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Can Anyone Help Straighten Out This James Moody mess??
Posted by: melissa1 (ID *****3873) Date: April 12, 2003 at 06:38:34
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I have TWO James Moody's both of who were born c1750 and lived in Maine.
The DAR records give the two James Moody's as follows"
James MOODY
Birth- MA c1750
Service - MA
Rank - Sol CL (Soldier Continental Line...that's a rank?)
Death - MA - before Sept. 4, 1785.
No Pensions or Applications
SPOUSE - Elizabeth DONALD (more commonly spelled DONNELL/Dunnell)
**My Notes** From the Congregational Church records of Buxton, York Co., Maine comes this info...James MOODY of Buxton married on Jan. 13, 1774 to Elizabeth DONALD (Donnell/Dunnell), she too of Buxton, Maine.
On Aug. 26, 1777 James Moody of Buxton, York Co., Maine enlisted in the Continental Army. (Centennial of Buxton).
According to this book, these men were only "short term" enlistee's but then it goes on to say that a Congressional order was made during this time that stated any man who enlisted had to serve a minimum of a 3 year term. (IF I am reading this correctly anyway...and I think I am). So it could be that James Moody got caught up in that and was in service for the next 3 years. If that's the case he may have died c1780.
On Sept. 4, 1785 Elizabeth and her 3 children Sarah, James and Joseph were all baptized in this same church, where wife Elizabeth is called a "widow".
James Moody, Jr (for clarity) married in 1795 (same church) to Mary HEAIRL of Little Falls. She was a daughter of Joshua Heairl (there was a note in the records that he spelled his surname this way), and Hannah BRADBURY (daughter of Jacob Bradbury and Abigail EATON - Bradbury Memorial).
Since This James Moody, Sr. (again for clarity only), died before Sept. 4, 1785, I know he is Not the James Moody who came to Standish, Cumberland Co., Maine who married Elizabeth SHAW.
This is what the DAR has to say about him:
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James MOODY
Birth - MA - c1750
Service - MA
Rank - Pvt.
Death - MA - Jan. 4, 1818
No Pensions or Applications
SPOUSE - Elizabeth SHAW.
**** I had no idea that James outlived his wife by 2 years, so perhaps he did die in MA. Perhaps he was living with relatives there. I can't seem to find him in Standish.
Also, I believe his Parents were Joshua MOODY and Tabith COX of Falmouth, Cumberland Co., Maine but cannot prove that either as the VR's only give them a son named James but no Birth Date. So HOW does anyone know for certain that THIS James is their son, and Not the James Moody from Buxton, York Co., Maine?
If Anyone has Proof of this PLEASE let me know.
Thank you for any info...I am Desperate to sort this out as I now KNOW that the James Moody of Buxton is the father of my Joseph Moody b.c1777 in Buxton, York Co., ME where he was still living when he married in 1802 in Gorham, Cumberland Co., ME to Content Crockit [sic Crockett] (Buxton Town Clerk records). They were still living in Buxton in 1810 where Joseph Moody was called Lt. Joseph Moody. There was some small war that rose up in 1807 or 1808 in Buxton that I just read about and he must have been part of that, hence his title Lt.
Anyway, if anyone can provide Proof that James Moody of Standish was indeed the James born to Joshua Moody and Tabith Cox, I would be VERY pleased if you could help me.
Thank You


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