In 1695, a young Frenchman named Zechariah Boude landed in Boston. Seeking greater adventures, Zechariah and other boys deserted the ship, and headed north through the wilderness.
Eventually, they found themselves in the area of the Cocheco River in what is now Madbury, New Hampshire. It is there he settled amongst the Indians (who would not harm a French boy) and became a pioneer. A monument to the memory of this cooperation between the Indians and the Boodeys was later erected by his descendant, Robert Boodey Caverly. The granite boulder is inscribed "Boodey, 1695", "King Phillip, 1675", "Demeritt, 1758" and "Caverly, 1880".
His son, Azariah, (my 6th great grandfather and an American Revolutionary War Patriot) purchased a farm in Barrington, New Hampshire, where he settled with his family. I descend from two Boodey women. Azariah's daughter, Betsey, married Lieutenant John Caverly. Azariah's fourth great granddaughter, Martha, would later also marry into the Caverly family.
Azariah's son, Zechariah, relocated from Madbury to New Durham, New Hampshire, where, in 1769, he constructed a home. It was in this house that the tenants for The Free Will Baptist Church were created. His son, Reverend Elder Joseph Boodey, was an ordained minister of the Free Will Baptist Church and was extremely influential in organizing several churches in New Hampshire and Vermont.
The Boodey House is currently being carefully deconstructed and will be reassembled at a new site in New Durham. The Town of New Durham has a established the Boodey House Committee dedicated to in preserving this historic property; follow the progress on their facebook page.
Robert Boodey Caverly, son of Betsey Boodey and John Caverly, was educated at Harvard College and became a prominent author and attorney. He published several works detailing local history, including Annals of the Boodeys in New England.