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William Boddie

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Ingatestone, Essex, England
Death: December 17, 1712 (79)
Isle of Wight County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Isle of Wright, Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Boddie and Mary Boddie
Husband of Anna Boddie; Elizabeth Boddie and Mary Boddie
Father of Mary Browne; William Boddie; Elizabeth Mathews and John Boddie
Brother of Mary Dixon; Christian Boddie; Elizabeth Boddie; Margaret Boddie and May Boddie

Occupation: merchant mariner, tobacco planter, land speculator, Farmer
Managed by: Noah Tutak
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About William Boddie

  1. Note: The Parentage of William Boddie is not definitely proven, he is probbly the son of John and Mary Boddie of Longon and Ingatestone, Essex.
  2. Note: Emigrated with his first wife, Anne and his daughter Mary. (HISTORICAL SOUTHERN FAMILIES, VOL. 1, John Bennette Boddie, p. 340.) to Isle of Wight, Va in 1661. This wife, Annie (or Ana) appears as the joint signer of his deed up to about 1683, and she probably died about that time.
  3. Note: He reveived a grant of 6,700 acres of land in Isle of Wight, Va for taking with his 67 servants. Eventually owned about 8,000 acres of land in Isle of Wight county--some of it he purchased, most of it was granted for bringing colonist from England to Virginia.
  4. Note: SEVENTEETH CENTURY ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, VA,. p. 339,341,345,347.
  5. Note: Became a Quaker about 1672-73.
  6. Note: He resided in Cypress Creek District in Isle of Wight near the Nansemond County line. This was across the line from Chuckatuck in Nansemond County where the Quakers held their meetings.
  7. Note: He married his second wife Elizabeth about 1683, and since that marriage was outside the Quaker order, he seems to have changed his wording of legal documents from the Quaker style about that time.
  8. Note: He was one of the largest speculators in land in Virginia at that time, and besides dealing in land was in the business of dealing with servants. "These servants sometimes came over in strictly immigrant vessels in which they made the chief if not the only cargo. They were indetured from 5-7 years and were used in clearing land and planting tobacco." SEVENTEETH CENTRY ISLE OF WIGHT,Boddie, p. 350.
  9. Note: Wrote in his will 17 December, 1712, wp 25 Feb. 1717 Isle of Wight, VA. (He was probably about 85 years old when he died. At this time he had been nearly sixty years in Va.) "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 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 Almight God my Maker and Redeemer Christ Jesus, hoping throught 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, fand for my wordly estaqte, which it hath pleased God to lend me in this world, I give and dispose of as followeth, after, my debts and legacies are paid.
  10. Note: 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 granddaughters, one shilling a piece. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Elizabeth Matthew, ten thousand pounds of good tobacco, as also one feather bed and bolster, one rug, one pair of blankets or sheets.I give and bequeath unto my living son, Joh 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 cases my sone, Johns 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.
  11. Note:I give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife, Mary, one-third part of my personal estate to be delievered to her in specific 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, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
  12. Note: In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set me hand and seal this 17th day of December 1712."
  13. Note: At a court for the Isle of Wight county ye 25th of Feb. 1717.
  14. Note: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. SEVENTEETH CENTURY ISLE OF WIGHT, Boddie, p. 352.
  15. Note: Buried FEb. 23, 1717 at Isle of Wight, Va.
  16. Note: This is Chapter 1 from the unpublished McCartu Manuscript dealing with the Boddie line.
  17. Note: BODDIES
  18. Note: The Boddie line to which the Mccarty's trace their line of descent is the South Carolina Line. It is traced by John Bennett Boddie in his "SEVENTEETH CENTURY ISLE OF WIGHT, VA." 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 Longdon. 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, VA, ancestors of the Virginia Boddies.2.
  19. Note: William Boddie was baptized in 1633 in Essex, England. His will was probated Feb. 25, 1717 in Isle of Wight, Va.
