Nancy Amanda most often was called by her middle name in her adult years. Amanda was the daughter of Alexander and Susan (Heald) Dow. Her father made his living as a farmer. Amanda still lived in Palermo with her family in 1860, when she was in her early twenties.
On June 2, 1862 she married Peter A. Bodge in Lewiston. He was a resident of Leeds. In their early married life they lived in Portland, where Peter worked as a store clerk, and later apparently owned his own grocery store called Bodge Bros. The Portland city directories showed they lived there from 1869 to 1873, but they returned to Leeds by the mid-1870s.
This couple had two children. Charles Adelbert born about 1867 and and Lillian Amanda born about 1869.
On January 14, 1876 their daughter Lillian died at age six. She is buried at the Island Cemetery, located about a mile and a half up river from this cemetery. It has a couple dozen graves, and very few families represented. The cemetery is so close to the river, that those who now hike the banks of the river have worn a path through the cemetery. Lillian's grave is small and off to the side by itself. It is the closest grave to the river, perhaps 25 feet from the bank. The Bodges do not appear to be related to any of the families there. The stone says "The only daughter of P.A. and N. A. Bodge."
The Bodges remained in Leeds for about a decade, and then lived with their son, his wife and three children, at 72 Canal Street in Lewiston. Charles had job as a shoemaker.