Samuel Moody and Sarah Deming

Samuel Moody was the son of John Moody and Sarah Cox. According to Plinius Moody, he was born in 1636. Samuel married Sarah Deming. Sarah was the daughter of John Deming and Honor Treat, according to Cutter.

Samuel moved from Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut to Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts in 1659. Plinius Moody explained, "He remained awhile after marriage on the homestead of his father and continued to care for his now widowed mother who resided with him…At this time [1658], differences of opinion in regard to baptism and church government had made an unhappy controversy at Hartford and Wethersfield. Many in order to end the strife thereupon resolved to remove themselves and their families into the jurisdiction of Massachusetts. Accordingly in the 18th of April 1659, sixty persons signed a compact that same year; with Rev. John Russell as their pastor, began the settlement of Hadley. Samuel Moodie was one of these."

Samuel died 22 Sep 1689
in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts. He died intestate and an inventory of his estate was taken 25 October 1689. Sarah was granted administration on his estate.

Sarah is mentioned in her father's will in 1690 as "my daughter Moody," where she only inherited ten shillings. Her father notes, however, that he had "already given her a good portion." Sarah died 29 Sep 1717
in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

Samuel and Sarah’s children are:

  1. Sarah Moody, included as a daughter by Cutter, married John Kellogg (ch. 29 Dec 1656 in Amherst, Hampshire, Massachusetts, son of Joseph and Joana Kellogg, the largest landholder in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts in 1720, operated a ferry, m. 2) Ruth --) 23 Dec 1680 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, died 10 Sep 1689 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
  2. John Moody, eldest son, mentioned in the administration on his father's estate, married Sarah Evetts (called Sarah Everts by Cutter) 3 Apr 1700 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, settled in Hartford, died 5 Nov 1732 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, inventory dated 13 Mar 1732/3.
  3. Hannah Moody, born 5 Mar 1663 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, died 6 Jan 1713 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, unmarried, mentioned in the administration on her father's estate.
  4. Mary Moody, born about 1663, mentioned in the administration on her father's estate, married 1) Alexander Panton 30 Jun 1689 (according to Judd and Boltwood) and 2) James Munn (b. abt. 1658, d. 12 Dec 1744) 29 Jun 1689 (according to Judd and Boltwood) (intention recorded 28 May 1698 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts), lived in Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, then Colchester, New London, Connecticut, died 20 Jun 1725 in Colchester, New London, Connecticut, buried with James at the Colchester Burying Ground, Colchester, New London, Connecticut.
  5. Samuel Moody, second son, mentioned in the administration on his father's estate, born 28 Nov 1670 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, married Sarah Lane (dau. of Samuel Lane) 5 Sep 1700 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, died 10 Nov 1744 (according to Boltwood).
  6. Ebenezer Moody, youngest son, mentioned in the administration on his father's estate, born 23 Oct 1675 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, married Editha (Day?) (b. abt. 1682, d. 19 Aug 1757 in South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts), a proprietor of the first division of lands in South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts in 1719-20, a captain in the militia, moderator of the first Town Meeting in South Hadley on 12 Mar 1733, "appointed to advise in regard to the bigness of the pews" (see Plinius Moody) in 1733, chairman of the committee who settled Rev. Grindal Rowson in 1733, built and tended a grist mill, died 11 Nov 1757 in South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, will dated 22 Mar 1757 and proved 14 Feb 1758, buried with Editha in the Old South Hadley Burial Ground, South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts (both later relocated to Evergreen Cemetery, South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts).


Sources: 

  1. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch, John Kellogg, ; citing FHL microfilms 186,128 and 186,152.
  2. "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch; citing reference 2:3XM0L4W; FHL microfilm 186,152.
  3. "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," database, FamilySearch; citing Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, reference pgs. 7 and 22; FHL microfilm 186,152.
  4. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch; citing Marriage, Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 186,152.
  5. Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).
  6. Ancestry.com. Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: White, Lorraine Cook, ed. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Vol. 1-55. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002.
  7. Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: White, Lorraine Cook, ed. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Vol. 1-55. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002.
  8. Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772–1934." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.
  9. Manwaring, Charles William, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Vol. II (Hartford District, 1700-1729), Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1995 (originally published 1904), pgs. 55-6.
  10. Probate Records, 1660-1916; Index, 1660-1971; Author: Massachusetts. Probate Court (Hampshire County); Probate Place: Hampshire, Massachusetts, Notes: Probate Records, Vol 8-9, 1753-1761. Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Massachusetts County, District and Probate Courts.
  11. Moody, Plinius, The Moody Family, or Records of the Descendants of Mr. John Moody of Hartford, Connecticut, 1856, organized and recorded By Theodore L. Moody And Maxine Bull Moody, Nov 1991.
  12. Boltwood, Lucius Manlius, Genealogies of Hadley Families: Embracing the Early Settlers of the Towns of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst, and Granby, Amherst, MA: Metcalf & Company, 1862, pgs. 100-101.
  13. Judd, Sylvester, History of Hadley, Northampton, MA: Metcalf & Company, 1863, p. 549.
  14. Torrey, Clarence A., New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.
  15. Cutter, William Richard, New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, vol. IV, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914, p. 2116.
  16. Cutter, William Richard et al., Encyclopedia of Massachusetts, Biographical--Genealogical, Vol. 4, Boston, The American Historical Society, 1916, p. 201.
  17. Gravestones of Ebenezer and Editha Moody, Evergreen Cemetery, South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
  18. Gravestone of James and Mary (Moody) Munn, Colchester Burying Ground, Colchester, New London, Connecticut

 

Records related to the Samuel and Sarah (Deming) Moody family but not copied below due to copyright considerations:

  1. Entry for John Moody; Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3; The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volumes 1-6. Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.




