Notes for: Samuel Bodine

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This Samuel Bodine was supposedly born on July 8, 1787 in Rockingham Co., VA. Back in 1971, a researcher in Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., VA looked for proof of Samuel's birth in that county's records and in the "Chalkleys Records" of Augusta County, but the researcher could find no proof of the birth. She said there are no birth records before 1862 except the few available from church records. This comes from correspondence between Miss Elizabeth D. Madill of Monogahela, PA and the researcher, Mrs. Marguerite B. Priode. Miss Madill said that Samuel was born in "Rockingham Co., east of the mountains."

In her correspondence in the files at the Rockingham County Heritage Center in Dayton, VA, Miss Madill said that John is buried in the Bodine-Boydston Cemetery on Samuel's first farm in Wayne Co., OH. Samuel was buried there, too. Miss Madill said that John, Sr. was born in New Jersey. He fought as a private in the American Revoution with the Eastern Pennsylvania forces. She says that according to a family sketch that recently came to her, John had six children by his first wife, who then died as well as all of those six children. He then married Nancy Fedrow (nee Wood). Nancy was a widow who had six children of her own and then had six more children by John. She says John lived only a short time in Virginia and then moved to West Virginia. From there, in about 1800, he settled in Greene Co., Whitely Twp., PA where he bought a farm. In 1824, his son Samuel took him to Wayne Co., OH. He died there in 1836.

When I looked at the marrriage abstracts in Rockingham Co., VA, one says John married a Nancy Lirow in --, --, 1789. She was a widow. Bond was put up by Henry Ewin. It also says John married a Nancy Fulerton in --, --, 1789. She was the widow of Reuben Fulerton (source: VA Historic Marriage Register, Rockingham Co. Marriages 1778-1850). Another book of abstracts called Marriages in Rockingham Co., VA, 1778-1816, says John Bodine married Nancy "Lirow? wd. (See Fulerton)." Bond was Henry Ewin. From the looks of it, Nancy's last name must have been hard to read in these records. The researcher, Mrs. Priode, must have found a clearer record where it gave Nancy's last name as Fedrow and her maiden name as Wood.

Samuel H. Bodine, this Samuel's son, listed his father as born in Pennsylvania and his mother as born in New York in the 1880 Census of Sharon, Medina Co., OH. Since the birth place of this Samuel was in an area that was part of both Virginia and Pennsylvania, it is understandable that Samuel H. Bodine, his son, would have said his father was born in Pennsylvania. However, I'm not sure why he said his mother was born in New York.

The following info was sent to me. It came from "http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Hardin/HarLiberty.htm". It gives the birth place of this Samuel Bodine. I have underlined the important passage.

From the History of Hardin County Ohio. I think this may be on pages 990 and 991 concerning Liberty Township.

