I forgot to add that YES, we do have the name of "Abraham" MOODY in one of our proven Ydna lines.
They descend from the Alexander MOODY (Mudie as our name was found spelled in the earliest baptism records of the Ballykelly Presbyterian church and that particular Alexander MUDIE was from Magilligan, Co. L'derry, Nor. Ireland where our Ydna decendants line lived as well.) Their family tradition is that their Moody's/Mudie's/Moodie's came over from Fifeshire, Dunfermline area if you look on a map or the Dundee area of Scotland to Lenamore/Magilligan, Co. L'derry, Nor. Ireland in the 1600s.
Alexander MUDIE and his probable brothers or kin also named in those early Ballykelly Presbyterian baptism records were James MUDIE, Edward MUDIE and I think there was a Joseph MUDIE...its all posted on here somewhere.
Their children were being baptized into this church and so its pretty certain that at those early dates they were all of the same branch.
The early Scottish spelling of our name in which MUDIE is noted to be among the oldest spelling of the name that has been consistently used over time.
The spelling of MOODIE apparently didn't show up on record in Scotland until the 1600's.
But MUDY and MUDIE were found prior to that most commonly.
Okay, having given you the history of the spelling of our branches name, Alexander MUDIE of Magilligan whose daughter Margaret MUDIE was baptized in the Ballykelly Presby. Church in 1700...and probably his other children as well but of whose records are apparently now lost to us, but Alexander or one of the other brothers may have had the son or the line of the grandson that led down to our Ydna descendant Alexander MOODY b.c1746 in/of Lenamore/Magilligan area of Co. L'derry, Nor. Ireland who married Priscilla DICK.
This Alexander and wife Priscilla had at least 2 known sons
John and Israel MOODY.
John m. Mary Hopkins and they had a son named
Abraham James Hopkins MOODY (I think was his full name).
Some of these descendants went to Australia where again we find the name of Abraham being used there as well.
We also seem to have connections to the Newtown/Limavady area MOODY's also of Co. L'derry, Nor. Ireland and some of them came to the Pittsburgh area of PA in the early 1800's.
We have proven via Genealogy that we link to this branch but I don't think the Ydna link has been solidly proven as yet. That line leads back to a John Moody who owned a bleach-green and his two sons William and Robert Moody came to PA in/around c1816.
I believe however that the Alexander Mudie/Moody line of Magilligan, No. Ire. is the only one with the "Abraham" name used several times amongst its ancestors.
My own exact matching Ydna Moody branch in Nova Scotia however did use the "Israel" name several times in their family branches. Turns out that Alexander and Priscilla (Dick) MOODY's son Israel MOODY who m. Elizabeth CASKEY, they removed from Aghanloo, Co. L'derry, Nor. Ireland to Kings Co., Nova Scotia around 1841 landing first in NY on board the ship "Europe" with a large family.
I believe the only reason they came to Kings Co. was because they knew of the Moody family branch to whom we match Ydna that were already living there and whose earliest ancestor was a James MOODY b.c1755 who m. Sarah BAKER. Their family story goes that their James Moody came to Nova Scotia from New Jersey which is precisely where another Scotsman from the Dundee region of Scotland came in 1685 on the ship "Thomas & Benjamin". David MUDIE of Montrose, Scotland came to Perth Amboy, NJ and brought several of his children which included at least 2 sons David and James MUDIE and several servants with him on this crossing.
The fact that our Ydna Moody cousins in Nova Scotia from their James Moody named a son "Thomas" Moody could be a throw back to the very ship that brought their branch of the Mudie's/Moody's to America in the first place.
This is just speculation on my part, but the name of Thomas is also common among our Ydna branches of Moody's.
The early spelling of the MUDIE name is also in line with what we found in the Ballykelly Church records as well as those early records found in Perth Amboy, New Jersey of David MUDIE's family line, and many of the early families of this area of NJ ended up in Nova Scotia intermarried into our Ydna line of Moody's there...not always directly, but as you typically find, these same traditional families will stick together like that.
I will; until proven otherwise, go to my grave believing that these MUDIE's are our branch somehow someway. The early MUDIE's of Magilligan, Co. L'derry, Nor. Ireland who came over from Scotland and the David MUDIE branch of New Jersey to Nova Scotia, seem to be a likely match up.
My apologies for being so lengthy in my ramblings, but I just feel that one day, something is going to come from all of this...besides confusion (grin).
Take care and I hope someday we are able to make a connection.
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