Town Records

Name:    John Kellogg
Gender:    Male
Christening Date:    29 Dec 1656
Christening Place:    AMHERST,HAMPSHIRE,MASSACHUSETTS
Father's Name:    Joseph Kellogg
Mother's Name:    Joannah

Source: "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FC5S-5D7 : 10 February 2018), John Kellogg, ; citing , ; FHL microfilm 186,128.


Name:    Hanah <Moody>
Gender:    Female
Christening Place:    HADLEY, HAMPSHIRE, MASSACHUSETTS
Birth Date:    05 Mar 1663
Father's Name:    Samll Moody
Mother's Name:    Sarah Moody

Source: "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCQ4-NLD : 10 February 2018), Hanah , 05 Mar 1663; citing , p 7; FHL microfilm 186,152.


Name:    Ebenez <Moody>
Gender:    Male
Christening Place:    HADLEY, HAMPSHIRE, MASSACHUSETTS
Birth Date:    23 Oct 1675
Father's Name:    Samll Moody
Mother's Name:    Sarah Moody

Source: "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCQH-MGS : 10 February 2018), Ebenez , 23 Oct 1675; citing , p 7; FHL microfilm 186,152.



Name:    Samll <Moody>
Gender:    Male
Christening Place:    HADLEY, HAMPSHIRE, MASSACHUSETTS
Birth Date:    28 Nov 1670
Father's Name:    Samll Moody
Mother's Name:    Sarah Moody

Source: "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCQH-MXS : 10 February 2018), Samll , 28 Nov 1670; citing , p 7; FHL microfilm 186,152.


Name:    Samuel Moody
Spouse's Name:    Sarah Lane
Event Date:    05 Sep 1700
Event Place:    Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts

Source: "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCQ9-QFR : 9 February 2018), Samuel Moody and Sarah Lane, 05 Sep 1700; citing reference 2:3XM0L4W; FHL microfilm 186,152.


Name:    Samll Moodie
Gender:    Male
Death Date:    22 Sep 1689
Death Place:    Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts

Burial record of Samuel Moodie

Source: "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FC9D-7ZL : 10 February 2018), Samll Moodie, 22 Sep 1689; citing Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, reference p 7; FHL microfilm 186,152.


Name:    Sarah Moody
Gender:    Female
Death Date:    29 Sep 1717
Death Place:    Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Marital Status:    Married
Spouse's Name:    Samuel Moody

Source: "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FC9D-7ZT : 10 February 2018), Sarah Moody, 29 Sep 1717; citing Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, reference p 7; FHL microfilm 186,152.


Name:    Sarah Kellogg
Gender:    Female
Death Date:    10 Sep 1689
Death Place:    Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Marital Status:    Married
Spouse's Name:    John Kellogg

Burial record of Sarah (Moody) Kellogg

Source: "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FC9D-442 : 10 February 2018), Sarah Kellogg, 10 Sep 1689; citing Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, reference p 22; FHL microfilm 186,152.


Name:    Hannah Moody
Gender:    Female
Death Date:    06 Jan 1713
Death Place:    Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Father's Name:    Samll Moody
Mother's Name:    Sarah

Burial record of Hannah Moody

Source: "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FC9D-7ZP : 10 February 2018), Hannah Moody, 06 Jan 1713; citing Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, reference p 7; FHL microfilm 186,152.


Name:    John Kellogg
Event Type:    Marriage
Event Date:    23 Dec 1680
Event Place:    Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
Gender:    Male
Spouse's Name:    Sarah Moody
Spouse's Gender:    Female

Marriage record of John Kellogg and Sarah Moody

Source: "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCST-ZV7 : 10 February 2018), John Kellogg and Sarah Moody, 23 Dec 1680; citing Marriage, Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 186,152.


Name:    Ebenezer Moodey
Event Type:    Death
Death Date:    11 Nov 1757
Death Place:    South Hadley, Massachusetts

Name:    Editha Moodey
Event Type:    Death
Death Date:    19 Aug 1757
Death Place:    South Hadley, Massachusetts
Spouse Name:    Ebenezar Moodey

Name:    Mary Pauthorne
Event Type:    Marriage
Marriage Date:    28 May 1698
Marriage Place:    Springfield, Massachusetts
Spouse Name:    James Mun
Text: "James Mun entred his intention of maryage with the widdow Mary Panthorne of Hadly the 28 day of May 1698 and weare published the same day."

Source: Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).


Name:    John Moody
Age:    72 Y
Birth Date:    abt 1660
Death Date:    5 Nov 1732
Death Place:    Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Source: Ancestry.com. Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: White, Lorraine Cook, ed. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Vol. 1-55. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002.


Name:    Sarah Evetts
Marriage Date:    3 Apr 1700
Marriage Place:    Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Spouse:    John Moody

Source: Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: White, Lorraine Cook, ed. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Vol. 1-55. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002.


Name:    Mary Munn
Birth Date:    abt 1663
Age at Death:    62
Death Date:    20 Jun 1725
Death Place:    Colchester, Connecticut
Gender:    Female
Marital Status:    Married
Spouse:    James
FHL Film Number:    3327

Source: Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772–1934." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.


