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Thomas Moody was born in Ireland in the early years of the 18th century and came to the American colonies, probably with the McCuiston family around 1735. Although they first settled in the region where PA, MD, and CT join, they moved to NC after a few years, well before the American Revolution.

Additional people in our Moody family have been addressed by Donna (Lewis) Moody and by Fredric Z. Saunders. Although the site on which Frederic's pages appear is not encrypted for secure transfer, the site does not appear to unsafe to look at. Click in the menu on the left to go to Fredric's work. With Donna's permission, I have posted her summary of her Moody work here since she wishes to share it with other researchers. Although I have not posted it here, Donna has also done significant research into our McCuiston family and our Chilcutt family, both represented here since they are integral parts of the Moody family. I am currently working on readying Donna's and my research on the Chilcutts for posting on our web-site.

I have included my chart showing YDNA results1 for the Moody project and my analysis of the results. Our Moodys are represented by Group 3, and the only other Moodys with whom they are likely to have shared a common male-line ancestor since 1000 AD or earlier are in Group 3A. If you are not familiar with DNA, YDNA, and YDNA testing, this article will provide a brief summary. I have attempted to present the subject in terms understandable to non-specialists (and I am a non-specialist.)

Taking a look at the modal values for tested sites in each group and counting the differences in the numbers illustrates the non-kinship of the others with Group 3. Group 3 and Group 1 differ by 30 steps in the first 25 tested sites, and it is unnecessary to go further since that difference rules them out as kin. The others (except 3A) don't match Group 3 any better: 28 for Group 2, 27 for Group 4, and 27 for Group 16. You can count the differences with the others and see that they are even worse matches. For Group 3A and Group 3, the differences are 1 in first 25, 4 in first 37, and 5 in first 67. Group 3 and Group 3A probably have a common male-line ancestor in or near Derry County, Ireland (now Northern Ireland), possibly as late as the 1600s or possibly a century or two earlier, perhaps as early as 1200 AD.

In the Moody family pages, note the following:

1Thanks to Bob Moody, coordinator of the Moody YDNA project for making the chart available.

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