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MOODY, Chanville, soldier, born in Portland, Maine, 2 January, 1812; died near Jefferson, Iowa, 4: June, 1887. His ancestor, William Moody, a native of Scotland, settled in the Plymouth colony in 1632, and his father, William, was graduated at Dartmouth in 1798, and became principal in 1816 of the first female seminary established in Baltimore, Maryland When four years of age Granville removed with his parents to Baltimore, and was educated there. In 1831 he became a clerk in his brother's store at Norwich, Ohio, and on 15 June, 1833, he was licensed as a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal church. He was received into the Ohio conference, and, after holding various pastorates in that state, was appointed in 1860 to Morris chapel (now St. Paul's church), Cincinnati. In 1.861 he was invited to take command of the 74th Ohio regiment, and asked the advice of his colleagues in the church as to the propriety of resigning his pastorate to enter the military service. They approved of his acceptance, and he served till 16 May, 1863, when illness forced him to resign. By his bravery at the battle of Stone River he won the title of "the fighting parson." He was struck four times with bullets, and his horse was shot, but lie refused to leave the field. On the recommendation of the secretary of war, on 13 March, 1865, Colonel Moody was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers "for distinguished services at the battle of Stone River." After his return from the army he resumed his place in the itinerant ministry, and served with acceptance in various localities till 1882, when, on account of failing health, lie took a supernumerary relation. Removing to his farm near Jefferson, Ohio, he resided there till his death, which was caused by an accident while lie was on his way to preach a memorial sermon before a part of the Grand army of the republic at Jefferson. MOODY, James, soldier, born in New Jersey in 1744; died in Sissibon, Nova Scotia, 3 April, 1809. He was a farmer in New Jersey at the beginning of the Revolutionary war, but, being molested by the Whigs, fled, and, accompanied by seventy-three of his neighbors in April, 1777, joined the British army at Bergen. He afterward marched seventy miles with one hundred men to attack his former neighbors, but was met and beaten by the patriots, and all his command was captured but himself and eight others. In June. 1779, he captured several Continental officers, and destroyed some powder and arms. In the same year lie was sent to lurk in the neighborhood of General Washington's troops, watched the movements of General John Sullivan, and was also a spy upon General Horatio Gates when he was moving to the south. In May, 1780, he formed the design of capturing Governor William Livingston, and, failing in the attempt, tried without success to blow up the magazine at Suckasmma. Soon afterward he captured eighteen officers of militia and committee-men. He was subsequently arrested, but escaped, and in March, 1781, was employed by Oliver De Lancey, the younger, to intercept Washington's despatches, which he succeeded in doing. Late in the same year he attempted to seize the most important books and papers of the Continental congress at Philadelphia, but failed, and narrowly escaped with his life. Of all the spies employed by the royalists during the Revolution, he was the most fearless and daring, and his numerous escapes from capture and death were little short of marvellous. For several years his name was a terror in New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. At the close of the Revolutionary war he went to England, and subsequently to Nova Scotia, where he received an estate and the half-pay of an officer of his grade. He became a colonel of militia in Nova Scotia, and wrote a narrative of his services to the crown (London, 1783).--His brother, John, born in New Jersey in 1759; died in Philadelphia in November, 1781, was engaged in the attempt to break into the state-house in Philadelphia and seize the papers of the Continental congress, and was captured and executed as a spy.
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