Probate Records

Page 132.
Deming, John, Sen., Wethersfield. (No inventory or apprisers mentioned.) Will dated 26 June, 1690:
I, John Deming, Senior, do declare this to be my last will and testament: I having done well by my son John, I now give him my great Bible, Geneva print, and my feather bed and bolster, and my great kettle. I give to my son Jonathan my fifty-acre lot at the west side of the bounds, to be to him and his heirs forever. I give to my son Samuel my house and home lot, wth all the buildings upon it, containing nine acres be it more or less, and bounded as in the record; as also my meadow adjoining, containing about 17 acres, and abutting on Mr. Willis south, Thomas Standidge his land east, the highway north, and my homelott west; and 12 acres in the West Swamp, at the rear of my son David's lott. Also I give unto him my flock of sheep, and my neat cattle, and all my horses and swine, and all my moveables, within doors and without (not otherwise disposed of by this my last will), and all my husbandry tools, he paying my just debts, funeral charges and such legacies as I do hereby appoint him to pay. I give to my son David all my materials and tools in my shop, and my book debts, he paying those debts I owe about my trade. I give to my son Ebenezer my best coat and my best hat. I give to my daughter Morgan, my daughter Beckly, my daughter Hurlbut and my daughter Wright, five pounds apiece, to be paid by my executor within five years after my deceasse. I give to my couzen Unis Standidge, and to my cousin Sarah Wyer, wife of John Wyer, twenty pounds apiece, to be paid by my executor within two years after my decease. I give to my daughter Moody 10s, having already given her a good portion. I give to my grandchild Ann Beckley £5. I appoint my son Samuel executor, and desire Capt. Samuel Talcott and my son Ebenezer Deming to be overseers.
Witness: John Allyn,                                                                                                                                                                       JOHN DEMING, SEN., LS.
              George Grave.

Codicil, dated 3d February 1692: Whereas, I gave to my son John my great Bible, my feather bed and bolster, and my great kettle, I now withdraw that gift and give unto my son John all my materials and tools in my shop and my book debts, he paying those debts I owe about my trade. And whereas, in my will I gave my grandchild Ann Beckley
£5, shee having miscarryed, I withdraw my gift from her, and that £5 I give to my son David.
Witness: John Allyn,                                                                                                                                                                       JOHN DEMING, LS.
               Zachariah Sandford.

Court Record, Page 72--21 November, 1705: Will exhibited by Samuel Deming. Proven by testimony of Zachary Sandford, the other witness being dead.

Source: Manwaring, Charles William, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Vol II (Hartford District, 1700-1729), Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1995 (originally published 1904), pgs. 55-6.


Will of Ebenezer Moody (for a larger view, right click on the image and select "Open image in new tab"):

Will of Ebenezer Moody, part 1 of 2

Will of Ebenezer Moody, part 2 of 2

Source: Probate Records, 1660-1916; Index, 1660-1971; Author: Massachusetts. Probate Court (Hampshire County); Probate Place: Hampshire, Massachusetts, Notes: Probate Records, Vol 8-9, 1753-1761. Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Massachusetts County, District and Probate Courts.



Plinius Moody's The Moody Family

SAMUEL MOODIE son of Mr. John Moodie, the emigrant, b. in the year 1636, md. in 1658 SARAH DEMING 28, dau. of Mr. John Deming of Wethersfield, Conn.

He remained awhile after marriage on the homestead of his father and continued to care for his now widowed mother who resided with him. He made purchase of several pieces of land the deed of which bears date April 7, 1658, also he is mentioned as proprietor of a parcell some of which was granted his father by the town and some of which his father bought - all of which, (bounded and described) was recorded Dec 12, 1680 in Vol 1 of the records in the town clerk’s office at Hartford.

At this time, differences of opinion in regard to baptism and church government had made an unhappy controversy at Hartford and Wethersfield. Many in order to end the strife thereupon resolved to remove themselves and their families into the jurisdiction of Massachusetts. Accordingly in the 18th of April 1659, sixty persons signed a compact that same year; with Rev. John Russell as their pastor, began the settlement of Hadley. Samuel Moodie was one of these. The birth of his 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 the removal, or in 1659.

The original document by which he held his estate in Hadley is in my possession, having been handed down in the family, in direct line, as if Providence had designed that I should here insert its transcript.

