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Re: Donnell / Dunnell's of York Co., Maine any Indian blood in these lines?
Posted by: melissa1 (ID *****3873) Date: April 12, 2003 at 10:06:32
In Reply to: Re: Donnell / Dunnell's of York Co., Maine any Indian blood in these lines? by Edward Donnell of 687

Hi Edward,
My goodness, this is a Very interesting story and I am Positive that I link to this Henry Donnell somehow.
This is my connection...My 5th grt. grandfather James MOODY born c1750 or just prior to or just after, married in Buxton, York Co., ME on Jan. 13, 1774 at the Church of Christ to Elizabeth DONNELL. On their marriage record it is spelled Donald, but there is a note that it was more commonly spelled Donnell / Dunnell in York.
I am quite certain that my Elizabeth Donnell was a daughter of Benjamin Donnell and Sarah KINGSBURY of York.
York VR's have them listed with several children and state that Sarah Kingsbury was a daughter of John Kingsbury who at that time was deceased.

My 5th grt. grandmother Elizabeth (Donnell) Moody named her first child, a daughter - Sarah. Then son James (probably a "jr." came along) and the last known child, son Joseph Moody who is my 4th grt. grandfather.

Now, here is where OUR Indian story comes into this...
Joseph MOODY (mentioned above) was born c1777 in Buxton, York Co., Maine. He married 1st to Content CROCKIT (old records spelling...Crockett), in Gorham, Cumberland Co., Maine in 1802. Content was a daughter of Samuel Crockit, Jr. and his 1st wife Tabitha HAMBLEN.
Joseph Moody is enumerated in Buxton, York Co., Maine in the 1810 census as Lt. Joseph Moody with his wife Content and 2 or 3 children. They had son Samuel C. Moody born 1807 Buxton and a daughter Achsah Moody born 1809 Buxton and perhaps a daughter Abigail and a daughter Caroline born c1810 & 1812 in Buxton.
Then Content either died or she and Joseph divorced because by 1820 Joseph Moody is living in Brunswick, Cumberland Co., Maine and he stayed there until 1850 which is the last time I find him in a census. By 1820 he is remarried to his 2nd wife Hannah THOMAS (who ~may~ have been an Indian woman whose last name ~could~ really have been spelled Tomah). This is ALL uncertain as yet.
However...in Gorham, ME there is a marriage record for a John Thomas who married Miriam Crockit (again the connection) and they had at least 2 daughters...one Hannah Thomas and one Susannah Thomas. Hannah was born in 1796 which is near exactly the time my Hannah Thomas was born according to her age given in the 1850 Brunswick census.
Joseph Moody her husband stated his age was 68 years old in 1850 which places his birth around 1782....which ~could~ be correct, I -guesstimated- it to be around c1777 because that is when his father James Moody enlisted in the Rev. War Continental Army from Buxton.
<sigh>
Anyway, Joseph Moody and his 2nd wife Hannah Thomas had a son born c1814/15 -ish, also named Joseph. His name as he always used it was Joseph D. Moody or J. D. Moody.
He claims to have been born in Brunswick, Cumberland Co., Maine but no records have been found there.
In May of 1841 Joseph D. Moody married Sarah A. BREWER in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA. Then he disappears, but his wife and 4 children show up in the 1850 Ipswich, MA census living with her parents John Brewer and Hannah (Dodge).
But NO Joseph.
I find nothing on him again until 1860 Lowell, Middlesex Co., MA where in a city directory he is listed as, Joseph D. MOODY - Indian- doctor - house - 6 Chapel St.
In the 1860 Lowell census he is listed as Joseph D. Moody - age 39 - Physician b. Maine.
In subsequent Lowell city and county directories he is listed as either Joseph D. Moody or J. D. Moody - Indian- doctor. Then in the 1870 Lowell, MA census he decides to call himself "John" D. MOODY, the census taker states he is Race- "Indian" and "John" says he was born in Canada.
(I think my 3rd grt. grandfather drank...grin). Living with him was a 15 year old girl named Mary BARNEY who was also listed as an Indian and born in Canada.
What is more ironic is that in 1870 he had -Re-married to his 2nd wife Henrietta BOYCE who was from Calais, Washington Co., Maine (big Indian country up there).
Sooo, I'm wondering if the Barney family was related to his 2nd wife Henrietta who was probably an Indian too.
Now, here's a bit of history...in Lowell, MA at this time, during the mid to late 1800's...there were several Indian doctors (Medicine men) living there or just passing through. One Dr. Joseph A. MASTA was from Odnak, St. Francis, Quebec, Canada. He was quite famous and had his own Elixr later on. Also in Lowell was a Dr. Peter Cooley and a Dr. TOMAH (Thomas?). During this time Frank "Chief Big Thunder" LORING who was a full blood Penobscot came to Lowell searching for Indians to perform healings and do tricks and dances etc. in his traveling Indian show they performed for the `whites` for entertainment.
It is my belief that Frank Loring knew all of these Indians, including my 3rd grt. grandfather Dr. Joseph D. Moody, and that my "Dr. Joe" may have actually travelled around with Frank's company and that is why I can't find hide nor hair of him and perhaps why his wife in 1850 was living back with her family. (not uncommon for Indians).

My grt. grandmother told stories of our Dr. Joe, but she referred to him as a Witch Doctor. (hee hee).
She married one of his grandson's and he had one of the Plains Indian style costumes that they used to wear back then during their entertainment shows. I have a picture of my grt. grandfather wearing this costume, full headdress and all. He too was very dark. His father, my 2nd grt. grandfather, I have a picture of and his hair is jet black, with jet black eyes and a broad nose and dark-ish skin tone.
However, he married a full blooded, flaming red-haired, freckled faced Irish woman who had pale blue wolf eyes as I call them.
OH, I forgot to mention that my "Dr. Joe" married to his 2nd wife in 1863 Lowell, MA. By 1880 his wife Henrietta was still living in Lowell where she was called a "widow" in the census. By 1892 she had moved to Chelsea, Suffolk Co., MA and that is the last I've been able to find of her.
However, there was in this same 1892 Chelsea city directory a J. Boyce MOODY who was a Morroccan (spelling) Dresser (special leather tanner), and I believe Very Much that he may have been named Joseph Boyce Moody and may be her son by my "Dr. Joe". It's just too ironic due to his name and the fact that he is living in the same place as Henrietta in 1892. I have never been able to find out anything about this man either. I've seen his name listed as both J. Boyce Moody and Moody J. Boyce, so who knows?

This is my Indian story, but I am beginning to wonder if way back that James MOODY might not have been an Indian too and perhaps a Scout for the Continental Army. IF Elizabeth DONNELL had any Indian blood in her that would be something.
I hope you find my story helpful. This is basically all I know at this point. I believe my Dr. Joe was an Indian, but he may not have been full blooded which is why I have had no help from the Indian people I have contacted. They probably view him as some sort of a half breed fraud.
I don't know this to be true, just my guess.
I will go back now and re-read your message and if I see anything else in there that sparks a thought I'll be back.
I was told by a Maliseet Indian lady that if stories in your family state you had Indian blood, chances are pretty dog-on good that you did because NO one wanted to admit that back then. In keeping with that statement...my grandmother who was the family historian and knew everything about our family, would Not discuss the Moody side except to tell me that my grandfather's grt. grandfather came from Lowell, MA. That was all she would say!
Well thanks again for your info. this is very long...my apologies. Hope I didn't make too many typo's.


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