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Re: Dr James Crawford Ledlie - Scotland
Posted by: melissa1 (ID *****3873) Date: June 18, 2007 at 06:28:24
In Reply to: Dr James Crawford Ledlie - Scotland by David Limerick of 30

I am seeking information on the MOODY's (Moodie's/Mudie's) who were connected to this family that we believe came originally from Scotland to Nor. Ireland to PA and other areas of the U.S., Canada and Australia!
Recent Ydna tests have shown that our small group of Moody's here in the U.S. (and one branch in Australia who has not yet been ydna tested but whose genealogy IS linked to ours via family trees), are of a distinct line of genetically grouped MOODY's.

Even more recent Genealogical research has shown that we have a link to those Moody's who were in Co. Down, Ireland and Co. Londonderry, Ireland but who came from parts of Ayrshire, Scotland and Fifeshire, Scotland and perhaps other areas as well.
The group of Moody's who came from Ayrshire were Presbyterian and one Rev. James Moody b. 1705 in Co. Down, Ire. went on to become a Non-Subscribing Presbyterian minister which I am told made him a "Unitarian" minister since he did not belong to any synod of the Presbytery.

For over 40 years Rev. James Moody was the minister in Newry, Co. Down, Ireland. He married Frances KENNEDY who was daughter of Rev. Gilbert KENNEDY and no doubt with whom the Moody family left the Beath, Ayrshire area of Scotland with when they came to Nor. Ireland it is believed in the late 1600's.

Most All of the family names attached to this branch of the Moody's in Ayrshire which extend back to Fifeshire and the Orkney Isles of Scotland, are found within our small group of Ydna Moody cousins genealogies.
All of our families have married into other Scottish family lines over and over again and have all emigrated to the same towns and states which is seen quite often among the Ulster-Scots.

My own 5th grt. grandfather James MOODY married in York Co., Maine to Elizabeth DONALD (whose family was also Scottish) and we link to a Moody family in Nova Scotia and most probably to a branch in Ontario, CAN as well as all genealogical evidence seems to be showing thus far.

I am surprised not to see more info on line about the links between the LEDLIE family and the MOODY family who were in Pittsburg, PA. The Moody's (Moodie's) in Scotland have a long history of linking with the CRAWFORD family, so to see the name of Crawford within the Ledlie line also tells me that again, we are most likely on the right path with our Moody ancestry.

Robert and his brother William Moody I believe were the two immigrants from Nor. Ireland to PA in the very early 1800's.
Some of our Moody immigrants from Nor. Ireland came to PA in the early 1700's and we now know that some of them came out of Co. Down. Ours came from Co. Londonderry, but the names of Robert, William, John, Thomas, Samuel, Alexander and other MOODY's have been seen in the Co. Londonderry records as well as I have records of them dating back to the 1600's and 1700's from an Ulster Research group I hired last summer to do some genealogical poking around in Co. Down and Co. Londonderry for me.

One branch of our Ydna cousins came to America with the McQUISTON (McQuesten/McCuiston) family around c1735.
They are a sept of Clan Donald to which my 5th grt. grandmother was born into. These families also have ties to the STEWART's which my Moody family is a sept of as well as the ALEXANDER's (my 2nd grt. grandmother was an Alexander).
This branch of our Moody ydna family settled in PA after leaving Nor. Ireland and my own branch settled in New England with another branch of the McQuesten's who lived in Hillsboro Co., New Hampshire.
However my own Moody line as I mentioned showed up out of nowhere in York Co., Maine in 1774 when I presume my 5th grt. grandfather was at least age 21 or near to it, but very possibly he was much older than that.

He served in the MA Cont. Army during the Rev. War enlisting at Ticonderoga, NY Dec. 1776 into Capt. Daniel Lane's company of Col. Ichabod Alden's Regt. and served during the Cherry Valley Massacre.

James was released from his service after 3 yrs. and several weeks around very late 1779 or early 1780. In c1781/82 my 4th grt. grandfather Joseph MOODY was born.
It has never been determined just Where my James Moody came from, but the closest possibility that I have found so far is that he was a son of Jameson "James" Moody and his wife known only as "Martha" who appears in Londonderry, New Hampshire before 1750 when 3 of their children, James MOODY b. Aug. 1755, Janet Moody b. 1757 and Elinor Moody b. 1759 were all listed in the VR's as being born in Londonderry, NH.

Since Londonderry, NH was a known Ulster-Scot settlement during that period and many of the families who settled there went to Hillsboro Co., NH (where the McQUESTEN's were living) and then some of those families removed to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario, CAN after the Acadian Exiles of 1755 and before the Rev. War broke out), it is highly likely that my own branch of the Moody family just never made it onto any other records or ship lists etc., OR they have been absorbed among the 3 distinct Other Moody lines in the very same areas who so far we do Not link Ydna to and those Moody lines have been established as being from the English Moody's of Bury St. Edmunds, England.

I know this is quite lengthy but several of us have been searching for Years for the ancestry of our Moody families and thanks to the Ydna and a lot of hard genealogical efforts by many, we do believe we are starting to see a light at the end of that long tunnel.

If anyone here can shed more light on any of this we would be Most Greatful. We have posted a LOT of info to the MOODY page here and I can more easily be found on that page if anyone wishes to leave a message.
Thank You.

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