This record bearing date this twentie third day of ffebruarie in the yeare One thousand Six hundred Sixtie ffive witnesseth that the towne of hadley have given and granted unto Samuel Moodie an accommodation of land according to the rate or value of One hundred and ffiftie pound estate, viz. One house lott containing eight acres more or lesse bounded by the land of Nathaniel Ward south and John Crowe north abutting against the Common streets east and the place west allsoe in the greate medowe in the ffirst division of ploweland three acres more or lesse bounded by the land of Nathaniell Ward west and William Mascum east abutting against a high waye north and the plane south. Allsoe in the norherlie ffurlong towards the lower end of the meddowe foure acres more or lesse, bounded by the land of John Dickinsonwest and the towne east abutting against a high waye north and the adjoining ffurlonge south being in breadth five rod and ten thirteelnth of a rod, allsoe in the plane two acres one roode and ffifteene pole more or lesse bounded by the land of Richard Church east and Thomas Dickinson west abutting against a high way north and the adjoining ffurlong south in bredth five rod and five fourteelnths of a rod, allsoe one parcell of land adjoininge to the ffort meadowe northerlie, proportioned according to valuation to six acres of meddowe bounded by the ffort medowe ffense south and the woods north abutting on the rivellett east and the way running into the ffort meddowe west allsoe in the ffort meddowe ffive acres more or lesse proportioned to three roodes and twentie ffive pole for an acre, bounded by the land of Nathaniell Dickinson north and John White south abutting against the River west and the swalmpe east being in bredth eight rod and one eighteenth part of a rod, allsoe three acres more or lesse lying in the swalmpe southwest of the ffort medowe bounded by the land of Nathaniell Ward nor'east and Samuell Church southwest abutting on the river nor'west and on the high way southeast being in bredth twelve rod and seaven eights of a rod allsoe in the medowe called Hockanum six acres towe roodes and twentie nine pole more or lesse bounded by the land of widowe Hankes nor'east and John Taler southwest abutting against the river and nor'west being in bredth ten rod and one halfe of a rod allsoe in the medowe called greate pansett over the river three acres and one roode more or lesse bounded by the land of Samuell Smith nor'east and John Barnard southwest, abutting against the high waye southeast and the rivellett nor'west in bredth ffive rod & tow thirds of a rod; allsoe in the meadowe called little pansett towe acres and three roodes proportioned to three roodes & thirtie pole for an acre bounded by the land of Samuell Smith westerlie and Phillip Smith easterlie abutting on the river south and the banke north being in bredth foure rod and tow eights of a rod all and every of which parcells of land lying and being within the bounds of the towneshippe of Hadley aforesd with all the privilidges and appurtenances to all and everye of them belonging the said towne of Hadley hath freelie give (The Colony purchased of the Indians what is now embraced in the towns of Hadley, South Hadley, Granby & Amherst and Hatfield all of which were anciently called Hadley. As Samuel Moodie was one of the Colony who made the purchases the expression `given' as used in the above record denotes merely the appointment of his share by itself with specified boundaries) to the said Samuel Moodie his heires Executors and Assignees forever to have and to hould the same without any lett or molestation ffrom the said towne or any other claiming by ffrom or under them. (A transcript of the above document may be found on the Hadley records, in form nearly the same as here inserted).

From the record here given it appears that the house of Samuel Moodie was on the west side of the Front Street in Hadley and the fourth from the river reckoning north. A slight elevation of ground with two dwelling houses – the residences of Messrs. Joseph Eastman and Addie Wallis - mark the spot. The old mansion long years ago was removed; but the street remains nearly the same as formerly being sixteen rods wide and one mile in length both ends abutting on the Connecticut River, which here forms a peninsula. The soil is highly productive and the scenery beautiful. Nor can we believe it to have been less so formerly.

There he undoubtedly was, when on the morning of June 12, 1676, Hadley was attacked by 700 Indians. The fight must have occurred near his house for the Indians came upon the inhabitants at the south end of the street. We doubt not the musket and the sword mentioned in the inventory of his estate were then used in defense. It was there the foe was driven back by assistance of the Generals Goffe and Whalley both of whom had belonged to Cromwell's Army, but who with twenty eight other Judges having passed sentence of death upon Charles I of England were obliged after the restoration of monarchy to flee for safety to the wilds of America.

To SAMUEL MOODIE, I find given the epithet `Goodman' which title undoubtedly denotes the fact of his being a member of the Church. We regret that nothing further in this respect can now be known as the early church records of Hadley unfortunately were burned with the dwelling of Rev. Mr. Hopkins.

Mr. Samuel Moodie, son of Mr. John Moodie, the emigrant and progenitor of all of the name whom ancestors are traced to the Connecticut Valley in it's early history, died in Hadley, Mass. 22 Sep 1689, aged about 53 years.

Sara ye beloved wife of Samuel Moodie, Senior, died Sept. ye 29, 1717. They were buried with the early settlers of Hadley, but I have not been able to identify their graves.

The Probate of the Inventory of Mr. Samuel Moodie's Estate as copied from the Prob. Records, Vol. 1, page 269, of Hampshire Co., Mass. is here inserted as evidence of the authenticity of this account as thus far given.

Sara ye Relict of Samll Moody of Hadley deceased who dyed intestate presented to this Corte an Inventory of her sd Husband's Estate to which she made oath before ye worshipll Petr Tilton, Esqr yt it was a true Inventory & if more estate appeared, she would readily make discovery of it to the Cortes. Power of administration on sd estate was by the Corte granted to sd widdow and to John and Samuell Moody, son of the deceased who gave in Bond of 1000 for securitie of sd estate & to give accmpt of their administering on sd estate.

The inventory ffolows taken 25th October 1689 by Capt. Aaron Cooke, Lieut. Joseph Kellogg & Peter Tilton, Senr.

Here followeth a settlement of Samll Moody's deceased, his estate at ye ajourmt of this Corte June 25, 1690. Whereas, Sarah the Relict of Samll Moody of Hadley deceased appeared in Corte desiring yt some settlement to be made of her sd husband's estate to hereslfe & ye children whom ye totoll sum amounts to 654 of thereabouts which this Corte settles as ffollows. Sarah, the widdow aforesd to have one 3d part out of the whole estate, lands and movables, the lands for her use & maintenance & one half of ye housing in Hadley, such as she shall chuse for her life or widdowhood & one hundred pounds of ye moveable goods at the absolute dispose forever. And John Moody, eldest son to the deceased, to have a double portion which with some small allowance to his double share come to 167-5-00 or thereabouts to be set out to him out of the housing & lands at Hartford, viz. All the housing & lands thereto, to be his own portion as aforesd answering his mother for her third, during her life. To Samll, the 2d son & Ebenezer, the youngest son, 76 apiece out of the lands & movables as yt administrator to each shall judge, with good advice, to be most convenient for ym. To the 2 daughters Mary & Hannah, 54 a piece out of the movables. Mary, portion to be to her & her children after marrieage if she hath issue & none to take away any part of it & convert or turn it aside from ye ends aforesd. Those of the children that are under age, their portions to be at ye widdow's use till they come to age & if ye legattees dye before they receive their portions, the survivors to enjoy it." (It will be observed that no mention is made of Sarah, the eldest daughter in the above settlement, but it will be seen by reference to her name in advance that she was at this time, deceased. The births of their children were copied from the Hadley records except that of Sarah - who was born about the time of their removal to Hadley - and that of Mary, which seems to have been carelessly omitted).



