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Agnes BODINE

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  • Name Agnes BODINE 
    Born Bef 21 Aug 1726  NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 27 Aug 1726  First Reformed Church of Raritan (now Somerville), NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Name Antje BODINE 
    Died 6 Mar 1772 
    Notes 

    • (1) "First Reformed Church, Raritan (Somerville) Baptisms," Somerset County Historical Quarterly, Vol. II (1913), pp. 38-46:

      THE EARLIEST known ecclesiastical organization in Somerset County was that of the First Reformed Church of Raritan (now Somerville), originally known as the Reformed Dutch Church of Raritan. It was organized March 9, 1699. If a church building was then, or soon after, erected, the fact and the location are at present unknown, but as to this we shall refer again presently. In 1721, however, a building was erected on the north side of the Raritan river, near Finderne, where the ground was donated by Michael Van Veghten, (usually spelled in the church records Van Vechten), and remained standing there until burned down by British raiders under Lieut.-Colonel Simcoe on Oct. 27, 1779. In 1784 a new (brick) church was built in present Somerville, which, with several enlargements, stood until 1896, when the present handsome stone edifice took its place. The church baptismal records are preserved from the beginning, the first three baptisms recorded being March 8, 1699, made, no doubt, by Rev. Guiliam Bertholf, of Hackensack, in whose presence, next day, the first elder and first deacon of the Raritan church were installed. Bertholf probably supplied the organization with preaching until 1717. The next known minister to officiate was the Rev. Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen, who was called from Holland and arrived in 1720, becoming pastor of the four churches of Raritan, Three-Mile Run, Six-Mile Run and North Branch (Readington).

      The history of this mother church of Somerset County is so fully given in Dr. Messler's "Memorial Sermons and Historical Notes" (1873), and in various works, that it need not be pursued further here.

      The baptisms were written out in the Dutch language until 1720, when English, with some Dutch intermixed, was substituted. Some of the early entries, while admirably kept and well preserved, are exceedingly hard to decipher, owing to the unusual spellings (often greatly varied) of the proper names.

      The fact that the baptisms are not always entered upon the record in chronological order would seem to indicate that the local scribe, or Clerk of Consistory, after recording the baptisms celebrated in the home congregation, would then copy Domine Bertholf's notes of baptisms made by him in other parts of the congregation, as, e. g., in Readington (then known as North Branch), which he occasionally visited. This supposition is the more plausible in view of the fact that in 1893 William Riker, the then living well-known librarian and antiquarian, wrote to the Rev. Dr. Searle, the minister of the First Church, Somerville, saying that he had discovered certain manuscripts which he believed to be fragments of Domine Bertholf's diary. Bertholf (if it were he) declares that on such and such a date he baptized certain children "in the new church on the Raritan." A comparison with the record shows the same names recorded, the year being 1709. Incidentally, this would not only go to prove that the old Dutch Domine kept notes of his doings as he rode about his circuit, but admits also of the inference that the Raritan church had a house of worship as early as 1709, or twelve years prior to the earliest date assigned by Rev. Dr. Messler. Moreover, this is in harmony with the documentary history according to which the Readington part of the congregation had a church edifice in 1718-19. Would the older and more considerable part of the congregation at Raritan be likely to have no building until two or three years later?

      It is with much regret, however, that we have to relate the end of the Riker matter. Before the Rev. Dr. Searle could communicate with Mr. Riker the latter died. A rigid search, instituted some time later by Rev. Dr. Cranmer, who succeeded to Dr. Searle in the pastorate of the "Old First," failed to bring to light again this strangely discovered and, doubtless, most valuable document.

      The instalments given below and to be continued for some time are believed to be printed as nearly as the proper names were spelled as possible; where there is great uncertainty an interrogation mark after a name will indicate it. Some years ago Mr. William F. Wyckoff, of Brooklyn, had the whole record carefully translated into English and copied by a student from Rutgers College, and has kindly placed the same at the disposition of the Editor of the QUARTERLY. Another copy is in the possession of the Holland Society of New York City. The Wyckoff record the Editor expects to copy with care and then compare with the original record, to make sure there are no omissions, and to try to verify the peculiar spellings (not always certain), and in this will have the cheerful and valued co-operation of the present pastor of the church, Rev. Wm. Stockton Cranmer, D. D. An exact chronological order will be followed. In the original the child's name appears first and then the parents, but, for purposes of reference, the parents are now printed first, and then the name of the child.

      Until about 1727 the sponsors, or witnesses, to baptisms were generally noted in the baptismal book, and, as these are important, often showing family relationships and giving names not appearing elsewhere, they will be included in the published record. After 1727 the names of witnesses appear only at infrequent intervals.

      It should be noted by those who refer to the records as now printed that surnames ending in se or sen were so written, indifferently, and sometimes s only with or without a flourish after it; as an example in the latter case, Cornelis Powels for Cornelis Powelsen. Also that the relationship of the sponsors is often uncertain, even when the word "vrou" (wife) appears followed by another surname. For example, "Johannes Sebrige and vrou Merledt." This may mean Sebrige's wife was a Merledt, or it may mean the wife of a Merledt was the second witness. We do not undertake in such cases to go beyond the record, but shall give them as written, so far as possible.

      (2) "First Reformed Church, Raritan (Somerville) Baptisms," Somerset County Historical Quarterly, Vol. II (1913), pp. 209-218: . . .

      1726. . . .

      Aug. 21. . . .

      Bodyn, Jacob and Lisabeth?Antje.
    Person ID I12569  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 

    Father Jacob BODINE,   b. Abt 1684,   d. Bef 23 May 1748, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth SEBRING,   b. Bef 8 Jun 1677,   d. Aft 27 Aug 1726  (Age > 49 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1710  NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5482  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mordecai McKINNEY, Jr.,   b. Bef 18 May 1727, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1782, Dauphin County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 54 years) 
    Married 9 Nov 1752  Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William McKINNEY,   b. Bef 11 Jul 1768, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Angenetie McKINNEY,   b. Bef 18 May 1766, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Antie McKINNEY,   b. Bef 12 Aug 1770, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Mary McKINNEY,   b. 5 Oct 1754, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1829  (Age 75 years)  [natural]
     5. John McKINNEY,   b. Bef 9 Oct 1753, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2 Mar 1760, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 6 years)  [natural]
     6. Catherine McKINNEY,   b. Bef 12 Feb 1758, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     7. Mordecai McKINNEY, III,   b. Bef 15 Apr 1764, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     8. John McKINNEY,   b. Bef 2 Mar 1760, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     9. Nancy McKINNEY  [natural]
     10. Jacob McKINNEY  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 14:55:00 
    Family ID F5707  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart