Wow, I was doing some research today just to see if anything new had come on the scene regarding my 5th grt. grandparents James MOODY b.c1745 and his wife Elizabeth DONALD (Donnell) b. 1750 York, York Co., Maine, and was surprised to see that so many of my blood-line cousins still have no idea that James Moody does NOT link to the William Moody line of Newbury, MA or the Evangelist Dwight Lyman Ryther Moody line of Hadley, MA which links to the John Moody line of Hartford, CT, or the Joseph Moody and Mary Leavitt line which is of the Clement Moody line of Exeter, NH and on and on it goes.
It is SO confusing however and I can certainly understand why they have all of this erroneously placed data, because for So Many Years it has been Incorrectly given and we all have stories of how once someone 'reads it in a book' or some 'great aunt somewhere does a genealogy', its nearly impossible to get some folks to reverse their genealogies and so it continues to spread the Incorrect data that people come along and just Cut and Paste onto their website thinking that it is correct when in fact it is not.
I have the Ydna Proof and the Documentation and Sources to back up what I am about to type here, so if you choose not to change over your webpages that are online, that is entirely up to you, but this is the Correct info as we know it as of today.
One of the main things that I am unable to verify with certainty is the Rev. War records of our James MOODY.
IS he the one who entlisted as a "Buxton man" into the 6th MA Cont. Army in Capt. Daniel Lanes, Col. Ichabod Alden's line at Ticonderoga, NY or not??I cannot say for certain. However, it does ~appear~ that he might have been.
The confusion here is that there was also a James Moody born around the same time in Standish, Cumberland Co., ME, and he too was in the Rev. War. He was a brother to Joshua MOODY who eventually ended up in Baldwin, ME married Rebecca Phinney.(his 3rd wife).
There is NO link between Our James and this James of Standish however, but the ironic thing is that James and Joshua Moody of Standish/Baldwin, Cumberland Co., ME were in the SAME Regt. of the Rev. War and they are both listed in this regiment which makes me think that on the other hand this is Not my James Moody, because often brothers entered into the same regiments of war. If this is the case then the James Moody of the 6th and 7th MA reg. is NOT my James Moody who married in 1774 Buxton, York Co., ME.
Okay, having said all of that here is lineage line of my James MOODY's descendants as it is known today.
1st Generation -
James MOODY b.c1745 (where ? Unknown) married Jan. 13, 1774 Buxton, York Co., Maine in the Congregational Church by the Rev. Paul Coffin, to Elizabeth DONALD (Donnell) daugh. of Capt. Benjamin Donald (son of Capt. Nathaniel Donald of Rowley and Boston, MA > son of Thomas DONALD the Scot POW who came to Boston c1645 according to the History of York, Maine)Capt. Nathaniel DONALD's will from the Probate records of Lincoln Co., Maine name his son Benjamin and other family members as benefactors.
James MOODY and Elizabeth DONALD had the following children:
2nd Generation -
Sarah "Sally" MOODY b.June 1774 (yes Elizabeth was obviously pregnant when she married James MOODY). Sarah "Sally" MOODY married Simon NEWCOMB of Wellfleet, MA and they settled in Harrison, Cumberland Co., ME and died there. They had a Lot descendants.
James MOODY, Jr. (Jr. added only for clarity) b.c1776 married Mary HEAIRL (Hearl but pronounced as EARL) in Buxton- same church his parents were married in, in 1795.
and Joseph MOODY b.c1781 (where any of these kids were born is Not known, Buxton has no record of their births there, nor does the ME State Archives have any of their births on record either). Chances are that wherever James MOODY came from before appearing out of nowhere in Buxton, York Co., ME when he married Elizabeth in 1774, perhaps he took his family back to that place which I have Not been able to find for the last 12 years of diligent searching!
The other reason I believe James and family moved away from Buxton is because on Sept. 4, 1785 Elizabeth (Donald) MOODY and her 3 children now several years older, appear back in the Congregational Church in Buxton, ME where she was married 11 years earlier, and the record calls her "Widow" Elizabeth MOODY. She is to be Re-baptized into this church which was probably her family church in that area when she lived near there. "widow" Elizabeth (Donald) MOODY's children - Sarah, James and Joseph MOODY were to be Baptized into this church on this date which to me seems to indicate that they had been "away" from this church and area for some time. Daughter Sarah would have been around age 11, James around age 9 and Joseph about 3 or 4 yrs. old.
I have been unable to find this family anywhere around the U.S., doesn't mean they weren't living somewhere, just that I can't find them on any records I've viewed so far.
So apparently by Sept. 4, 1785 my 5th grt. grandfather James MOODY had died, where he died or where he is buried or what he died from is unknown to me.
Joseph MOODY b.c1781 (my 4th grt. grandfather)was born - place unknown.
