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Hurrray, they fixed the spelling!! W A B A N A K I - American Indian
Posted by: melissa1 (ID *****3873) Date: March 12, 2004 at 15:46:54
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Well this is good news, we now have the correct spelling of Wabanaki for the people to come to post messages for loved ones missing or general history of the Wabanaki nations of American Indians of New England and Canada and probably other parts of the United States now.

I will start...my 3rd grt. grandfather Joseph D. MOODY born c1814 either Canada or Maine (he claimed both as his place of birth) d. between 1876 and 1877 in Lowell, Middlesex Co., MA where from about 1860 until his death he was an Indian doctor. He lived on Chapel St and then moved to Manchester Corners in Lowell. Family stories tell that we are part Passamaquoddy and possibly Mikmaq, but I tend to think it might be a mixture of Passamaquoddy, Penobscot/ Mikmaq and Maliseet and maybe even some St. Francis thrown in for good measure.
There are names associated with my family that are found among all of these nations of Indian people in Canada, ME, MA and NH.
I have not yet been able to find my MOODY link, but I now KNOW for certain of 2 other MOODY's who are also Indian, one a Passamaquoddy and the other an Abenaki from another New England state. There are certainly others as well and who knows...these two families might be related to my own Joseph D. MOODY. I would not be at all surprised to find that out.
The places that I know he lived were Brunswick, Cumberland Co., Maine, Ipswich, Essex Co., MA, Gardiner - Hallowell - Pittston area of Kennebec Co., Maine, and Lowell, Middlesex Co., MA.
He might have lived in other places, but these are the places where I have found some documentation that he was there.

Other family stories provide other clues, and my great grandmother used to tell stories of Joseph as well, only she called him an Indian Witch Doctor. (laughs) I guess folks back then didn't understand the Indian way of healing, they probably still wouldn't, but that's alright.

This is the basics of my Joseph D. Moody - Indian doctor. My messages are all over the web searching for more info about him so you will or probably have run acrossed them before.
Two of his sons William and James MOODY served in the Civil War and both enlisted at Augusta, ME in 1861. William the eldest whose complexion was listed as "dark" on the papers I got back from NARA, eventually wound up in northern California where he was a farmer. He married a girl who I believe was also Indian whose last name was HOXIE. I found a girl by his wife's name living in Maine, and I believe he may have sent for her to come and they were married, or he came back to her and married her and then returned to CA, but whatever the case, they had but one child, a son named William that they called "Willie", before she died. She died sometime before 1901 and in one census, she was listed as having been born in French Canada.

William's younger brother James MOODY served in the 7th ME regiment which was a known regiment for having several Indians among its men. James didn't fare so well however...he was barely 16 when he joined up and died from sickness as best I can tell from the scant papers on him from NARA. He died in the Hammond Hospital in MD and is buried there. He may have fought at Antietam and died from wounds suffered there. His info is so scarce, but if the military knew he was Indian, that is most likely why.
He was not married and left nothing so there were no claims made for him.
The other 3 brothers were raised on an Indian camp in MA after their mother died when they were just toddlers and youngsters. When the 2 youngest boys were teens they were living in Billerica and were farm hands. Their older brother and my 2nd grt. grandfather stayed on the Indian camp and didn't run away until sometime after 1860 but before 1870. By 1870 he was living in Maine with the family he would marry into, then his 2 younger brothers moved from Billerica to join him in Maine as well and those 3 brothers lived near each other the rest of their lives each with their own families. I'm sure there are probably descendants of them still living somewhere that may be able to add to these old family stories as well. Both of the younger brothers had children.

Joseph D. Moody claims as his parents another Joseph Moody and Hannah THOMAS who lived in Brunswick, ME. This Joseph Moody was born c1782 in Buxton, York Co., ME and was a son of James Moody b.c1745 (I cannot for the life of me find out who his parents are), and Elizabeth DONNELL. By 1785 James died, he was in the Rev. War MA Cont. Army and may have died from sickness while serving or from complications of wounds received from the War. Because he didn't die until After the Rev. War was over, I don't really know for sure. NARA had Nothing on my James Moody except the above info. However, I believe he may have been Indian too and that is why there is nothing on him. He may have been one of the Indians that John Allan recruited for Gen. George Washington. I have no idea. That is just speculation on my part too.

Well, that's basically all I have on my Joseph D. Moody - Indian doctor b. c1814 d. c1876.
Maybe someday someone will come along with some answers for me. I do know that during the years my Joseph was in Lowell, Chief Big Thunder - Frank Loring a Penobscot Indian from Old Town, Indian Island, Maine, used to come there to hire out the healers and other Indians for his traveling Indian shows that he put on for the white folks. My great grandfather had one of the Indian costumes / outfits that we believe may have belonged to Joseph D. MOODY who ~may~ have participated in these shows. I have a photo of my grt. grandfather wearing this outfit with full headdress made of turkey feathers and stars painted on the costume etc. It makes me laugh to think of it really, but the white folks expected Indians to all look like that, like they ran around all the time in those outfits complete with full headdresses on. (laughs)

Also Joseph A. MASTA who was a St. Francis Indian from Quebec was also in Lowell at the same time my Joseph was.
There was a Peter COOLEY and a Dr. TOMAH as well. They moved off to NH and VT or went back to Canada (not Masta, he stayed in Lowell and died there, I have copies of his obit from the Lowell Sun newspaper).

If anyone has further info on other MOODY Indians from New England or Canada, I sure would be pleased to hear from you.
Thanks for any help or added stories.


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