CAPT. EBENEZER MOODY, son of Samuel Moodie of Hadley, Mass, b. 23 Oct 1675 in Hadley, md. abt. 1702 to EDITHA KELLOGG 67. (I have been unable to obtain the record of this marriage or to ascertain of a certainty to what branch of the Kellogg family she belonged. Her Christian name was Editha and the testimony among her descendants, some of whom till the present time, in one unbroken line, occupied the same homestead on which they settled and even the same house in which she and her husband died, is undisputed, that her maiden name was Kellogg. She was b. 1683 as appears from her age recorded on her gravestone.)

Besides, an ancient chest, which from the curious carved work upon it was evidently designed as part of the marriage dower, is still carefully preserved; this bears deeply engraved upon it the letters E.K. and the family in whose possession it is said, that `Capt. Daniel Moody', who died in 1828 used to say that the chest belonged to his grandmother whose name was Kellogg before marriage.

To this may be added the fact that a old account book in my possession which belonged to her son, Ebenezer show by the number of charges against the Kellogg name compared with the amount against others, that there was an intimacy between the families. So also, among many things of the kind, the following, taken from the `Proprietors Book';

March 18, 1728-9 voted that they grant Liberty to Capt. Ebenezer Moody to join his first choice or division of land lying on Bachelders River up to Nathll Kellogg, Senr his first choice" "upon condition that sd Ebenezer Moody grant a high way through his first choice", etc.

In my own mind scarcely a doubt remains that she was a Kellogg and yet it would be pleasing to be able to state more definitely respecting her. It is beyond dispute, that her son Joseph married into the Kellogg family, of this fact too, I have found no public record except as preserved among his descendants, and there are many omissions in the Hadley records of a similar kind, as elsewhere. With this the matter might rest were it not that the Probate Records of Lieut. Joseph Kellogg's estate who seems to have been about the only one of the name in this vicinity having children of a corresponding age, mentions no Editha. Samuel Kellogg of Hatfield, however, according to records of the `Day Family,' 24 Nov 1664 a grand daughter of Robert Day and his wife Editha (Stebbins). She having died Sep 19, 1677; he md. Sarah Root, now as no children are recorded of this marriage, and as his estate did not go to Probate, it is quite possible that of this second marriage there may have been a child, named Editha, being the name of the grandmother and thus supplying the defect. Yet we would not affirm. As the older brother John, married at Guilford, Conn. Perhaps she was of the Kellogg family in vicinity at Norwalk, Conn.

Ebenezer Moody remained on the homestead in Hadley, somewhat above twenty years after marriage or until the planting of the Colony on the south side of Holyoke, at a place then called the South Precinct of Hadley.

He was proprietor of the first division of lands there in 1719-20 also shared in the subsequent divisions.

His land on the south side of Mt. Holyoke as appears from the 'Proprietors Book' was assigned thus:

Homelot: 9 acres, 24 rods, 7 feet
Meadow: 4 acres 92 rods
1st choice in 5000 acre divis 22 acres 141 rods
2nd choice in 5000 acre divis 22 acres 141 rods
1st choice in 5000 acre divis 18 acres 47 rods
2nd choice in 4000 acre divis (Homelot)12 acres 76 rods allowing 120 rods for a rood (Meadow) 5 acres-
134 rods
1st choice in 3000 acre divis (Homelot) 11acres 65 rods (Meadow) 2 acres 52 rods
2nd choice in 3000 acre divis 13 acres 117 rods
1st choice in 2500 acre divis 11acres 70 rods laid out to his heirs
2nd choice in 2500 acre divis 11 acres 70 rods
Total = 143 acres 69 rods 7 feet

By purchases made of the proprietors this amount was considerably increased.(The terms `Homelot', `Meadow', etc. must be understood as designating what fell to him as his share of a Homelot, etc. Many of the proprietors did not settle upon the land, thus named, but exchanged property with others. The country was then a wilderness, and the divisions being made regularly, it not infrequently happened that one's `Homelot' or `Meadow' would fall to him where a settlement would not be practicable.)

Though peculiarly exposed to attacks from the Indians in that Mountain with only a narrow pass where it abuts upon the Connecticut River and a distance of a full seven miles separate them from the Parent Colony, he left the uncomfortable estate he then occupied, which he soon after gave to his eldest son, and with a few others began the settlement of what is now called South Hadley. His house was here built in June of 1729 and it is recorded on the Town Book in Hadley that `Ebenezer Smith was accidentally killed at the raising. (This Ebenezer Smith was a brother of Chileab Smith who married Sarah Moody, daughter of Captain Ebenezer Moody)

He was the father and founder of the Hamlet in South Hadley, called `Moody-Corner' which name, the village still bears. (Being in the north-east corner of the then inhabited part of the town and settled entirely by his descendants with the exception of one family, it was thus named. On account of it's proximity to a part since set off from South Hadley and incorporated in the town of Granby many mistakes have occurred in print giving the Village a wrong position. (see Nash Family, etc.) It lies wholly in South Hadley.)

