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Descendants of

RICHARD MOODY (1528-1574)

& ANN MOODY (1525-1577)

of Fryette's House in Moulton 

Suffolk County, England

 

The story of Richard and Ann Moody and their descendants is part of the fascinating history below that spans the last 400 years. It traces not only moments in the lives of my ancestors since16th century England but follows many of the same paths that England and the United States took in their growth to present day, the year 1999, on the cusp of the new millennium.



Richard and Ann Moody lived in Moulton, Suffolk County, England.  Their grandson Mr. John Moody (1593-1655) emigrated to America with his wife, Sarah Cox Moody, settling in Roxbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1633.  Their son Samuel Moody (abt.1634-1689) was the first of my Moody branch  born in America and as their only child to grow to adulthood and have children (that we know of), he was to become father to one entire Moody branch in the USA.  If you're looking for a Moody from early New England you might find it here, or check out the other places they lived during the centuries.



Where were my Moodys and when were they there?
Moulton, Suffolk County, England: 16th Century
 Massachusetts Bay Colony: 17th Century
Connecticut: 18th Century
New York: 19th Century 
Oregon: 20th Century

The main document below is from part of a genealogical record by an author unknown to me.  According to family history it was written by a genealogist engaged early in the 20th century by the Moody-Barclay family of New York.  I can't guarantee the accuracy of the information and have verified most but not all of the references.


 
 

MOODY AND ALLIED FAMILIES

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1. RICHARD MOODY of Moulton, Suffolk, England, yeoman, whose will was dated Jan. 14, and proved Feb. 2, 1572/3, is the earliest Moody from whom the descent of the family has been proved. He died April 28, 1574, and was buried the same day at Moulton. His wife, ANN, survived him and m. (2) at Moulton, Sept. 6, 1574, Edward Colt, Gentleman. She was buried at Moulton, March 14, 1576/7, and Edward Colt married again at Moulton, Aug 20, 1579, Mary MARIS (?).

Richard Moody was in Moulton by 1558 and purchased lands there in 1562 and lands in Gazeley Parish, two miles east of Moulton, in 1572. He acquired a considerable landed estate in Western Suffolk and lived in a house called Fryette's in Moulton, which he bought from the executors of Roger Fryette. He owned a flock of 400 sheep at Isleham, Cambridgeshire. He made two wills, one Jan. 14 and the other Feb. 2, 1572/3. Under both wills the house called Fryette's was to go to his wife Ann and under the second will she was to have it only for life, the remainder to the eldest son George. On April 25, 1574, only three days before his death, Richard Moody added to the earlier will, strangely enough, a codicil, and on April 30, 1574, two days after his death, the first will was proved with the codicil. In June 1574, Ann Moody, the widow, brought forward the second will and on the 10th of June the Court decided that this second will was the valid one and administration was granted to the widow June 16, 1574.

For the children of Richard Moody see N.E.H.&G. Reg.80:323. His second child and oldest son was:

2. GEORGE MOODY, b. ca 1559, buried at Moulton, Aug. 23, 1607. He married first MARGARET ---, who was buried at Moulton, Jan. 25, 1602/3, on the same day that her 9th child was baptized. He married second, at Moulton, Sept. 5, 1604, Christian Cramp. It is possible that he is the same George Moody who married Margery Bacon, at All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, Jan 19, 1600/1. If this George Moody was the same as George Moody, son of Richard, then all his children except the last one, Mary, must have been the childrenof a first marriage by a wife whose name is unknown, who would have died between the birth of the 8th child, Ann, who was baptized Sept. 5, 1599, and Jan. 19, 1600/1. In that case the Margaret or Margery wife of George Moody, who was buried Jan. 25, 1602/3, was his second wife and mother of the 9th child only, and Christian Cramp, would have been his third wife.

For the children of George Moody, see N.E.H. & G. Reg. 80:324. His sixth child and third son was: 

3. JOHN MOODY of Moulton and Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, who emigrated to America and settled in Roxbury, Mass. and later in Hartford, Conn., was baptized at Moulton, April 8, 1593, and died in 1655. He married in the parish of St. James, Bury St. Edmunds, Sept. 8, 1617, SARAH COX, who was baptized in that parish May 17, 1598, and died at Hadley, Mass in 1671. He was ten years old when his mother died and over 14 at his father's death. He was probably brought up by his stepmother Christian (Cramp) Moody, or by his brother-in-law Thomas Kilborne, executor of his father's will, according to which he was to receive L200 at the age of 24. This legacy was probably paid to him just before his marriage. 
He emigrated to New England in 1633. According to Rev. John Elliot's record of the members of church at Roxbury, Mass, John Moody "came to the Land in the Yeare 1633 with his wife Sarah and no children. He had however two ungodly men servants who were drowned on the 'oister bank'." 

