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later taught in the industrial school at Wilming-
ton, Delaware, for two years. He returned to
Warner and started a general store, carrying among
other goods a fine line of boots and shoes. He
is a Republican in politics and has filled the office
of town clerk for eight years. He is now (1907)
worshipful master of Harris Lodge, Free and Ac-
cepted Masons of Warner, and past master of War-
ner Grange, No. 90, Patrons of Husbandry. He
attends the Congregational Church. He married
Kate I., daughter of James and Aphia (Flanders)
Bean, of Warner.

(VIII) Carl W., second son and fifth child of
John F. and- Nellie (Sargent) Jewell, was born
January 25, 1878, in Warner, New Hampshire, where
he is now engaged in the dairy business and car-
pentering. He married, December 18, 1906, Maud
Blake, widow of Dwight Bailey.

There is no doubt whatever concerning
MOODY the identity of the American ancestor

of this notable New England family,
which has been made all the more famous by reason
of the number of its representativas who have en-
tered the gospel ministry, but on account of an error
in recording the names of the children of the an-
cestor some confusion has arisen and has called
forth considerable criticism on the part of chroni-
clers of Moody family history. On this point the
author of "Moody Family," writing some fifty years
ago, says :

"The indefatigable historian of 'Ould Newbury,'
asserts that Mr. Moody had a fourth son, William,
and endeavors to prove this assertion by giving the
date of his marriage, the names of his children,
etc. We regret to be compelled to dissent from so
high an authority; but he himself has furnished us
with the grounds of our doubt. He says that Wil-
liam was married in 1684, at which time the other
three brothers had been married between twenty-
five and thirty years. Supposing him to have been
born near the time of his father's coming to this
country, he must have been at the time of his
marriage about fifty years of age. Then again,
his death is put down as having occurred in 1730, _
making him about one hundred years of age. His
wife's death is mentioned as having taken place in
1702, aged thirty-eight, rather a young woman to
be united to a man of his years."

(I) William Moody, the American ancestor and
principal progenitor of the ]\Ioody name in New
England, came from Wales, England, in 1633, win-
tered in Ipswich in 1634 and removed to Newbury
with the first settlers of that town in 1635. Here
he was admitted freeman and received a grant of
ninety-two acres of land. There is a tradition that
he was a blacksmith by trade, and was the first
person in New England who adopted the practice
of shoeing oxen to enable them to walk on ice.
Whether he ever acquired the enviable appellation
of "the learned blaclfsmith" is a matter of some
doubt, but that he was a generous patron of letters
seems evident from the fact that so large a num-
ber of his immediate descendants entered the learned
professions. William Moody's wife w^as Sarah
, by whom, according to the best au-
thority, he had three children, Samuel, Joshua and
Caleb. Joshua was born in 1632, Caleb in i637,_ but
the date of Samuel's birth is not known and it is
generally supposed that he was born before his
father came to New England. Mr. Moody and liis
sons were persons of considerable note in the civil
and ecclesiastical history of Newbury and their
names are frequently found in the various com-
mittees of the church. Joshua Moody graduated
from Harvard College in 1653 and began hi.s min-
isterial labors in Portsmouth. New Hampshire, in
1658. Caleb Moody married twice and had a large
family. He was representative from Newbury in
the general court of Massachusetts in 1677-78, and
during the administration of Governor Andros was
imprisoned five weeks for having spoken in censure
of the course of that tyrannical official.

(II) Samuel, probably eldest of the three chil-
dren of William and Sarah Moodj^ is supposedto
have been born previous to his father's immigration



to -tliĀ»s country, but writers of the family history
give no authentic account of his life. He took the
oath of allegiance in 1666 and united with _ the
church in Newbury in 1670. His wife was admitted
to the communion in 1674. He died in Newbury,
April 4, 1675. He married, November 30, 1657,
Mary Cutting, who remarried, June 24, 1679, Daniel
Lunt. The children of Samuel and Mary (Cutting)
Moody were: Sarah, born November 16, 1658;
William, July 22, 1661; John, April i, 1663; Mary,
February 28, 1664-65; Lydia, August 5, 1667; Han-
nah, January 4, 1669-70; Samuel, December 6, 1671 ;
Cutting, April 9, 1674.

