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Boddies, Va to NC to SC Posted by: Henry Pitts Date: January 10, 1999 at 19:57:29 of 299
This is Chapter 1 from the unpublished McCarty manuscript dealing with the Boddie line. BODDIES The Boddie line to which the McCartys trace their line of descent is the South Carolina line. It is traced by John Bennett Boddie in his "Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia." In his book Mr. Boddie says the Virginia Boddies probably are descended from William Boddie of Essex, England, who was a captain in the English Navy during the time of Henry VIII, serving there 40 years. He says, however, that this connection has not been proved.1 This William had a son John, who was buried May 22, 1591 in London. His wife was Thomasine Mildmay, who died in 1613. Their son Thomas married his cousin, Mary Mildmay. She was buried July, 1634, and Thomas was buried in 1627, both in Freyering, Essex, England. Their son John and his wife Mary are thought to be the parents of William Boddie of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, ancestor of the Virginia Boddies.2 William Boddie was baptized in 1633 in Essex, England. His will was pro-bated February 25, 1717 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He married, first, Anna, who died about 1683 in Isle of Wight County. He married, second, Elizabeth, about 1684, who died about 1699 in Isle of Wight County. He married, third, Mrs. Mary (Edwards) Griffin about 1700. William Boddie became a Quaker about 1672.3 William owned about 8,000 acres of land in Isle of Wight County, some of which he purchased but most of which was grants for bringing colonists from England to Virginia. On October 20, 1661 he received 550 acres for transporting 11 persons to Virginia. On July 12, 1655, he received 3,350 acres (including the above 550) for transporting 56 other persons. For transporting an additional ________________________________ 1. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia, p. 339 2. Ibid p. 341 3. Ibid p. 345, 347 2. 67 persons to Isle of Wight County on April 26, 1684 he received another 3,350 acres.4 Since the Boddie line married into the Bennett family, the connection between the two families might be clearer if the Bennett line is set down here and now and the Boddie line connection is shown later. Edward Bennett was christened February 2, 1577-78 in Somerset, England, and died before September 20, 1664 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He married Mary Bourne, who was born about 1600 in Middlesex, England. She died after 1635 in Isle of Wight County. Edward founded a successful Puritan colony in Virginia; he transported about 600 immigrants to Virginia; he was a member of the London Company of Virginia; and he was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, May 29, 1628.5 Sylvester Bennett, daughter of Edward, was christened October 25, 1630 in London, England. She died about 1706 in Isle of Wight County. She married Col. Nicholas Hill about 1658 in Isle of Wight County. He was born about 1620 in England. He was a member of the House of Burgesses 1659-1666. His will was probated October 20, 1675 in Isle of Wight County.6 Elizabeth Hill, daughter of Sylvester Bennett and Col. Nicholas Hill, was born about 1670 in Isle of Wight County. She married William Thomas before 1692 in Isle of Wight County and died after 1702 in Isle of Wight County. He was born about 1660 in Isle of Wight County and died about 1710 in Isle of Wight County.7 Elizabeth Thomas, daughter of Elizabeth Hill, married John Boddie, a son of William Boddie, the first Boddie to settle in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. She was born in 1692 in Isle of Wight County and died about 1752 in Bertie precinct, ________________________________ 4. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia, pp. 342-343 5. Ibid pp 14, 34, 38, 41 6. Ibid pp 276-78 7. Ibid pp 255-57
Wrote his will 17 December 1712, wp 25 Feb. 1717, Isle of Wight co., VA. [He was probably about 85 years old when he died. At this time he had been nearly sixty years in Virginia.] "In the Name of God Amen: I, William Boddie, of the Isle of Wight county, being sick and weak of body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, do make this my last Will and Testament in the manner and form following, that is to say, first and principally, I give and bequeath my soul into ye hands of Almighty God my Mker and Redeemer Christ Jesus, hoping through His merits, death and passion, to have full pardon and remission for all my sins, and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at ye discretion of my Executor, hereafter named, and as for my worldly estate, which it hath pleased God to lend me in this world, I give and dispose of as followeth, after myd ebts and legacies are paid. I give and bequeath to my grandson, William Brown, one shilling. I give and bequeath unto my grandson, Thomas Brown, one shilling, and also I do give and bequeath unto all their sisters, my grand-daughters, one shilling apiece. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Elizabeth Matthew, ten thousand pounds of good tobacco, as also one feather bed and bolster, one rugg, one pair of blanketts or sheets. I give and bequeath unto my living son, John Boddie, all my lands, houses, orchards, and plantations, with their appurtenances to him and his heirs forever, excepting my now wife, Mary, her third during her natural life, but in case my son, John should die without issue, without disposing of the old land by will or otherwise, then I give the old land to my daughter, Elizabeth Matthews and her heirs forever. I give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife, Mary, one-third part of my personal estate to be delivered to her in specie and as for ye other two-thirds, I give and devise the same to my loving son, John Boddie, whom I do appoint whole and sole executor of this my last Will and Testament, herby revoking all former Wills by me made. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set me hand and seal this 17th day of December 1712." Signed, sealed and published and delivered in presence of John Jones, Joseph Chapman, H. Leghtforth, 1712. At a Court held for the isle of Wight county, ye 25th of February 1717. The last Will and Testament of W. Boddie, was presented in Court by the Executor, who made oath thereto, and being proved in court by ye oaths of H. Lightfoot and Joseph Chapman, two of the witnesses, is admitted to record. SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ISLE OF WIGHT, Boddie, p. 352.
Buried 23 Feb 1717 at Isle of Wight, VA.
Religious Affiliation:Quaker, abt. 1672 (for ten years)
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Children of John William Boddie and Elizabeth Bennet are:
+John Boddie, b. 1685, England, d. March 1719/20, Virginia.