"Mr." John Moody was admitted as a Freeman of Massachusetts Bay Colony Nov. 6, 1633, and was a Deputy representing Roxbury at the General Court in 1635. He soon removed to Hartford, Conn. He was Lieutenant of the Hartford Trained Band in 1640 (Jacob's' List of Civil and Military Officers of Conn.). He was a Deacon of the church and was always called "Mr.", a sign of eminence in colonial days. He died probably shortly after he made his will, July 25, 1655. His widow Sarah died in 1671 at Hadley, Mass. where her son Samuel settled. His will dated July 25, 1655, was proved Dec. 6, 1655 (Manwaring's Early Conn. Probates, Vol I). 

For the children of John Moody see N.E.H.&G. Reg.80:327. His seventh child and sixth son was: 

4.SAMUEL MOODY, b. in New England and d. in Hadley, Mass., Sept. 22, 1689. At the time he was mentioned in his father's will in 1655 he was not yet 24 years of age. As a matter of fact he could not have been 22 years of age since he was born in New England after the arrival of his parents in 1633, who arrived without children. He married SARAH DEMING who died Sept. 29, 1717, at Hadley, Mass., to which place her husband had removed about 1660 from Hartford, Conn. 

For the children of Samuel Moody see N.E.H.&G. Reg.80:327. The second child and oldest son was: 

5.JOHN MOODY, born at Hadley, Mass. July 24, 1661. He settled at Hartford, Conn. where he died Nov. 5, 1732.  He married at Hartford, April 3, 1700, SARAH EVETTS (Evarts). His inventory was filed at Hartford, March 15, 1732/3 and his estate amounted to L310:18:11. David Ensign was on the bond of his administrator. Sarah his wife agreed on the distribution of the estate among the surviving heirs, who were John, Samuel, Ebenezer, Nathaniel and Adonijah Moody, his daughter Sarah, wife of David Ensign, Hannah, Silence, and Patience. Adonijah was a minor sixteen years of age; his brother Samuel was appointed his guardian (Early Connecticut Probates, by Manwaring, 3:84).

The children of John Moody were baptized at the 2nd Church of Hartford and were:

  1. John, b. Feb. 7, 1701
  2. Sarah, b. May 21, 1702; m. 29 April, 1726, David Ensign (q.v.)
  3. Hannah, b. Aug. 14, 1703.
  4. Samuel, b. Dec. 7, 1704.
  5. Ebenezer, b. Sept. 6, 1706.
  6. Silence, b. Oct. 21, 1707
  7. Patience, b. Apr. 5, 1709.
  8. Nathaniel, b. Sept. 17, 1712.
  9. ADONIJAH, b. May 13, 1717; m. (1) 13 Apr. 1738, Susanna Baker; m. (2) Sarah Smith, Nov. 9, 1742; d. Jan.4,1746/7.
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      6. ADONIJAH MOODY, b. May 13, 1717, in Hartford, Conn. (Hartford V.R.FFS:70); d. Jan. 4, 1746/7 at New Hartford, Conn. He m. (1) at Hartford, Apr. 13, 1738 (Hart. V.R.); he m. (2) Sarah Smith, Nov. 9, 1742 at New Hartford. His will dated Dec. 25, 1746, and proved April 16, 1747, mentions, Sarah "my last wife", son Ebenezer, daughter Susannah, and brother Samuel. It was witnessed by Martin Smith, his second wife's father. His estate was valued at L695:9, a large sum for those days (Manwaring's Early Conn. Probates, 3:601).

The children of Adonijah Moody (New Hartford V.R.) were:

    1. EBENEZER, b. Jan. 9, 1743/4; m. Nov. 17, 1768, Zerviah Seymour.
    2. Susanna, b. Sept. 13, 1745; m. 12 Nov. 1767, Zachariah Watson, Nov. 12, 1767
    3. Sarah, b. June 8, 1747

7.  EBENEZER MOODY was born in New Hartford, Conn., Jan. 9, 1743/4. He there married ZERVIAH SEYMOUR, Nov. 17, 1768. One account of him says he died in Hartford, Vt. But there is no record of his death there nor did he leave a will there. It is quite probable that he lived there for a time but he probably went to Bridgewater, Oneida, Co., N.Y. as stated in American Families of Historic Lineage, p. 280. His son Epaphrus was there in 1797. A newspaper clipping says he and his wife died in Bridgewater about 1797 or 1798.