His house stood a few feet from the fork of the roads at the foot of the hill and the South side; it was unfortunately burned about the year 1744 as appears from the account book of Dr. Richard Crouch at that time practicing physician in Hadley. Tradition affirms that a female servant perished in the flames.

He removed and lived with his son Daniel who together about the time, built a large dwelling, well deserving, the name Mansion, on the south side of Bachelders Brook. The house is yet standing being on the brow of the hill south-west from the bridge. It is one of the largest, and excepting the first meeting house which has since been converted into a dwelling, one of the oldest houses in South Hadley. It is still in good repair and in nothing changed from the ancient form exception of a wing running west, the old lean to having been removed about 1826.

He built and tended a grist mill the same being the first mill of the kind on the south side of Mt. Holyoke in that Precinct. This he did contrary to the opinion of some who at that time affirmed `there would never be inhabitants enough in the Precinct to support a mill! (Unlike the prediction was the result. Rebuilt twice afterwards by his descendants it was the mill for the inhabitants of the place in a large circuit till 1848 when it was converted into a paper mill, which has since been destroyed by fire.)

And it is worthy of note that his house which he carefully located on a north and south line had its main front door opening towards the mill it being the center of business while another door was built in the end adjoining the road which might perhaps the better to accommodate visitors.

He was Moderator of the first Town Meeting, held in that Precinct (March 12, 1733) and was ever a prominent actor in matters pertaining to the town, especially to that precinct and parish. He held the office of Captain in the Militia, which in those perilous times was responsible trust, but the date of his commission has not been found. During the first years of residence there, he with others of the settlers attended worship on the Sabbath in Hadley, a distant from 7 to 9 miles. The journey was performed on horseback generally, though sometimes on foot. The family starting in their every day apparel would stop at `Fort River Bridge' a little out from the center of the town and having changed their dusty garments, would pass the short distance remaining clad in their best attire. As they were exposed to attacks from the Indians, the families went armed and marshaled under leaders. It was indeed the Church Militant.

In 1733, a meeting house, without a steeple or bell, yet sufficiently commodious for the inhabitants, who could then meet at the sound of the conch (The shell was blown a long while by John Lane who was paid for his services, it being a part of his duties as Sexton to convene the people. The same shell is yet preserved in the town as an ancient relic) and who worshipped after the Puritan faith. Ebenezer Moody was appointed to advise in regard to the bigness of the pews and Aug 10th of the same year he was appointed chairman of the committee who acted in the settlement of Rev. Grindal Rowson Oct 3, 1733. (Rev. Grindal Rowson was a grandson of Edward Rowson, Secretary of Colony of Massachusetts Bay from 1650 to 1686)

It was one of the first acts of this committee to secure by vote of the precinct a grant of land for the use of the ministry on condition that a "good orthodox minister" should be settled among them; this land was at time of his settlement assigned to Mr. Rowson.

Years after when different persons had voted his removal, we find the name of Ebenezer Moody at the head of a protest with the names of fourteen others among whom were his two Nephews John and Samuel Moody, his Nephew Joseph Kellogg, and his son in law, Nehemiah Dickinson and at their request it was inserted on record that they dissent from the above vote concerning Mr. Rowson.

Whatever, the dislike these measures it seems were more dissent that of the men who to prevent his preaching forcibly ejected him from the meeting house.

At the age of 72, Capt. Ebenezer Moody began to dispose of his large estate. The farm in Hadley where he had formally lived, he made over to his son, Ebenezer. The deed is in my possession. It bears date, "Feb 3rd 1748" and conveys
all and singular, my housing, buildings, orchards and lands, both meadow lands, homelot lands, or woodlands, etc. that are lying or being situated within the bounds of the first Precinct of Hadley excepting only my meadow lands in Hoconumfield and one woodlot in the commons before sold.

A similar deed given the same day and year to his son David transmitted in another branch of the family conveys
all and singular my right of lands on which I now live in the second Precinct of Hadley that layeth on the south side of Bachelders River with the dwelling house thereon saving only to myself and wife suitable & convenient house room & seller room during our lives, all so one third part of my Crank lot in sd precinct so called, allso one third part of that parcel of land called the Great Meadow lot, allso the whole of my first half in the four thousand acres division in sd precinct and after my decd one third part of my grist mill & right to the stream." (Hampshire SS. Springfield, Aug. 27, 1760. Received and recorded in book No 2, page 356 & Examined per Edward Pynchon, Regr)

Being now in the 82d year of his age, he disposed of the remainder of his property in form as follows.

