Notes for: John (Jan Bodin) Bodine

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A very important thing to point out about research on the Bodine line 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. There is absolutely no proof to back up 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. I think his research on the Bodines came through his work on the Corlies family. 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.

The Four Jean Bodins on Staten Island

Many of the Bodines in America have come from four men named Jean/Jan/John Bodin/Bodine who came to America in the latter part of the 1600's. (Jean is the French spelling for John; Jan is the Dutch spelling.) Despite much research, the facts involving these John Bodins are still subject to a great deal of controversy. At this point, the research tends to point to a pair of men named Jean Bodin who came from near Medis, France and another pair named Jean Bodin from near Bethune in the former Southern Netherlands (now located in France).

Historical Background: Flanders

Jean Bodin II, from Bethune, and his father (possibly named Jean Bodin, also), may have come to America together. Before 1667, when King Louis XIV of France conquered that area, Bethune was actually a part of the Southern Netherlands, not France. (This was also called the Spanish Netherlands since Spain controlled the area at that time.) The Southern Netherlands overlapped an older political area that was known as Flanders. Flanders was the name of a medieval kingdom that was once more a patchwork of fortified city-states than a real country. It was comprised of part of the present-day French Department du Nord, the Belgian provinces of East and West Flanders, and the southern part of the Dutch province of Zeeland. This "kingdom" no longer exists today. The language the people of Flanders spoke was a dialect of French in Southern Flanders. These were the Walloons. The people in the Northern part of Flanders spoke a dialect of Dutch. They were called Flemings. Jean Bodin would have been born in Bethune when it was a part of the Southern Netherlands. It might be best to consider him a Walloon and not a Huguenot as has been reported. However, this depends on what one's definition of a Huguenot is. Some define Huguenots as French Protestants. Others define Huguenots as any Christians from any country in Europe who followed John Calvin's type of Protestantism. Therefore, the most practical term to use for Jean might be to call him a "Huguenot"; however, officially, he was really a Walloon. There is no official term for a Protestant Walloon. Walloons could have been Catholic or Protestant. The majority were Catholic. Protestant Walloons faced the same persecutions in the Catholic Southern Netherlands as the "Huguenots" faced in Catholic France. Many fugitives from Flanders fled to England where they set up churches. The Dutch speaking churches in England were comprised of Flemings. Many of the French speaking churches were made up of Walloons. There were Walloon churches in Norwich, Canterbury, Southampton, and London. The Walloon church in London is very famous. It was called the Threadneedle Street Church, but it most often referred to as the "French Church."

The Relationship between the Jean Bodins

The other set of Bodins came from Medis, France. Jean Bodin of Medis fled from Soubize, France in September of 1681 for England with his wife, Esther Bridon, and possibly two children (Hands, A.P. and Irene Scouloudi. French Protestant Refugees Relieved Through the Threadneedle Street Church, London, 1681-1687. Huguenot Society of London Quarto Series, v. 49, London, 1971). They, including a son named Jean, eventually settled on Staten Island. The controversy surrounding the early Jean Bodins still needs to be worked out to a satisfactory conclusion. These two families of Bodins were in the Staten Island, New York area at roughly the same time. They do not seem to have been related by blood, but from the evidence of the relationship between these two Jean's, it appears as though the Jean Bodin from Bethune, once widowed from his first wife (Maria Crocheron) may have later married Esther Bridon, the widow of the Jean Bodin from Medis. This might seem strange, but it could be true. Ronny Bodine has done a lot of research into this question. He says, "There is no direct evidence of the marriage (between the widower, Jean of Bethune, and Jean of Medis' widow, Esther Bridon), but it becomes clear when following the trail of ownership of the land that Jean of Medis purchased in 1701, coming into possession of the Bridon family (Jean of Medis' wife's family), then being devised through several wills and deeds to Esther and Jean Bodin of Bethune." (No new children would have come from this second marriage, though.) The children of these two families are the beginning of many of the Bodines in America. There are also some Bodines who came from Ulster County, New York. They may have come from Holland or Germany. The earliest documentation on these is from the 1750's. A connection to the Bodines from France has not been proven or disproven. There are also some Bodines that moved from Sweden to Minnesota and other states in the mid 1800's. These may also have a French origin, but they would not be related to the Jean Bodin mentioned here. And there are some Bodines of Italian origin. One of the ancestors of the Italian Bodines originally spelled his name differently, but eventually changed it to Bodine. There may be other Bodines of different origins as well. Much of the earlier research into the Bodine family has made the claim that there was only one Jean Bodin who married both Maria Crocheron and Esther Bridon. However, this would have been impossible. The marriage of Jean Bodin and Maria Crocheron took place on January 11, 1680 on Staten Island. The other Jean, the one from Medis who married Esther Bridon, was naturalized with her in London, England on October 14, 1681 (Letters of Denization and Acts of Naturalization for Aliens in England and Ireland, 1603-1700. Huguenot Society of London, v. 19, London, 1911, pp. 128-129). That leaves little more than two years between these marriages. The main problem with this timeline is that Nicholas Crocheron, the brother of Maria, made a bequest to "the children of John Bodine of his first wife, my nieces and nephews." The phrase "nieces and nephews" means at least four children. Jean and Maria surely did not have two sets of twins in two years. This would have been the only way to have four children in that short of a time span. Neither does it take into account the fact that Jean Bodin would have had to travel back to England to be married. This makes even less time for all this to happen. In addition, records from the Threadneedle Church in London, England appear to prove that the Jean Bodin of Medis fled France no earlier than September 13, 1681. As a point of interest, my wife, Joy, and I visited Medis, France in early September of 1995. We paid a quick visit to the regional archives and looked through microfilm of the records of the Protestant churches of the area of Medis. The regional archives are located in La Rochelle. The address is Archives départementales, 17000 La Rochelle, 35 rue de vaux de Foletier. I believe there was a Bridon listed in the Protestant records in La Rochelle (p. 112?) with a baptismal date of 1640. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to see if this person was related to François Bridon. And we visited the Genealogical Circle of Saintonge. The Circle's address is Cercle Géneálogique de Saintonge, 17100 Saintes, 8 rue Mauny. This circle is very organized, helpful, and has a lot of information on computer. There are many Bodins in their databases. Nothing was found on Jean Bodin of Medis, but there could be something there.