REV. A. C. BARNES, A. M., was born in Summit County, Ohio, September 9, 1835. His father, Denison Barnes, was born in Hampden Co., Mass., September 6, 1801, and with his parents emigrated to Ohio in the spring of 1815 stopping one year in Trumbull County, and the 1st day of April, the following year, found them putting up their log-cabin on the ground in Summit County, Newton Township, which has now been the home of father and son for sixty-seven years. The parentage still further back on the paternal side were born of the sturdiest New England stock, and can be traced, in earlier times, to a, descent from a; united English, Welsh, and Irish origin. His grandfather, on the maternal side, Samuel Bodine, was born in Rockingham County, Va., and his ancestry on both sides is traced from New Jersey and Maryland to Holland and Germany. Samuel Bodine, having settled with his little family on the State line between Pennsylvania and Virginia, in 1817, moved to Wayne County, Ohio, in which county he lived until he died at the age of eighty-four years. Grandfather Barnes died at the age of eighty seven years. Nearly all of the ancestry on both sides raised large families and were, almost without exception, possessed of great tenacity of life. Many of them reaching eighty, ninety, and the maternal great-grandmother one hundred and one years. The childhood of our sketch was passed on the farm, going to the district school in winter, with hard work on the farm all the rest of the year. Commenced his college course at Baldwin University, Berea Ohio, at the age of sixteen, and often teaching alternate years, and working at home during the intervals, graduated in the classical course at the age of twenty-three. All his ancestry, so far as we have knowledge, embraced the Arminian form of theology, and were stanch members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The subject of this sketch was happily converted to God while at the University, at seventeen years of age, under the labors of Rev. Liberty Prentice. From a child, his thoughts had been turned toward the Christian ministry; but as he grew to manhood he conceived a great aversion to being led out in that direction. After his graduation, to escape the call to the ministry, he spent two years in the South and West, teaching and circulating books, in which, financially, he was very successful, but all the while harassed by the conviction that he ought to preach. At last, yielding to what he felt to he the order of Providence, he entered the traveling of Methodist Episcopal Church at the session of the Central Ohio Annual Conference, held in Kenton September, 1861. He was married, March 16, 1861, to Miss Harriet P. Gee. of Geauga County. Ohio, with whom he had studied side by side in the University, both graduating in the same class. On February 1866, while stationed at Wapakoneta, she joyfully passed to the land of eternal light and song, leaving her husband with two babies, one three years, and the other three weeks old. About one year after, he was married to Miss Jane E. Thrift, of Kalida, Ohio. During his pastorate, he has served four charges one year each, four charges two years each, and three charges three years each, coming to Ada and entering upon the pastorate here last September. The conference year thus far has been quite prosperous, sixty having been already received into the church, twenty-seven being heads of families.

So, according to the article above, Samuel Bodine was born in Rockingham County, Virginia. The Fox Genealogy book says he was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania. The 1850 and 1860 Censuses of Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio say he was born in Virginia. Greene County was a disputed area between Virginia and Pennsylvania; so he could have been born in Greene County when it was actually a part of Virginia. The evidence based on primary sources seems to show he was born somewhere in Virginia. The article above would pinpoint that area to Rockingham County. For now, anyway, that seems to be where he was born.

The 1850 Census of Wayne County, Ohio (Samuel Bodine) also gives Mary's birth place as Maryland.

Here is some census info that Joan Best sent me.

1810 Census: Greene Co., Whiteley Twp.
Sam'l Bordoyn: 1m, 2f under 10; 1f 10-16; 1m, 1f 16-26 (born abt. 1784-1794)
Note: This census does not match the info we have on Samuel exactly. The dates for the man and woman are okay. Nancy would have been under 10 and Sarah would have been the female 10-16. However, they should not have had a male under 10 (Joseph was about 12) nor another female between 10-16. We could say that the female under 10 later died, but it's hard to believe, though it is possible, that they got Joseph's age mixed up. There is enough margin for error here, though, to lead me to believe that this census entry is for this Samuel Bodine.

And here is some more 1810 Census info from near Greene County, PA.

1810 (Fayette Co., PA - just east of Greene Co.)
Samuel Boden, Minallin Twp.: 1m, 3f under 10; 1f 26-45; 1m 45+ (born before abt. 1765).
Note: I'm not sure who this Samuel "Bodine" would be. The info almost matches this Samuel Bodine, but he was no where near 45 in 1810. There is also an additional female under 10 years of age. All the other info matches. Is he this Samuel's uncle or did the census taker make a mistake in giving Samuel's age?

1820: Wayne Co., East Union Twp., OH
Samuel Bodine: 1m, 4 f under 10; 1 m 10-16; 1 m, 1f 26-45 (born abt. 1775-1794).
Note: This census accounts for all his children except for Sarah. I believe this entry is for this Samuel Bodine.

1830: Wayne Co., East Union Twp., OH
Samuel Bodine - Wayne Co. East Union Twp
1m under 5; 1m 1f 5-10; 1m 2f 10-15; 1 f 15-20; 3 f 20-30; 1m 1f 40-50 (born abt. 1780-1790).
Note: This census accounts for his children except for Joseph. He had married by 1825 and must have moved away. I'm sure this entry is for this Samuel Bodine.

His father could be the John Bodine born in 1741 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. This is what I had earlier from some information passed on to me, but it seems to have a lot of uncertainties.

