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I wondered if he wasn't related to Cornelius C. Bodine and Hannah Fonteyn (Vantine). DAR, v. 51, p. 200 said Abraham Bodine was the son of John Bodine and Lementje Cozine. It listed Abraham's wife as Nellie Van Tyne. His daughter was Louisa Jane Bodine. She married James Adams Kirkpatrick. At LDS, a Marittie Bogart, bap. November 27, 1750 (or April 10, 1745) in Southhampton, Bucks, PA is somehow associated with this family. Her father was Gysbert Bogart and mother Elizabeth Van Nest or Maria Alberson.

I later received the following from Jessica Armstrong:

From: Jessica Armstrong [jess.t.armstrong at]
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Subject: Re: Abraham Bodine, died Oct. 7, 1851

Today being a state holiday, the offices that I need to go to are closed, so I can't get anywhere about Hannah's commitment until tomorrow.

I did look Abraham's will up again and I found this: (he wrote it in 1836)
He owned land, lots 11 and 12 in original town of Scipio, "now called Niles,"
Three sons, Cornelius, John, and Thomas, Cornelius is in Niles, Thomas is in Harden Co, Ohio, and John is...Owasco/Niles?
grandchildren, Elen Foot of Stephen Foot, Jane Tenn... and Henry Tenn..., children of my deceased daughter Anna...",
Sally, wife of James Ameman (?)
Polly, wife of Charles Vantine,
Martina is single...

Nelly is still alive and has consideration when it comes to the sale of the land...

As of 1851 when the will was probated:
All the children are still alive (except Anna of course), Martina is married to a Valentine and lives in Owasco, Sally is in Livingston Co (?), and Thomas is still in Ohio.

The handwriting is really bad...

1850 Niles census has Abraham age 82 (b PA) living with Louisa Jane, 19 (b NY) next to Cornelius and his wife Delilah.



Jessica later sent me the following from surrogate records in Cayuga County, NY:

Abraham was 69 years old when he wrote his will on Nov 29, 1836
To my youngest son Cornelius...
Three grandchildren: Elen Foot, wife of Stephen Foot, Jane T. and Henry T., children of my
deceased daughter Anna
daughter Sally, wife of Thomas Ammerman,
daughter Polly, wife of Charles Vantine
Sons: John, Thomas, Cornelius
When he died in 1851, his next of kin listed as surviving was:
Cornelius of Niles; Martina Valentine of Owasco; Sally of Livingston, Co; Thomas of Harden Co, Ohio;
John B (the petitioner) of Niles; "children of the deceased"
Geroge VanTyne of Niles, Sarah Jane VanTyne, Henry T. of [all of] Owasco, Jane Reed of Skaneateles--
"grandchildren of the deceased"
James Foot of Skaneateles, "great grandchild of the deceased"
He left no widow.
George and Sarah are still minors at this point

The info above sheds a lot of light on this family. There is still some doubt as to this family, but I will go with the information I have for now until something else is proven otherwise.

Here is some more from Jessica:

From: Jessica Armstrong [jess.t.armstrong at]
Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2008
Subject: Thanks!

Thank you for adding my line, as far as you've got it. I did find some new information at the Records office: Surrogate's records. I don't have all my papers with me, but I do have a notebook with some notes...

Abraham Bodine d Oct 7, 1851, Niles
to my youngest son: Cornelius... (I really couldn't read the rest...)
Other sons and daughters are: Sally, Polly, Martina, John Bernard (John B!), and Thomas.
He left no widow.

John B Bodine d Niles March 21, 1859, no widow, no will
Abram Bodine, Sally Ann Brokaw, Olive O. Bodine, Harriet F Covert (Wife of William E)

In 1829, Gilbert B Bodine petitioned the court for Hannah (17), Henry (15), and David (11) to live with Garett Pearsol in Sempronious (Gilbert was their brother).
Abraham Bodine Junior (who was ??? years old at his last birthday in June) went to live with John B (granted guardianship upon Sarah's death). I'm not really sure why this took so long. I'm gonna have to go look at this again, it was in the same file as Gilbert's petition.