Protestants Flee Persecution

This genealogy makes the assumption that the direct ancestor for this line was Jean Bodin from near the town of Bethune, today located in the Northern Province of Artois in France. This information is based on his betrothal record at the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in the town of Flatbush:

Betrothed December 26, 1679 Jean Boden, young man from near Bethune in Artois and Maria Crosseron, young dame from near Rysszl in Vlaanderen, both residents of Staten Island. Married at Midwout Jan. 11, 1680 with testimony of the Bride's two brothers and Piere Verite all present.

This comes from Records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Flatbush, Kings County, New York 1677-1720. Holland Society, 1898 (v. 1, p. 223). As mentioned before, Jean was a Walloon who probably fled the Bethune area, possibly with his father, due to religious persecution by the Catholic government. Thousands of Protestants were put in prison or chained as galley slaves in the holds of ships. Many more were killed in massacres by the French (and Spanish) government and populace. The Protestants themselves were not innocent of bloodletting, but by far they suffered the most. In Charles Baird's well-known book about Huguenot immigrants to America, he has this to say of the French Protestants killed during that time (Huguenot Immigrants to America, by Charles Baird, v. 1, p. 148): "...France was deluged in blood; and among the thousands who were butchered in cold blood, or in the frenzy of fanatical zeal, many of the noblest and purest of her sons perished". To avoid this "Inquisition," many Protestants fled to places where there was more religious freedom: Holland, England, and later, America. As mentioned earlier, when Jean was born, Bethune was a part of the Spanish or Southern Netherlands. It did not become a part of France until 1667 when France invaded parts of the Southern Netherlands and took Cambrai, Bethune, Lille, and various other cities. This was a very disputed area between the United Provinces to the north (today this has become parts of Belgium and Holland) and France to the south. It would have been a very troubled land to live in. It was also a very economically depressed land that was financially dominated by the United Provinces. Protestants especially would not have seen much of a future in staying there. Spain ran its own Inquisition in the Southern Netherlands and France was threatening with more religious persecution from the South. It was also hard to make a living because of the economic pressure from the North. For these reasons, thousands upon thousands of people were leaving the Southern Netherlands to live in the religiously safer and more economically privileged North. Those who fled the South settled near large Dutch cities such as Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Leyden. It is very possible that Jean of Bethune's father took him and any others in his family and left Bethune for one of these Dutch cities (see later discussion concerning the Bodins in Leiden). This probably happened when Jean was very young. He and his family then lived there for a number of years. The Huguenots and Walloons set up their own communities in these cities. However, Dutch society, and especially the temptations of the big cities, did not please the Huguenots or other persecuted religious groups like the English Puritans. (The Puritans, too, had fled their country to the cities of Holland looking for religious freedom.) So they sought a new land where they could raise their families as they thought fit.

Jean Bodin and His Father Come to America

The first ships to America loaded with the Puritans (also called Pilgrims) were sailing around the early 1600's to America. In Holland, the Puritans mixed with the French and Walloon Protestants both in business and in religious affairs. The Puritans were the first to sail to America, but the idea also caught the imagination of the Walloons and Huguenots. They were not far behind them in setting out for the "New World." From the early 1600's until 1664, the Dutch government was in the process of settling people in the New York area (called New Netherlands then), including Staten Island. The Dutch government had formed an organization called the West India Company for "the development of traffic with America, the humbling of Spain, the conversion of the Indians and colonization in general" (Corwin, p. 16). It was an armed commercial organization with almost limitless powers. It brought many Dutch, Walloon and Huguenot immigrants to the New World. In return for their services as colonists, the West India Company paid for their passage to America. However, the company eventually headed toward bankruptcy and ceased operations after the British took control of New Netherlands in 1664 and renamed it New York. It was then the British who continued bringing in new settlers, including Huguenots and Walloons. Jean's father must have heard of this land of opportunity called America and hoped to start a new life there with his family. They were on one of these ships that went to America in the late 1600's. They probably arrived around 1677. This is based on the fact that the first record of a Jean (written with the Dutch spelling "Jan" in the record) Bodin in America comes from the Dutch Reformed Church of New York. He and Maria Creison (probably Maria Crocheron, his future wife), witnessed to the baptism of Jan, son of Andries Canon by his wife Janetje Pluck, on November 3, 1677 (NYGBR, vol. 8-1877, p. 169). See NYGBR, v. 92-1961, pp. 193-198 for more on Andries Canon and another possible identification of Maria Creison.

Jean Bodin of Bethune

Jean Bodin from Bethune would have probably been in his teens when he first arrived in America. He was probably born about 1662. He is most likely the Jean Bodin that was mentioned in the 1706 Staten Island Census as being 45 years old. No other Jean Bodin on Staten Island at that time could have been anywhere near 45 other than Jean of Bethune. Ronny Bodine wrote, "The entire Staten Island census of 1706 was published in John E. Stillwell's Historical and Genealogical Miscellany, 1903, vol. 1, p. 150-156. Appearing on the census, alone, is John Bedyne, age 26, and elsewhere is John Bodin, 45. No date was given in the original census. The date has been estimated by some known birthdays of people mentioned in the census. Stillwell points out that the date of the Census may actually be 1708, as evidenced by other known birth dates of some of those counted and their recorded ages thereon. The John Bedyne, age 26, would be Jean Bodin, believed born on 23 Jan 1681, son of Jean (of Medis) and Esther (Bridon) Bodin. John Bodin, 45, would be Jean of Bethune...Esther was not married to Jean of Bethune yet. She is listed separately with children Francis, Jacob and Jane, no ages given..." Esther would have been a widow at the time of the census.

