Notes for: James Dallas Bodine

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The following comes from the History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887 p. 506.

J. D. BODINE, justice of the peace, Mainville, was born in Catawissa Township, Columbia Co., Penn., November 26, 1849. His parents, Peter and Anna M. (VOUGHT) BODINE, were natives of New Jersey, but removed with their parents to this county when young, and were married at Catawissa by Squire BALDY. The former died in 1865, but the latter is living at the age of seventy-eight years at Catawissa. Our subject, the youngest in a family of ten, was reared in Columbia County and has always made his home here, with the exception of a short time spent at Kingston, Luzerne Co., Penn. He received his education at the common schools of Catawissa, and at the age of fifteen years commenced clerking for the firm of J. K. SHARPLESS & Son, at Catawissa, with whom he remained three years. He then went to Kingston, Luzerne County, where he clerked for about six months, when he came to Centralia, this county, and clerked for William TORRY about the same length of time. He then returned to Catawissa and again entered the employ of SHARPLESS & Son, with whom he remained three years. In 1875 he came to Mainville and engaged in mercantile business until the spring of 1884, when he sold out to W. M. LONGENBERGER. Mr. BODINE was elected school director of Maine Township about 1880, and served for three years as secretary of the board. He was elected justice of the peace of Maine Township in 1880, served his full term, and in 1885 was again elected to the position. At his first election he succeeded W. T. SHUMAN, who had filled the position for twenty-five years. Mr. BODINE married at Renovo, Clinton County, this State, may 1, 1879, Miss Eliza SHARPLESS, a native of Columbia County and a daughter of J. K. and Mary M. (HARDER) SHARPLESS. Both parents are living at Catawissa. Mr. and Mrs. BODINE are the parents of two children; both are living: Ray S. and Anna M. Squire BODINE is a member of the Sons of America, having joined in 1870. He was State Marshall in the State Camp of the order one year, and was first member initiated by the Catawissa Camp, and one of the charter members of Washington Camp, No. 258, at Mainville, in which camp he has filled all the chairs. He is a Democrat politically, and has several times been a delegate to the county conventions of that party. The family attended the services of the Methodist Church.

On page 185 of the The Sharpless Family, this family is briefly mentioned. It says that James Dallas was the son of Peter and Anna (Vought) Bodine. It also says that this family was living in Mainville, Columbia County, Pennsylvania in the 1880's. This section of the Sharpless Genealogy also discusses Elizabeth Sharpless' siblings and their families.

The Sharples/Sharpless Genealogy is a three volume set which was edited by Bart Anderson in 1966. There are more Bodines mentioned in the book:

Celia (McHenry)
Eliza W.
George Imlay
J. Dallas
Kate Dunwoody (Hood)
Katherine (Weeks)
Raymond S.
Robert C.
Robert Cornelius
Sarah Hood

James D. Bodine is listed in the 1910 Census of Columbia County. He is 63 and his wife, Eliza, is 59. Daughter Anna M. is 24. All were born in Pennsylvania.

From Ronny Bodine:

From History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887 p. 506.
J. D. BODINE, justice of the peace, Mainville, was born in Catawissa Township, Columbia Co., Penn., November 26, 1849. His parents, Peter and Anna M. (Vought) Bodine, were natives of New Jersey, but removed with their parents to this county when young, and were married at Catawissa by Squire Baldy. The former died in 1865, but the latter is living at the age of seventy-eight years at Catawissa. Our subject, the youngest in a family of ten, was reared in Columbia County and has always made his home here, with the exception of a short time spent at Kingston, Luzerne Co., Penn. He received his education at the common schools of Catawissa, and at the age of fifteen years commenced clerking for the firm of J. K. Sharpless & Son, at Catawissa, with whom he remained three years. He then went to Kingston, Luzerne County, where he clerked for about six months, when he came to Centralia, this county, and clerked for William Torry about the same length of time. He then returned to Catawissa and again entered the employ of Sharpless & Son, with whom he remained three years. In 1875 he came to Mainville and engaged in mercantile business until the spring of 1884, when he sold out to W. M. Longenberger. Mr. Bodine was elected school director of Maine Township about 1880, and served for three years as secretary of the board. He was elected justice of the peace of Maine Township in 1880, served his full term, and in 1885 was again elected to the position. At his first election he succeeded W. T. Shuman, who had filled the position for twenty-five years. Mr. Bodine married at Renovo, Clinton County, this State, may 1, 1879, Miss Eliza Sharpless, a native of Columbia County and a daughter of J. K. and Mary M. (Harder) Sharpless. Both parents are living at Catawissa. Mr. and Mrs. Bodine are the parents of two children; both are living: Ray S. and Anna M. Squire Bodine is a member of the Sons of America, having joined in 1870. He was State Marshall in the State Camp of the order one year, and was first member initiated by the Catawissa Camp, and one of the charter members of Washington Camp, No. 258, at Mainville, in which camp he has filled all the chairs. He is a Democrat politically, and has several times been a delegate to the county conventions of that party. The family attended the services of the Methodist Church.

From Pennsylvania Federal Census Records:
1900 (1 June) Catawissa, Columbia Co.: Dal BODINE Nov 1849 PA married 21 years, Eliza July 1855 PA wife married 21 years 2 children born/2 living, Raymond Dec 1881 PA son, Anna May 1885 PA dau.

1910 (22 April) Catawissa Borough., Columbia Co.: James D. BODINE 63 PA married1- 31 years Laborer-Odd Jobs, Eliza F. 57 PA wife married1-31 years, Anna M. 24 PA dau Music Teacher.

1920 (3 Jan) Catawissa Borough, Columbia Co.: James D. BODINE 70 PA Justice of the Peace, Eliza S. 64 PA wife, Anna M. 34 PA dau Piano Teacher.

1930 (15 April) Catawissa Borough, Columbia Co.: Anna M. BODINE 44 PA Music Teacher, Eliza S. 74 PA mother widowed.

James and Elizabeth Bodine were buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Catawissa, Columbia County.