Dianna Alaniz said, "I have census records for Samuel from 1820 to 1860. The 1850 one says he was born in VA, wife Mary was born in Maryland, Jane born in PA and Levina born in VA. Doesn't sound feasible for the two children so the census taker may have it wrong. In the 1860 Census, it was just Samuel and Lovina with Samuel being born in VA and also Lovina. Lovina never married after her father died."

Greene County, Pennsylvania was an area disputed by both Virginia and Pennsylvania at one time. So Samuel could have been born in Greene County while it was actually considered a part of Virginia. That part of Virginia did not become West Virginia until around the Civil War.

Samuel's grandson, Allen, married a Rathbun. The Rathbuns were from Cayuga County, New York. This is stated in History of Wayne County, Ohio.

The birth dates for his children come from an article in "Pioneer Heritage," v. 5, issue 2 (winter 1968), p. 134. This is a transcript of some pages taken from a Bible that Samuel Bodine once owned. In 1968, it was in the possession of a Mrs. Arthur Brown. It gave his birth and death dates; his wife Mary Fox Bodine and her birth and death; her father and his birth place as well as the fact that he was a soldier in the Revolution; and it also listed all eleven of his children and their birth dates. Brett M. Bodine made this valuable find.

Dianna Alaniz said that in the Bible records, there is no mention of a first wife as the mother of Joseph. It just shows all the children. It does seem like there would have been some record of a marriage in this Bible as long as Joseph was included.

One information source says that Joseph Bodine's mother's name was Martha _________ and that she was born abt 1755. This was based on the 1830 US Federal Census on Baughman Township in Wayne County, Ohio. There must be a mistake with this somewhere. Maybe 1755 is really 1785. Neither do I see how the 1830 Census would have anything about Joseph's mother if she was already dead in 1815.

T. A. Bodine says that a Mrs. Sole states in her family records that Samuel Bodine was born in 1787 in Greene County, Pennsylvania. However, he feels this would be incorrect since John Bodine is still located in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. It would have been very difficult for a pregnant woman to make such a hazardous journey in 1787.

Dianna Alaniz wrote: In 1820, Samuel was in East Union Twp, Wayne Co, OH age 26-44 with 1 son under 10, 1 son 10-16, 4 daughters under 10, 1 dau 10-16 and one female 26-44. In 1830, he was still in East Union with: 1 male 0-4, 1 male 5-9, 1 male 10-14, 1 male 40-49, 1 female 5-9, 2 females 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 3 females 20-29 and 1 female 40-49. In 1840, still in Wayne Co, OH, with 1 male 10-14, 1 male 15-19, 1 male 50-59, 1 female 15-19, 4 females 20-29, 1 female 40-49. In 1850, They were living in Wooster, Wayne Co, OH. Samuel was age 63, b. VA and Mary was 64, b. Md. Jane age 29, PA and Levina age 25, PA were still at home. In 1860, Samuel was in East half of Wooster, Wayne Co, OH at age 72, born in VA with daughter Lovina age 30, born VA who had land valued at $1500 and property at $300.

The book on the Fox family says that Samuel bought at least 140 acres of land in Wayne County, Ohio. In 1830, he purchased 120 acres in the SE/4 of Sec. 3 of East Union Township. That cost $240. On December 21, 1838, he bought another 20 acres of land from the SE/4 of Sec. 3 at a cost of $280.

The "History of Wayne County, Ohio," by Ben Douglas, published in 1878 mentions Samuel Bodine on page 616. He was in East Union Township. Methodist services were sometimes held in his home (as well as other homes) until the Ebenezer Methodist church was built.

The following comes from the Orrville Courier crescent, Orville, Ohio, March, 1905:

There is a little cemetery in East Union Township, about 3/4 mile north of Milbourn School. Here was erected about 1822 or 1823, probably the first church in this section a Methodist Church as all these settlers the Boydstones, Bodines, Thomases being Methodist, of hewed logs. In this little graveyard are some old stones.

