Name: * Thomas L. MOODY
Given Name: * Thomas L.
Birth: ABT 1778 in Guilford Co., NC
Death: living 1833 Shelby Co., TN
Additional information on the Moody family.
Change Date: 9 Mar 2008 at 00:00:00
Thomas L. Moody was the son of Thomas and Mary Moody and probably born in Guilford County, North Carolina. The first mention found of him is in the will of Robert Scott whose will was written 24 April 1791 and probated in May.1 Scott left to Thomas Moody 10 pounds, and his saddle and bridle. In November 1794 as Thomas Moody, son of Thomas Moody, he was bound for a term of five years to John (inkblot) to learn the trade of blacksmith.2 Although his age is not given, if he was bound to the age of 21, he was probably born about 1778.
Thomas Moody had a marriage bond with Thankful MCuistion on 3 November 1802 in Guilford County.3 The bondsman was Joseph McCuistion. Thomas continued to live in Guilford County, and appeared in the 1810 census and 1815 tax list. In November 1810, Ellis, a boy of colour age 19 years next June was bound to Thomas Moody till full age to learn the trade of blacksmith.4
In the War of 1812, Thomas L. Moody was a 2d Sgt. in the Second Company, detached from the First Guilford Regiment.5
Thomas was involved in numerous land transactions in Guilford County. His first purchase of land was on 18 May 1816 of 81 acres and 20 perches from William Lockhart for $500. The land was on the Haw River adjacent to William Ozborn and Sarah Mortimor. Witnesses were D. D. Brasher and Berges Delay.6 As Thomas L. Moody he sold this land on 15 September 1817 to William Blair for the same amount of $500. Witnesses were Z. D. Brasher and Levi Ross.7
Thomas L. Moody acquired 107 acres form Sehon Tatum on 18 December 1818 for $400. The land was also on the Haw River adjacent to -?- Parish, and (Mallores?). Witnesses were Hezekiah Sanders and Levy Ross.8
On 7 October 1822 Thomas L. Moody purchased 153 acres from Robert Thompson. The land was on Mairs Fork and the Haw River on both sides of the road from Bruces X roads to Hunters. It was adjacent to Thomas Caulk, Jacob Walker, Baner, Thomas Magee, Hezekiah Highfill. Witnesses were (Laben?) Thorpe and -?- -?-.9 He sold this land on 27 January 1823 to William P. Walker, but the land was described as 180 acres. Witnesses were Wm. Magee and Jacob Walker.10
On 13 March 1824 Thomas L. Moody sold 104 acres to John Whitsell for $200. The land was on the Haw River adjacent to Henry Bevell, William Winchester and Tatum.. Witnesses were E. Witty, Junr. and Cummings Witty.11
Thomas L. Moody purchased 42 acres on the Reedy Fork of the Haw River on 3 March 1825 from Henry Knight. The land was part of a that Henry Knight had purchased from James Knight, and adjacent to James Cole and Drury D. Tillers. The selling price was $220, and witnesses were Edmd Bowman and James Johnson., Jr.12 He sold this land on 2 August 1825 to Edmund Bowman for $200. Witnesses were Samuel Donnell and Samuel Billingsley.13
At an auction on 16 May 1825 Thomas L. Moody was the highest bidder on 40 acres of Samuel Taylor. A writ had been issued by the county court on the possessions of Samuel Taylor, and the 40 acres was sold by Isaac Armfield, Sheriff. The land was adjacent to Campbell, Braswell, and Witty on Marses Fork of the Haw River. Witnesses were J. W. Doak and Levy Ross.14
On 17 November 1828 the same land was sold by Sheriff James W. Doak to John M. Morehead, the highest bidder for $4.87 1/2 to satisfy a writ against the property of Thomas L. Moody for $137.25.15
Thomas L. Moody moved to Shelby County, Tennessee where he joined Nathaniel Moody and Thomas Moody, formerly of Guilford and Stokes Counties, North Carolina. In Shelby County he signed as bondsman on 1 July 1829 for the marriage bond of Joseph Ivans and Mariah Robertson.16 On 26 July 1830 he was bondsman for the marriage bond of William Carter and Elizabeth Lovell.17
Thomas L. Moody secondly married to Nelly Hannah in Shelby County. He had a marriage bond 5 March 1830 with Benjamin H. Hawkins as his bondsman. On the back the marriage was certified as performed on the 9th.18
As T. L. Moody, he appeared in the 1830 Shelby County, Tennessee census with one male age 50-60, and two females age 20-30.19
Thankful (McCuistion) Moody died on 21 December 1830.20 It is unknown if this Bible entry was recorded years later, and the dated remembered incorrectly, or if Thomas L. Moody may have abandoned his first wife in moving to Tennessee.
