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Aghadowey vs Aghanloo, Nor. Ireland as Poss. for our early Thomas MOODY?
Posted by: melissa1 (ID *****1156) Date: June 05, 2011 at 11:32:43
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I have been weighing the differences between the Possibility that our early ydna ancestor Thomas MOODY b.c1710 supposedly in Aghadowey, Co. L'derry, Nor. Ireland and wonderiing if Perhaps he might not have been from the Aghanloo area which is closer to the NewtonLimavady area of Co. L'derry, rather than Aghadowey which is over near the border of Co. Antrim and Balnamore/Ballymoney area.
In Leona Bean McQuiston's book she states that she only found where Thomas was from "Agha...." or something to that extent. That leaves a lot of possibilities for his whereabouts in Nor. Ireland. I did a search yesterday of the Aghadowey records that I could find online and noted that in 1725 there were NO Moody's of any spelling in Aghadowey. Surely if Thomas MOODY was from there and at that time had not yet sailed for America with the McQuiston's (which supposedly took place in/around c1735), he would possibly have shown up on record in that town in 1725, unless he was still too young to be of age to be on record yet, but what about his Parents? There were simply NO Moody's there.
However on the opposite side of Co. L'derry over near "AGHAnloo" is where our other branch of Ydna Moody's were living...those of the Alexander MOODY (Mudie) and Priscilla DICK family. Their son Israel Moody actually lived in Aghanloo before sailing to NY in 1841 and eventually into Kings Co., Nova Scotia with his wife and large family.
It also might be possible that Thomas Moody went across borders and had family ties to those over in Co. Antrim being so close to the border as Aghadowey is.
So I only wanted to put this out there in case perhaps we are looking in the wrong places for our early Thomas MOODY.
He may be more closely connected to those of the Magilligan side of Co. L'derry than we initially thought.
I think I may have already addresssed this once before on this board, but after searching the Aghadowey records dating back to the 1600's in some cases and finding NO Moody's of any spelling there whatsoever in the old Tithe Appalotment records, Griffiths Surveys (only found one for Aghadowey online from the 1800's so fairly useless for this application), and other various listings from the early 1700's, one could only surmise that the Moody's may not have lived in Aghadowey afterall, but perhaps someplace nearby or as I said in some other townland that started with "Agha..." as Leona's book stated.
If anyone has further details which could shed more light on this, that could be a huge help.
Thank You.


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