Timothy Bodman (1670? – 1745)

Timothy Bodman (1670? – 1745) and Mary Stephens (? – ?)

Timothy Bodman was born about 1670. He had a brother John Bodman who was a shearman of Westbury.

Timothy first married Mary Stephens at Heddington on 19th April 1694, at the time they were both of Bromham. They had the following children:

Timothy Bodman baptised at Seend 25th December 1695 see below
William Bodman baptised at Seend 26th February 1696 click here

Timothy’s wife Mary died prior to 1711. On the 18th March 1711 he married for a second time to Mary Pocridge on the 18th Mar 1711 at Warminster.

They had the following children all baptised at Warminster:

Lipyeatt Bodman baptised on 20th May 1713 click here
John Bodman baptised on 9th August 1716 click here
Mary Bodman baptised 11th September 1719 see below

From insurance records we know that he took out policies in 1712 and 1720. He was a mercer at Warminster.
In 1712 his brother John sold a house in Westbury to Timothy.
In 1736 he was a juror and in 1737 he contributed to the rates for the workhouse at Westminster.

Timothy died in 1746. He was buried at Warminster on 31st January 1745 and left a Will, describing him a gentleman of Warminster – see below.

The Descendants of Timothy Bodman and Mary Stephens
The children with a separate page are shown above in bold with a link to their page. Their other children were:

Timothy Bodman (1695 – ?)
The eldest son Timothy was born about 1695.

In 1738 he was mentioned in the Warminster Vestry minutes. “Ordered that Mr James Wilton and Thomo. Bodman Junr. Do inspect ye management of ye workhouse for ye month ensuing – vestry”

In 1741 he was joint executor of his brother Timothy’s Will.

In 1745 he was not mentioned in his father’s Will. He probably, therefore died prior to this date.

Mary Bodman (1719 – ?) and Thomas Barns (1716? _ ?)
Mary was born about 1719. She married Thomas Barns on 29th April 1742 at Upton Scudamore. Thomas was of Rode, Somerset, a bachelor aged 26 and Mary of Warminster was a spinster aged 22. The marriage was by licence.

Mary was mentioned in 1745 as a beneficiary of her father Timothy’s Will. Little more is known about Mary.

Will of Timothy Bodman, gentleman of Warminster
dated 22 January 1745
Proved 26 July 1746 (PCC) London
John Bodman, son, sole executor
I Timothy Bodman of Warminster in the County of Wilts, gentleman, do revoke all wills by me at any time here before made and declared my last Will and Testament to be as follows / that is to say
first I give devise and bequeath to John Burkler of Warminster, aforesaid, gentleman and John Shord of the same place Grocer and their heirs forever all my estate closes, lands and hereditaments in Easton in the parish of Westbury in the said county of Somerset to and for the uses and purposes hereinafter limited of and concerning the same and not to or for any other use or purpose whatsoever / that is to say / To the use of my son Lipyeat Bodman during his natural life without imparement or waste and from and after his death to the use of the first son of the body of my said son Lipyeat Bodman and the heirs of the body of the same first son and for default of such issue, to the use of all and every other son and sons of the body of my said son Lipyeat Bodman successively
according to their seniority and the heirs of the body and bodys of the same other son and sons respectively the elder of the same other sons and heirs of his and their body and bodys always to take and be preferred before the younger of the same other sons and heirs of his and their body and bodys and for default of such issue then in case no more daughters than one shell be gotten of the body of the said Lipyeat Bodman to the use of the same daughter and the heirs of the body of the same daughter but if two or more daughters of the body of my said son Lipyeat Bodman shall begotten to the use of the same daughters by equal shares and portions as tenants in common and of the heirs of the body of the same daughters and for default of heirs of the body or bodys of any the same daughters to the use of the other daughters of the body of the said Lipyeat Bodman by equal shares and portions as tenants in common and of the heirs of the bodys of the same other
daughters but if no more than one such other daughter shall be to the use of the same other daughter and the heirs of her body and for default of heirs of the body of my said son Lipyeat Bodman to the use of my son John Bodman and the son, sons daughter and daughters of his body in like manner as is before limited to the said Lipyeat Bodman and the son, sons, daughter and daughters of his body and for default of heirs of the body of my said son John Bodman to the use of my grandson William Bodman son of my late son William Bodman his heirs and assigns for ever
and whereas on my marriage articles or settlement with my loving wife if she survives me she is entitled to have paid her after my death four hundred pounds more I give to her my said wife over and above the said four hundred pounds the interest of four hundred pounds during her life
Also I give to my said wife all the household goods which were her mother’s before my marriage with her I give to my said wife the use of all my plate except two silver tankards and the use of my chinaware during her life and after her death
I give the said plate except the said two tankards and the said chinaware to my said sons Lipyeat Bodman, John Bodman and my daughter Barnes equally between them.
I give to my said wife the use of my household goods during her life and further I give to my said wife ten pounds to buy her mourning.
I give to my son in law Barnes and his wife ten pounds each to buy them mourning
I give to my said son Lipyeat Bodman and his wife ten pounds each for mourning.
I give to my son John Bodman and his wife ten pounds each for mourning.
I give to my said son Lipyeat Bodman my largest silver tankard and my clock and case to it in my parlour also.
I give to my said son Lipyeat Bodman two hundred pounds to be paid him twelve months next after my death.
I give to my said grandson William Bodman and his heirs for ever my dwelling house, garden and appurtenances at Road in the parish of North Bradley in the County of Wilts also
I give to my said grandson William Bodman one hundred and fifty pounds to be paid him at the age of twenty two years I give to my granddaughter Elizabeth Bodman daughter of my late son William Bodman one hundred and fifty pounds to be paid at the age of twenty two years with interest for the same from one year next after my death after the rate of four pounds by the hundred by the year
I give to my granddaughter Mary Bodman another daughter of my said late son William Bodman one hundred and fifty pounds to be paid at the age of twenty two years with interest for the same from one year next after my death after the rate of four pounds by the hundred by the year and if either of my said granddaughter dye under the age of twenty two years then I give to my granddaughter Ann daughter of my said son John Bodman one hundred and fifty pounds to be paid at the age of twenty two years.

