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Re: James MOODY of STANDISH...Need PROOF of some sort Please
Posted by: William Moody (ID *****6753) Date: March 01, 2005 at 17:59:09
In Reply to: James MOODY of STANDISH...Need PROOF of some sort Please by melissa1 of 809

Melissa -

Many thanks for your prompt reply to my “James Moody of Standish” inquiry. My first cousin Betty Dean Holmes and I are both into Moody and other genealogy (she, far longer and deeper than I), but we disagree in a cousinly fashion over the parentage of James. She wants to get the Rev. Samuel Moody “Father Moody” of York, ME involved. It would be nice, but I don’t think it works, since any of his Moody descendants would have to come through his only son, Joseph (“Handkerchief Moody”) and Joseph’s sons, Joseph and Thomas. Here are three alternatives for our line from her researches:

Deyo’s 1899 “History of Barnstable County” (written by Josiah Paine) pg. 882
William (1)
Caleb (2)
Rev. Samuel (3)
Joshua (4)
James (5)
Samuel I (6)
Samuel II (7)
etc.

Herbert A. Moody (letters to my grandmother and others -- see offer below*)
William (1)
Caleb (2)
Joshua (3)
Samuel (4)
James (5)
Samuel I (6)
Samuel II (7)
etc.

Sears’ “Early Families of Standish, Maine” (ISBN 1-55613-501-7)
William (1)
Joshua (2)
Samuel (3)
Joshua (4)
James (5)
Samuel I (6)
Samuel II (7)
etc.

I hold with Herbert A. Moody’s version. I think he did his homework better, but it’s all speculation, as my cousin Betty says.

I think the DAR is wrong about James’ birth in Cape Cod. He was a Mainer from birth and for most of his life. His son, Samuel I went to Cape Cod to marry, but returned to Standish until he and his huge number of family, animals, furniture, etc. went to the Cape Cod to live with and eventually inherit his wife’s family (Rogers) farm in Harwich, MA about 1811. There were other relatives on the Cape ... and that may lead to the confusion. Also, I believe that James came to the Cape to be near his son Samuel I and other relatives between his wife’s death/burial in 1816 in Standish and his own death in 1818. I have a number of references to his death and burial in Sandwich, MA, a town not far from Harwich, where his son Samuel I lived.

I had never heard of the 18th century Newport, RI Moodys before. As far as we knew, my great uncle, William Ladd Moody (9), was the first of the Moodys to live there. My father, Joseph (“Jay”) Rice Moody, Jr. (10) was taken into dental practice by his childless uncle and established his family there. My brother, Stanson Allen Moody, continues the family tradition of dentistry in Middletown, RI, just north of Newport.

Your comments on the Scottish emigrant Moodys are probably true: before and after the ‘15 and ‘45 risings in the Highlands, the new emigrants didn’t want to be traced.

*I have a compendium of Herbert A. Moody’s researches on our branch of the family dating from about 1951. I’d be happy to send you a copy, if you’d like it. I couldn’t e-mail it, because it’s extensive and all typed. Let me know.

Bill Moody
wbbmoody@erols.com


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