(Hi) John, son of Samuel and "Slavy (Cutting)
Moody, was born April i, 1663, in Newbury. Ma?sa-
chusetts, and in the records there is mentioned in
1675 ^s the second son. He married, before 1693,

Hannah , by whom he had at least two

children, one of whom is believed to have been
John. The will of a John Moody is of record in
Newbury and probably is that of the elder John,
made 1727 and proven 1736.

(IV) John (2), presumed to have been a son
of John (i) and Hannah Moody, is also supposed
to have been the father of John ]\Ioody, of Kings-
ton, although time and continued research may re-
veal that the premises here assumed are mistaken.
It is hardly possible that John the son of Samuel
could have been the father of Captain John Moody,
of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, but it is settled al-
most beyond question that John of Kingston was a
descendant of William Moody, the ancestor, through
his eldest son Samuel.

(V) John (3) Moody, of Kingston, married
Mary Oilman, daughter of Jacob Oilman, and had
children : David. Dudley, John, Rev. Oilman, ]\Iary

(who married l^aniel Folsom and lived in Oilman-
ton), Elizabeth (who married Abraham Folsom),
Lydia (who married David Clifford), Dolly (mar-
ried Humphrey French, and (second) John Cooley),
and Sarah.

(VI) Captain John (4), son of John (3) and
Mary (Oilman) Moody, was born in Kingston, New
Hampshire, January 27, 1739, and died in Oilman-
ton, New Hampshire, September 15, 1829, aged
ninety years. He was quite young when his father
died and after that he went to live with the family
of Daniel Oilman, his mother's brother. He came
to Oilmanton in 1763 and began clearing his land
and making preparations for permanent settlement.
His nearest neighbor on the south was four miles
away and on the north there was no settlement
nearer than Canada. Soon after his arrival his
camp was burned, with all of his supply of pro-
visions, some of his clothing, and his hat. He was
obliged immediately to repair to Kingston for a new
supply, and afterward he was frequently heard to
say that his loss at that time was more severely
felt than when (1821) his large two-story frame
dwelling and nearly all of its contents were burned.
In the latter part of the year 1763 he was taken sick,
and knowing something of what was about to fol-
low he made a supply of hasty pudding, brought a
supply of water from the spring, then lay down in
his camp and passed through the course of fever,
without a physician or attendance of any kind.
Captain bloody was an inBucntial and useful citizen
in the town of Oilmanton. He was selectman, cap-
tain of militia and an officer of the Revolutionary
army. In 1776 he enlisted a company of twenty
men and was its captain, and joined tlie continental
army under Washington, serving three months and
eight days. His house became the home of his

father's family, and his mother, an almost help-
less invalid, lived with him until the time of her

Captain Moody's first wife was Abigail Swett,
a sister of Elisha Swett, of Oilmanton. He mar-
ried for his second wife the widow Elizabeth White,
whose mother, Mrs. Evans, died at Captain Moody's
house, as also did her son, William White. After
the death of his second wife, December 14, 1821,
(age seventy-five). Captain Moody married the
widow of Dr. Oale, of Kingston. At that time
he was eighty-three and she was seventy-three years
old. She was his own cousin, the daughter of
Daniel Oilman, in whose family he had been brought
up after the death of his own father. The chil-
dren of Captain Moody were : John, Hannah,
Dolly, Elisha, Abigail, David and Peter.

(VII) Elisha, fourth child and second son of
Captain John Moody, was born in Oilmanton, New
Hampshire, September 28, 1773, and died in that
town September 21, 1833, at the age of fifty-nine
years. He married, September 16, 1794, Betsey
Weymouth, and had twelve children : Peter, Han-
nah, Dorothy, Elisha, Oeorge W., John, Rev. David,
Stephen S., Elizabeth, Mary, Job and Daniel.