The children of Ebenezer Moody (New Hartford V.R.) were:

    1. Adonijah, b. May 16, 1771; m. Dec. 27, 1792, Polly - at New Hartford (Presby.Ch.Rec.). 
    2. Lusina, b. Feb. 28, 1773.
    3. Lucy, b. Feb. 28, 1773
    4. Ebenezer, b. Nov. 11, 1775; m. probably, Tabitha- (born 1775), d. probably, 1814 at Leroy, Jefferson Co., N.Y.
    5. Epaphrus, b. Nov. 11, 1775; m. Phebe D. (b. Oct. 23, 1781); d. Nov. 9, 1843.
    6. ANSON, b. Feb. 13, 1778; m. (1) Candace Carpenter; m. (2) Ruth ---; d. Aug. 20, 1860.
    7. Roxselana, b. Feb. 9, 1780.
    8. Zerviah, b. Feb. 12, 1782.
    9. Anna, b. Dec. 21, 1783.

8. ANSON MOODY was born in New Hartford, Conn., Feb. 13, 1778. He was a farmer and moved to Stone Mills, N.Y. about 1800, and in 1801 became one of the first settlers of Rodman, N.Y. with his brother Ebenezer. The first school in the town was taught in his barn in the summer of 1802 (Pierce & Durant's History of Jefferson Co. p. 491). He was a trustee of the Methodist Church built on Sandy Creek about 1830. His first wife, whom he married in 1801, was CANDACE CARPENTER. She died Nov. 18, 1829 and he married again before 1833. His second wife, Ruth, was buried at Zoar Cemetery in Rodman. She died Jan. 11, 1857 aged 68 (Moody Family Bible owned by Mrs. Charles Lonsdale of Watertown, N.Y.). He died at Pulaski, N.Y., Aug. 20, 1860, and is buried there. (Moody Family Bile and Anna (Price) Douglas' diary). His brother Ebenezer's wife was said to have been the first white woman in Rodman and their son Walter Harrison Moody who was born about 1802, is said to have been the first white child born in the town and his death three years later is said to have been the first death in the town. His father Ebenezer was given 50 acres by the proprietor of Harrison who had promised 100 acres for the first white child born there (Emerson's History of Jefferson Co., p. 774).

The records of the Adjutant General's Office at Washington, D.C. show that Anson Moody served in the War of 1812 as a private in Captain Isaiah Post's Company, 76th Reg.. (Tuttle's) New York Militia from March 8 to 18, 1813, and in the same Company, 3rd Reg.. Col. Tucker commanding, Aug. 1 to 21, 1814.  The first deed of record to Anson Moody in Jefferson Co. (Liber U:12) is dated May 1, 1823, when he acquired 132 1/2 acres in consideration of $110. This was purchased from Edward Canning, Esq. Of New York City.

The census of 1835 of the town of Rodman states that in the family of Anson Moody were three males of whom one was subject to militia duty and two were entitled to vote; and three females of whom one was married and under 45 years, one between 16 and 45 years and one under 16 years of age. That he married a second time is shown by a deed in Liber L 2:566 dated Jan. 10, 1832, when he and his wife Ruth conveyed a parcel of 25 acres to Epaphrus Moody. The census of 1850 for the town of Rodman gives his age as 72, states that he was born in Connecticut, a farmer, with real estate valued at $500; that his wife was 62 years of age, born in Connecticut, and that he had living with him Mary A. Moody age 17, born in Connecticut.

    Among the children of Anson Moody were:  

      1. HARRY OGDEN HOFFMAN MOODY, b., June 15, 1802; m. Jan. 17, 1827, Caroline Ann Bibbins; d. Jan. 17, 1874.
      2. Ebenezer, b. June 26, 1812; m. Mar 13, 1834, Jane Rogers
      3. William C. of Watertown, N.Y., ; m. Jane ---- (d. Oct. 29, 1870); children:  William H., Emma Jane, and Charles F.
      4. Alden E. of California

9. HARRY ODGEN HOFFMAN MOODY, b. June 15, 1802, at Rodman, N.Y..; m. at Rodman, Jan. 17, 1827, Caroline Ann Bibbins; d. Jan. 17, 1874, at Richland, N.Y.  Harry Ogden Hoffman Moody was a farmer, he was a Royal Arch Mason. In 1850, he was living at Orleans, N.Y. (Census of 1850). In 1852 he moved to Pulaski and settled on a farm not far from the village. His will dated Dec. 27, 1873, was probated March 9, 1874 (Oswego Col. Wills Liber L:224). In it he devised all his estate to his wife Caroline Ann Moody for life. After her death the estate was to be divided, one tenth to his three grandchildren, Belle, Frank, and Harry Anson, children of his late son Anson Moody, on attaining their majority, and all the rest to his children. He appointed his wife Caroline Ann and his son Arthur Bibbins his executors. He was a Methodist (Hist. Of Jefferson Co. N.Y., 1905, p. 950)

