Moody article from Cutters  


William Moody, immigrant ancestor of this family, was born in Wales, England and came from Ipswich, Suffolk County, Wales and located in Newbury, Massachusetts. He was of Welch ancestry, and a saddler by trade, coming to New England in 1634. He was admitted as a freeman, May 6, 1635, and was one of the first settlers of the town of Newbury. His descendants have been among the most prominent men of that town and vicinity to the present time. He had a ninety-two grant from the town. According to tradition he was the first to shoe oxen. He died October 25, 1673. His widow, Sarah, died January 13, 1672-73. Children: Samuel, born in Wales, about 1630; Rev. Joshua, about 1632; Caleb. The Rev. Joshua was educated in Newbury, and was a graduate of Harvard College in 1653. He was a minister in the Congregational church at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1658. Because of his refusal to administer the sacrament to two strangers, to him unknown, he was thrown into prison by order of Governor Crawford, where he remained thirteen weeks, when through the influence of friends he was released, and went to the "old Church" in Boston, where he preached until 1692. He had a son Samuel, who was a graduate of Harvard, and a renowned preacher, who had five sons, three of whom were ministers.

I. David Moody was a descendant of William Moody, who immigrated from Wales, and is said to have been a son of Joshua Moody, a descendant of William, and born in Essex county, Massachusetts, May 4, 1778. He married Gemina Bean, and removed to New Hampshire, and from hence to Vermont, and from there to Union, Broome county, New York, in 1812. He purchased a farm on Bean Hill, and followed farming during his life. Children: 1. Nehemiah, born in Vermont, in 1800; married Nancy Rockwell, at Union, had a son Elisha, and several other children; removed to McKean county, Pennsylvania, with his family. 2. Stephen, born in Vermont, in 1801; settled in Cortland, New York; married Charlotte _____; had three sons: Burletie, Frank and Gideon. 3. Zebina, born 1804; removed to Michigan, and had several children. 4. Gemina, who married Josiah Callerty, and left three children: Charles M., Milton T., and Albertine. Charles M. had twin sons, Lute D. and Lee M. Cafferty. Albertine left no children and Milton T. left one daughter, Emma Cafferty. 5. Hannah 6. Sally 7. Abbie, each of whom were married, but left no descendants. 8. Charles, see forward. 9. John, born at Union, 1816; was an attorney and resided in New York; married (first) Elizabeth Steele, and had one daughter, Jennie, who married Frederick Goeller, and has several children. His first wife died 1870, and he married (second) Margaret Goeller, by whom he had two sons, John and Milo, who reside in New York.

II. Charles, son of David Moody, was born April 8, 1808, in Vermont, and he removed, in 1812, with his father to Union, New York. He received a grammer school education, and, for a number of years, was engaged in farming and lumbering at Union, New York, where he married, January 1, 1838, Amanda, daughter of George Keeler, who came from Connecticut, and Elizabeth (Smith) Keeler, who came from Dutchess county, New York, who had several other children. Charles Moody and his wife removed from Union, New York, to Spencer, New York, in 1862, where he engaged in farming, and resided until his death, in 1891. He was a long time member of the Methodist Episcopal church in the village of Union, causing the same to be built. Children: all born at Union, New York: 1. Edwin C., see forward. 2. Harriett A., married Marshall Sweetlove, and has no living children. 3. William H., born May 20, 1848; married Ella Sullivan, and they had three children: w. Dwight, born 1874, died June 1910; Fred C., born 1876, died 1888; Raymond, born 1885, an attorney at law, and resides in Brooklyn. 4. Charles E., born February 22, 1850; married Dean Hutchins, and resides at Sayer, Pennsylvania; has three living children, Maurice, May and Floyd. 5. Julia K., born September, 1855; married Rev. Isaac B. Wilson, has one daughter, Ruth. They reside at Spencer, New York.

III. Edwin C., son of Charles Moody, was born in Union, New York, November 4, 1838; He was educated at the public schools, and at an academy at Union, New York. He began the study of law in 1858, in the office of his uncle, John Moody, in the city of New York, and attended the New York University Law School, where he was graduated in April, 1861, and the degree of LLB was conferred upon him by the university, and he was admitted in the supreme court in New York, in May, 1861, as an attorney and counselor. It was in the midst of the civil war, and he opened a law office in the village of Union, New York, and commenced the practice of law at that place, in July, 1861. He was engaged in the enlisting of men for the service, and as deputy provost marshall in the enrollment of men preparatory to a draft. During the winters of 1861-62-63 he taught school at Union. He was town clerk of Union in 1865-66, and supervisor of the town of Union for eight years after 1866, chairman of the board of supervisors in the years 1870-74-75; in 1877, he was a member of assembly from Broome county. Removed from Union to Binghamton in 1877, and, from 1861 to the present time, engaged in practicing law in Broome county general business, and was county attorney from August 1907, to January, 1910. In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of the Calumet Lodge, Odd Fellows, and of the Binghamton Club.

He married (first), November 26, 1862, Helen D., born July 16, 1840, daughter of Stephen and Maria (Powers) Wheeler. She died in June, 1879 and he married (second), at Canastoga, New York, August 12, 1885, Sadie A., daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Clow. Children of first wife: 1. Edith S., born October 1, 1866; married Rev. E. F. Hollenbeck; children: Wilbur C. and Margaret. 2. Carrie, born 1867, married Henry S. Waldron, and had Helen and Gladys Waldron. 4. Edwin H., born May 3, 1879, graduate of Hamilton College, afterwards from New York Law School, 1902; admitted as an attorney and counselor at law in supreme court, 1905; now in partnership with his father. Child of second wife: 5. Mildred E., born March 29, 1895.

Picture at right is E. Moody.

          Entry done by Terri Sprague on Jan 11, 1999.