  20. Note: He married first (Anna or Annie) who died about 1683 in Isle of Wight County. He married, second, Elizabeth about 1681, who died about 1699 in Isle of Wight, VA. He married third, Mrs Mary (Edwards) Griffin about 1700. William Boddie became a Quaker about 1672-73 he purchased land but most of which was granted for bringing colonists from England to Virginia. On 10-20-1661 he received 550 acres for transporting 11 persons to Virginia. On July 12, 1655, he reveiced 3,350 acres (including the above 550 for transporting 56 other persons, For transporting an additional 67 persons to Isle of Wight Va on 4-26-1684 he received another 3,350 acres.4
  21. Note: Since the Boddie line married into the Bennett line is set down here and now and the Boddie line is shown later. Edward Bennett was christened 2-2-1577-78 in Somerset, England, and died before 9-20-1664 in Isle of Wight, Va. He married Mary Bourne, who was born about 1600 in Middlesex, England. She died after 1635 in Isle of Wight, Va. Edward founded a successfully Puritan colony in Virginia. He transported about 600 immigrants to Virginia. He was a member of the LondonbCompany of Virginia; and he was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, May 29, 1628.5.
  22. Note: Sylvester Bennett, daughter of Edward Bennett, was christened 10-25-1630 in London, England. She died about 1706 in Isle of Wight, Va. She married Col. Nicholas Hill about 1658 in Isle of Wight, Va. He was born about 1620 in England. He was a member of the House of Burgesses 1659-1666. His will was probated 10-20-1675 in Isle of Wight, Va.6.
  23. Note: Elizabeth Hill, daughter of Sylvester Bennett and Col. Nicholas Hill was born about 1670 in Isle of Wight, Va. and died about 1702 in Isle of Wight, Va. She married William Thomas before 1692 in Isle of Wight, Va and died about 1710 in Isle of Wight, Va.7.
  24. Note: Elizabeth Thomas daughter of Elizabeth Hill, married John Boddie, a son of William Boddie, the first Boddie to settle in Isle of Wight, Va. She was born 1692 in Isle of Wight, Va and died about 1752 in Bertie Precinct.NC
  26. Note: 5.IBI PP. 14,34,38,41
  27. Note: 6. IBID pp. 276-78
  28. Note: 7. IBID pp. 255-57
  29. Note: 3. North Carolina. He was born about 1685 Isle of Wight, Va and died March 1720. He married in Isle of Wight, Va about 1708.
  30. Note: On December 7, 1734 Williams, son, John Boddie, Jr, married Elizabeth Jeffrey in Bertie County, NC. He was born between 1710-1715 in Isle of Wight County, VA and died after October 6, 1777 in Granville NC or Edgefield County, SC.9 Their son John Boddie III, a Revoluntionary soldier, was born before 1750 and died between the census of 1790 and 1800 in Granville County, NC and Edgefield County, SC. 10. He married Hannah before 1770 in Granville, NC. Hannah was born about 1745 and died after 1830, probably. She maintained a home until 1810 but she does not appear in the 1820 census. However, her son, Nathan Boddie, in the 1830 census has in his household one female between the ages 80-90. This no double is his mother Hannah. Nathan himself is between ages 60 and 70, and his second wife Elizabeth is between ages 20 and 30.
  31. Note: John Boddie III was a soldier in the company of his uncle, Captain Osborne Jeffreys, in the North Carolina Militia for Granville County in 1771. )North Carolina Col. Rec. Vol 22. Page 161.) He was also a soldier on file in the Historical Mission at Raleigh show that he received 40 pounds as a soldier of the North and South Carolina Militia. (Book C, P. 147, # 5049. See also Vol. 1. Folio 44, p.44.) 10. Nathan Boddie probably the oldest son of John Boddie III and Hannah, was born between 1760 and 1770, as his age is given in the 1830 census as between 60-70 years old. He died Nov. 8, 1841. He married between 1790 and 1800, probably about 1792. He appears alone in 1790 census, but in the 1800 census he has a family consisting of two boys and two girls under ten years of age and a wife between ages. Allen Boddie was evidently Hannah's second son, as he was probably born about 1774. The 1800 census shows that he between the ages of 16-26. This census also shows that he has three girls and two bos under ten years of age.