I give to my granddaughter Mary another daughter of my said son John Bodman one hundred pounds to be paid in twelve months next after the death of my said wife and I give my said mentioned grand daughter Mary Bodman daughter of my said son John Bodman fifty pound more to be paid at the age of twenty two years and if either of the said daughters and son of my said son John Bodman shall dye under the age of twenty two years then the legacy of him or her so dying shall go to the survivors or survivor of them and whereas by the marriage settlement made on my daughter Barnes marriage, I agree to pay two hundred pounds to my said son in Law Barnes at the time and under some contingency or contingencies in the said settlement mentioned as thereby will appear Now my Will is that if the said two hundred pounds last mentioned does not become payable to my said son in Law Barnes his executors or administrators by or under the said settlement then one moiety of the said two hundred pounds I give to my said son Lipyeat Bodman and the other moiety I give to my said son John Bodman

I give to my niece Sarah Coles widow five pounds
I give to my niece Sarah Derrington five pounds
I give to my niece Elizabeth Cox five pounds
I give to my niece Elizabeth Biggard five pounds
I give to my nephew John Bodman five pounds
which said legacies of five pounds my will is that they are paid in twelve months next after my death.
I give to my nephews the said Joseph Bodman and John Bodman all my woollen apparel to be distributed to them at the discretion of my Executor herein after named and my will is that the legacies aforesaid given to my said son Lipyeat Bodman and my daughter Barnes to be in full satisfaction of all legacies given them by their grandmothers Will
all the rest of my Money goods chattels personal estate I give devise and bequeath the same to my said son John Bodman whom I make sole executor of this my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have to the first of these two sheets set my hand and to this my hand and seal the twenty second day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty five
Timothy Bodman Seal
This writing was in our presence signed and }
sealed by the testator Timothy Bodman and by }
him declared to be his last Will and Testament }
and immediately afterwards the same was } William Seaely
inscribed and attested in the presence of the } Robert Draper
said Timothy Bodman by us } Jno. Bennett
This will was proved at London before the Right Worshipful John Butterworth Doctor of Law and Master Keeper of Commissionary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully
constituted on the twenty sixth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty six by the oath of John Bodman the son of the decease and sole executor in the said Will named to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased being first sworn by commission only to administer.