FRANCIS BODINE was born 1768, probably in New Jersey.He came to Loudoun County, Virginia with his parents as a child in 1771 and remained there until 1796 when the part of the county in which he lived was added to Fairfax County.Having reached the age of 21 in 1789, he is first recorded separately on county tithe lists, but still in the household of his father. (In 1788, the Loudoun County tithe list places Francis Bodine in the age group 16-20 within the household of his father and in 1789, he is actually named, identified as aged 21 and over.)
On 22 December 1792, the Virginia General Assembly passed an act that required the formation of county militia companies and the enrollment of all able bodied male citizens over the age of eighteen.In compliance, Francis Bodine was enrolled in 1793 in the company commanded by Captain Giles Turley, 1st Battalion, 57th Regiment Virginia Militia, Loudoun County. (Blincoe, Don.Loudoun County, Virginia Militia Journals 1793-1829, Iberian Pub. Co.: Athens, GA, 1993, p. 28.)
From 1796 to 1811, the Fairfax County personal property tax lists report Francis Bodine living in Truro Parish and from 1812 to 1816 in Fairfax Parish.In 1811, the county tax list reports Francis Burdine in possession of 186 acres of land.This is the only instance that land ownership on his part was reported.The General Index to Deeds for the period 1797-1841 records a sale from Francis Bodine to George Monroe (Deeds, CC-2-250), but the actual deed book is lost.The Court Order Minute Books from 1798-1819 record only a Bill of Sale on 16 September 1800 from Francis Bodine to George Monroe and a suit filed by Israel Lacy, heard by the county court on 20 July 1803, directing Francis Bodine to pay.
In 1816 or 1817 he moved his large family to Sevier County, Tennessee, where his father had settled nearly two decades earlier.As a result of the loss of all county records for this time period, nothing is known of his activities in Sevier County.However, state records do show that on 22 December 1824 Francis Bodine was issued a 50 acre Tennessee Land Grant Entry on the waters of Flat Creek in Sevier County, adjoining the land of Joseph Manning, William Maples and Joseph Clark.The land was surveyed 22 Feb 1825 by Daniel Kerr, Surveyor for Sevier County.Wm. Maples and Nathaniel B. Barker were Chain Carriers.A plat of these 50 acres was submitted to the General Assembly of Tennessee under file no. 32-3-1813-6. (Land Entry No. 258, Book 12: 395.) This land came into the possession of his widow upon his death.
Francis Bodine was married first in Loudoun County, Virginia about 1790, to Winnifred ______, who, with her husband, witnessed a deed in Loudoun County on 11 December 1795 (Loudoun County Deeds, W: 219-221).She died before the taking of the 1810 census in Fairfax County, and in 1830/1, in Sevier County, he married his second wife, Anna ______.Anna was born about 1794, survived her husband and was remarried on 6 January 1845 in Sevier County, to William Smith.Smith died in 1866 and Anna is found still living 26 August 1870, alone, under the name Anny Bodine. (The 1850 and 1860 Sevier County censuses show Anna Smith to have been aged 56 and 66 years respectively, establishing a birthdate of about 1794.The 1830 Sevier County census does not show a woman of this age in the household of Francis Bodine.Their daughter, Jane, was aged 18 in 1850, thus born about 1832.Their marriage would have to have taken place after the census in 1830 and presumably before the birth of Jane in 1832.Anna Bodine remarriage was performed by Rev. Lemuel Bogart (1808-1888), an ordained Methodist minister and Justice of the Peace in the Third District of Sevier County and recorded in his account book.The names of the couple were recorded as Wm. Smith and Ann Burdine.William Smith was taxed in Sevier County in 1865, but in 1866 the tax was paid by the "heirs of Wm. Smith."On 16 August 1870, the census taker visited Anny Bodine at her home in District 3 and recorded that she owned personal property valued at $300 and real estate at $115.)
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF FRANCIS BODINE, 1835
In the name of God, Amen.
I Frances Bodine of the County of Sevier and State of Tennessee being weak in body, but of sound mind, blessed be God, knowing that it is appointed once for men to die, do this twelfth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and thirty-five, make this my last Will and testament, and for which I do ordain and appoint my beloved wife Anna Bodine and Andrew Canatzer Executors.And first I Recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body to be decently buried, and for my worldly goods which God has blessed me with:I do give and bequeath devise, as follows-
First I do give unto my beloved Anna Bodine all my original tract of land, house, goods & chattels to have and to hold during her widowhood or natural life, except one Bay mare, after another Season she is to be sold, and the money to go to the Estate.The said land after the decease of the said Anna Bodine is to fall to the two sons Frances & Wesly, and to be equally divided between the above named Boys Frances and Wesly Bodine.
