Hi Barbara, So very pleased you responded to my message. I have that Lucy Donnell b. 1753 was a twin to her sister Abigail. My Elizabeth Donnell, Lucy's older sister was born in 1750. From the Church of Christ of Buxton, York Co., ME I have from their records that Elizabeth Donnell (spelled Donald in the old records), married James MOODY on Jan. 13, 1774. James Moody and Elizabeth Donnell had at least the following children: (order of birth unknown) - Sarah, James, Jr. and Joseph MOODY all born between Jan. 1774 and Sept. 4, 1785 when Elizabeth shows up back at the same church with her 3 children and she is being re-baptized and her children are being baptized, and she is called "widow" Elizabeth Moody.
James her husband was in the Rev. War MA line Continental Army, and even the DAR has just this scant info on him. I have sent away for the records however of whomever claimed descendancy to him and hopefully in about 6 weeks I will have them and perhaps learn something new.
I am also very pleased to see that you said that Henry DONNELL was Scottish!! I have a theory going about all the Scots that were sent to Boston, MA (and other New England towns) from the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 and the Battle of Worcester in 1651, and I think that these Scotsmen all stuck together like glue and that is why I am continually running into, at least within my own family, all of the Scot descendants.Now the Donnell's, I have long suspected they were MackDonnell's or something to that effect. If so, the name 'Donald' on my 5th grt. grandmother's marriage record may not bee too far off.
I have also just found out that the LEAVITT name is also of Scottish descent and that was my James Moody's mother's maiden name as I mentioned somewhere before I'm sure. IF and this is a big IF, but I have a lot of reasons to believe it very well could be true, IF my James Moody's lineage line back to Clement 1 Moody of Exeter, NH (a huge area where Scotsmen and families went to for work etc.), if Clement is one of the sons of an Engram MOODIE who was on the ship UNITY from London with POW's from the Battle of Dunbar in Scotland Sept. 1650 (landing in Boston, MA in early Spring 1651), then here again, it will be a case of the Scots sticking together.
Anyway, a couple of questions, when you say that Lucy's elder sister Elizabeth married William Swanton in 1771 Georgetown, Lincoln Co., ME, do you mean MY Elizabeth born 1750 daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Kingsbury DONNELL? That's the first I've heard of it if that's so.But there were SO many Elizabeth Donnell's that I guess they could all easily be mistaken for each other. Also on the same page in the book and only a few entries away is Benjamin (Donald), Jr. of Buxton who married Susanna Davis of Pepperrellborough April 25, 1776. On my James Moody and Elizabeth (Donald) Donnell's entry it also says they are both of Buxton. Elizabeth and Benjamin, Jr. are brother and sister both from Benjamin Donnell and Sarah Kingsbury.
All of these Donnell's (Dunnell's and Donald's)are in the Church of Christ (Congregational) records in Buxton, ME. Picton Press has the little book for $20.00 I think it is and it has been an invaluable resource for me. Its not a very large book (104 pgs. including the intro and index) but it has baptism and marriage records dating back to 1763 and up to 1817.In case you are interested in it, its called "The Records of the Church of Christ in Buxton, Maine 1763-1817" Picton Press - Camden, ME
And everything that I have found seems to indicate that Henry Donnell is the father of Thomas.However the wife's name of Henry Donnell leaves some questions.I had initially thought that her maiden name was Redding from the old book of North Yarmouth, but upon closer examination it does not state that Thomas Reddings daughter Frances married Henry Donnell, only that "a daughter".And from the way it was worded it seems to indicate that a daughter of Thomas Reddings married into the family of Henry Donnell and that could very well Joseph Donnell and Ruth Redding. So now as a result of that re-reading, I have changed Frances' maiden name back to Gooch until I can find further info about that.
Yes, that is what I have too about Tristram Scribner and Susan Sayward...she married Joseph Allen 1st, and he was married 1st to Mehitable HEARL in 1797 Waterborough, York Co., ME which was another interesting possible connection for me too because the Clement 1 Moody line from which I am quite sure I descend, his son Clement 2 Moody and wife Elizabeth Scribner (my 7th grt. grandparents), moved from NH to Waterborough, ME.Elizabeth Scribner's brother Edward married Abigail LEAVITT (daughter of Nehemiah and Alice Cartee) and Nehemiah was a brother to my Mary LEAVITT's(James Moody's mother) grandfather Moses, and so we go round and round with the same names. Mary Leavitt's father was John Leavitt son of Moses son of John.
Well I apologize for being so lengthy here, but I wanted to give you all the info I had so that perhaps we can make more connections.
OH, one more question...who is Lars Jensen that you mentioned?Was that another name for John Thompson? That's interesting if so, how did that come about?
Thanks for your reply and info and I hope we can get this all sorted out someday. Good luck to you in your searchings.