  32. Note: Allen died about 1826, as administration papers were taken for his estate in that year. He married Elizabeth, who had married Elisha Jones before the estate was settled in 1832.11 Phillip McCarty, husband of Allen's sister Mahala, who was guardian of his children.
  33. Note: Joshua Boddie died during or after 1830, as he appears in that census as being between the ages of 50-60. He was therefore, born about 176. His estate was settled in 1839 when his heirs named were his widow and 15 children. John Boddie married Sallie Mitchell in 1802, daughter of John Mitchell. She was born in 1780.12 He was born about 1778 and died before 1820. They had eight children. He had been married before he married Sallie and had one child.
  34. Note: Obediah Bodie was born in SC in 1786 and died in 1864, His first wife Margaret Durham. His second, Jane, was born in 1804. Obediah had 13 children. He lost three sons in the Confederate service.
  35. Note: 13. The other son and two daughters of Hannah and John BoddieIII have not been traced. One girl born about 1780 and the other boy was born about 1790.
  36. Note: Nathan Boddie and his first wife, name unknown, had eight children: David, Mahala, Wesley, Hannah, Nathan Jr., Mary, Joseph, Rhonda. The four born before 1800 were David,1793, Mahala, 1795, Wesley, 1797, and Hannah, 1799 or 1800. Mahala was 16-26 in 1820 and between 30-40 in 1830. Therefore she sould not have been born after 1800 or before 1794. Hannah was between ages 20-30 in 1830. That would place her birth about 1799 or 1800. Wesley's birth is know to be 1797, That would place the birth of David, the other boy before 1800, at about 1793.
  37. Note: David Boddie married Elizabeth Mitchell, daughter of John Mitchell. David died about 1823, as administration papers were taken out on his estate October 20, 1823. Wesley Boddie was born in SC in 1797. He married Hannah
  38. Note: Smith, they had six children. They lived in Batesburg, SC.
  39. Note: Hannah Boddie, was born 1800 in SC. She married Thomas Bartley. and the 1830 census shows that they had three bous and one girl. Nathan Boddie Jr., born in 1804 and died in 1873. He married, first, Edna Edison, second, Elizabeth Warren, third, Nancy Warren, twin to Elizabeth. He had a large family. Mary Boddie, was born about 1806 in SC. She married Alexander Gregory and the 1830 census shows them with three children. Mary died between 1841 and 1843. In 1841 she signed court petetion concering her father's estate, but in the settlement of the estate in 1843 Alexander is named "guardian of his minor children." Joseph Boddie was born in SC about 1808. Whether he is married is unknown. Rhonda Boddie married Lewis Herlong. She was born about 1812. The 1830 census shows that they have four children and that she is between 15-20 years old.
  40. Note: 14. Seventeeth Century Isle of Wight County, VA pp. 389-90
  41. Note: 6. Nathan Boddie married second, Elizabeth, who was between ages of 20-30 in the 1830 census. They had two children, Elizabeth and Michael. In 1841 Michael was 12 years old as shown by guardianship papers, and in 1830 Elizabeth was between 5-10 years old. That would suggest that Nathan and Elizabeth were married around 1822. that would mean that he was some 50 years older than she was. Before Nathan's estate was settled in 1843, Elizabeth had married John B. Boddie. This fact was stated in the settlement when she was paid $400 and given property which Nathan "had if her at marriage." Mahala Boddie married Phillip McCarty probably in Edgefield County, SC abput 1817. Their first child, William Allen, was born in 1819 in TN. They had six other children, Alsa, Wilson, Tillman, Mary Ann, Martha, Elizabeth, Mary. Mary Mitchell, daughter of Sion Mitchell, had taken care of Mahala in her last illness, and after Mahala's death, Mary and Phillip were married at least by July 1832. Twins born to them in 4-18-1833. The history of the McCarty family is told in the chapter on Phillip McCarty.