Church in the Fort
The Church in the Fort

Jean would first have arrived at the small fortress-city of New Amsterdam or Fort Amsterdam on the island of Manhattan. (This is where the city of New York is today. The site of the fort would be just south of the World Trade Center.) This was where most ships coming to the New World docked. The church where he served as witness to a baptism in 1677 was then called the Church of St. Nicholas. It was also referred to as the "Church in the Fort." It is now the Collegiate Church. Shortly afterwards, he moved across the narrow channel to Brooklyn (Breuckelen as it was called back then). He attended the Dutch Reformed Church of Flatbush in the Midwout area of Brooklyn. He is first mentioned in the records of the Flatbush church on April 27, 1679. He (Jan Bodin) and Maria Corilon (Crocheron) witnessed the baptism of Maria Boillon (Poillon). Maria Poillon was the child of Jacques Boillon (Poillon) and Adrianna Corilon. Adriana Corilon was Adriana Crocheron, Maria Crocheron's sister. See the Flatbush Church Records, page 390, for this record. Maria Crocheron was a young woman from near Ryssel in Flanders (called "Vlaanderen" in the betrothal record). Ryssel is Flemish for the city of Lille, now a French city. At that time it was the capital of French Flanders. Jean and Maria's families had probably only lived about twenty miles from each other in France. On December 26, 1679, he and Maria were engaged / betrothed. Here is the betrothal record in Dutch: Den 26 dec. 1679, Ondertrouwd; Jean Bodin; J.M. van bil Bethune, in Artois Maria Crosseron; J.D. van bij Rijssel in Vlaanderen; beijde woonachtig op't Staten Eijland; met getuijgenis van Bruijds 2 broeders & Piere Verite, alle tegenwoondig; & getrouwd den 11 th Januarii, 1680, op Midwoud. The English translation is something like: Betrothed December 26, 1679 Jean Boden, young man from near Bethune in Artois and Maria Crosseron, young dame from near Rysszl in Vlaanderen, both residents of Staten Island. Married at Midwout Jan. 11, 1680 with testimony of the Bride's two brothers and Piere Verite all present. This comes from Records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Flatbush, Kings County, New York 1677-1720. Holland Society, 1998 (v. 1, p. 223). The editor and translator was David William Voorhees. He reproduced these records from original manuscripts in the possession of the Reformed Dutch Church, Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. I think the originals were once considered lost, but were recently discovered in the church. Also see NYGBR, v. 111-1980, n. 1, p. 35 for a reference to this the Year Book of the Holland Society of New York, 1898, p. 88. I believe the spellings of some of the names in the 1898 transcriptions may not be original. The author changed some of them. I'm not sure of this, though. The more accurate record is that of David Voorhees. They were married in Midwout. In Dutch, Midwout could mean something like "Middle Wood." It was the name of an area in Brooklyn. (See NYGBR, v. 8, p. 183 for discussion on Midwout.) Rev. Johannes Theodorus Polhemius was the first minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in Midwout (see page 18 of "Sebring Collections"). He was the grandfather of Jacob Bodine's wife, Elizabeth Sebring. Jan Pietersz van Deventer, a layman, started the Church at Midwout (see p. 14 of "The Van Deventer Family") Jean and Maria were married on January 11, 1680. (Jacob Bodine was Jean Bodin's son.) Jean then apparently moved to, or was already living in, Staten Island, New York, in one of the Huguenot colonies that sprang up. On May 16, 1680, on Staten Island, he and his wife (written: Jan Baudaiy and Maria Croisson) were witnesses to the baptism of Abraham Merlet, son of Abraham Merlet and Christina Pieters (Flatbush Church Records 1677-1720 (v. 1), by David Voorhees: 1998, p. 397). The first permanent settlement on Staten Island did not exist until 1661 when peace was established with hostile Indians. Walloons and Huguenots made up a good percentage of the early settlers. It appears that Jean and Maria had six children before Maria died. Several researchers mention the children of Jean Bodin by his "first wife," but there doesn't seem to be any original document giving the names of these children. Sinnott (p. 156) is probably the earliest to give the names of these, but where she got this is unknown. It would seem that the names of their children are someone's best guess given the facts at hand. For that reason, they should be taken as a guess and not as a fact. There could very well be mistakes regarding the names of his children. There are various dates given for the death of Maria Crocheron. One, from the Internet, is 1697. No source was given. Another date given is March 4, 1696 (info from MBP). It is unknown where this very important date comes from. Many of the Hunterdon and Somerset County, New Jersey records were burnt during the Revolutionary War; so it is difficult to get proof from that end. Some have said she was evidently deceased before her father (c. 1696); although, this is not totally evident from his will (Wills of NY Co., Book 5, p. 126.). There is a little more evidence concerning her death date in "Land Records of Richmond County," Book B, page 313. This involves money paid to a Jaque Poillon by the account of Jean Bodin's children, from the estate of John Crocheron, deceased 1697. Taking money from "Jean Bodin's children" instead of from Maria herself would seem to point to the fact that Maria had already died. In 1703, her brother, Nicholas Crocheron, mentioned "the children of John Bodine by his first wife, my nephews and nieces" in his will. [Will of Nicholas Crocheron, February 10, 1703. The will was proven on July 24, 1707 (NY Archives: Wills: 7, p. 410).] By this time, Jean Bodin was evidently going by the more American name of John Bodine. Nicholas' instructions reveal that Jean Bodin of Bethune did marry again after Maria died, but it does not say who that second wife was. [An article in the "Bodine Branches" newsletter of October 1959 also said that John had been married before and had children. It gave the reference: NY Wills, 7, p. 312. Also in Baird, p. 39.] Here is Nicholas