I give and bequeath unto my beloved son James Bodine an Entry of fifty acres of land Joining the old original tract.I do give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Lydia Maples one Dollar.I give to my beloved Daughter Nancy Langly one Dollar.I give to my beloved son Bowling Bodine two Dollars.I give to my beloved Daughter Charlotte Patterson one dollar.I give to my beloved Daughter Viney Maples one dollar.I give unto my beloved son John Bodine one dollar.I give unto my beloved Daughter Hannah Toby one dollar.I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Jane Bodine, one Bed and furniture and one heifer.
As witness hereunto I set my hand and seal date above written.
Frances X Bodine
In presence of Henry Houk, Daniel Layman
I certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the original Will of Frances Bodine Dec'd as Recorded in my Office this 8th June 1836-
I. A. Miller, Clerk
of the County Court of S. C.
The original will was lost in the destruction of the Sevier County courthouse in 1856, but a copy was refiled in the "Case of Calvin Clinton vs. Wm. Smith & others", 25 October 1859, Sevier County Chancery Court.
Children of Francis and Winnifred Bodine were as follows:
1.John Bodine, born about 1792 in Loudoun County, Virginia.He died there 31 January 1854.Married 1815 in Georgetown, Fairfax County, Virginia to Margaret Tillett, who was living 12 April 1855.
2.James Bodine, born about 1793 in Loudoun County, Virginia.He died 15 July 1836 in Marshall County, Alabama.Married 27 January 1815 in Fairfax County, Virginia to Catherine Butler, who died 26 November 1880.
3.Hannah Bodine, born about 1794 in Loudoun County, Virginia.Married to Mr. Toby.
4.Nancy Bodine, born 1795-1800 in Loudoun or Fairfax County, Virginia.She died 13 September 1835.Married 26 December 1815 in Centerville, Fairfax County, to Joel Longley, who died 23 February 1877 in Ringgold, Catoosa County, Georgia.
5.Lydia Bodine, born 1790-1800 in Loudoun or Fairfax County, Virginia; died 1830-1840 in Jackson County, Alabama.Married to William Maples, who, by 1840 had married his second wife, Jane Reynolds.
6.Francis Bodine, born 1800-1810 in Fairfax County, Virginia; died unmarried in 1843, in Sevier County, Tennessee.
7.Bowling Bodine, born 1800-1805 in Fairfax County, Virginia.He appeared before the county court of McMinn County, Tennessee on 9 March 1825 charged with an affray.He plead guilty and paid the ten dollar fine.There is no record of him thereafter and it appears likely he died before 1830, as he is not recorded in the Tennessee census of that year.A $2.00 bequest of his father in his will of 1835, when his other sons all received bequests of land, was certainly made not knowing of the whereabouts of his son, or was intended to preclude his contesting the will if he believed he had been inadvertantly omitted as a beneficiary.
The name Bowling itself, or possibly Bolling or Boling, is not a common first name and appears nowhere else in the family.It would not be improbable to believe that Francis named his son after his wife's family name, Bolling, a very prominent Virginia family, descended from the Indian princess, Pocahontas.
He was probably married in Sevier County, Tennessee about 1824/5.The record of his marriage and thus the name of his wife, and any other mention of him, was lost in the 1856 fire that destroyed the Sevier County courthouse.However, perhaps his wife was the Sarah Bodine, who, in conjunction with Nancy Longley, Bowling's sister, was received on 11 May 1827 by experience at the South Liberty Baptist Church in McMinn County.
8.Winney (Viney) Bodine, born 1800/1810 in Fairfax County, Virginia; died 1829-30.Married May 1823-October 1827 to (George L. ?) Maples.Her father was apparently unaware of her death when he made a bequest to her in his will of 1835.
9.Charlotte Bodine, born about 1810 in Fairfax County, Virginia; died 1843-50, probably in Sevier County, Tennessee.Married 1829-30, in Sevier County to George Patterson,who died 1840-50.
Children of Francis and Anna Bodine were as follows:
10. Jane Bodine, born 1832 in Sevier County, Tennessee; died there 1863-68.Married 5 February 1862 in Sevier County to Jackson L. Naugher.Jackson was born September 1840 in South Carolina, married secondly in 1868 to Malinda Low, and thirdly in 1885 to Mary McFall.
11.Wesley Bodine, born 1834 in Sevier County, Tennessee.His will of 27 May 1858 was filed in Sevier County (Sevier Co. Wills, 1: 50).He was married 1855/6 to Mary J. ______, who was remarried to Calvin Clinton, and died 26 April 1909.
12.Oliver Bodine, born posthumously 1837 in Sevier County, Tennessee.He may have died before 1870.He was married 14 February 1861 in Sevier County to Martha Abbott, who was still living 1910 in Sevier County.