Notes for: Cornelius Bodine

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Jacob and Elizabeth's sixth child was Cornelius. He was baptized on September 29, 1723 at the Raritan Dutch Reformed Church in Somerset County, New Jersey. He first married Mary ______. Her last name may have been Vandeventer since an Isaac Vandeventer was security for Cornelius' estate. (See this document below.)

The idea that Mary's last name could be Vandeventer comes from some unpublished notes by Mary Bodine Piper. (See the Bodine files at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. Look under "John Bodine of Nelson County," page 2.) His second wife was Idah ______. She may have been Mary's sister or a relative. According to information taken from the Internet site "http://freeweb.pdq.net/skirby/VanDeventer.htm", there are a pair of sisters, Mary and Ida Vandeventer, who might fit the bill, but probably not. Their parents were Barent and Geertje/Gertrude Vandeventer. He was born about 1690 and resided in Flatbush on Long Island, New York. His father was Jacobus. Jacobus' father was Jan. Barent also owned land in Middlesex County, New Jersey. (This information can also be found in the 1943 Van Deventer book on page 227.) However, Mary and Ida are listed as having other husbands. It is possible that they could have married Cornelius as a second husband. Mary is listed as having married a William Bennett on November 20, 1758. (This would probably rule her out since Cornelius' first son was born around 1750.) Mary was baptized on April 21, 1737 in New Utrecht. Mary and William have one child listed as born about 1759. Ida is listed as having married Gerret Strycker on June 26, 1756. No children are listed for them and neither is his death date. Ida is listed as having been baptized on November 18, 1734 in New Utrecht, New York. She died on February 7, 1810. So this is probably not Cornelius' wife since she died before 1790.

If Vandeventer is the maiden name of Cornelius' wife, Mary, then it might be more probable that she is the Mary Vandeventer who was the daughter or a relative of the following family:

Couwenhoven, Saartje (Sara)
.....Birth : UNKNOWN Monmouth Co, NJ
.....Death : UNKNOWN

.....Parents:
..........Father: Couwenhoven, Cornelius Willemse
..........Mother: Schenck, Margaretta
..........Family: Marriage: ABT. 1730 in Raritans, NJ

Spouse: VanDeventer, Isaac
.....Birth : 5 SEP 1697 New Utrecht (Flatbush), NY
.....Death : 1775 Loudon Co., VA

.....Parents:
..........Father: VanDeventer, Pieter Jansen
..........Mother: VanDoorn, Mayke (Maria) Christianse

.....Children:
..........VanDeventer, Margaret
..........VanDeventer, Abraham
............Birth : 25 AUG 1733 bp, in Raritan, NJ
............Death : UNKNOWN youth (sup)
..........VanDeventer, Sara
............Birth : 17 AUG 1735 bp, in Raritan, NJ
............Death : UNKNOWN
..........VanDevanter, Peter
..........VanDevanter, Cornelius
..........Vandevanter, Isaac
..........Vandeventer, Jacob
..........Vandeventer, Abraham

Idah continued to be listed on county tax lists from 1788 until 1790, in Cameron Parish. She died before September 13, 1790. This is when letters of administration were issued on Ida's estate. These were issued to Isaac Bodine (Loudoun County Court Orders, Book M, p. 325.)

On June 18, 1754, Cornelius is found settling the estate of his brother's (Jacob Bodine's) two sons. Their names were Jacob and Nicholas. They were made wards of Cornelius. Jacob, Cornelius' brother, had died in Hunterdon County (NJ Archives, Series 1, v. 30, p. 50). In 1758, Cornelius was the administrator of the estate of another of his brothers, John, who also died in Hunterdon County (NJ Archives, Series 1, v. 32, p. 34).

It is believed that he moved to Loudoun County, Virginia around 1769. This is the last year that he appears in Hunterdon County, New Jersey records. He first appears on Cameron Parish (near Fairfax) tithes lists in 1771. This was over 200 miles from his home in New Jersey. Thus he began this line of the Bodines' move west. Cornelius seems to be the first Bodine to leave the New York/New Jersey area to go to Virginia. And from Virginia, his children spread out into Kentucky. (Kentucky at that time was a part of Virginia. It did not become a State until 1792.)

In a query on the Burlington County or Hunterdon County web sites, David J. O'Connor said that the families of Cornelius Slacht, Charles Pullen, Cornelius Bodine, Nicholas Wyckoff, and Cornelius Skinner supposedly moved from Hunterdon County to Loudoun County about 1770. He was looking for more evidence of this.

So far, there is no absolutely clear evidence that the Cornelius of New Jersey is the same Cornelius as the one who moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, but this does seem to be the case. For one thing, his signatures from Hunterdon County, New Jersy documents appear to match a signature by a Cornelius Bodine in Loudoun County, Virginia.

The image below is of Cornelius Bodine's signature. It was made on September 19, 1757 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey when he signed an inventory for his deceased brother, John Bodine.

Signature #1 of Cornelius Bodine


Here is a second signature found on those same documents.

