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Passamaquoddy Indian page - Maine etc.
Posted by: melissa1 (ID *****3873) Date: October 19, 2004 at 06:16:43
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My 4th grt. grandmother Hannah MITCHELL (sometimes used the surname of THOMAS too), was born c1794 in Maine (so she says), and we have two conflicting stories. She was either Mi'kmaw or Passamaquoddy, or a combo of both (one parent from one nation and the other from the other one).
I know very little about Hannah. The following is what I do have so far.

She was born c1794 in Maine. In Dec. 1818 Brunswick, Cumberland Co., Maine, she married a man who went by Capt. Joseph MOODY(also seen spelled Moodey on their record of marriage).
Sometime around 1819/1820 they had a son named Joseph D. Moody who claimed to be born in Brunswick but also claimed to be born in Canada, and he became an Indian doctor who worked in Lowell, MA from around c1860 or just before to around c1877 which is the year I believe he died, or it might have been in 1876 when he died. His name no longer appeared in the Lowell city directories after 1876.

Hannah MITCHELL apparently lost a daughter at around age 3 in Brunswick in 1825. On the Cemetery record for Pine Grove it reads as follows - Abigail THOMAS daughter of Hannah THOMAS (she gave her maiden name as Thomas on this record after having given her maiden name on her marriage record as Mitchell), and Capt. Joseph MOODY.
The child was buried under the name of Abigail THOMAS instead of Abigail Moody. On Hannah marriage record she went by "Miss" indicating she had not been married before.

I think that Hannah's father's name might have been Thomas MITCHELL or Mitchell THOMAS and that was the reason she used both names. I have no proof of this, its all just speculation at this point.

Also in the 1860 Phippsburg, Sagadahoc Co., ME census there was a Louis MITCHELL who in the 1870 Westport, Sagadahoc, ME census was listed as an Indian Doctor and 57 years old, race - Indian- , b. ME. His wife was named Elizabeth and in 1860 she was listed as Indian b. ME as were all of their children...but in 1870 she was listed as 'white' born in France, but all children were listed as Indian b. ME.
It was odd to see an entire family listed as Indian on the 1860 census, but they were noted as such.

I am wondering if there might have been a connection with my Hannah Mitchell and this Louis Mitchell as he was born around c1803, only a few years after my Hannah.
Also because Louis was an Indian doctor and Hannah's son became one too, I wondered if Louis might not have helped my 3rd grt. grandfather Joseph D. Moody at some point.

There was also a Dr. Sabattis "Daylight" "Lobster" MITCHELL who lived at Old Town, Penobscot Co., ME and he was an Indian doctor. He was called "Lobster" because that was his family totem back then. There was another Mitchell family who used the "bear" totem.

The "D." middle initial in my 3rd grt. grandfather's name which he Never revealed on any paper work that I have found on him so far, has always made me wonder if his middle name might not have been "daylight" as well, and that his mother Hannah may have named her son in honor of her family that way, the way she named her daughter Abigail...Thomas.

The last time I see my Hannah Mitchell was in the 1850 Brunswick, ME census. Her husband Joseph MOODY was over 60 years old...he was born in c1780 to a Scotchman - James MOODY who fought during the Rev. War at Ticonderoga, NY.
James Moody was living in Buxton, York Co., ME at the time he traveled to Ticonderoga to join up into Capt. Daniel Lane's company. Daniel Lane was also a Buxton man.

James Moody married Elizabeth DONNELL (was spelled DONALD on their marriage record from Buxton, but the name was also spelled Dunnell). There was a study done some years ago by a James VICKERY on Chief Joseph ORONO of the Penobscots in which Mr. Vickery stated that because Chief Orono was blue-eyed and red headed and very fair skinned (as was noted of his odd appearance throughout history by men who had been in contact with him and who claimed he didn't have the coppery colored skin or black hair and eyes of the other Indians), that Chief Orono ~might~ have been the Indian captive son of Samuel DONNELL of York Co., ME.
Samuel Donnell was a relative of Elizabeth DONNELL that my James Moody married.
Others claim that Orono came from some Frenchman named Castine but certain dates and other things just don't match up. Others have done more research on this and have strong evidences to disprove the link to Castine too.

My James Moody ~may~ have been a son of Joseph Moody of Kingston/Brentwood, NH who died of smallpox during the last of the French & Indian Wars. Joseph had the misfortune of being in Gen. Jeffery Amherst's company, and Amherst was known to have taken smallpox germ infested blankets from his sick men and given them to the Indians in trade, hoping to wipe them out completely, but he failed. Many Indians did die from the smallpox, but thankfully many survived!
My Joseph Moody was not so lucky. He died from smallpox in 1760 NH. Nearly his entire was wiped out from the disease too. His family was very poor and the town of Brentwood wrote to the courts asking for compensation to help the town recover costs from the medical and burial expenses incurred by Joseph Moody's family spread of the smallpox to their town.
They accused Joseph of "secretly bringing the smallpox to town", and so my family was not very well thought of after that. Joseph's wife Mary we believe also died of the smallpox because she died Before Feb. 1764. The town of Brentwood in their court appeal for expenses, stated that Joseph MOODY "left behind a family of small children, starving and naked who cannot care for themselves". There was No mention of any wife at the time, so we believe that Mary had died too.
As a result there are Very Very few records of this family existing.
It is believed that my James Moody born between c1743 and c1752, is one of those "children" who survived.
The records of his brother Clement MOODY stated he had 2 brothers...John/Jonathan and James MOODY.

Anyway, this matters not here...but I wanted to give a rounded background of my family at least back to my 6th grt. grandfather Joseph MOODY and his wife Mary LEAVITT of Kingston/Brentwood, NH (Joseph is a descendant of Clement Moody of Exeter, NH who many now believe is a son of Engram/Ingram MOODIE who came to this country as an indentured servant when captured at the Battle of Dunbar in Scotland in Sept. 1650 and shipped to Boston, MA on the 1st ship of POW's the UNITY).
There is a lot of strong evidences to support this claim which I will not go into here.
But that our Moody family descends from the Scotland MOODIE's is very very likely.

If anyone can help with this Mitchell family or the Thomas family links among the Passamaquoddy or Mi'kmaw peoples, I would be very greatful to learn of my family.
There is so much more to tell, but this is getting too long.
Thank you for any additional info.

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