(VIII) Stephen S., son of Elisha and Betsey
(Weymouth) Moody, was born in Oilmanton, New
Hampshire, June 25, 1806, and died April 27, 1893.

(IX) Mary H., daughter of Stephen S. Moody,
was born in Oilmanton, New Hampshire, December
5, 1830. She married, April 7, 1853, Charles E.
Plumei (see Plumer, HI), and had three chil-
dren : Etta J., Carrie E. and William A. Plumer.

Rev. Joshua Moody was the first min-
MOODY ister of the first church of Portsmouth,

New Hampshire ; was persecuted for
his liberal views ; was zealous against the witch-
craft delusion ; and was offered and refused the
presidency of Harvard College. Other Moodys were
early settlers in New England, but from which of
the various worthy immigrants the Moodys of this
article are sprung is not certain.

(I) Amos Moody resided in Nobleboro, Lincoln
county, Maine, where he was born and died.

(II) Joshua, son of Amos Moody, was born
in Nobleboro. He was well educated. and of sound
judgment. He lived on the original Moody farm.
In early life he learned ship carpentry, and in later
years besides taking care of his farm he did a
considerable amount of contracting' and building.
For many years he was a justice of the peace. He
was very religious, a leader iu the construction of
the First Baptist Church of Nobleboro. and the
chief contributor to the fund which built it. He
married Hannah Densmore, daughter of Asa Dens-
more. There were children of this union : Atwell
Alonzo, Thurlow Elwell, Willis Elvin, Louis Alton,
Sarah Jane, Frank L. and Mary.

(III) Atwell Alonzo, eldest child of Joshua and
Hannah (Densmore) Moody, was born in Noble-
boro, March 8, 1850. He worked his way through
the public schools, and then engaged in farming
in Waldoboro. In a few years he became a retail
oil dealer at Jefferson, Maine, and carried on that
business three years, till 1868, when taking what
money he had accumulated he went to Nevada.
After staying some time in Dayton he went to
Eureka and engaged in freighting, conveying ore
from the mines to the smelters at Eureka, and
returning M-ith various supplies for mines. _ _ He
employed- sixteen-horse teams, and being a diligent
man and fortunate, he soon had several of these



teams and a number of men in his employ. Seeing
the necessity of a boarding house at Eureka he
buik one where he served four hundred dinners
daily. It was but a step from freighting to general
teaming, and in a short time Mr. Moody went into
contract work where heavy teams were required and
put in foundations for buildings, constructed streets,
and other similar work. Later he acquired a half
interest in the Butter-Cup gold mines at Eureka,
for the development of which he supplied the capital.
This property was soon found to contain a bed
of rich ore, and a syndicate, after trying in vain to
buy the property, jumped the claim. An ejectment
suit was brought by Mr. Moody, and after being
carried along for some time the case was tried ; but
the jury in the face of conclusive evidence in support
of the claim of Mr. Moody and his partner, de-
cided in favor of the syndicate. The money spent
in developing the mine and in litigation was a
serious loss to Mr. Moody. About the time of this
disaster he was injured while at work in a mine,
and for about a year following he lay in a hos-
pital. So much misfortune left him without means
and he returned to the east and engaged in in-
stalling woolen and cotton mill machinery, at which
he is an expert. Constant handling of this machinery
has made him very familiar with its structure, and
enabled him to invent some labor and time-saving
devices to be used in the operation of it, which
he put on the market. Mr. Aloody is a member of
the following secret orders : Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, in which he is a past grand, and
was for four years district deputy ; Daughters of
Rebecca, of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons ;
Order of the Eastern Star ; Knights of Pythias ;
Improved Order of Red Men; the Ancient Order
of United Workmen. He married, in Nobleboro,
1869. Mary Edna Nash, who was born in Nobleboro,
April II, 1850, daughter of Church (2) and Susanna
(Brown) Nash, of Jefferson, Maine. To them have
been born seven children : Lillian, Grace, Fred.
Elvin, Lila Maud, Harry Alton, Ethel Evelyn and
Edwin Everett (twins). Lillian, born in Dayton,
Nevada, died young. Grace, born in Eureka, Ne-
vada, in 1872, married Joseph F. Starrett, M. D., of
Bangor, Maine, where they now reside. Fred. El-
vin, born July 19, 1874, in Jefferson, Maine, is
married and lives in Cleveland. Ohio. Lila Maud,
born March 8. 1876, died August 5. 1900. Harry
Alton is the subject of the next paragraph. Ethel
Evelyn, born May 26, 1884, at Waldoboro. Edwin
E., "born May 26, 1884. married ^Nlyrtie May, daugh-
ter of John and Susan Jane Bragg, of Brookline,
Massachusetts, and is now in business in Boston.