Signature #2 of Cornelius Bodine


And here is a signature by a Cornelius Bodine in Loudoun County, Virginia on September 13, 1779:

Signature #3 of Cornelius Bodine


I believe these signatures match pretty well, especially the second and third ones, and would be good evidence that the Cornelius Bodine who lived in Hunterdon County, New Jersey is the same one who later lived in Loudoun County, Virginia. The signatures are a little different, but the last one would have been written by a very old Cornelius and it does in fact look a little "feeble." Notice the capital C's, the capital B's, and the d's.

In addition, the old papers of Dr. James Morrison Bodine seem to lend testimony to the idea that these two Cornelius's were the same person. See the notes on Cornelius' father, Jacob Bodine, which discuss this tattered piece of paper once belonging to Dr. Bodine.

Cornelius' will was written on September 13, 1779 and proven in Loudoun County, Virginia on August 13, 1781. Here is an image of this will. My sincere appreciation goes to Bettina Allred for sending me this image:

Will of Cornelius Bodine

From his will, it is not clear how many of his children were by Mary and how many were by Idah. But Jacob and Isaac were definitely sons of Mary. Isaac names his mother as Mary, and Jacob was older than Isaac. The other children may have been of Cornelius and Idah. In his will, he mentions all seven of his children. [He names his children in this order: Jacob, Isaac, John, Orrionehe Rightmire, Sarah, Mary, and Elizabeth. He appointed his wife, Idah, and his son, Jacob, as executors (Loudoun County Wills, Book B, pp. 312-313).] Four of his children went to Nelson County, Kentucky around 1795.

The following is a transcription of Cornelius Bodine's will. It and the abstract of his inventory come from "Will Abstracts of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1772-1782," page 98 and 103, by Sam and Ruth Sparacio, 1988:

Loudoun County Will Book B, pages 372-373:

In the name of God Amen. I Curnelius Bodine being sick and weak but in perfect sence and memory doth make this my last will and Testament in the manner and form following. My will and desire is first that my Lawful Debts and Funirell expences be paid.

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Idah Bodine all my Estate real and personal for and during her life and at her discease to be equally divided between my seven children that is to say Jacob Bodine, Isaac Bodine, John Bodine, Orrionehe Rightmire, Sarah Bodine, Mary Bodine, and Elizabeth Bodine and in case any of them should die without heir my will and desire is that he same shall be equally divided between them or either of them aforesaid.

I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Idah Bodine and my Son Jacob Bodine Executors of this my Last will and Testament hereby declaring this to be my only Last Will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Thirteenth day of September one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine.

Cornelius Bodine

Signed and sealed in the presence of John Carter, Morris Carter, John Taylor

At a court held for Loudoun County on the 13th day of August 1781 This Will was proved by the Oath of John Taylor a subscribing Witness and ordered to be recorded and on the Motion of Idah Bodine and Jacob Bodine the Executors therein named who made Oath according to Law Certificate is granted them for obtaining a Probate thereof in due form they giving security. Whereupon they together with Jacob Moore and Isaac Vandeventer their Securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the Penalty of Five hundred pounds Specie conditioned as the Law directs.

Here is a message by Vee3 at aol.com about this will:

I believe this is either a holographic will or very close to it (articles I have read indicate holographic wills were not uncommon in those times). That is, it is the original, written either by Cornelius or in his presence--probably while he was ill and believed to be on his death bed. Ultimately, this is probably moot, because at issue is what is the name (Orrionehe or something else) and other misspellings within the will clearly indicate this name also might be misspelled. Added to the problem is the possible misreading, as suggested by Alice.

Support that it is a holographic will.
1) Handwritten.
2) Three witnesses compared to the normal two witnesses; a frequent requirement for a holographic will is three witnesses.
3) Note the phrase "being sick and weak but in perfect sense and memory." We don't have Cornelius' death date, just that the will was written 9/13/1779 and proved about two years later 8/13/1781. How sick was he? Did he believe
he was on his deathbed?
4) Note the errors where items have been crossed out and also where "Bodine" has been inserted with the caret--this "Bodine" is very similar to Cornelius' signature--others are not as similar.
5) In a comparison of the writing within the will, signatures are limiting when making comparisons. However, there are similarities with the signature of Cornelius, especially in the d's. When I compare with the signature of the
witnesses, I don't believe any of these three wrote the will.
6) Normally, a will remains in the possession of the individual or his family and does not go to a county clerk until after the individual has died. Based on the information from the Will Book, I'd say the will was filed and proved
at the same time--August 13, 1781.

End of message.

Loudoun County Will Book B, page 386:

An Inventory of the Estate of Cornels. Bodine Dec'd...items listed and valued to total 143 pounds 16/6...includes a negro wench Dinah @ 50 pounds, a negroe boy named Abraham @ 50 pounds... pewter, iron pots, canisters, weeden ware, spinning wheel, carpenters tools, livestock, harness, one gun, 2 Bibles, farming implements, a loom, quilt wheel, etc. totalling 143.16.6.

In Obedience to an Order of Loudoun August court We the under Scribers have valued and appraised the above articles in Specie as Witness our hands this 10th day of Novr 1781....William Beavers, Saml. Cox, Michel Schryock

At a Court held for Loudoun County the 12th day of Novr. 1781 This Inventory and appraisement was returned into Court and ordered to be recorded.

- This symbol means the information comes from the Isaac A. Bodine Bible.