Just got this info and it may be of help to those searching the Hearl name.
James MOODY, Jr. (for clarity's sake only) married Mary HEAIRL (as it is spelled in the old records) on May 13, 1795 at the Church of Christ in Buxton, York Co., Maine. This is the church where the famed Rev. Paul Coffin preached. These records were kept by him so I can only guess that he was the one who married them.
James Moody, Jr. was from Buxton, and Mary Heairl from Little Falls, (probably present day Hollis, Maine).
Mary was a daughter of Joshua HEARL and Hannah BRADBURY.
James Moody, Jr. was a son of James MOODY, Sr.(again only for clarity's sake) and Elizabeth DONALD (more commonly spelled DUNNELL...but on their marriage record it is Donald).
James, Sr. and Elizabeth were married in the same church on Jan. 13, 1774. Both of them were from Buxton, York Co., Maine.
By Sept. 4, 1785, Elizabeth MOODY was referred to as a "widow" and on this date her 3 children were baptized at this church....Sarah, James and Joseph MOODY. She too renewed her committment on this date.
It is my belief though I have not proved this yet, but DAR records show this James MOODY's birth around 1750, he served in the Rev. War MA (which all of Maine was back then), and his Rank was Sol CL (whatever that is). He died before Sept. 4, 1785 (so the DAR obviously used these same church records to determine that). His wife is listed as Elizabeth Donald and there was no pension given. She either filed and was denied for some reason or another or she just never filed. Perhaps Elizabeth (Donald/Dunnell) MOODY remarried after 1785.
There was a James MOODY who enlisted in the Continental Army in Aug. 1777 who was from Buxton, York Co., Maine and I believe this is him. He may have died during his duty.
The MA Soldiers and Sailors has him listed as dying March ____ but no date is entered.
I hope this helps to sort out the differences between the Two James of Buxton, York Co., Maine and the one who married Mary HEAIRL was his son, 21 years later.
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