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 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, North Carolina. He was born about 1685 in Isle of Wight County and died March 1720. They married in Isle of Wight County about 1708.8
On December 7, 1734 William's son, John Boddie, Jr., married Elizabeth Jefferys in Bertie County, North Carolina. He was born between 1710 and 1715 in Isle of Wight County and died after October 6, 1777, in Edgefield County, South Carolina. Elizabeth was born in 1718 in Isle of Wight County and died after June 20, 1742 in Granville County, North Carolina, or Edgefield, South Carolina.9
Their son John Boddie III, a Revolutionary soldier, was born before 1750 and died between the census of 1790 and 1800 in Granville County, North Carolina, and Edgefield County, South Carolina.10 He married Hannah before 1770 in Granville, North Carolina. 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 and 90. This, no doubt, is his mother Hannah. Nathan himself is between ages 60 and 70, and his second wife, Elizabeth is between ages 20 and 30.
John Boddie III was a soldier in the company of his uncle, Captain Osborne Jefferys, in the North Carolina Militia for Granville County in 1771. (North Carolina Col. Rec. Vol. 22, p. 161) He was also a soldier in the Revolution. The North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts 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 and 70 years. He died November 8, 1841. He married between 1790 and 1800, probably about 1792. He appears alone in the 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 is between the ages 16 and 26. This census also shows that he has three girls and two boys under ten years of age. 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 Philip McCarty, husband of Allen's sister Mahala, was made guardian of his children.
Joshua Boddie died during or after 1830, as he appears in that census as being between ages 50 and 60. He was, therefore, born about 1776. 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 and died in 1820.12 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.
Obediah Boddie was born in South Carolina in 1786 and died in 1864. His first wife was Margaret Durham. His second, Jane, was born in 1804. Obediah had 13 children. He lost three sons in the Confederate service.13
The other son and two daughters of Hannah and John Boddie III have not been traced. One girl was born about 1780 and the other about 1792. The boy was born about 1790.
Nathan Boddie and his first wife, name unknown, had eight children: David, Mahala, Wesley, Hannah, Nathan, Jr., Mary, Joseph, Rhoda. The four born before 1800 were David, 1793; Mahala, 1795; Wesley, 1797; and Hannah 1799 or 1800. Mahala was between ages 16 and 26 in 1820 and between 30 and 40 in 1830. Therefore, she could not have been born after 1800 or before 1794. Hannah was between ages 20 and 30 in 1830. That would place her birth about 1799 or 1800. Wesley's birth is known to be 1797. That would place the birth of David, the other boy born before 1800, at about 1793.
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 South Carolina in 1797. He married Hannah Smith, and they had six children. They lived in Batesburg, South Carolina.
Hannah Boddie was born about 1800 in South Carolina. She married Thomas Bartley, and the 1830 census shows that they had three boys and one girl.
Nathan Boddie, Jr., was born in South Carolina in 1804 and died in 1873. He married, first, Edna Eidson; second, Elizabeth Warren; third, Nancy Warren,twin to Elizabeth. He had a large family.
Mary Boddie was born about 1806 in South Carolina. She married Alexander Gregory and the 1830 census shows them with three children. Mary died between 1841 and 1843. In 1841 she signed a court petition concerning 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 South Carolina about 1808. Whether he is married is unknown. Rhoda Boddie married Lewis Herlong. She was born about 1812. The 1830 census shows that they have four children and that she is between 15 and 20 years old.14
Nathan Boddie married second, Elizabeth, who was between ages 20 and 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 five and ten 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 James B. Boddie. This fact was stated in the settlement when she was paid $400 and given other property which Nathan "had of her at marriage."
Mahala Boddie married Philip McCarty probably in Edgefield County, South Carolina about 1817. Their first child, William Allen, was born in 1819 in Tennessee. They had six other children: Alsa, Wilson, Tillman, Mary Ann, Martha, Elizabeth. Mary Mitchell, daughter of Sion Mitchell, had taken care of Mahala in her last illness, and after Mahala's death, Mary and Philip were married at least by July, 1832. Twins were born to them April 8, 1833.
The history of this McCarty family is told in the chapter on Philip McCarty.
Will of Nathan Boddie, Sr.
1 Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia, p. 339
2 Ibid p. 341
3 Ibid p. 345, 347
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
8 Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia pp 352-53
9 Ibid pp 355, 377-79
10 Ibid p. 379
11 Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia p. 385
12 Ibid p. 385
13 Ibid p. 380
14 Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia pp. 389-90