  42. Note: BODDIE
  43. Note: The State of SC
  44. Note: Edgefield District
  45. Note: To the Honorable Chancellor of the said state:
  46. Note: Humbly complaining shew unto your Honors, your Orators Nathan Boddie, Alexander Gregory and his wife, Mary, Thomas Bartley and Hannah his wife, Lewis Herlong and his wife, Rhonda, Joseph Boddie, Michael Boddie, Elizabeth Boddie, William M. McCarty, Alsey McCarty, Wilson McCarty, Tillman McCarty, Mary Ann McCarty, Martha McCarty, Elizabeth McCarty, Felix E. Boddie, and Epsy Boddie, which said Michael Boddie and Elizabeth Boddie are minors, and do herby (Shew) the said Nathan Boddie as their guardian ad literm. That Nathan Boddie, Sr, late of the District and state aforesaid and departed this life on the 8th day of November, 1841, leaving his last will and testament only executed and unrevoked a copy of which is hereby filed as exehibit A. That the Testor by his last will and testament, after certain specific devises and bequeath gave all the rest, residue and remainder of his estate real and personal of his estate real and personal to his children to share and share alike and provided that the children of any deceased child should take as follows to witt: That his grandson, Felix Boddie, another grandson, should receive five dollars and no more of all his estate. Testator died seized and seized and possessed of the following bodies of land viz; one of one-thousand acres more or less situated in the district and state aforesaid on Clouds Creek, Waters of Saluda River composed of several parcel or tracts of Zachariah Miller, William Whittle, William McAgee, Ambrose Whittle, Precious Lark and Sarah Stark, and other eighteen acres more or less in the district and state aforesaid adjoining lands of Zarachiah Miller and the estate of David Boddie, deceased. The Orators further (shew) unto your Honors that the said lands are subject to distribution under the will of the Testator in the following manner: One share thereof to your Orator Nathan Bodie, son of the testator, one share to Mary Gregory, a daughter of the testator, one share to Hannah Bartley, a daughter of the testator, one share to Joseph Bodie, son of the testator, one share to Michael Bodie, a son of the testator, one share to Elizabeth Bodie, a daughter of the testator, one share to the said William M., Allsey, Wilson, Tillman, Mary Ann, Martha and Elizabeth McCarty, children of the predeceased daughter of the testator, Mahala McCarty, one share to Felix Bodie, and Epsie Bodie, children of David Bodie, predeceasednson of the testator, and other share to Wesley Bodie, the defendant, a son of the testator.
  47. Note: And your Orator shew unto your Honor that they desire to partition to be made of said lands and amongst the devisees aforesaid according to the rights to tender in the Honaorable Court where such matters are along cognizable. To the end thereof that the said Wesley Boddie may answer the matter herein stated and charged that your Honors may grant your Orators your writ of Partition and such other releif as in the premised may seem meet. May it please your Honors to grant your Orators your writ of Subponea directed to the said Wesley Boddie requiring him to please answer or demur to the bill.
  48. Note: Griffin and Burt, Comprs. Sols (No date given)
  49. Note: (Wesley Bodie answers Nov. 15, 1841 and consents for the land to be sold.) In Equity. Package No 584.
  50. Note: More about WILLIAM BODDIE;
  51. Note: Born 2: about 1633 Essex, England
  52. Note: Died 2: about 1717 Isle of Wight Co. VA
  53. Note: Burial: 2-23-1716-17, Isle of Wight, VA
  54. Note: Fact1. 1672 Became Quaker
  55. Change Date: 22 MAY 2002


  1. Name: Moved to NC in 1734. A Lieutenant in Northampton Foot in the Spanish War of 1748, and French and Indian War 1754-1755.
     Name: Owned Boddie Island off the Coast of NC.
     Name: An heir in the will of his father, John Boddie, dated 10 Mar. 1719-1720, given land.
     Name: Relocated from Isle of Wight Va to Bertie, NC 1734 

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William Boddie's Timeline

January 1, 1633
Ingatestone, Essex, England
Age 20
Ingatestone, Essex, United Kingdom, England
Age 22
Age 52
Isle of Wight Co., VA
Age 54
Isle Of Wight Virginia
December 17, 1712
Age 79
Isle of Wight County, Virginia, United States
December 19, 1712
Age 79
Isle of Wright, Norfolk, Virginia, United States