Bodine Sr., d. Dec. 24, 1836 95 yrs (he would have been born in 1741)

Samuel Bodine. d. Apr. 30, 1872 84 yrs 9 mo 23 da

George Boydstone. d. Nov. 18, 1825 88 yrs (he would have been born in 1737

In the book History of Wayne County, Ohio (p. 823?), it says that the Boydstones (or Boydstons) came to Wayne County from Greene County, Pennsylvania. That would be the same area that the Bodines had come from.

In the cemetery inscription book there is an explanation that accompanies the cemetery listing in which a DAR regent searched for the cemetery to place a Revolutionary War marker on the grave of ____ Bodine in 1972 (info from Dianna Alaniz).

J. Berdine said that he found some Bodines married to Fox's from Greene County, Pennsylvania. He also thinks Samuel Bodine is a Berdine. The Fox woman he married is related to the Berdines. She is the daughter of Joseph Fox, all out of Greene County. A Charles Fox has done a fine job on the Fox family and there are lots of Bodines, Burdines, and Berdines in it. The Bodines moved to Smithville in Wayne County, Ohio. Charles Fox, in his book, says that Samuel and Mary left Greene County in 1815 and moved to Wayne County, Ohio, arriving there on August 10, 1815. This information is reported under "Smithville News" in the Wayne County Republican newspaper of August 7, 1896.

From: oto at comporium.net
Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2008
Subject: additional info on Samuel Bodine (b1787) and daughter Lovina

My paternal great grandmother was Myrtle Carpenter Shook. Her maternal great grandparents were Samuel Bodine and Mary Fox. She wrote an "autobiography" and I though you might be interested in what she wrote about the Bodines. It's nothing earth shaking, but it tells a little more about their lives. The section is below. Hope you enjoy it.

Bonna Shook

"Smithville was not entirely new to us, for as I have said, we spent the first two months of our married life here, however, the old school had been done away with. Far back of this, my Great grandfather, Samuel Bodine, had come as a very young man from Connecticut to the wilderness east of town, where he made a clearing and built a log cabin. His wife with her baby in her arms rode horseback all the way. She came with a company of friends till there stopping place left her to follow the blazed trail through the forest to her new home in the clearing. Great grandfather was a blacksmith by trade, and great grandmother blew the bellows while he forged the metal. They made their own knives and forks. The handles were horn. They worked very hard. Finally they built a large frame house. They had eleven children. The were pioneer Methodists. Their home was the preaching place of the early Methodist preacher, as well as his lodging and boarding place, whenever he happened to be in that section. Was it always smooth sailing for this pioneer couple? I should say not. At one time when they had built a new barn and had it filled with grain and hay for the winter, when it burned to the ground, so they had to begin all over again. The prospered, so they were the first family in that section to own a carriage or a set of china dishes. I remember of hearing my grandmother tell of the wonderful meetings held around that family altar with neighbors and friends. In time they retired and moved to Wooster, where Great grandmother died. Then Great grand father and his spinster daughter, Lovina, came back to Smithville. After his death, she being by herself, was thought to be rather queer, which the following circumstance will prove. She, as long as she was able, was to be found in her accustomed place at church. One time when there was a new preacher, a young man, who wished to be very nice to everyone, said to her as he was shaking hands with her, "And how are you, Mother?" As quick as a flash she replied, "I ain't nobody's mother." She also seemed to have a fear that someone would enter her house, so she piled tables and chairs against the door as soon as it began to get dark, so that even if nieces came to see her it was with difficulty that they made themselves known and gained admittance. This was my background in Smithville."

***End of info.

Following is Samuel Bodine's will. In November of 1999, Dianna Alaniz uncovered this in the Wayne County, Ohio Will Records 1871-1875, p. 92.

