After studying the marriage patterns, the places in which these early Mudie's/Moodie's/Moody's moved to and the circle of Other Surname families in which they married into (McQuiston's/McCuiston's etc.) and other family traditions, stories carried on into genealogies that we have now been able to document in some cases, the fantastic work that Jim McQuiston has done along with others who are more closely related to this branch of the MOODY's than we are (which is only via Ydna proof, but they as I've said before, we would all be part of the same blood-line and Family Reunions), after researching many many other areas of the genealogies, it is my own opinion that the Branch of early Mudie's/Moodie's/Moody's that these Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland are linked to, Are indeed our link.
It is also my opinion from what I can tell at this moment, that these particular Mudie's/Moodie's/Moody's no doubt tie into those that also link to Capt. George MOODIE of the 'Cutty Sark' and whom my own new found cousin from Maine says was to whom our family was related somehow but no one knew how, only that we were of that Scottish branch.
This also ties in with Debbie's family tradition that our Mudie's/Moodie's/Moody's came over to Lenamore/Magilligan, Co. L'derry, Nor. Ireland from the Fifeshire, Scotland (poss. Dunfermline/Dysart area where Capt. Geo. Moodie was from too)area as well. This is told repeatedly in their family stories and I have no reason to doubt that.
They make mention of their "Highland" heritage in one story I've read which could mean that at one time their particular Mudie/Moodie/Moody branch did live in the regions of the Highlands of Scotland but may have had to remove to other places for various reasons over the generations.
The fact that Greenock, Renfrewshire and Inverkip, Renfrewshire is so close to Ayrshire which is close to the Nor. Ireland regions in which our earliest Moody ancestors were also found going back to the 1600's, I believe is also key here.
It seems almost as if they were positioning themselves and their families to flee Scotland when the time came.
I am sure some branches of our family branches remained behind.
The fact that Alexander McQuiston/McCuiston was also a sea going man as was Capt. Geo. Moody as were most All of my own Moody family, that my 5th grt. grandfather James Moody married into a sea Capt's. family who owned their own ship, is also showing me that ~perhaps~ my James Moody was a sea going man too and he might have died at sea for all I know and that is why I can't find him on record anywhere as after the Rev. War he always away at sea. Who knows, but its a plausible assumption to make.
His wife and 3 children probably lived with her family somewhere over near Bath/Georgtown, Lincoln Co., ME where her family branch fled just prior to the Rev. War outbreak and her father Capt. Benjamin DONALD (Donnell) was taking families out of York Co., ME (which let's not forget was actually the sight of the first tea party before the more famous one in Boston, so things were pretty volatile in and around the large shipping harbor of York, ME), so, all of this is starting to make a great deal of sense now and fit together like a nice family tree puzzle should.
The locations are fitting well, the time frames are fitting well, the back-tracked family links are fitting well from the East coasts of Scotland to the West coasts and from there into Nor. Ireland and from there to Nor. America (which of course includes our Ydna Moody branches in Canada as well).
At this time I feel quite comfortable with this, but as always I would prefer the Proof to back it, but that may never come forth.
However, it is with great gratitude that I thank Jim for his unbelievable research over his lifetime and the travel and digging through old records etc. that he has done in order to obtain the information he has on his branches of the McQuiston/McCuiston and Moody families, I have to thank the tireless efforts of Louise and Debbie as well as many many others who have helped in the working on of these branches over the years as well.
Without any of them, we never would have made it this far.
I also have to conclude that without the Ydna testing of now a dozen male born Moody's (in our particular group), we could not have done this at all because all of us were pretty much going off into different directions of research and getting no where and coming up against that brick wall over and over again.
At least with the Ydna testing it showed us Where to begin our searching and that was in the North of Ireland which in turn led us to meet up with others who we were convinced were part of our family tree but were it not for the Ydna testing we never would have been able to Prove it like we now have.
Thank you all. Until otherwise proven via solidly documented vital records etc. or Ydna testing that links to us or does not link to our group, I remain that these ARE our Mudie's/Moodie's/Moody's which indeed tie back to some of the earliest of the name on record in Scotland.
Now, exactly Which early branch that is remains to be found, but genealogically the intermingling ties are there from what I can tell by the old genealogies presented in the 3 MUDIE and MOODIE books I have plus the documentation and now Ydna proof that we do have as well.
Thanks again to everyone who has been such a tremendous help to us.
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