Crocheran's will (might be an abstract): NICHOLAS CROCHERON. In the name of God, Amen. I, Nicholas Crocheron, of Richmond County, planter, being in good health. I give to the poor of the French Congregation on Staten Island, £5, to be paid to the Elders. I leave to the children of John Bodine by his first wife, my nephews and nieces, as objects worthy of my charity, one half of all my paternal estate, goods, and chattels, in case I leave no children. I leave all the rest of my estate to my loving wife, Anne Crocheron, and to her heirs and assigns. I leave to all my other heirs, each 6 shillings. Dated February 10, 170 2/3. Witnesses, John Bellville, Moses Bernd, William Tilyer. Proved before Thomas Wenham, Esq., July 24, 1707. I need to check the reference N. Y. Hist. Coll., 1892, vol. 1, p. 445 since it has something to do with Jean and Maria's marriage. T. A. Bodine says that all of Jean Bodins sons removed from Staten Island to the region of the Raritan River in New Jersey. They are found there in 1705. All the sons, except Jacob, remained in Middlesex and Somerset Counties. Donna Tunison wrote me that the lower tip of Staten Island is across the Arthur Kill from the upper part of Middlesex County. In a speech at the second annual reunion of the Aten and Albertson families in Delaware, New Jersey on August 27, 1898, Rev. John Bodine Thompson said the following about the Dutch who migrated to America: "...the same liberty and the same customs and usages which existed in the Netherland existed in like manner in New Netherland. The free schools in which Holland led the van of the world were established also on the shores of the New World. And when these were suppressed and their other excellent customs derided, after the English conquestin 1674, they began to "go west" into the wilderness. From Manhattan Island and Long Island and Staten Island, they followed up the Raritan to its sources." The following is quoted from a message posted by Doris Lane on the Rootsweb Dutch-Colonies list: "...in the late 17th century, Staten Island was populated by Dutch and French descendants of immigrant ancestors living in an English jurisdiction. "The Dutch held New Netherland until 1664 and then regained it in 1673, losing it again in 1675. In 1689, Leisler's Rebellion (not a big blip on the world screen) was a reaction to the ascension of James II to the throne in England and to the annexation of New York to the Dominion of New England, which resulted in a drastic reduction of trade to the port of New York. Nobody who used to be making money was making money. James II was an avowed Catholic and was looking to reinstate the Catholic Church as the official religion of England. New York was largely Protestant. A new Lieutenant Governor of New York, Francis Nicholson was pro-Catholic, and his appointment fanned the flames among Dutch and French Protestants; on Staten Island the overwhelming majority. James II was exiled to France, and William and Mary of Orange took the throne. This is known as the Great Protestant Revolution in England. William and Mary had the support of Protestant New York, but Francis Nicholson and Governor Andros did not. When rumors of an invasion of New York and Staten Island by France (remember all those French Huguenots who came here to get away from religious oppression) caused a panic, Jacob Leisler, as Captain of Militia, was recruited by the locals to take charge of the government, which he did. He was quite popular in New York and on Staten Island and on Long Island, especially among the farmer and burgher classes, but did not have any support upstate or among the wealthy anywhere. Meanwhile, a new Governor had been appointed, Henry Slaughter, who arrived more than a year later to take possession of the fort and control of the government. Leisler at first refused, but eventually gave in. He was executed for high treason on May 16 1691, along with his son-in-law, Jacob Milborne. "Where the Staten Island Dutch and French families who moved away come into this, is that many of them, including Staats, Corson, Nevius, Kroesen (Cruser), Holmes, Van Pelt, Veghte and others, were in one way or other supporters of Jacob Leisler. Some of them believed they had acted in protection of the legitimacy of William and Mary, others had been appointed to civil positions, and probably not a few thought they were regaining the glory of New Netherland. There was a fundamental division between English culture and its focus on individual rights, and Dutch culture, which is traditionally concerned with communal good. The New York Dutch had also been supplanted as the city's elite and its culture by the English culture. These must have been some pretty jolly Dutchmen under Leisler's Law. In the years following Leisler's execution, the rabble rousers had to defend themselves in court to keep out of prison. Some, like Dirck Kroesen (Cruser), John Peterson Staats, Jacques Poillion and John Bodine {I'm looking for a source to this reference} were arrested on Staten Island. "Meanwhile, there was all this land opening up in, not only Bucks County PA, but in Middlesex and Somerset Counties in NJ. Many Dutch and French families from Long Island and Staten Island, in particular, who, with the English now firmly in control, weren't comfortable with the new reign, migrated to those places. It was also attractive to migrate because of the vast tracts of land that were available, for some in the thousands of acres, which they could then sell off in parcels to new settlers. Again using Dirck Kroesen (Cruser) as an example, on Staten Island he had 160 acres he was fighting over with his brother Hendrick. Dirck's daughter Neeltje and her husband Carl Van Hasten bought 580 acres of the William Penn tract in 1708 with a partner. In 1710, Dirck and his wife Elizabeth Cregier bought 1,080 acres - 500 acres in Northampton and 580 acres in Southampton, which they eventully deeded by gift to their children. With the migration, these families were able to prosper in a way they would not have had they stayed put in New York where English settlers were now finding opportunity. "For these two reasons, at least, these particular people from Staten Island left."

End of information from Doris Lane.