I found this is the Historian's office: Olive Ordell Bodine, d Niles June 12 age abt 21. Auburn Daily Advertiser June 16, 1860.

What is also interesting, if you look at the history of the Deveaux/DeVoe family, they too followed the DRC church up from NYC... Elijah DeVoe, the one that married Elizabeth Gonzales, went up to Ulster Co, wrote his dad, Thomas, and Thomas followed... Elijah and Benjamin (Benjamin is my direct ancestor) ended up in Owasco... see my update at

Hope this helps a bit. Thanks again,


Laurel Auchampaugh said that this family was one of ten who left the Conewago area on April 23, 1792 (? - might be April 30, 1793) for New York State. The trip these families made from Conewago to Cayuga County is described in an excellent paper written by John I. Brinkerhoff on December 12, 1882. He was born in the early 1800's and was the son of one those ten early families. He wrote the paper from the stories that he heard many times from his parents and others who participated in the trip. The paper is called "The Early Settlement of Cayuga County." Its reprinting was funded by the Cayuga County Bicentennial Commission and Bicentennial Publications Committee. It was retyped by Laurel Auchampaugh, the Owasco historian.

Abraham (Abram) Bodine, and Peter, his brother are two of the people on a list of those who helped build the Owasco Reformed Church in 1811.

Here is some information I found on the Internet:

Three Rivers
History From America's Most Famous Valleys
The History of Montgomery Classis, R.C.A.
by W.N.P. Dailey,
Recorder Press, Amsterdam, NY 1916
To which is added sketches of Mohawk Valley men and events of early days, the Iroquois, Palatines, Indian Missions, Tryon County, committee of Safety, Sir Wm. Johnson, Joseph Brant, Arendt Van Curler, Gen. Herkimer, Reformed Church in America, Doctrine and Progress, Revolutionary Residences, Etc.

