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New Ydna Results for Jonathan Moody, husband of Elizabeth Gordon Brentwood, NH
Posted by: Barbara Baker (ID *****2355) Date: August 31, 2012 at 15:23:51
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Ydna of descendants of Jonathan and Elizabeth Gordon Moody of Brentwood & Epping, NH are of R1b1a2 Haplogroup and are NOT a match to Clement Moody descendants (Haplogroup I2b1(a)). They also do not match any other Moody line, nor any other non-Moody in the Ydna Project, (William of Newbury descendants are of Haplogroup R1b1a2 also, but nonetheless do not match, the R haplogroup has many subtypes)

As of August 2012 the ydna of a documented descendant of Edward Gordon Moody (son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Gordon Moody) and Edward's second wife Mehitable Brown has shown that this Jonathan Moody, who married Elizabeth Gordon and with her became the ancestors of virtually all the early Moodys found north of Lake Winnepesaukee (Tamworth, Ossipee, Wakefield, Sandwich), many of whom resettled in Maine.is not genetically related to a dozen known Clement Moody descendants. He does match two other suspected, but undocumented descendants of Jonathan and Elizabeth Gordon Moody, one through their son James and one through their son Edward Gordon Moody and his first wife Anna Sanborn. They are of the R haplogroup while all the Clement Moody descendants are of the I haplogroup. It thus would appear that Jonathan Moody, wife of Elizabeth Gordon, is not the same as the Jonathan Moody, son of Jonathan and Joanna Moody and grandson of Clement Moody, Both were born about the same year, and were in Brentwood.
This discovery absolutely overturns the long held assumption that Edward Gordon Moody and his father Jonathan Moody were descendants of Clement Moody. Now the question remains...if there were two Jonathans, who really is Jonathan Moody, husband of Elizabeth Gordon? Where did he come from and when did he arrive in NH? bjb

The Jonathan Moody in the FIRST land transaction below is clearly the grandson of Clement1, and would SEEM to be the grandson of Clement in the SECOND land transaction in 1760.
" On 27 March 1754 Jonathan Moody of Brentwood, laborer, sold to Obadiah Smith of Same, laborer, 50 acres in Brentwood "it being part of a piece of land that Clement Moody deceased owned it being a part of the six hundred acre grant that was originally granted to Dudley," and which "I Clement bought of Mr. Riley Dudley" two of the bounds being the Great Fresh River and the Little River; clearly this was the land given to his Jonathan Moody by his father Clement in February 1725. (NHPD: 48:519) He appears in 1756 of Brentwood and of Epping owning land straddling the Brentwood/Epping border in 1764.
Brentwood sits on the border of Epping. In 1760 Jonathan and Elizabeth Moody are of Brentwood and in 1754 of Epping; owning land straddling the Epping-Brentwood border. (NHPD 71:447, 91:143)
On March 21 1760 Jonathan Moody of the Parish of Brentwood, husbandman and Elizabeth his wife, and Robert Judkins of the Parish of Epping, husbandman, and Sarah (Gordon) his wife sold to Antipas Gilman of Brentwood, two ten acre lots of land which was allowed to our father James Gordon deceased and to Jonathan Wadleigh deceased ten acres to the said James Gordon and 10 acres to the said Jonathan Wadleigh, excepting the right of dower or power of thirds which belongs to our mother Mehetable Steel, formerly Mehitable Gordon NHPD 79:524".
Robert Charles Anderson CG, Sons & Grandsons of Clement Moody of Exeter, NH, TAG July/Oct 1986 p. 229-230.

However, with the 2012 Ydna results it appears that Anderson's conclusion that the Jonathan Moody in 1754 and perhaps in 1756 Brentwood, is the same as the Jonathan Moody who married Elizabeth Gordon in 1764 Epping is incorrect, as hard as that may seem to believe.
The 1760 land transaction by Jonathan Moody and his wife Elizabeth involved land that had belonged to "our father James Gordon deceased, and Jonathan Wadleigh, deceased, we now know involved aJonathan Moody who was genetically unrelated to Clement Moody.
But, it is confounding to realize that Jonathan Wadleigh mentioned in the 1760 transaction was the second husband of Joanna ( ) Moody, daughter in law of Clement1, wife of Jonathan Moody, Sr. and mother of his grandson Jonathan Moody, Jr. This would seem to link the Jonathan Moody, Jr., grandson of Clement, and Jonathan Moody, husband of Elizabeth Gordon.
So, connecting dots and clues given in the several land transactions would lead one to the conclusion that the two Jonathans were one and the same. This could be true if Jonathan, Sr., Clement's son, was adopted. It is difficult to imagine that Jonathan, Sr,. while still a very young man and suffering from a fatal illness, would have adopted a son who was coincidentally named Jonathan...unless Joanna had been married before and had a son Jonathan, another unlikely coincidence in given names. Additionally, if either Jonathan,Sr or Jr were an adopted Moody, then there one could expect there to be a non-Moody ydna match somewhere in the FT Ydna project, but the three descendants of Jonathan and Elizabeth Gordon Moody do not have a single other match of any surname in the entire Ydna project as of August 2012 bjb

"Most of the Moody families in the towns north of Lake Winnipesaukee (Tamworth, Tuftonboro, Ossipee, Sandwich and Wakefield) descend from this Jonathan Moody. He also notes that the Jonathan Moody of Brentwood whose insolvent estate was probated in 1818 MAY be this man."
Robert Charles Anderson: TAG; July/Oct 1986 Sons & Grandsons of Clement Moody of Exeter, NH,p. 229-230.

Barbara B.


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