Jan Bodine sent me the following reference for the above information. It comes from The Annals of Staten Island; from its discovery to the present time, by Clute, J. J. New York: Press of C. Vogt, 1877, 478 pgs. The following comes from pages 67-68:

After the arrival of Governor Sloughter, Leisler and Milbourne, his son-in-law, together with several members of his Council, were arrested for treason and condemned to death, but all were reprieved except the two first named, who were executed by hanging on Saturday, May 16, 1691. On the 28th of April, preceding, a letter was presented to the Council in New York from the Sheriff of Richmond County, "Giving an Account of severall Riotts and Tumults on Staten Island, and that they are subscribing of papers"; the sheriff was ordered to secure the ring-leaders that they might be prosecuted. The papers which were "subscribed" were petitions in favor of the two condemned men; the people of Westchester also sent a petition for the same purpose, but the Council did not recognize the right of petition in such cases; therefore some were cited to appear before the body, while others were imprisoned as promoters of "riots and disturbances."

During Dongan's administration, Leisler, having imported a cargo of wine, refused to pay the duties thereon to Matthew Plowman, the collector of the port, because he was a Papist; he was, however, compelled to do so, and ever, thereafter, was a bitter enemy of Plowman. During his brief arbitrary administration, to gratify his spite, he charged Plowman with being a defaulter to the government; and, learning that he was the owner of a quantity of a beef and pork, stored at Elizabethtown, he ordered Johannes Burger, a sergeant at the fort, to proceed to Staten Island, and compel such individuals as he might require to go with him, and assist in the removal of the provisions. Burger obeyed the order, and the property was brought to Leisler in New York, who sent it to Albany for the use of the soldiers he had sent to that place. After Leisler's execution, Plowman prosecuted all who were concerned in the removal of his property, to recover its value. Amongst the number were the following residents of Staten Island, viz., John Jeronison, Thomas Morgan, Lawrence (p. 68) Johnson, John Peterson, Dereck Crews (Cruser), Chauck (Jacques) Pollion, and John Bedine." These individuals, soon after the arrival of Major Richard Ingoldsby, as president of the province addressed and "humble Peticon" to him and the Council, in which they admit having assisted in the removal of Plowman's property, but that they did so under compulsion, believing that they were doing a service to their majesties; that they considered it unjust compel them to pay for the provisions when the whole country had the benefit of them; they therefore pray that they may be relieved from ther whole responsibility, or if that may not be done, that every person engaged in the removal be compelled "to pay their equall proporceons of the same." This petition was presented by Plowman himself, who thereby recognized the justice of their cause, but what the result of the application was does not appear.

**** The following is from the Somerset County Historical Quarterly," v. 4 (1915), p. 22. It is titled A Dutch Migration from the Raritan Valley to New York State in 1785 and Later," by Rev. Minor Swick, Flushing, NY: "...in the latter part of the 17th Century, there was an extensive migration of the Low Dutch settlers on Long Island and their descendants to the valley of the Raritan in New Jersey, occupying a large part of the region on both sides of the river, from where New Brunswick now is, upward to Bound Brook and Somerville, and along the Millstone and South and North Branches of the Raritan. Then, about 100 years later, 1785 and after, there was a like extensive migration of the descendants of these people from all this region, and especially from Somerset County, to the then far-away wilderness of the "Lake Country" of Central New York. Among these were families bearing the names ...Bodine. ...some went to Cayuga county others to Genesee county."

The Second Wife of Jean Bodin, Esther Bridon

Some time later, Jean, now a widower, married his second wife. This may have been the widow of Jean Bodin of Medis. Her name was Esther (or Hester) Bridon. She was the daughter of Francois and Jeanne Susanne Bridon. Esther was the executrix of her father's will and made an inventory on his estate on May 22, 1704 (NY Wills, 5/6, p. 385). The following information is about some land transactions which seem to involve the Jean Bodin of Medis and this Jean Bodin (of Bethune). It is quite confusing to follow. I'm not sure all of what follows is correct, but this is what seems to make sense at the moment. Jean Bodin (of Medis) and his wife Esther purchased 80 acres of land at Charles Neck on Staten Island (while he himself was living in Middlesex County, NJ) on 19 June 1701 (Richmond Co. Deeds, Book B: p. 402). Ann Messecar (GarMess@aol.com) has been working on finding some property that once belonged to Johannes and Nellie Mesecar on Staten Island. She says that a Jean Bodin [of Medis] had purchased an 80 acre tract of land in 1701 from Johannes and Neeltje Messereau (Book B, p. 402). The words go something like, "Johannes Mesecar and Neeltje, his wife (Neeltje Harmense Coerten) sell to John Bodine 80 acres 'for and in consideration of a competent sum of good and lawful money to them in hand paid' for a certain tract of land in Staten Island on the West side being the point of Karles Neck on the North side of the Fresh Kill bounded on the Northeast by lands of Edward Marshall..... containing 80 acres excepting a certain tract conveyed to Barent Symessen by sale 15 February 1700 which is 10 acres with a whole (not whale) mill and a stream belonging." (It is interesting because Johannes has a brother named Adam who lived in Gravesend and was a dealer in whale oil. Barent Sysmessen married Appollonia Messeker, Johannes and Neeltje's daughter.) Ann discovered that the mill was a "turn mill," and that it was first built by Johannes Messecur. It was gone when Francis Brindon bought part of the property in 1712. Ann later found this deed from June 19, 1701 which shows that John Bodine bought property on the west side of Staten Island "being the point of Charles Neck on the north side of the Fresh Kill." This property was sold to him by "Johannes Messeuir and Neeltje, his wife." Johannes had petitioned for these eighty acres in the 1670's. He then sold these eighty acres to John Bodine, minus property he had sold off to Barent Simonse in 1700. (Barent Simonse's wife was Appollonia Messeker, a daughter of Johannes.) Ronny Bodine said that the land that John had acquired in 1701 came into possession of his brother-in-law Francis Bridon via an unrecorded transaction. Then in 1708 a John Bodein [probably John of Bethune] asked for confirmation of property rights to land bordered by Paulus Richards, Task Masker, and William Barker. Ann wondered if "Messereau" might be one way to write "Mesecar." Here is a message she sent me: Subject: Re: [D-Col] Bodines of Staten Island and Messereau? (2) Date: 9 Jul 2000 From: GarMess at aol.com Hi Dave, I've done a little bit of work on the property location. I think the 1706+ Census was done by area (i.e., someone walking around and writing down names). I think there was a problem with the third sheet of this census that was written with "a different hand" and is clearly missing a number of people. However, that having been said, the John Bodyne age 26, is listed with these significant people: Abraham Lackerman (age 45), Richard Mitchill (age 68) and Hans Lawrence (age 63). These people figured in Bodine wills and administrations. He is also near James Poillion. "Jaques Poillon" made a will in 1718 and lists property "purchased of Abraham Du Peyster commonly called Barker's land" and part of a meadow of the land called Barker's land beginning at the foot of the ditch nighest to the sea...Also a lot I purchased of Mr. Antoine, commonly called Fastmakers land (Task Masker's land??????)." The will of Abraham Lakerman, dated 1734, mentions woodland between the Fresh Kills lots and the land formerly of William Barker. The will info I got off the Dutch-Colonies list, and it is filed in the bins if you want full copies. The petition for John Bodein talks about Paulus Richards, Task Masker and William Barker. This was in 1708. One undocumented piece of info grouped Abraham Lakerman, Abraham Marlett (rear of Barker's farm), Daniel Lake, Isaac Billjeau and Paulus Richards in the Long Neck area. It might be interesting to look at deed information on any of those people and see if it mentions adjoining land owners. The Mesecars, Rikers and Morgans all appear to be on lots on the Fresh Kill, also Lambert Gerritzen (wife, Susannah Morgan). I have been able to pinpoint their properties fairly well, but this Task Masker has eluded me. Task might be Tys or Matthew as that name shows up in the next generation, but I don't know. Anyway, I will keep your name on my Staten Island list. Your work on Bodine is really great! Ann Note from Dave: Ann now believes that the Hans Lawrence mentioned above is actually a Hans Dey. He also figures in the inventory of the Jean Bodin who died in the late 1600's.


