I'd like to be kept in the loop on any information you uncover on Richard Bodkin 1710-xxxx and where he may have lived before arriving on the Bullpasture River in 1743.
What I have put together so far is that he was part of a group of settlers recruited by four men that had a charter from the county to bring people to this area. They received land for every head of household they attracted. Richard Bodkin, Wallace Estill and John Carlile received a 304 acre patent together initially. This most likely means they moved together. Carlile kept this original patent and Bodkin and Estill were then granted their own land later the same year. Bodkin received 339 acres. There were 12-15 families that arrived at the same time in the first wave.
The land patents issued at this time and place were slightly different from those in other areas so I'll expand. The land was free to anyone willing to assume the patent. It ran for seven years and required the head of household to live on the land, make improvements in three acres in every 50 and pay taxes. The county was lax on these requirements. If the taxes were paid they allowed absentee ownership. Many people assumed free land just to speculate on the future value. This suggests Richard and the others were not of much material means as better land was available for sale.
Most of the families in the immediate area were out of Lancaster and Chester Counties PA. There are Bodkin in Lancaster in the 1770's and I have communicated with some Carlile that have found Carlile in Lancaster but like me they cannot trace a direct link. I'd propose you spend some time in these counties. Both of these counties had large groups of Scot-Irish and in 1743 the Quakers in Lancaster banded together to refuse to sell land to the Scot-Irish to try to push them out. Many immigrants came through Philadelphia and then down S or SW into VA. Richard many have been one of them.
There were Bodkin in eastern MD in the late 1600's and their primary migration route was up into PA (Philadelphia) in the early 1700's and then down into VA. Richard Bodkin could very well be second or even third generation.
Hope this helps. Please let me know what you find.
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