(IV) Harry Alton Moody, M. D., fifth child
and second son of Atwell A. and Mary Edna (Nash)
Moody, was born in Waldoboro, Maine, November
9, 1877. He obtained his literary education in the
common and high schools of Warner, Maine, and at
Lincoln Academy. In 1897 he became a student in
Bowdoin College, and in 1903 graduated from its
medical department.- He began practice at Green-
ville, Maine, in 1903, and remained there until 1905,
when he settled in Sanbornville, New Hampshire.
There his upright character and professional ability
have made him an esteemed citizen and a prosperous
physician. He is a member of Syracuse Lodge,
No. 27, Knights of Pythias, of Sanbornville, and of
Lovell Union Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, of
Sanbornville. ]\Iay 29, 1898, he married in Dover,
New Hampshire, Mildred Frances Libby, who was
born in Saco, Maine, May 27, 1881, daughter of
Adin and Clara (Foote) Libbv, of Saco, ]\laine (see
Libby, IX).

This name spelled Eliot, Elliot, and
ELLIOTT Elliott, appears in the early records

of Massachusetts and was borne by
many persons in Colonial times. With slight and
inconsequential changes in spelling, there were four
Elliott families in early New England, namely ;
Rev. John Eliot, the famous apostle to the Indians,
of Roxbury; Ebenezer, of Newton; Edmund, of
Amesbury; and Andrew, of Beverly. (Mention of
Andrew and descendants forms a part of this

(I) Edmund Elliott was a husbandman or
planter of Amesbury, Massachusetts, where his name
was frequently mentioned in the records. He was
born about 1629, probably in England, and is first
found on record among those taxed in Amesbury
in 1652. He received land in Salisbury in a division,
in 1654, and in Amesbury, in 1659-62-66-68. He
subscribed to the oath of allegiance in Amesbury,
1677, and was on record as a resident there in 1680.
He died about 1683. His will was executed Febru-
ary 26, 1675, and proved March 17, 1684. He must
have served in the Indian war after making his will
as it is on record that he executed this will, "When
he was going to the war." In case of the death of
his wife and son, his property was to go to his
nearest relatives in England. The inventory of his
estate, made January 2, 1684, shows that it was
valued at more than four hundred and eighty pounds.
His wife Sarah Haddon was a daughter of Jarrat,
or (Jared) and Margaret Haddon, of Amesbury.
She was born January 15, 1640, in Salisbury, and
after the death of Mr. Elliott and before September.
1685, she married a "young love,"' and was ^still
living in 1687, as shown by her father's will.

