In a previous posting (# 305) I named the children of James Bodine.To that list should be added an 8th child, Lydia Bodine, wife of Rev. Jonas Moon.Below are biographical details regarding James Bodine that may clear up some confusion:
JAMES BODINE was born about 1745 probably in Middlesex or Monmouth County, New Jersey.Although there is no direct record of his parentage, he is believed to have been a son of Francis and Abigail Bodine based upon a series of family naming patterns.These include naming children Francis (after his father) and Abigail (after his mother).
James Bodine married his first wife, whose name is unrecorded, about 1765 and came to Loudoun County, Virginia in late 1770 or 1771 in which year he is first identified on tax lists.County court records show his continuous residence in the county until 1791 in which year he is last named on a tax list.During his residency in Loudoun County, he appeared on many occasions before the county court involved in a variety of legal actions ranging from indebtedness to tresspassing and the filing of petitions.In addition, the tax lists show James Bodine in possession of horses and cattle from 1782 on.Land records make no reference to any land ownership on his part and it appears he probably leased whatever land was needed for the support of his family.He first is recorded in the Loudoun County Court Order Books on 11 April 1774 in a suit wherein Joseph Skelton Sr, for Joseph Skelton Jr, sued for a debt against James Bodine (Book F: 351).He is last mentioned on 10 September 1788 in the case of James Bodine assignee of Wm. Smith vs. Archibald Botts (Book L: 14).
In 1791 or 1792, he left Loudoun County and his whereabouts for the next twelve years are not known.James Bodine is recorded on the Loudoun County tax list of 1791, but not in 1792 or later.By 1803 he had settled near the French Broad River in Sevier County, Tennessee where he was later to be joined by his son Francis.(On 24 September 1803 Abigail Bodine was born "on the French Broad River in East Tennessee" according to the biography of her son, James B. Snow, published in Goodspeed'sHistory of Tennessee, 1887.Francis Bodine arrived in 1816 or 1817 based upon tax lists for Fairfax County, Virginia from which location Francis had moved.)
Previous to that date he married his second wife, Sarah Russell, daughter of Daniel and Jemimah Russell of Jefferson County, Tennessee.James and Sarah Bodine lived on a plantation that her father subsequently devised upon her in his will of 14 September 1805 and which land came into her possession at his death the following month (Jefferson County Wills, 1: 261-63).This 29-acre tract was surveyed for James Bodine in 1807 and on 15 June 1810 he received title to it through an occupation land grant from the State of Tennessee, based upon an Act of the General Assembly of 23 November 1809 (East Tennessee Land Grant No. 1506).
On 24 April 1812, Sarah Burdine witnessed a bill of sale from Jemima Rusell to Thomas Welch of a slave woman and her two children (Jefferson County Deeds, 1792-1814, p. 180).
There is no record of what became of James and Sarah Bodine as a result of a fire on 24 March 1856 that completely destroyed the Sevier County courthouse and its contents.Neither James nor Sarah Bodine appears in the 1830 Tennessee census and it is presumed that James Bodine had died long before that time as by this time he would have been in his 80's.
There has been some speculation that the first wife of James Bodine was named Mary.A Mary Bodine appears only one time and that is on the 1791 tax list for Loudoun County.There is no evidence to connect her to James Bodine.She was certainly not his widow as he lived on for many years and is unlikely to have been abandoned by her when he left.She would have lived with her sons and not been taxed separately.