The next time after the Sept. 1785 church record that I find him is in the 1810 Buxton, York Co., Maine census where he is listed as "Lt." Joseph MOODY and he is listed with his 1st wife and family. I have been told that Joseph held some sort of local milita watch (look-out) during the War of 1812 but again, I have not personally been able to verify this, but it might be the reason for the title of "Lt." but I am highly suspicious that this is a "self-given" title. He later appears on record as "Capt." Joseph MOODY and again, there is no supporting basis for this title so I believe it too is "self-given". Joseph was a millworker not a sea going "Capt" or anything else.
By 1815 Joseph MOODY is in Brunswick, Cumberland Co., ME.
By Dec. 1818 he is found in the Brunswick Marriage records as "Capt. Joseph MOODEY" having married to "Miss Hannah MITCHELL" on Dec. 6, 1818, both are listed as "of Brunswick". Hannah is NOT a daugh of David MITCHELL of Yarmouth, ME as that David was born in 1771 and died in 1772, so therefore he cannot have had any children. She is/was presumed to have been an Indian woman descended from the Louis Mitchell line of Indian doctors/medicine men whatever you want to call them. Her brother Louis Mitchell and wife and family (children aptly named Hannah and Joseph) lived at Phippsburg just around the corner from this area. They were listed in the 1860 and 1870 census' as Indians and basket makers etc. There were also a family of Mitchell's living in Harpswell who were also Indian basket makers etc. of whom I also believe were part of Hannah's family too, but can't prove it with any solid evidence as yet.
Capt. Joseph MOODY and 2nd wife Hannah Mitchell had the following children together:
poss. daughter Abigail who died at age 3 and is buried in Brunswick.
Joseph D. MOODY (my 3rd grt. grandfather and Indian doctor) who was born c1820 in Brunswick (appears marked as son in early Brunswick, ME census'). Joseph D. MOODY married 1st to Sarah A. BREWER of Ipswich, Essex Co., MA. Sarah A. BREWER was a daug. of John BREWER of Rowley, MA and Hannah DODGE (daughter of Luke Dodge a descendant of the Richard Dodge line of England to MA).
Joseph D. MOODY and Sarah A. BREWER were married in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA on May 14, 1841.
Joseph and Sarah had the following known children born to them:
1.Susan D. MOODY b. 1841 in Ipswich, MA (again, yes, Sarah A. Brewer was pregnant when she got married to Joseph D. Moody)
2.William MOODY b. MA (was in the Civil War and ended up in Lassen Co., CA where he was briefly married to Ella HOXEY and they had one son named William "Willie" Moody). Ellie died and apparently William never remarried after her death.
He had been injured during the Civil War and was a farmer and received a pension of which I have all of his Civil War papers that tells his story etc. from NARA (Nat. Archives of Washington DC).
3.James MOODY who enlisted into the Civil War at the same time his above brother William did, but because James was only 15 yrs. old he had to get permission to join, which he apparently did. James was enlisted into the 7th ME reg. which I was told had a lot of Penobscot Indians in that regiment. He very possibly served and died as a result of fighting at Antietam (the 7th ME was there) because his death was listed as Sept. 28, 1862. He died at the Hammond Hospt. at Point Look-out, MD and is buried there in grave number 276.
James was never married...he was just a child when he died.
4.-Daniel S. Moody (middle name possibly Stone, my Nana told me it was Sanford and again I can't verify this. The name of Stone is found as a middle name among others in this branch of the family though, so perhaps his middle name was Stone...I just don't have the proof or documentation I need to support this)., Daniel S. MOODY was my 2nd grt. grandfather and he married Lavina Hannah BAILEY of Harpswell, Cumberland Co., Maine.
5- Joseph W. MOODY
6-Edward Joseph Moody
Daniel S. and his younger brothers Joseph W. and Edward J. MOODY were all noted on their Death records to have been born in Gardiner, Kennebec Co., ME however Gardiner has NO records of their births ever having been there.
For some reason, some of the members of our family (the informants of the deaths) have given that our Moody's were born in the Madrid area of Maine and that is simply not true. There are No Moody's born there under any of those dates as I have contacted the Town Hall several times to check and each time get the same info back...No Moody's born here.
It is Highly possible that Joseph D. Moody and his 1st wife Sarah A. Brewer were living in the Gardiner/Hallowell area of Kennebec Co., ME where Daniel, Joseph and Edward Moody might have been born, because there were several Indian families known to be living in that same area at the time...the Newell's, Neptune's etc. and all have intermingled with the Mitchell's of whom my Joseph D. Moody's family were known to have relations with. (LONG STORY's here which I will not go into details on this board).
Anyway, so it is Possible that these sons were born in Gardiner as is stated on their death records, but so far no one can find any of their births as recorded there.
By 1857 Sarah A. (BREWER) MOODY had died and it is around this time that I found my 3rd grt. grandfather had moved to Lowell, Middlesex Co., MA. I found him listed in the census of 1860 and 1870 and also in the City and County Directories of Lowell and Middlesex Co., MA as either J.D.MOODY -Indian doctor or Joseph D. MOODY - Indian doctor.