In 1832 Thomas L. Moody, Nathaniel Moody, and Thomas Moody were all listed as owing accounts to the estate of James Avery the owner of a general store near Germantown in Shelby County. Thomas L. Moody also was a purchaser at the estate sale.21
In August 1833, Alexander Bevell in Rockingham County, North Carolina proved the handwriting of Thomas L. Moody to two documents he had witnessed on 28 March 1821. The first was a deed of bargain and sale from William Murrell, attorney for Lemuel S. Brasher to John Odineal, for his share of the estate of Asa Brasher, deceased. The second was from William Murrell, attorney if fact for Lemuel Beshears, authorizing Mr. Durges Delay and Levy Ross to pay to John Odineal the share of the estate due from Asa Beshears, deceased, to his son Lemuel Beshears.22
On 5 April 1835 James Frazer, assignee of Thomas L. Moody had entry #991 in Range 5 and 6, section 1, in Shelby County.23 Thomas was last known living when on 19 December 1833 as T. L. MOODY he was paid $1.50 at 50 cents per day for three days as a witness in the case of the State of Tennessee vs. John Wilson on forgery.24
1. Robert Scott will, Guilford County, North Carolina original wills, North Carolina State Archives, FHL microfilm 1,571,685, frames 1124-1026.
2. Guilford County, North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Minutes, 1788-1796 Book, p. 279, FHL microfilm 0,501,190.
3. Guilford County, North Carolina marriage bonds, alphabetical by groom, FHL microfilm 0,536,826,
4. Guilford County, North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Minutes, 1796-1811 Book, p. 547, FHL microfilm 0,501,190.
5. Muster Rolls of the Soldiers of the War of 1812, Detached from the Militia of North Carolina in 1812 and 1814, (Raleigh, NC, 1851).
6. Guilford County North Carolina deeds 14: 239-239A.
7. Guilford County North Carolina deeds 13: 270-271.
8. Guilford County North Carolina deeds 15: 169.
9. Guilford County North Carolina deeds 16: 11-12.
10. Guilford County North Carolina deeds 17: 272-273.
11. Guilford County North Carolina deeds 17: 308-309.
12. Guilford County North Carolina deeds 17: 123-124.
13. Guilford County North Carolina deeds 18: 51-52.
14. Guilford County North Carolina deeds 17: 307-308.
15. Guilford County North Carolina deeds 19: 175.
16. Original marriage bond, Shelby County, Tennessee.
17. Original marriage bond, Shelby County, Tennessee.
18. Original marriage bond, Shelby County, Tennessee.
19. 1830 Shelby Co., Tennessee census, p. 8.
20. The Calloway County Genealogical Society, Bible Records of Calloway County and Adjoining Counties, (1971), p. 254.
21. Anearchin' News, 35 (Winter 1988): 157-158.
22. Rockingham County, North Carolina deeds 2E: 282, Wentworth, North Carolina, microfilm 019712, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
23. Jean Alexander West, Occupant Entry Volume One Book B Shelby County,Tennessee (Memphis, Tennessee: by author, 1985), 38.
24. Works Progress Administration, Records of Shelby Co., TN, Minutes of Old Circuit Court No. 2, 1828-1836, (Nashville, Tenn.: Historical Records Project), 45, FHL microfilm 0,024,823.
Father: * Thomas MOODY b: ABT 1710 in County Derry, Ireland
Mother: * Mary (WITTY?)
* Thankful McCUISTON b: in NC
bond 3 Nov. 1802
in Guilford Co., NC
- Isaac Newton MOODY b: ABT 1805 in Guilford Co., NC
- * John R. MOODY b: 12 May 1806 in Guilford Co., NC
- Elijah W. MOODY b: 1810 in Guilford Co., NC
- Anna MOODY b: Apr 1812 in Guilford County, NC
- Stacker MOODY
- Robert A. MOODY b: ABT 1819 in Guilford County, North Carolina
- Samuel Hiram MOODY
bond 5 Mar. 1830
in Shelby Co., TN