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Will of
Samuel Bodine - page 1

The Last Will and Testament of Samuel Bodine deceased At the Probate Court within and for the County of Wayne and State of Ohio On the 25th day of June A.D. 1872 By and before John K. McBride judge of said Court and at the Probate Offices ___ in said County the following proceedings were had to wit:

{Journal E 361 J.P. 5_ Will of Samuel Bodine Deceased} The Last Will and Testament of Samuel Bodine deceased was this day produced in open Court and admitted to Probate. Thereupon came William Parsons one of the subscribing witnesses to said Will who in open Court on oath testified to the due execution of said Will and if appeasing to the Court that H. C. Johnson the other witness to said Will has removed from the County of Wayne and State of Ohio. Thereupon came S. R. Bonewitz and filed his affidavit that he is well acquainted with the handwriting of said H. C. Johnson and that he was present and saw said H. C. Johnson sign his name as such witness and that his signature as such witness is the genuine signature of said H. C. Johnson. Thereupon the testimony of said witness having been reduced to writing and by said Witnesses severally subscribed and filed with said Will and the Court being satisfied from said testimony that said Will was duly executed and ___ ___ and that at the time of executing the same the said Testater was of full age of sound mind and memory and not under any restraint. Whereupon it is ordered by the Court that said Will and testimony be recorded and that ___ Testamentary issue to James Bodine the Executor named in said Will and it is further ordered that he enter into Bvond with ___ Stutzman, J. M. Flickinger, J. _ Paul and E. H. Gilbert as sureties in the final sum of _____ and dollars and ____ ___ according to law. Thereupon came said James S. Bodine and ___ his Bond which is hereby approved. it is further ordered that John Zimmerman, John Bowman and John Willaman ___ they are hereby appointed appraisers of the ____ estate of said Testator.

John K. McBride, Probate Judge

The Last Will and Testament of Samuel Bodine deceased and the proof thereto attached are in the records and figures following to wit:

I Samuel Bodine in the County of Wayne of the State of Ohio being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following: That is to say

First I give and bequeath my farm in East Union Township to my seven children below named share and share alike to each of them and their heirs to wit, To my sons John Bodine, James Bodine and Samuel H. Bodine and my daughters Sarah Davis, Nancy Freeman, Eliza Stirk and Elizabeth Ancberger.

Second I give and bequeath to my daughter Lovina Bodine, all the household furniture now in my possession which she may desire to retain to her own use.

Third To my grandson Elmore Farr(?) son of my daughter Mary I give and bequeath one hundred dollars to be paid when he comes of age together with the interest thereon after my decease and also the proceeds of a note which I now hold against his father together with the interest accruing thereon.

Fourth To the heirs of my son Joseph Bodine deceased I give one hundred dollars payable after my death.

Fifth It is my will that my personal property undisposed of at my death be sold at public or private

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Will of
Samuel Bodine - page 2

sale at the option of my Executor and together with the money and notes which I may have at my death when all shall have been reduced to money that the same be divided equally among my seven children first above named or the heirs of their bodies the expenses incurred for my funeral having first been defrayed.

It is also my will that my Son Samuel H. Bodine have as his own and for himself and his heirs whatever of personal property I left at the farm on any morning to town (?) and which may now remain in his possession.

I do make and constitute that my son James Bodine the Executor of this my last will and Testament to carry out and execute any above expressed wishes.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 31st day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight.

Samuel Bodine

Signed sealed published and pronounced by the said Samuel Bodine as his last will and testament have hereunto subscribed our names. William Parsons (Int Rev H. C. Johnson Witnesses Stamp 2__)

The State of Ohio Wayne County ss

Personally appeared in open Court William Parsons one of the subscribing witness to the Last Will and Testament of Samuel Bodine deceased who being duly sworn according to law deposes and says that he was personally present and saw the said Samuel Bodine subscribe said Will and heard him publish and declare the same to be his Last will and Testament that the said Testate at the time of executing the same was of full age and of sound mind and memory and not under any restraint and that they subscribed said Will in his presence as Witness and at his request

William Parsons

Sworn to and subscribed before me in open Court this 25th day of May A.D. 1872

John K. McBride Probate Judge

The State of Ohio Wayne County ss

This day came S. R. Bonewitz was duly sworn says that he is well acquainted with the hand writing of Henry C. Johnson Whose name is signed as a Witness to the Will of Samuel Bodine that he saw the said Johnson subscribe his name to said Will that the same was done in Affiants Office in the City of Wooster on the 31 day of August A.D. 1858 that the said H. C. Johnson is now deceased.

S. R. Bonewitz

Sworn before me this 25th day of May 1872

John K. McBride, Probate Judge