Thing is, he was only a half blood Indian, IF his mother Hannah Mitchell was in fact a full blood Indian. It would appear so, but again, these stories are SO Long in details and it took me YEARS and I mean Years to get anyone to verify anything that I can telling them. I will tell you cousins that Finally an old Penobscot Indian woman who will remain anonymous as I promised her I would, let me know the details of what I can today claim as truth. She explained the odd behaviour of our Moody's line of intermarriages and said these were "Indian" ways of life and to them they were not strange.
That explained a Lot of what I was finding in the records and I am eternally greatful to her for her help.
Had it not been for her, I never would have known what I do today.
Anyway, Joseph did remarry after his 1st wife died to Henrietta J. BOYCE who was from Calais, Washington Co., ME and I have their Marriage record from Lowell, MA as well.
Henrietta was considerably younger than Joseph and he died not too long after this marriage. Having been an Indian doctor, his death, place of death, burial etc. are not recorded in any records. This was the way of the Indians, and his body would have been placed somewhere and considered sacred grounds so his grave could not be robbed.
I believe Joseph D. Moody died sometime before 1877 as the last time I found him in a city directory in Lowell, MA was in 1876. He did not appear there anymore after that. His widow Henrietta MOODY however removed to Chelsea, MA (near Boston) and I believe she had a son by Joseph D. MOODY but can't prove that either, but a J. Boyce MOODY was found living in Chelsea near her and he was a leather tanner of fine Moroccan leather. His birth age was spot on to be the son of Joseph too and with a first initial of "J." I highly suspect his full name was Joseph Boyce (named for Henrietta's maiden name) MOODY.
I hope this has given my Moody cousins a clearer view of our Moody family branch.
James1 > Joseph2 > Joseph D.3 > Daniel 2 MOODY is our proven lineage line so far.
James b. c1745 and Elizabeth Donald > Joseph b.c1781 and his 2nd wife Hannah Mitchell > Joseph D. b.1820 and his 1st wife Sarah A. Brewer > Daniel S. MOODY b.Sept. 1849 and his wife Lavina Hannah Bailey. This is our proven and now well documented Moody lineage line to date and Proven via Ydna test results as well.
I have left it off at Daniel for privacy issues of those still living.
Our MOODY's share Ydna with another early Moody line and that is from Thomas MOODY b.c1710 in/of Aghadowey, Co. L'derry, Nor. Ireland and his 1st wife Jean McQUISTON/McCuiston. This Moody line came from Nor. Ireland to New Castle, PA/DE in c1735 with the McQuiston family and others linked to them. Thomas MOODY and family shortly afterwards removed to Guilford Co., North Carolina where they settled and their family grew. Descendants of their family have spread from NC to TN, KY, OK, OH, ARK, MS, TX and all over the place.
We have not yet (that we know of anyway) found the Common Ancestor between our families but the Genealogies certainly show Many Very interesting and uncanny connections between my family tree and theirs.
We also now have a Proven via Ydna link to another early MOODY family also of Nor. Ireland and that is to Alexander MUDIE (as his name was spelled in the earliest records found so far in Nor. Ireland that link back to our family).
Alexander MOODY also born around c1747 in Nor. Ireland (it is presumed he was born there) who was married to Priscilla DICK. Alexander and Priscilla Dick MOODY were from the Magilligan/Lenamore area of Co. Londonderry, Nor. Ireland.
(this is all documented).
One of their sons Israel MOODY and his wife Elizabeth CASKEY came to Kings Co., Nova Scotia in 1841 and settled and again, we have Ydna proof that these folks are part of our "Genetic" Family Tree. On Israel's death record which I have a copy of, his parents are listed as Alexander Moody and Priscilla and that he was born in Ireland.
My exact matching Ydna Moody's also of this same place in Nova Scotia, in the 1881 census were listed as "Irish".
On a death record of one of their descendants, his parents were listed as being "Scotch" and "English".His father would have been Scottish and his mother was of English descent.
There is no arguing with the Ydna results, it has no pre-concieved notions of aunt so and so's genealogy or what the old history books might say...it just is what it is.
Twelve times now, our branch of these Moody's has been Proven via Ydna results and each time, our genetic cousins all come up with the same I1a/I1d HaploTypes.This is our branch of Norse(Scandinavian) > Scotland > Nor. Ireland > Nor. America genealogy. Our name was probably at some time waaay back spelled as Mudie/Moodie and changed to the more common English version of Moody once they came to Nor. Ireland. For several generations our Moody's were born in Nor. Ireland so spelling just stuck with those who eventually left there.
Our genetic ancestors now live all around the globe from Australia and New Zealand to California and Canada and all are confirmed and proven.
Hope this is helpful to my cousins out there who have some of the old genealogy still attached to their webpages. This is the corrected version. There are a lot more details, many with very interesting stories to tell. We've had men serve in every branch of the U.S. military service from what I can tell from the Rev. War (if that is in fact our James) to the Spanish-American War and perhaps even further down the line than that.
I will add more tid bits as I go back and re-check the family tree. This is all for now.