Notes for: John (Jean Bodin) Bodine

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An important thing to point out about Bodine genealogy is that there is a fraudulent genealogy going around that links the American Bodines to other famous Bodine-like names in France running back into the 1300's or so. So far, there is no evidence behind this information. It appears to be the work of a 20th Century genealogist named Gustave Anjou (1863-1942). He was a Swede whose real name was Gustaf Ludvig Ljungberg. He fabricated pedigrees to please those who paid for his services. Trustworthy genealogical research on the American Bodines can really only be traced back, so far, to the Jean Bodines who came to America in the late 1600's. Anything before that is still uncertain.

Jean Bodin of Northern France

We will refer to this Jean Bodin as Jean Bodine I. His possible son would be Jean Bodin II (or Jean Bodin of Bethune). Not much is known about Jean Bodin I. He was probably born in or near Northern France in the early to mid-1600's. His family might possibly be from Cambrai where the last name used to be "le Baudain." It is more of a possibility that he was from somewhere near Lille or Bethune, France. (This is based on Jean Bodin II's marriage record describing him as a young man from Bethune.)

Huguenots or Protestant Walloons from Northern France who ended up in America or England would very often pass through Holland. It was simpler to go by land. However, it would be rare that they went straight to England. Huguenots from along the Atlantic coast would have tended to head straight to England since it was harder to escape overland. For this reason, it would be a very good guess that Jean Bodin and his family would have ended up in Holland at some time. It also appears that Jean Bodin probably had family in Leiden and maybe other Dutch cities as well. This can be conjectured from abstracts of the records from the Dutch churches. Many Bodins, lots of them from Northern France, were living in Leiden at that time.

From the late 1500's through the 1600's and into the 1700's quite a few Bodins showed up in the records of the churches in Leiden, Holland. The following are some names and interesting information located in the microfiche records of the Walloon churches of Holland. These are abstracts from the original Dutch church records. The microfiche researched here were found at the Center for Protestant Genealogy located in Paris, France. More regarding each abstract might be found in the various Dutch church records now located in Amsterdam.

*Leiden seems to have been a hotbed for Bodins, many possibly related to the Jean Bodins being discussed here. A few Bodins were received into the Church in Leiden in the late 1500's. These had names which are common in Jean Bodin's family. They came from Armentieres on the Belgian border. Armentieres is only 10 miles or so west of Lille and fifteen miles north of Bethune. In 1586, Isaac Baudain of Armentieres and his wife Margaret were received into membership in Leiden. In 1591, Abraham Bodine of Armentieres married Maycehew Laus, the widow of Pieter Lau. In 1594, Pieter Bodeyn of Armentieres was registered (?) at a church in Leiden (along with a Couseyn Marij Sautrey). These three, Isaac, Abraham, and Peter could have easily been brothers. Many Bodins appear in the records of the churches in Leiden from then on. Some of the most interesting records follow below:

*Baptized at the Hooglandsche Church in Leiden on February 13, 1661, Jannitje Bodyn, father Jan Jansen, mother -------- (space for her name was lined out).
*Baptized in Leiden in the Hooglandsche Church on May 7, 1662, Sara Bodein, father Jan, mother Sara Stof.
* Married at Hanau on November 29, 1663, Jean Bodin, son of Elie a schoolteacher at Gerbotshausen, and Elisabeth Petit, widow of Martin Guillaume Eisemer.
*Buried/Deceased at Sedan on December 7, 1665, Anne Bodin, 90 years old, native of Chapelle, widow of Pierre Collet a woolcomber in Sedan. (Sedan was a refuge in Northern France for Protestants fleeing persecution further south. The Duke of Sedan protected Protestants until the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.)
*Baptized in the Pieters Church in Leiden on September 26, 1668, Lysbeth Bodyn, father Peter, mother Jannetie Williamsdr.
*Baptized in the Pieters Church in Leiden on October 8, 1670, Anna Bodyn, father - Peter, mother - Jannetgen Willems.
*Baptized in the Hooglandsche Church in Leiden on August 7, 1672, Sara Bodyn, father Pieter, mother Jannetgen Willems.
*Baptized at the Pieters Church in Leiden on June 8, 1674, Pieter Bodein, father Pieter, mother Johanna Willemsdr.
*Baptized in the Nieesse (sp?) Church in Amsterdam on April 9, 1675, Anna, father Johannes Bodyn, mother Anner Slaan.
*1676 The estate of Maria Cousijn, widow of Pieter Bodeijn is bequeathed to the Orphanage at Leiden.

Note 1: Jan Bodein and mother Sara Stof had a daughter Sara in 1662. This is also approximately the time that Jean Bodin II was born. Sara could have been his sister. This family disappears from the records after this. Jean Bodin II named his first daughter Sarah. This would follow Dutch naming customs to name the first daughter after the paternal grandmother.

Note 2: Pieter Bodine and his wife Jannet Williamsdaughter had children named Lysbeth, Anna, Sara, and Pieter. These were born from 1668 to 1674. Then this family disappeared from the Microfiche records. These names are all very common in this line of Bodins.

This Jean Bodin may be the one to have had land surveyed on Staten Island on April 1, 1686; although, this could have been his son's land (Richmond County, NY, Deeds, D, p. 131). He is the Jean Bodin who died on Staten Island in 1694 as shown by his estate administration there. Jean owed money principally to a Paul Richards. Richards was appointed administrator of Bodin's estate on March 4, 1695 (NY Wills, 5, p. 101). An inventory of his estate was taken on February 11, 1695 by Richard Michell, Hans Laurens and Abraham Lacomen. It was then filed that May. Bodin's estate included fourteen cows and steers valued at 35 pounds, three horses and a colt valued at 13 pounds, one hundred sheep valued at 50 pounds, eighty scheppels of wheat valued at 12 pounds (a scheppel was about one bushel), and two Negro men and one Negro woman valued at 100 pounds. The total was 242.9.9 pounds (NY Wills, 5/6, p. 114). It was found that Bodin's debts of 385.14.3 pounds exceeded his assets. On December 26, 1695, there were no further assets to be secured. Richards was then cleared of any more responsibility in this matter (NY Wills, 5/6, p. 106). No family members were mentioned in any of these legalities, not even a wife. So it is not known if she survived him.

Some very good research has been done by Ronny Bodine into the connection between this Jean Bodin and his probable son, Jean Bodin II. He writes, "Although the evidence is circumstantial, I do believe Jean Bodin who died 1694/5 was the father of Jean II...When the elder Jean Bodin died, his estate was appraised by Richard Michell, Hans Laurens and Abraham Lacomen. This latter individual, Abraham Lakerman, was the husband of Katherine Crocheron, sister of Marie Crocheron, wife of Jean Bodin II. Another sister, Adrianna, was married to Jacques Poillon, and their son, Jacques, was married thirdly to Judith Bodine, whose immediate relationship remains to be established, but the name Judith was used only in this family. Also, Jean Bodin II went on to sue Paul Richards, the administrator of the estate of Jean Bodin."

Item 1: This is found in NY County Wills, Book 5-6, page 101. The date is March 1695. Since Paulus Richards is Jean Bodin's principal creditor, Richards is appointed the administrator of Bodin's estate. This transcription comes from a handwritten copy made of the original. Some of the spellings may have changed in the transcription:

Registered for Paulus Richard

Richardo Benjamin Fletcher Capt General and Governor in Chief of the Province of New York Province of Pensilvania County of NewCastle and the Territorys and tract of Land depending thereon in America and vice Admirall of the same .... & Commander in Cheife of ye Militia and of all ye force by sea and Land within their Majesty's(?) Colloney of Conecticut and of all ye forts and Places of strength within the same i/o(?) Paulus Richards principall creditor of John Bodein Late of ye County of Richmond planter Dec'd _____. Whereas the said John Bodein so as aforesaid Dec'd having while he lived and att the time of his death goods rights and credits in Divers places within the Province Lately dyed Intestate (without a will) by means whereof the full Disposition of all and singular ye goods rights & credits of ye said Dec'd ye granting of ye Administration of them as also ye hearing of acct or Reckoning & ye finall Discharge and Dismision from the same unto me alone solele & wholy and not unto another Inferiour Judge are manifestly Known to belong. I desiring that the goods rights and Credits of ye said Dec'd may be well and faithfully Administered and conserted and Disposed of to ____ and ... in whole fidelity in this behalfe I are confide full power by the terms of these ... to administer all & singular ye goods rights and Credits of ye said Dec'd and faithfully to ... as also to ask collect levy and require ye credits whatsoever of the said Dec'd ... said Dec'd while he lived & att the time of his Death did belong and to Pay ye Debts In which the said Dec'd stood obliged so far forth as ye Goods Rights and Credits of ye said Dec'd can thereunto extend according to their rate cheifly of well and truly Administering the same & making a full and Perfect Inventory of all and singular the goods rights & Credits of ye said Dec'd and Exhibiting the same Into ye registry of ye Prerogative Court att or before the fourth day of August next Ensuing & of Rendting a full & perfect acc't or Reckoning thereof att or before the fourth day of March which shall be in the years of our Lord one thousand six hundred ninety five & six being duely and Lawfully sworn upon the holy Evanelist of God and I are by these presents ordain depute & constitute you Administrator of all and singular ye goods rights and credits of ye said Dec'd In Testimony whereof I have caused ye seals of ye Prerogative Court to be hereunto affixed dated att Fort William Henry the fourth day of March in the year of our Lord 1694/5.

David Jamison D. Sectry

Item 2: This is an Inventory of John Bodin, 1695 (New York County Wills, Book 5-6, page 114.) I have a copy of the original inventory (a little hard to read in places) and a copy of a later official handwritten copy done by the State of NY. The spellings do not always agree. For instance, John Bodin's name was changed in the transcription to John Bodein. Click here to see an image of the original document. Click "Back" on your browser to return here.