"The 22d day of March 1757
In the name of God: Amen.
I Ebenezer Moodey of South Hadley in the County of Hampshire in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England being sick and weak in body out of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God therefor, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die to make and ordain this my last Will & Testament.
That is to say: Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul to the hands of God that gave it and my body, I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian burial at the discression of my Executor not doubting that at the Resurrection I shall receive it, the same again by the mighty Power of God.
And as touching my worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this world, I give, demise & dispose of the same in the following manner & form.
My just debts and funeral charges to be first paid, I give and bequeath unto Editha my well beloved wife one third part of my personal Estate to be at her dispose forever, and the use and improvement of one third part of my Real Estate during the term of her natural life; two drafts or parcels of land thereinafter given to my sons Joseph and Josiah and a piece of land to Daniel, my son & my right in undivided lands only excepted & of which my wife is to have no part.
I give and bequeath to my son Ebenezer, twelve shillings, which with what he hath already received is his part.
I give to my sons Joseph, Daniel & Josiah all my right in common or undivided lands lying in South Hadley to be equally divided among them: and furthermore, I give to my said sons all my personal estate except what I have already given to my wife as aforesaid and the movables or utensils belonging to the house and cash or security for money & also I give to my sons Joseph & Josiah the two drafts or parcels of land which I laid out in the 3000 acre division to be equally divided between them two & also, I give to my son Daniel a lot or parcel of land which I bought of Moses White.
I give to my daughters Mary & Sarah each of them four pounds, I give to my daughters Editha & Miriam – each of them two pounds thirteen shillings & sixpence.
The rest of my estate both money and movables, I give to my children Joseph, Daniel, Mary, Sarah, Editha, and Miriam to be equally divided among them and I do Will and appoint my sons Joseph and Daniel Executors of this my last Will & Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow all other Testaments or Wills by me in any ways before made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date before written.
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced & declared by the sd Ebenezer Moodey to be his last Will and Testament in presence of us subscribers who also subscribed in his presence.
James Patrick Ebenezer Morgan Daniel Nash."

The above Will was proved Feb 14, 1758, and is recorded in the Probate Records for Hampshire County at Northampton, Mass.

CAPT. EBENEZER MOODY, d. 11 Nov 1757, aged 82.
MRS. EDITHA MOODY, d. 19 Aug 1757, aged 74.

His wife for whom he had made provision in the above Will, it appears did not survive him. They were buried in the grave yard at South Hadley, a short distance, west of the gate where slabs of re- sand-stone are erected to their memory, inscriptions plainly legible. This is the oldest grave of the descendants of Mr. John Moodie and excepting of his wife, and of the wife of his brother Samuel, it is the oldest grave of the name, I have found with memento of the place.

The births of their children are on the Hadley Records ending with Daniel. As he removed to the South Precinct, the dates of the rest were not recorded, but from inscriptions on grave stones where the rest were buried, I have been able to restore the years of their births respectively."

Source: Moody, Plinius, The Moody Family, or Records of the Descendants of Mr. John Moody of Hartford, Connecticut, 1856, organized and recorded By Theodore L. Moody And Maxine Bull Moody, Nov 1991.


Boltwood's Genealogies of Hadley Families

MOODY, Sarah, wid. of Dea. John of Hartford, d. in Hadley, 1671.

1. MOODY, Samuel, supposed to have been the only child of Dea. John Moody of Hartford, and grandson of George Moody of Moulton, Suffolk Co., Eng., d. Sept. 22, 1689. He m. Sarah, dau. of John Deming of Wethersfield, Ct. She d. Sept. 29, 1717. Children— Sarah, m. Dec. 23, 1680, John Kellogg, and d. Sept. 19, 1689: John, b. July 24, 1661, settled in Hartford, Ct., and d. Nov. 5, 1732, ae. 71; Hannah, h. March 5, 1663, d. unm. Jan. 6, 1713; Mary, m. (1) June 30, 1689, Alexander Panton; (2) June 29, 1689, James Munn; Samuel, b. Nov. 28, 1670; Ebenezer, b. Oct. 23, 1675.

2. Samuel, s. of Samuel, (1) d. Nov. 10, 1744, ae. 82. He m. Sept. 5,. 1700, Sarah, dau. of Samuel Lane of Suffield, Ct. She was alive in Jan. 1758. Children— Samuel, b. Sept. 10. 1672 ; John, h. Sept. 10, 1672; Nathan, b. June 27, 1706; Jonathan, b. June 2, 1708; David, b. Dec. 3, 1711; Sarah, b. May 30, 1717, d. May 22, 1719 : Sarah, b. Sept. 29, 1720.

3. Ebenezer, s. of Samuel, (1) d. Nov. 11, 1757, ae. 82. He m. Editha, who d. Aug. 19, 1757, in 75th yr. Children— Jonathan, b. Jan. 13, 1703, d. April 3, 1703; Mary, b. Dec. 28, 1705, m. 1730, Nehemiah Dickinson of Granby, and d. Nov. 15, 1787; Ebenezer, b. Feb. 22, 1707; Sarah, h. Jan. 13, 1709; Joseph, b. Jan. 13, 1712; Daniel, b. March 12, 1715, d. s. p., in So. H., April 20, 1792. He m. 1744, Mercy Morgan of Springfield. She d. Nov. 6, [7 ?] 1786, ae. 73; Josiah, b. 1721; Editha, m. Oct. 23, 1746, Joseph White: Miriam, m. Jan. 19, 1748, Reuben Smith.

Source: Boltwood, Lucius Manlius, Genealogies of Hadley Families: Embracing the Early Settlers of the Towns of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst, and Granby, Amherst, MA: Metcalf & Company, 1862, pgs. 100-101.


Judd's History of Hadley

1. PANTON or PANTHERN, Alexander, m. June 30, 1689, Mary Moody. She m. (2) June 29, 1698, James Munn. Child--Philip, b. April 16, 1689.

Source: Judd, Sylvester, History of Hadley, Northampton, MA: Metcalf & Company, 1863, p. 549.


Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700

KELLOGG, John (1656-) & Sarah MOODY (1660-1689); 23 Dec 1680; Hadley
MOODY, John (1661-1732) & Sarah EVETTS/EVARTS; 3 Apr 1700; Hartford
MOODY, Samuel (1670-) & Sarah LANE; 5 Sep 1700; Hadley
MUNN, James (1657-1743) & Mary (MOODY) PANTHERON?/PANTON?/PANTHERN?/PATTEN?; 27 Jun 1698, 29? Jun; Deerfield/Colchester, CT
PANTON, Alexander & Mary MOODY, dau Samuel, m/2 James MUNN 1698; 30 Jun 1689; Hadley/Deerfield
 
Source: Torrey, Clarence A., New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.


Cutter's New England Families

George Moody, progenitor of the American family, lived at Moulton, Suffolkshire, England. The pedigree to remote antiquity has been preserved in the Harleian manuscripts (No. 6071, p. 512, folio 254) in the British Museum. He was, we are told, famous for his good housekeeping and plain dealing. He married Lydia --. Children: George, of Moulton; John, mentioned below; Samuel, woolen draper of Bury St. Edmunds, alderman, justice of the peace, member of parliament, had his father's estate after his elder brother's death; children: George, John, Samuel, Mary, Margaret, Sarah, Anne, Elizabeth; daughter.

(II) Deacon John Moody, son of George Moody, was born in Moulton, England, and came to New England in 1633, locating at Roxbury, Massachusetts. He was admitted a freeman of the colony, November 5, 1633, and was deputy to the general court in 1634-35. He moved to Hartford, Connecticut, of which he was a proprietor in 1639, and his home lot there was on Main street opposite that of George Wyllys. He was townsman or selectman in 1639-40 and lieutenant in 1640. His will was dated July 23, 1655, and his inventory, December 6, 1655. It amounted to three hundred pounds. He bequeathed to wife Sarah, son Samuel and daughter, Elizabeth Pepper. His widow Elizabeth died at Hadley in 1671.

(III) Samuel Moody, son of John Moody, was born about 1640. He removed from Hartford to Hadley, Massachusetts, in 1659, and died there September 22, 1689. He married Sarah Deming, who died September 29, 1717, daughter of John Deming, of Wethersfield, Connecticut. Children: Sarah, married John Kellogg; John, mentioned below; Hannah, born March 5, 1663, died unmarried, January 6, 1713; Mary, married twice; Samuel, born November 28, 1670; Ebenezer, October 23, 1675, lived in Hadley.

(IV) John (2) Moody, son of Samuel Moody, was born July 24, 1661, at Hartford or Hadley, died November 5, 1732. He married April 3, 1700, Sarah Everts, and settled in Hartford. His inventory was dated March 13, 1732-33, and made by Isaac Kellogg and Nathaniel Smith. His widow Sarah survived him. His eldest son Samuel was appointed guardian of the son Adonijah and administrator March 9, 1732-33 (p. 271, vol. iii, Hartford Probate Records). From the church records of the Second Church of Hartford and the probate records we have a list of his children: John, baptized June 15, 1701; Sarah, baptized May 29, 1702; Hannah, August 15, 1703; Samuel, December 10, 1704; Ebenezer, mentioned below; Silence, October 26, 1707; Patience, April 10, 1709; Nathaniel, September 21, 1712; Adonijah, 1717-18, aged sixteen when his father died, settled at New Hartford, died 1746.

Source: Cutter, William Richard, New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, vol. IV, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914, p. 2116
 

Encyclopedia of Massachusetts

John Kellogg, son of Lieutenant Joseph Kellogg by his first wife, Joana, was baptized in Farmington, Connecticut, December 29, 1656, died between 1723-1728. He moved to Hadley, Massachusetts, where, in 1720, he was the largest landholder in the town. He succeeded his father in the operation of the ferry, later passing it on to his son-in-law, Stephen Goodman. His home in Hadley at one time was in the Hopkins School-house. John Kellogg married (first) in Hadley, December 23, 1680, Sarah Moody, born in 1660, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Deming) Moody. She died September 10, 1689, and he married a second wife, Ruth.

Source: Cutter, William Richard et al., Encyclopedia of Massachusetts, Biographical--Genealogical, Vol. 4, Boston, The American Historical Society, 1916, p. 201.


Gravestones

Gravestone of Ebenezer Moody, Evergreen Cemetery, South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts (Click here to view photo by the moo, findagrave.com).
Inscription:
"In Memory of
Capt EBENEZER
MOOD[EY who]
Died No[vember]
Ye 11th 1757 [in ye]
82nd year of his Age

Know then this truth
Enough for man to know
Virtue alone is
Hapiness bleow"


Gravestone of Editha (Day?) Moody, Evergreen Cemetery, South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts (Click here to view photo by the moo, findagrave.com).
Inscription:
"In Memory of
Mrs EDITHA
Wife of
Capt. EBENEZER
MOODEY, died
August ye 19th
1757 in her 75th year

Hope Humbly then
With Trembling
Pinions Soar, wait ye
Great Teacher Death
& God Adore"



Gravestone of Mary (Moody) (Panton) Munn, Colchester Burying Ground, Colchester, New London, Connecticut (Photo credit: K Carlini (KC) - Find A Grave):
Gravestone of Mary (Moody) (Panton) Munn


Gravestone of James Munn, Colchester Burying Ground, Colchester, New London, Connecticut (Photo credit: K Carlini (KC) - Find A Grave):
Granvestone of James Munn



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