This is the only info that I have been able to find at this time.No, I have not seen the will.As far as I can tell he and my Nancy (nee unknown) Muse did not have any children.She entered her marriage to him with 3 children,her daughter Mary E is my gg grandmother.
Marriage: Jefferson County, Iowa "Bodkins", James and Mews, Nancy Ann
There is a will in the Marion County Iowa court records with a date of 3 Jul 1848 for a James Bodkins.
1847 Marion County, Iowa State census James Botkins 5 people enumerated between John Essex and Moses Long
James is the only Botkins (Bodkins) that I find in any records during this time periord.
"History of Marion County, Iowa by Wright and Young 1915" "1846 Territory or Iowa Marion County" "...petit jury, whereupon the following persons, to wit, ...James Botkin...all good and lawful men, appeared and answered to their names as petit jurors of said court."
1856 Knoxville, Marion, Iowa (State Census) Botkins, Nancy Ann 53 f wd 1yr resided in Iowa 12 yrs b. VA Dotson, William M 23 m married 1 yr resided IA 3 yrs b. IN farmer Mary E 30 f married 1yr resided IA 12 yrs b. OH John W 0 m 0yrs resided in IA b. IA states 12 acres of corn 500 bushels harvested 1/4 acres potatoes 25 bushels harvested 4 hogs sold value 24