From: GarMess at aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Subject: John Bodine on Staten Island

Dave -
I spent a morning on Staten Island last week. Would you like to have a map showing the location of the Bodine properties? I misplaced your address; if you send it to me, I'll get the package off this week.

Ann Messecar
From: GarMess at aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Subject: Re: John Bodine on Staten Island

Hi Dave,

Johannes Mekelsonne (Mesecar) to John Bodine

The property is on the beautiful Fresh Kill, a large stream on the western side of Staten Island. There is a fence by the stream with large signs every 10 feet or so, saying KEEP OUT - HAZARDOUS WASTE MATERIAL. I believe this is where they put some of the World Trade towers. On the other side of the stream, a short way up, sprawls the Staten Island mall. However, if you carefully aim the camera - you might just get this lovely picture of a beautiful property squeezed in between the two other uglies! I tried. We'll see.

The other property is near Jacque Poillon. He was on Petrus Tessenmaker's property. I'll send you that article, too.


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Ann Ann also wrote me this: I am most interested in reading the petition by John Bodine in 1708. This property later (1722) was "vested" to Jacque Poillon. It also seems connected to the John Bodine that died in 1696...... I have sent away for a copy of the petition and also a map of the Karles Neck area properties. I keep checking my mailbox...alas, nothing yet! I think this property is in a different area of Staten Island; not on Karles Neck. But I don't know how close it is. Ann looked at the 1706-8 Census for Staten Island, and noticed that John Bodine, age 45, is right next to Barent Simonse. She believes (and it makes sense) that this John Bodine (the one from Bethune) was the purchaser of the property. Ann adds that this would make some sense because John Bodine of Bethune's children all were in Middlesex by 1705. And this deed lists him as living in Middlesex, New Jersey. On 8 May 1722 Francis Bridon sold 70 acres of this land to John Bodine, but retained 10 acres for himself (Richmond Co. Deeds, C: 299-302). I believe Ann Messecar said that the land John Bodine bought in 1722 was near the land that Jean of Medis and his wife Esther had bought in 1701; however, it was not the same land. Francis Bridon died in Boston in 1723, as is evident from letters of administration issued to his widow, Susanna Bridon on 1 August 1723 (NY Wills, ix, 398). His will of 16 December 1702 was proved in Boston on 22 October 1723 and named his widow as sole heiress (NY Wills, ix, 412). Thus, Susanna Bridon was now in possession of the ten acres. By her own will of 10 November 1724, proved 5 December 1724 (NY Wills, Book 10, 5), she devised the ten acres "on the north side of Fresh Kill in Charles Neck" to this John Bodine for life and upon his death to go to "my well beloved cousin Esther Bodine, wife of John Bodine, for life, then to their children." John Casson was appointed executor of the will, he being the son-in-law of Esther Bodine and her first husband. Here follows the will of Susannah Bridon, wife of Francis Bridon, Jr. (Abstracts of NY Wills, 1708-1728, v. II, pp. 304 & 305): Page 5.--In the name of God, Amen, November 10, 1724, I, SUSANAH BRIDON, of Staten Island, widow, being in good health, I leave to my well-beloved cousin John Bodin, all that certain messuage, or Point of land on Staten Island on the north side of the Fresh Kill in Charles Neck, between the land of said John Bodin and the land of Teunis Griggs, containing 10 acres, with all the salt meadow, house, barn, and other buildings, Also Å"175 which he oweth me. All this to him for life, and then it shall come into the hands of my well-beloved cousin Esther Bodin, wife of said John Bodin, for life, and then to their children. I leave to my niece Judith, wife of John Chadine Å"50, and a feather bed and bedstead, and a rug and blanket. I give to Judith Chadine, Elizabeth Tillon and Ann Tillon all my linen, brass and pewter vessels, and other household goods. I leave all the rest to John Tillon, Peter Tillon, Elizabeth Tillon, and Anne Tillon. I make my friend John Casson, executor. Witnesses, Daniel Low, Engelbart Van Sane, Abraham Cole. Proved, December 5, 1724. In 1737, this John Bodine wanted to sell the full 80 acres to Joseph Bedell, but was precluded from doing so under the terms of Susannah Bridon's will which stipulated he had possession of the land only during his lifetime after which it went to his wife Esther, then to her children. To clear the way for the sale, the children had to give up their right, which they did. On 2 February 1737 (maybe 1736), John and Esther Casson, heirs-at-law to Francis Bridon, conveyed a house and ten acres of land at Charles Neck to Jean Bodin (Richmond Co. Deeds, D, p. 104-105). I think this has to do with clearing the way for the sale of the land mentioned above. Finally on 7 March (or May) 1737, John and Hester Bodine sold the land to Joseph Bedell, with Esther's son, Francis Bodine (francois bodin), serving as witness (Richmond Co. Deeds D: 131-134). John Lisk was also a witness. This is the last known record of Jean and Esther Bodine.

