebring's "son-in-law" in his will would be his "step son-in-law" if we could call him that. The Peter Bodine mentioned as his nephew would probably be, as I have mentioned before, the son of his sister Elizabeth Sebring. Therefore, these are two different Peter Bodine's mentioned in his will.