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Robert Sanford Moody (1905 - 1983)

Robert Sanford Moody
Born in IAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 26 Jan 1936 in Toledo, Ohiomap
Died in Yuma, Yuma Co., AZmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Sep 2011
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Robert's parents died when he was a child. His father died of natural causes in 1912 and his mother died of a ruptured tubal pregnancy the following year. Read about the mystery surrounding May Moody's death:

Robert and his brother Wesley were raised by their paternal aunt Jessie Moody Ward and her husband Charles after their parents' deaths. Wesley was officially adopted by the Wards but Robert kept the surname Moody.

Robert was an optician. He and his wife Evelyn ran their own business, Moody Optical Company, in Moline, Illinois. The shop occupied the first floor and their residence the apartment above. They spent considerable time in Yuma, Arizona at their apartment. They did a lot of traveling here and abroad, larrgely by freighter across the Pacific. They also took one trip across the Atlantic in 1972 and one freighter trip up and down the West coast of South America --- then Canada and Mexico.

The last freighter trip they took was via the Annie Johnson of Johnson Line in Aug/Sep 1972.  They stopped in Rotterdam, Holland. Holland they liked best of any country visited. Sweden, Germany and the last stop was Glasgow, but unfortunately there were not able to get off the freighter in Glasgow.  The ship arrived in the AM and left in PM, but Evelyn wrote Mildred that from what they could see from the freighter, it was a beautiful country.

In later years, Janet, Evelyn's mother, resided with them until her passing.[1]


Date: 15 APR 1905
Place: IA[2][3]


Date: MAY 1983
Place: Yuma, Yuma Co., AZ
Note: 340-01-6821[4]


Date: 20 APR 1910
Place: 321 Dakota Ave., Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD[5]
Link to 1910 census for Frank W. Moody family
Date: 2 JAN 1920
Place: 128 N. University, Peoria, Peoria Co., IL[6]
Link to the 1920 census record for the Charles Ward family
Date: 10 APR 1930
Place: 1231 Winnemac Ave, Chicago, Cook Co., IL[7]
Link to the 1930 census record for the Charles Ward family
Date: 15 Apr 1940
Place: Richmond Heights, St. Louis County, MO
Link to the 1940 census record for the Robert S. Moody family


Occupation: Optician, Moody Optical Shop[8]


Note: #N1364


  • WikiTree profile Moody-1047 created through the import of Davidson_Fink.ged on Sep 26, 2011 by Shayne Davidson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Shayne and others.
  • Source: S1017 Type: Web Site Author: mariatwoheart Title: Robert and Evelyn Moody URL: Date: 7 Feb 2008
  • Source: S1051 Type: Newspaper Title: The Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette Place: Cedar Rapids, IA Date: 10 Jul 1909 Page: 14 Media: digital Source Locality: Object: Format: jpg File: ~/Desktop/My Family/sources/Plowman.visit.jpg Title: Plowman.visit Type: PHOTO DOCUMENT Primary or Preferred: N
  • Source: S89 Type: Vital Record Title: Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, Master File, : Social Security Administration
  • Source: S977 Type: Census Title: 1910 United States Federal Census Record for Frank W Moody Place: South Dakota > Minnehaha > Sioux Falls Ward 2 > District 334 > 5 Date: 20 Apr 1910 Media: digital Source Locality: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. DATV Dec 2010 Object: Format: jpg File: ~/Desktop/My Family/sources/FC1910.may.plowman.jpg Title: FC1910.may.plowman Type: PHOTO DOCUMENT Primary or Preferred: N
  • Source: S981 Type: Census Title: 1930 United States Federal Census Record for Jessie Ward Place: Illinois > Cook > Chicago (Districts 1751-1976) > District 1784 > 19 Date: 10 Apr 1930 Media: digital Source Locality: Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls DATV Dec 2010
  • Source: S982 Type: Census Title: 1920 United States Federal Census Record for Jessie M Ward Place: Illinois > Peoria > Peoria Ward 5 > District 104 > 1 Date: 2 Jan 1920 Media: digital Source Locality: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. DATV Dec 2010
  1. Source: #S1017
  2. Source: #S977
  3. Source: #S89
  4. Source: #S89
  5. Source: #S977
  6. Source: #S982
  7. Source: #S981
  8. Source: #S1017

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I would really like to know more about Robert Moody. I am a descendant of Robert's uncle on his mom's side, Al Plowman. Al and his family lost touch with Robert after his mom's death. If you have information about Robert that you want to share, please get in touch. Thanks!
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