Ronny Bodine sent me a summary of some of these transactions. He said that the 80 acres were originally purchased by John Bodine of Medis in 1701 and at his death in 1707 went to his widow Esther (Bridon) Bodine. She then sold the land to her brother Francis Bridon. In 1722, Francis Bridon sold 70 acres to John Bodine II, the 2nd husband of Esther (Bridon) Bodine, and retained 10 acres for himself to live on. Bridon died in 1723 and his 10 acres went to his widow Susannah, who died in 1724 and by her will devised the 10 acres to John Bodine II, who now had all 80 acres again. The legacy left in 1736 by the Cassons was to John Bodine II on behalf of the heirs of his 2nd wife, widow of the 1st John Bodine.
There is a letter of administration on the estate of a John Bodyn which is dated January 21, 1745. This might apply to Jean Bodin of Bethune, but it is uncertain. (It is probably more likely that it applies to John Bodine, the son of Vincent and Hyla Bodine. That John was from New York City as is the John mentioned in these administration papers. Whereas, Jean of Bethune probably did not live out the end of his life in New York City.) Jane Pears (sp?) is appointed the administratrix of John's estate. Jane was his principal creditor. From the handwritten part of this document, it says that Jane and Jean were both from the City of New York. For the original letter, see New York Letters of Administration, 1743-1755, p. 73 (or 167?). To see this document, click here. Click "Back" on your browser to return to this page. Here is a transcription of this letter: George Clinton, Esq; Captain General and Governor in Chief of the Province of New-York, and Territories thereon depending in America, Vice-Admiral of the same, and Vice-Admiral of _____ _____ in his Majestys fleet: To Jane Pears of the City of New York Widow principal Creditor of ______ John Bodyn late of the same place Cooper* deceased. Sendeth GREETING. WHEREAS the said John Bodyn lately died intestate (without a will), having whilst he lived, and at the Time of his Death, Goods, Right and Credits in diverse Places within this Province, by Means whereof the full Disposition of all and singular the Goods, Rights and Credits of the said Deceased, and the Granting Administration of them, as also the Hearing of Account, Calculation or Reckoning, and the final discharge and Dismission from the same, unto me solely, and not unto any inferior judge, are manifestly known to belong; I desiring that the Goods, Rights and Credits of the said Deceased may be well and faithfully administered, converted and disposed of into pious uses, do grant unto you the said Jane Pears (in whose Fidelity in this Behalf I very much confide) full Power by the Tenor of these Presents, to administer the Goods, Rights and Credits of the said Deceased, and faithfully to dispose of them; as also to ask, collect, levy, recover and receive the Debts whatsoever of the said Deceased, which unto him whilst he lived, and at the Time of his Death did belong, and to pay the Debts which the said Deceased stood obliged for, so far forth as his Goods, Rights and Credits can thereunto extend, according to their Rate, chiefly of well and truly administering the same, and of making a true and perfect Inventory thereof, and exhibiting it into the Registry of the Prerogative Court, in the Secretary's Office of the Province, at or before the twenty first Day of June, next ensuing, and of rendering a just and true Account, Calculation or Reckoning of the said Administration, and that on or before the twenty first Day of January then next following, and I do ordain, depute and constitute you the said Jane Pears Administratrix of all and singular the Goods, Rights and Credits which were of the said John Bodine so as aforesaid deceased. In Testimony whereof I have caused the Prerogative Seal of the Province of New-York to be hereunto affixed, this twenty first Day of January One Thousand seven hundred and forty five. *A cooper repaired wooden casks and tubs. The signature is of a Jno. (Jonathan?) Catherwood, followed by what may be his title, but which cannot be deciphered.

Bodines in Leiden, Holland

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, and many of these could possibly be 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 Nieuwe Church in Amsterdam on April 9, 1675, Anna, father Johannes Bodyn, mother Anner Slaan. (Note: Nieuwe Kerk, or New Church, is very famous because a lot of royal weddings took place there.) *1676 De boedel van Maria Cousijn, wed Pieter Bodeÿn, komb aan de Weeskamer do Leiden (?) (Note: This means that the belongings of Maria, widow of Pieter Bodeyn went to the Weeskamer. This would have happened after she died. There were probably no relatives alive to inherit her things. The Weeskamer was an orphanage in Leiden.) Note 1: Jan Bodein and his wife, Sara Stof, had a daughter Sara in 1662. This is also approximately the time that Jean Bodin of Bethune was born. Sara could have been his sister. This family disappears from the records after this. Jean Bodin of Bethune named his first daughter Sarah. This would follow Dutch naming customs to name the first daughter after the paternal grandmother - possibly Sara Stof!?!. 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.