Cayuga county, in which Owasco is situated, was formed in 1790 from the Onondaga military tract, a large land area, purchased of the Indians, and used by the government for paying the land bounties given the soldiers of the Revolution. Simeon De Witt (N. Y. State Surveyor-General) laid out this tract, giving classic names to most of the communities. Cammerhoff in 1730 wrote the name of the place, "Aca'-go." The first settler of the country was Roswell Franklin (1789). In 1792 Capt. John L. Hardenburgh bought six hundred acres of land near Owasco Lake. Col. Hardenburgh settled about three miles from the foot of the lake, his house being where about where the Auburn City Hall now is. Auburn was called "Hardenburgh's Corners" until 1805. Here near Owasco was the settlement of the Alleghans who occupied the land for several centuries before Columbus came, and until the Cayugas conquered them. The place was called Osco or Wasgough (Owasco). The celebrated Indian chief, Logan, was born here. The first of the Hardenburghs had come to America from the Netherlands in 1640. Sir John Hardenburgh was knighted by Queen Anne for gallantry at the decisive battle of Blenheim. Of his six sons (and six daughters) Johanes (1706-1786) lived at Rosendale, N. Y., and was a Colonel in the Ulster Col. Militia for twenty years, a Colonial Assembly member (1743-1750), and also of the first Provincial Congress (1775). The old Hardenburgh house is still standing in Ulster county. His son, Johannes, Jr., was Colonel of the 4th Ulster Regt. during the Revolution. Jacob Rutsen Hardenburgh, a brother, was Queens (now Rutgers) first college president. Leonardus Hardenburgh, son of Sir John Hardenburgh (b1714) had a son, John L., who was a Lieutenant in the 7th Co. N. Y. (1776), Adjutant in 1789, and Captain of Levies in 1782. Ten years later he came into this country where he died April 25, 1806. The first settlers in 1792 were Benjamin and Samuel DePuy and Moses Cortright from Orange County, and Jacob and Roeliff Brinkerhoff from Harrisburgh, Pa. In 1795 the families of Jacob Roeliff and Luke Brinkerhoff, Thomas Johnson, Jacob Loyster, Andrew Johnson, Abraham Bodine, Isaac Parsell, James Dales and Charles Van Tine came from the Conewago Reformed church near Gettysburgh, Pa. These later settlers met at Col. Hardenburgh's home September 23, 1796, organized the Owasco church, and, later (1797) built the first house of worship in Cayuga county. They found here on coming, the families of Adam Tries, Daniel Miller, Elijah Price, and Benjamin DePuy. Later came the Cuykendalls and Gumaers from Orange county (N.J.). Of the first missionaries there were Rev. Daniel Thatcher, and Rev. Asa Hillyer of Orange, N. J., Rev. Matthew Perrine, Rev. James Richards and Rev. Henry Miller, also of New Jersey, these last becoming teachers in Aubury Seminary. The organization took place at the home of Col. John L. Hardenburgh, the founder of the city of Auburn on September 23, 1796. In 1796 Rev. Peter Labagh was sent to the western part of New York with Rev. Jacob Sickles. In Todd's Life of Dr. Labagh the latter is said to have organized Owasco in 1796. In 1797 the first church was erected, at a spot about midway between what are now Owasco and Owasco Outlet. It was built of logs, twenty-five feet by thirty feet,with four windows each eighteen inches square, and slabs for seats. It served the congregation for eighteen years. The first consistory consisted of Elders Jacob Brinckerhoff and Cornelius Van Auken, and Deacons Roeliff Brinckerhoff and Thomas Johnson. Col. Hardenburgh married the same year Martina Brinckerhoff and the names of their two children, John Herring and Maria are on the Owasco register (1798-1800), Rev. Abram Brokaw, pastor. Col. Hardenburgh died in 1806. The consistory at the time of the building of the church consisted of Elders James Brinckerhoff, Thomas Johnson, Cornelius De Witt and Jacob Brinckerhoff, and Deacons Samuel Hornbeck, Abram Selover, Levy Boadly and Isaac Selover.

From Ronny Bodine:

Nellie was the daughter of Charles and Ariantije (Van Nuis) Vantine. She was born 27 June 1768 and baptized 17 Jul 1768 at the New Brunswick DRC, New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey.

Abraham and Nelly Bodine were buried in Selover Cemetery:
BODINE Abraham d Oct 8, 1851 ae 83y 11mo 20da; Nelly, w of Abraham d Mar 18, 1848 ae 79y 8mo 20da; Harriet, dau of Abraham & Nelly d Nov 22, 1813/18 ae 20y 6mo

From New York Federal Census Records:
1850 Niles, Cayuga County: Abraham Bodine 82 PA, Louisa Jane 19 NY. (Immediate neighbor of his son Cornelius C. Bodine.)

From surrogate records of Cayuga County:
Will of Abraham Bodine of 29 Nov 1836 refers to 3 grandchildren: Elen Foot, wife of Stephen Foot, Jane T. and Henry T., children of my deceased daughter Anna; daughter Sally, wife of Thomas Ammerman; daughter Polly, wife of Charles Vantine; sons: John, Thomas, and youngest son Cornelius.

When he died in 1851, his next of kin listed as surviving was: Cornelius of Niles; Martina Valentine of Owasco; Sally of Livingston, Co; Thomas of Harden Co, Ohio; John B (the petitioner) of Niles; "children of the deceased" George VanTyne of Niles, Sarah Jane VanTyne, Henry T. of [all of] Owasco, Jane Reed of Skaneateles-- "grandchildren of the deceased" James Foot of Skaneateles, "great grandchild of the deceased." He left no widow. George and Sarah are still minors at this point.

From Baptismal Records of Conewago Church, York County:
1789, 8 Nov: Antie, daughter of Abraham Bodyn and Naeltie.
1793, 19 May: Arrietta, daughter of Abraham Bodine and Nelly Fonteyn.