    The eleven children of Harry Odgen Hoffman Moody were:

      1. Anson, b. Oct. 18, 1827; m. Dec. 25, 1850, Ellen Laverna McKee; d. June 17, 1862.
      2. Permilia Ann, b. June 26, 1829; m. Jan 26, 1851, Albion A. Hughes; d. March 15, 1887.
      3. Authur Bibbins, b. Dec. 10, 1830; m. Mellise Hinman.
      4. Arelsaman Hunt, b. Nov. 25, 1832; m. Polly Butterfield.
      5. HENRY HARRISON, b. Oct. 13, 1834; m. Mrs. Caroline (F) Barney.
      6. Candace Carpenter, b. Dec. 5, 1836; d. unmarried, June 20, 1859.
      7. Seymour Badger, b. Apr. 6, 1839; d. unmarried April 17, 1886.
      8. Delano Gilson, b. Aug. 31, 1841; m. Anne E. Burk, May 17, 1882. Living in 1936 at Pulaski, N.Y. (see children on right)
      9. Mary Ellen, b. July 28, 1844; m. Rufus Grant Douglas, May 14, 1868; d. June 26, 1924. (see children on right)
      10. Eliza Maria, b. Jan. 3, 1846; m. (1) Delos E. Brooks, Feb. 27, 1870; m. (2) ---Douglas at Bloomington, Neb.  (see children on right)
      11. Carolyn Ann, b. Oct. 24, 1850; m. Henry C. Twitchell Dec. 22, 1871.

10.  HENRY HARRISON MOODY, b. Oct. 13, 1834; m. Mrs. Caroline (F) Barney.

The children of Henry Harrison Moody were:

    1. Eulia M., b. Feb.12, 1869
    2. HARRY SMITH, b. April 20, 1870
    3. Anna Mae, B. Sept.16, 1871

Harry Smith MOODY, my maternal great-grandfather, born April 20, 1870, in Watertown, New York, went West to Oregon by train in 1891.  He married my maternal great-grandmother, Sophia LOGUS, in Oregon City in 1894.  She was in the first American born generation of Prussian parents.  For more about the Oregon Moodys, and a continuation of my direct Moody line, please visit More My Moodys.  Its a fascinating peek into the past, especially the growth of Oregon City from a pioneer destination to a thriving business community.


The Moody Coat of Arms can be found at The Coat Of Arms: Designs of Wonder (along with lots of other family heraldry)
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In 1990 my sister and I had the pleasure of visiting Moulton, England.  The vicar of the local church allowed us to view the ancient church records and we saw the exact same information about the Moodys as you read here (word for word)... It was very exciting!  Moulton is a small and picturesque village near Bury St Edmonds in the Suffolk County.
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16th century news:
1558- Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England
1564- Michaelangelo and Shakespeare are born
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"Mr." John Moody was an original proprietor of Hartford as shown by his name on a monument erected to the founders.
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Samuel Moody was the first generation born in the New World and as an only child, is father to most of the Moody familiies from the New England colonies.
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According to history, differences of opinion in regard to baptism and church government had made an unhappy controversy at Hartford and Wethersfield. In order to end the strife some members moved their families into the jurisdiction of    Massachusetts. On the 18th of April 1659, sixty persons signed a compact and with Rev. John Russell as their  pastor, began the settlement of Hadley, MA. Samuel Moody and his wife Sarah Deming Moody moved to Hadley with this group, but her parents were on the opposite side of this issue and remained in Hartford. 

The birth of their second child is recorded on the Hadley records and from the fact that no record was made of the eldest is evidence that her birth happened the year of their departure from Hartford in 1659.

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xRead the obituary notice which appeared in the Pulaski Democrat of June 15, 1876, describing how Ebenezer died during a temperance meeting at church.
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The children of Delano Moody were:
Mae E., b. June 5, 1884
Delano Anson, b. Dec.17, 1886
Lena A., b. Feb. 10, 1890; m. Roy Austinx
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The children of Mary Ellen Moody Douglas were:
Volney Grant, b. May, 1870
Rufus Moody, b. Jan. 28, 1873
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The children of Eliza Maria Moody Brooks were:
Edith May, b. Jun 15, 1871; d. May 25, 1885
Charles Harry, b. March 14, 1876
Ethel E. b. Aug. 27, 1880
Florence E. b. Sept. 5, 1883x
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