(II) John, only child of Edmund and Sarah
(Haddon) Elliott, was born September 25, 1660,
in Salisbury. He is described as a yeoman of that
town, and took the oath of allegiance in 1677. In
1680 he was a member of the "Training Band."
His will was made February 25, and proven on the
19th of the following March, 1733. He was mar-
ried about 1685 to Naomi Tuxbury. She was born
January 18, 1667, in Newbury, and was about eight-
een years old at the time of her marriag:e. Her
mention in his will indicates that she survived her
husband. Their children were : Edmund, Sarah,
Elizabeth, John, Thomas, Mary, Hannah, David and
Naomi. ( David and descendants are noticed in this

(III) Edmund (2), eldest child of John and
Naomi (Tuxbury) Elliott, was born July 30. 1686,
in Amesbury, in which town he resided. Thomas
Hoyt was appointed as administrator of his estate,
April 16, 1733. which would indicate that Elliott
was not then living. He was married January 8,
1713, to W. Huntington, daughter of John and
Eli.zabeth (Blaisdell) Huntington, of Amesbury, and
granddaughter of William Huntington, a pioneer
planter of Salisbury. She was born September 22,
1687 in Amesbury. Their children were : Sarah,
Deborah. Hannah, Betty, Edmund and Jonathan, the
last two born between 1715 and 1722.

(IV) Edmund (3), elder son and fifth child
of Edmund (2) and W. (Huntington) Elliott, was
l)orn between 1715 and 1722 in Amesbury, Massa-
chusetts, and became a pioneer settler of Chester,
New Hampshire. In 1747 he purchased home lot
No. 31 in that town and subsequently became the
owner of lot No. 134. He continued to reside there
until his death, which occurred October 8, 1789.
He married Mehitabel Worthen, who survived him
more than sixteen years and died April 11, 1806.
Their children were : Jonathan, Elizabeth, Me-



hitabel, Jacob. Sarah, John, Ephraim, Edmond,
Ezekiel and Nathaniel.

(V) Nathaniel, youngest child of Edmund (3)
and Mehitabel (Worthen) Elliott, was born 1764,
in Chester, and settled in the town of Thornton,
New Hampshire, where he was a pioneer resi-

(VI) Joseph, son of Nathaniel Elliott, was born
November 11, 1792, in Thornton, and early settled
in the town of Pittsfield, where he died October 2,
1850, aged fifty-eight years. He was a farmer
by occupation and was a respected citizen. He
married Betsy Seavey, who was born July 5, 1796,
and died December 6, 1872, in her seventy-seventh
year. She was the fourth daughter and child of
Isaac Seavey who was called Governor Seavey
because of his long association with Governor Went-
worth. He was first called the governor's Isaac to
distinguish him from others of the same name and
this in time was shortened to Governor Seavey (see
Seavey, V). He is said to have been a soldier in
the Revolutionary army, and was captured and kept
a prisoner by the British. He moved to Pittsfield
in the early part of the nineteenth century and
settled in the extreme southeastern part of the
town, which was then a wilderness, and there ac-
quired several pieces of land, among which is the
one now occupied by his grandson Philester S.
Elliott. In the time of Governor Seavey the pres-
ence of the Free Will Baptist Church and a school
house made his locality the most important part
of the town. Betsey (Seavey) Elliott was a very
competent housekeeper, and noted for her skill in
spinning and weaving. Specimens of clothing spun
and'woven by her are now in the possession of P.
S. Elliott. She had one of the first cook stoves
introduced into the neighborhood. The children of
Joseph and Betsey (Seavey) Elliott were:
Gardner, Catherine, Cassandra, Hiram, Harrison,
Joseph, Arthur, Simon G., Mary A., George H.,
Martha A. and Philester S. Gardner was a car-
penter by trade and went to California in 1849, and
lived there the remainder of his life. Catherine
married Samuel Gerrish, lived in Madbury, New
Hampshire, and died February 27, 1899, aged eighty-
three. Cassandra died October 12, 1839, aged
twenty. Hiram died August 15, 1850, at the age
of thirty. Harrison died July 6, 1872, aged fifty
years. Joseph died June 15, 1854, aged thirty years.
Arthur died February, 1890, aged sixty-four. Simon
G. died in 1897, aged sixty-nine. Mary A. married
Ezra L. Greenleaf, and died December 19, 1862,
aged thirty-two. George H. died in 1838, aged
six. Martha A. died in 1854, aged eighteen.