Richmond 11th day of february anno. 1695

This is a true Inventory taken of the Estate of John Bodin Lately deceased.

14 Cows and Steers............................................................. 35:00:00
4 two years old....................................................................... 06:08:00
3 horses & a colt.................................................................... 13:00:00
7 calf.......................................................................................... 03:10:00
100 Sheeps............................................................................. 50:00:00
2 plates & 2 'besen' & a salt 'seller'................................ 01:00:00
3 Iron pots................................................................................ 00:16:00
a Brasse Kettle & 2 'Stoves' panes................................. 01:10:00
2 'Tobes' Killer and ankir.................................................... 01:10:00
a Loumes................................................................................. 03:00:00
9 homes spun blanketts and a 'bolt' Sack..................... 03:00:00
3 pelles & a 'frion' pan.......................................................... 00:16:00
a bed a shit a 'bolter' a 'piller' a bed sted...................... 03:10:00
5 axes 4 'bittles' ring.............................................................. 00:19:06
a plow sheare.......................................................................... 01:00:00
a Inglesh Plow Sheare & 3 wegges................................. 01:00:00
2 Chest and a Cobber........................................................... 05:00:00
80 Shepple wheat at 3 shillings (3/S) a Shepple.......... 12:00:00
a gryd iron 2 hesmar a spead a Saw & Hand
saw ager and the tongs......................................................... 01:00:00
a Waggon.................................................................................. 02:10:00
2 negro men and a negro woman...................................... 100:00:00
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.......................................................................................................242:09:06
The mark of Richard "his mark: a large R" Michell
The mark of Abraham Lacomen (signed)
Hanz (or hanus) "his mark: a nazi-like symbol" Laurens

Note from Dave: Ann Messecur believes that the Hans Lawrence mentioned above is actually a Hans Dey. He also figures in some deed papers for Jean Bodin of Bethune.

Ixtum fuit himmci Inventor & vero & perfecto Inventor oium & singulatum bonoc jurx John Bodein Debts to Paulum Richards Admin primo die May Ao Dom. 1695 jurat at sameta Dei Evangel ium potestate camen de addendo & six.

'Cor' David Jamison "his mark" 'Florry or Secty' (the clerk?)

*I'm not sure what the "&" marks were or of some of the Latin. When I was unsure of the spelling of certain words, I marked them with single quotes.

Item 3: This is from New York County Wills, Book 5/6, page 142. It appears to be the final administration of John Bodin's debts and possessions.

Richards (This may be a note in the margin made by the copiest.)

Know all men by these presents that his Exce.. Benjamin Fletcher Captain Generall and Governor of New Yorke &c(?) Because Paul Richards Administrator of the goods chattells & credits of John Bodein Dec'd which has well and faithfully administered the goods, chattells & credits of John Bodein Dec'd which have come to his hands & possession and also hath well and faithfully rendered an account calculation & rendering by him had & made annexed to these presents whereby it appears that the Dec'd is considerably still indebted to him and no assetts to pay the same therefore absolved the said Administrator from rendering any further account on his behalfe so farr as concerned his duty provided he cannot be convinced of guile or fraud and saving to every one his right to do finally dismiss him. In testimony whereof his Excellency the Governor hath caused the prerogative seal to be affixed at New Yorke the 26th day of December Anno Domini 1695 David Jamison D. Secty.

John Bodein Ded(?), 1694. 13 June to a former account 309-6s-9d. 19 July to severalls 0-9-3. 7 Augt to cash 1-10-0. 19 Sept to cash 16-0-0. 22 ditto to cash 12-6-0. 14 Novem to cash 0-9-0. 1694/5 4 Febry to severalls 0-6-0. 9 ditto to cash 2-15-0. 5 March to charge letters to Administration &c(?)3-2-0. 19 ditto to charge in Staten Island 0-180. 2 Aprill to cash 2-10-0. ditto to severall persons 6-8-6. ditto to rent of land & interest according to bond 25-0-0. 15 May to attest the Inventory & record the same 0-6-0. 20 Novm to cash p'd for rates(?) and texts(?)4-7-9. 385-14-3. Ct 1694. 19 Novem to ifirkin(?) butcer(?) 2 hoggs 4-18-9. ditto _____ to cash 0-9-0. 1694/5 22 Janry to firewood 1-5-0. To the Inventory according to appraisment 242-9-9. To ballance due me 136-11-9 385-14-3. New Yorke the 29th Novem 1695 Paul Richards New Yorke the 26th of Decem - 1695. Extum fuit humor computes Administrations Pauli Richards Executor bonoz cred & fur Johis Bodin Defti penudems Amlum furat ad seta(?)'dei Evangelia puero prfecto computo 9d attestor David Jamison D. Secty.