I should have added to my last posting that those of you who have the book The Mudie's of Angus, please see pg. 164 of the Appendix and read the section called "The Clyde".
It is my opinion that These ARE Our earliest MUDY's/Mudie's/Moodie's/Moody's.
Note the mention of Alexander who was prob. from PAISLEY, (Renfrewshire), Scotland and the other mention of the WILSON family etc. etc. Also with the links to nearby Glasgow where we tracked that Granddaughter Sarah MOODIE who was living with her Grandparents Thomas WILSON and his wife Sarah in Nor. Ireland (much later in 1901 and 1911) but their family branch still tracked back over to the Glasgow, Scotland area which we were able to verify via documention (thanks to Louise, Debbie and my own research).
Also note the mention of the first names of these early MUDIE's besides the above ALEXANDER...THOMAS, JOHN, Robert, JAMES, Andrew, WILLIAM (of Glasgow which is where we found Thomas WILSON's (of Nor. Ireland...1901 and 1911 census data) granddaughter Sarah MOODIE's parents living and her father's name was William Moodie however this was much later in the late 1800's and early 1900's for this family branch), Michael, etc. AND the mention of a William Cunningham (this early one possibly relates to the latter one) which I believe I posted on here in an earlier posting several months ago ties in with the old Rev. Alexander MOODIE who Robbie Burns wrote about in his poem and whose very line leads back (as I recall) to Capt. George MOODIE of the ship "Cutty Sark".
Again, I do believe this to be at least One of our Branches of early Mudie's/Moodie's/Moody's (no matter how they spelled the name).
Given that these early Mudie's date back to the early 1500's in this area (yes documented back to the early 1500's with ties to Ayrhsire and Renfrewshire), and that the McQuiston's/McCuiston's were also from this same area, not sure how early they date back to here, but the fact that Robert McCuiston with whom our early Thomas MOODY and 1st wife Jean McCuiston appear to have come over to America with in 1725 (New Castle, DE/PA), and the fact that Jean McCuiston's father Benjamin was a brother to Alexander McQuiston/McCuiston who bequeathed the gold to Thomas MOODY's daugh. Ann MOODY, I believe these to be our branches of early Mudie's/Moodie's/Moody's.
There is also info on pg. 7 about a Very early (1400's) Gilbert MUDIE who was a Scotsman who had ties to the King of France but that he was from the area of Caithness and Orkney. A good while back I posted some info on here about some early McQuiston's that were also found in the Thurso/Caithness area of Scotland as well. It seems that wherever the McQuiston's were the Mudie's were there also, at least in many cases and therefore seems to suggest that these two families have been well known to each other for centuries. This Gilbert MUDIE no doubt links to the William MUDIE who would become Biship Wm. MUDIE of Dornoch Cathedral and from 'The Moodie Book', we know Bishop Wm. Mudie wrote letters to his "brother german Gilbert...." in the Ayrshire region and that this brother Gilbert appears to have married into the KENNEDY family of whom we have already established via documented genealogies and old Presbyterian records as well as Fasti records tie into some of our Ydna branches in Nor. Ireland.
Also note on pg. 3 the 2nd paragraph about the NORSE connections in "the Clyde" (Glasgow/Renfrewshire area), the mention of the Norse to Dunfermline (Fifeshire area), the mention of Inverkip,(again Renfrewshire)...and the part where it says that the MUDIE's in Orkney may have been pure Norse due to the fact that Orkney was early on inhabited by the Norse....etc. etc. and Ydna proof has now shown that our HaploType being I1a (now I1d as proven by 2 of our participants SNP's showing positive for L22 being an even closer signature to the Norse), again, I believe is showing our early ancestral proof that these ARE Our early MUDIE ancestors.
One last sidebar is also the link of the early UISDEAN's/McQuiston's to Clan Donald which is precisely my 5th grt. grandmother Elizabeth DONALD's (Donnell) family name of whom my 5th grt. grandfather James MOODY married into, are all part of this same Clan too. Her earliest known Scottish ancestor Thomas DONALD came to York Co., ME possibly landing at Boston first, as a Scot POW from around c1647 according to a book called The History of York, Maine.
So the ties with my own Moody family and the Scotch (not to mention the SPENCE and TRAILL family ties I have who both of them were in York Co., ME as well and of whom both of their families link back to Orkney as documented), seems to continue to point that our families are well connected dating back many many generations in Scotland.
The Mudie's of Angus book contains a great many details that show what I believe to be links to our Ydna family over in Nor. Ireland...specifically the early mention of the surname DICK to the Mudie's which we all now know one of our earliest Ydna Moody cousins married into in Lenamore/Magilligan, Co. L'derry, Nor. Ireland and that being Alexander MOODY b.c1747 to Priscilla DICK.
So again these are all reasons I believe these to be part of our earliest known Mudie/Moodie/Moody family tree. There is a lot to mention but for now this is about as good as its going to get for us I believe and for me personally, its a good enough showing to convince me. Again, however, which specific branch of them that we tie into has yet to be determined, and I believe that only Ydna can prove it conclusively along with good solid documented genealogy, but I believe the closer we stick to the McQuiston/McCuiston family and the others with whom our Moody's have intermarried, the more we will learn of our early MUDIE/MOODIE/MOODY ties back in Scotland.
I hope this all coming together and will prove someday to be helpful to those generations who come after us.
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