(VII) Philester Sperry, twelfth and youngest
child of Joseph and Betsey (Seavey) Elliott, was
born in Pittsfield, May i, 1839. He grew up on a
farm, and was educated in the common schools and
at Pittsfield Academy, where he attended four
terms. Early in life he learned the trade of shoe-
maker, at which he worked fifteen years. During
his whole life he has been actively interested in
agriculture, but has for short preods engaged in
other industries. At various times and places he
has been engaged in superintending the construction
of stone dams, sewers and waterworks. He also
had charge of dynamiting and excavating rock on
the site of the Pittsfield cotton mill during repairs
in 1883. He has taken an active part in public af-
fairs and politics, and served as chairman of the
board of selectmen in 1889-90, and was again a mem-
ber of the board in 1894-95. In politics he is a
devotee of Democracy and has been his party's
delegate to county, congressional and state conven-

tions. He enlisted in 1861 in Company G., Fifteenth
New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, and served in
the Department of the Gulf, being discharged Au-
gust 15, 1863. He took part in the siege of Port
Hudson, Louisiana. He has a handsome farm
which is well cultivated and productive, on which he
has erected a handsome set of buildings supplied
with modern conveniences which is an attractive
resort for summer tourists and boarders. Mr.
Elliott is a man of probity, and is highly respected.
Although he did not enjoy in youth a full measure
of educational advantages tliat many have, he has
made up by careful study and research what he then
missed, and is one of the thoughtful and well in-
formed men of his town.

He married, June 6, i860, in Concord, Lucinda
J. Watson, who was born in Pittsfield, May 6, 1838,
eldest child of William and Maria J. (Davis) Wat-
son, and granddaughter of Stephen Watson. Wil-
liam Watson was born in Pittsfield, New Hamp-
shire, May 5, 1813, and died December 29, 1870. His
wife was born December 24, 181 1, in Nottingham,
and died January 27, 1882. To Philester S. and
Lucinda J. (Watson) Elliott three children have
been born, John W., Nellie J., Frank L. John W.
married Hattie B. Pike, and is now engaged is
the grocery business at Manchester. Nellie J. is
unmarried and lives at home. Frank L. is manager
of Swift & Company's at North Adams, Massachu-
setts. He married Alice Welsh, "of Portland,

(HI) David, fourth son and eighth child of
John and Naomi (Tuxbury) Elliot, was born July
12, 1705, in Amesbury, and lived in what is now
Newton, New Hampshire. The records of the sec-
ond Amesbury church show the birth of four of
his children, namely: David (died young), Naomi,
Joseph and Benjamin. The name of his wife
does not appear, and it is probable that they were
living in Newton when these records were made,
from 1749 to 1753. Nothing appears in the vital
records of New Hampshire to show that other chil-
dren were either previously or subsequently born.

(IV) Joseph, apparently eldest son of David
Elliot, was born August 6, 1749, and became an early
resident of Concord, New Hampshire, settling there
February 19, 1778. He resided in a log house
in . what was called the Borough, now West Con-
cord. His wife was Lydia Goodwin, and their chil-
dren were : Sally, Polly, David, Joseph. Frederick,
Jacob, Samuel, Benjamin, Judith, Eleanor and

(V) Samuel, fifth son and seventh child of
Joseph and Lydia (Goodwin) Elliot, was born
January 30, 1753, and reared for a time in Concord,
nnd snbseuently settled in Loudon, New Hampshire.
He was married September 2, 1804, to Eunice Sar-
gent, by the Rev. Joel Tucker. Their children were:
Mary, Josiah, Lydia, Joseph, Hiram and Eunice.

(VI) Dr. John Sargent Elliot, eldest son and
second child of Samuel and Eunice (Sargent)
Elliot, was born July 26, 1806. in Loudon, and
subsequently resided in Pittsfield. Unless there is
an error in the vital records, he must have changed

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