Bibliography

Corwin, Edward Tanjore, D.D. A Manual of the Reformed Church in America (1628-1902). New York: Board of Publications of the Reformed Church in America, 1902. This is supposedly the best history of the Reformed Church. It lists all the early churches and who their ministers were. It is very well researched. There is a picture of the church in the fort on page 25.

Here is something interesting Ronny Bodine sent me:
Portrait and biographical record of Johnson, Poweshiek and Iowa Counties, Iowa, Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1893, p. 593-594.
FREEMAN E. BODINE is a prosperous and highly-esteemed citizen of Malcolm Township, Poweshiek County, residing on section 8. He was born near Ovid, Seneca County, N.Y., October 8, 1822, his parents being Gilbert and Harriet Swarthout Bodine. The father, who was a native of Pennsylvania, was a son of Cornelius Bodine, of German descent. His family belonged to the persecuted Huguenots, who were expelled from France, afteward locating in the German Empire. The mother of our subject was born in Seneca County, N.Y., and was a daughter of Barney Swarthout, who was of Dutch ancestry. Both families when they first settled in the Empire State were slaveholders.

Note from Dave: Cornelius, I believe, was a great-grandson of John and Mary Bodine.

Here is something to note below concerning research:

From: miss missy [funmissy2003 at yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2010
Subject: genealology Bodin

Hi Dave,
I was looking for some huguenots in england and found your site. To help you, I did a quick search for Bodin or bodine in the Rotterdam (archives), the place where a lot of english huguenots went to for some reason. The name did not come up with any hits, so Rotterdam is out :-). Have you tried 'family search', a mormon site, and very good if you are stuck?

Good luck with finding answers.

Friendly greetings from Mariska Dumas, Zwolle, Netherlands

From Ronny Bodine:

John Bodine, a native of near Bethune, Artois, France, is first evident on Staten Island on 3 Nov 1677 when he and his future wife, as Jean Boudin and Maria Creison, were baptismal witnesses at the Dutch Reformed Church. On 26 Dec 1679, he and Maria were formally betrothed and married at Midwout on 11 Jan 1680 (records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, Town of Flatbush). Maria Crocheron, identified in the betrothal record as a "young dame from near Ryssel in Vlaanderen (Flanders)" appears to have died prior to 10 Feb 1703, when her brother Nicholas, in his will of that date, made a bequest stating "I leave to the children of John Bodine by his first wife, my nephews and nieces..." but makes no mention of their names.

Whereas his contemporary, Jean Bodin of Medis, France (1645-1707), died leaving a will and therein naming all of his children, Jean Bodin of Artois died intestate and it falls upon surviving records to reveal the names of his children. As these two men were the only men named Bodin/Bodine living on Staten Island and the nearby New Jersey counties at this time period and as Jean of Medis named his children, one may conclude that all others were the issue of Jean Bodin and Maria Crocheron. The primary source for this is the baptismal registers of several Dutch Reformed Churches of which the Bodines were members. It is likely this primary source was what James P. Snell drew upon to compile the earliest known genealogy of this Bodine family for inclusion in his "History of Hunterdon and Somerst Counties New Jersey," Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1881, p. 490. The information in Snell's book does seem to have several errors. Relevant portions from his book read:

John Bodine had a plantation, early in the last century, on the west side of the North Branch. Immediately north of that was the Ammerman tract, and immediately north of that the Du Mont tract. This John Bodine had a son Abraham, who married Mary Low, and had John, baptized April 15, 1748; Judick baptized March 31, 1745, married Samuel Willemsen; Mary, probably the Mary that married Thomas Cooper; Cathelyntje, baptized Sept. 3, 1749; Sarah baptized Aug. 10, 1755 ; Cornelius, baptized November, 1755, married Margaret Sutphen, of Six-Mile Run, born 1754, and had Abraham, Peter, John, Cornelius, Gilbert, Issac, Charles, and George, all deceased.

Isaac Bodine had eleven children,- eight by his first wife, Cataleyn, and three by his second wife, Jannetje. These children, with dates of baptism, were Jan, Nov. 19,1703 [error: 19 Oct 1703]; Jantien, April 30, 1707; Frederick April 26, 1709; Mareyken, April 25, 1711 [error: she is the dau. of Jacob Bodine]; Kataleyn, Aug. 8, 1713 [error: 2 Nov 1711]; Isaac, April 5, 1715 [error: bapt. 18 May 1715]; Abraham, July 31, 1717; Elizabeth, Oct. 31, 1719 [error: bapt. 14 Oct 1719]; Hester, Dec. 25, 1723; Isaac, Aug. 16, 1730; and Jannetje, Aug. 16, 1730 [error: the baptismal entry reads: Eysack, parents Eysack Bolyu and Jannetje. Thus, both Issac and Jannetje were not their children.]

Peter Bodine had two children by his first wife and one by his second, Margrita. Their names and dates of baptism were Jan, April 30, 1712; David, April 3,1717; Mareytje, Oct 15, 1738 [error: Mareytje was born to Piter Belyu and wife, Margrita.]

Jacob Bodine's wife was named Elizabeth. They had six children,-Viz,, Jan, St. Jantien, Jacob, Catherine, Cornelius, and Antje.

Abraham Bodine married Adriantje Janse, and had nine children, among whom were Catrina, baptized April 14, 1725, and married Lodewyk Haydenbrook; Peter baptized December, 1726 and twice married (first, Mareytje; second, Widow Williamson}; John, baptized Dec. 5, 1730, married Femmetje Vorhees; Abraham and Judick. The last named was born March 17, 1735, and ultimately married John Thompson.

Based upon the foregoing then, the surviving children of Jean Bodin and Maria Crocheron would be those who follow.