In the 1830 census Loudon, Merrimack Co., NH is listed William Moody, obviously a Free Colored Person, since he has no figures in the White Males and White Females column.At least what ancestry.com copied, the right section of the census where Free Colored Persons was cut off (not part of the image).
From 1830 to 1860 William is listed as a Free Colored Person (1830-1840), and black (1850-1860), so I don't understand why you think he may be Indian, since there were many 1000s of Free Colored Persons in 1830, especially north of Virginia, and much of the middle and western territories.
On the 1840 census William and his mulatto children are listed as Free Colored Persons, and his wife as White (even today, as well as the early censuses has White capitalized, black and mulatto lower cased. Should all be upper or lowercased in my opinion).
In 1850 William b Mass is black, his wife Sophia born NH is White, and son Horace b NH is mulatto.In 1860, William, 85 is listed as black, and his wife Sophia as White, both born N.H.Neither of them can read or write English.Also, since Sophia gives her age as 60 again, as she did the 1850 census, perhaps William or Sophia, whoever is giving the information, has memory loss in their old age, or maybe she was joking and took her seriously, or perhaps she was determined not to age once she hit 60 and didn't want anyone to know her age, and may well have looked much younger than she was.Many people still don't trust census takers, who get in your business.
The reason I believe there's confliction about the race of William and his children, is because of prejudism at the time, and since his children were of mixed races, some seemed to be passing as White at times, and kept intermarrying with Whites, so eventually they probably were thought of as White.
I would like to know if anyone knows if Joseph Moody of Loudon on the 1840 census and 1850 census was White as the Ass't Marshal noted, or was he mulatto, and a son of William Moody of Loudon by a possible first wife he lived with in Maine?Joseph was born in Maine c1798-1799, and Sarah, probably his wife (not his sister) was born abt 1796-1797 in Mass.I cannot find him or Sarah Moody (who may have remarried, if a widow) on the 1860 census, so don't know if he moved to another state, west, possibly Canada, or died.
On the Louden NH 1840 census, Joseph Moody, White, was born 1790-1800, and in his household was a male born 1825-1830 (probably his son), a female born 1790-1800 (probably his wife - Sarah?), and a female born 1760-1770 (his mother-in-law, mother, aunt, family member, or servant?).
The reason I wonder who Joseph Moody is, or that he may possibly be William's son by a White woman (since Joseph is listed as White on the 1850 census), who had her son Joseph in Maine when William was there with her?Or did Joseph, a White man, go with William to Loudon?
William Moody was the first Moody in Loudon, and he first appears on the 1830 census.On the 1840 census, there are two Moody head of household in Louden - William Moody, Free Colored Person, and Joseph Moody, of White race.
If you or anyone knows about Joseph Moody's ancestry, who his wife Sarah's surname and parents are, his children(one son?), and what the Joseph's birth date, marriage, death date and places of were, I would greatly appreciate it.
Also, if any male with the surname Moody (his direct male line is Moody), who is adescendant of William Moody of Loudon NH would join the Moody Ydna project, it would be great to trace his ancestry through dna to see if it connects to the Moody families who are white, and to
prove their own connection with other male descendants who are in the direct Moody line of William Moody.
I'm wondering if William's father or ancestor was a White man with the surname Moody, or if William or his father, or ancestor respected some man with the surname Moody, or why was the name Moody taken, or was his ancestor a slave, and the slave owner was named Moody?
I wish so much that as many African Americans as possible would participate in a Ydna project to prove their heritage in America (something slavery did their best to erase) and to Africa, or to the country of their origen.
I look forward to hearing from anyone who has anything on Joseph Moody of ME and Loudon, and any other possible siblings, and siblings and ancestry of his father, William, probably born Mass.ME and NH were part of MA, so perhaps this is why William gives MA on the 1850 census, and NH on the 1860 census.
Deborah Shaw Mason