Wife of Samuel Moody (1634-1689) Massachusetts?

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Samuel Moody was born just after his parents arrived in Massachusetts Bay. Anderson in his profile of father John (subscription) lists the wife of Samuel as Sarah _________ with an estimated marriage 1659 (based on ages of children). WikiTree calls her Sarah Deming with a marriage in 1675 (not possible with the attached children).

An early NEHGR (Vol 80) gives the wife as probably Sarah Deming. Barbour (absent source) gives her as Deming as does Genealogies of Hadley Families (no source). Anderson gives her as Sarah _________.

Thoughts? Comments? Other sources? Anderson does not appear to have been convinced about her being Deming.

WikiTree profile: Samuel Moody
in Genealogy Help by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (245k points)
edited by T Stanton
After spending most of the day digging deep into all the Deming, Moody and Wethersfield info that I could find, I found nothing more concrete to prove that Samuel Moody's wife Sarah was a daughter of John Deming the immigrant beyond what we already knew, John's will.

I did manage to uncover quite a lot more about John Deming based on Vol 1 of "History of Ancient Wethersfield" along with coming across the reason why it was his daughter Hannah who married John Beckley as opposed to an "Unknown" daughter, all documented on appropriate profiles.  The main problem is that christening and marriage records of Wethersfield (Deming) and Waterford (Moody) just don't go back that far.  John Deming was on a list of Wethersfield church members in 1640 and in 1658 and appeared in town/land records during that time, so it's a virtual certainty that his children were all born there.  Samuel Moody's father died in neighboring Waterford in 1655 and the marriage is estimated about 1658/59, so very likely one place or the other but the records are lacking.

All John Deming's other daughters are accounted for as married to other men who were alive in June 1690 when he wrote his will.  But with the lack of records, could his "daughter Moody" been married to a different Moody entirely who vanished into the sunset?  Maybe.  I know this isn't much of an answer.
Thanks for the deep dive into that, Brad. I wonder if the RCA research on her wasn't as comprehensive resulting in the Sarah ______ simply because this was the generation born here (that is pure speculation). If there are no other possible Moody men as a husband for Sarah Deming, it does seem to leave us with Sarah Deming as probable wife of Samuel Moody.
I think "probable" is a fair statement, at least nothing contradictory and no better alternative has appeared and we do at least have the will of her father as one piece of evidence.  Maybe someday more records will come to light.  The History of Ancient Fairfield had an incredible amount of detail about the churches in the area, who moved to what nearby settlements etc etc.  It's kind of surprising there arent any church registers available or more in the way of town clerk records unless they are just buried offline somewhere.

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In regard to reviewing "other sources", are you familiar with the website Moody LaPointe Genealogy?  The site is filled with Moody descendants and provides numerous sources on each.  (Click on each individual's name in the tree to see sources for that person.)  Unfortunately, not all sources are readily available online.  Here's direct link to Samuel Moody and Sarah Deming.  Moody LaPointe website - Samuel Moody and Sarah Deming family card  

I find it a useful site to reference for my own Moody research.

by Patty Moody G2G Rookie (200 points)

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