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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
of Dr. A. C. Moreland, resides at Atlanta, Georgia.
The widow with the orphaned children of her dedeceased
son and daughter, nine in number, still
makes her home in Hearne, where she is reckoned
among the oldest of that place and a representative
of the family for which the place was named.
W. L. MOODY,
William Lewis Moody was born in Essex County,
Va., May 19, 1828, and reared in Chesterfield
County, that State, his parents, Jameson and Mary
Susan (Lankford) Moody, having moved to that
county in 1830. His father was a gallant soldier
in the war of 1812, and his grandfathers, Lewis
Moody, of Essex County, Va., and William Lankford,
of Chesterfield County, Va., fought for freedom
in the Continental lines during the Revolutionary
War of 1776.
His parents raised ten children to years of
maturity: Emily A., James H., David J., Leroy
F., William L., Sarah E., Joseph L., Jameson C.,
Mary A., and G. Marcellus Moody. Of these only
Leroy F. Moody, Mrs. Sarah E. Simmons, and the
subject of this memoir are now living.
In 1852 Mr. W. L. Moody came to Texas and
located at Fairfield. Such of his brothers and
sisters as were then living and a dear old aunt
followed, and all settled in Freestone County.
Mr. Moody practiced law at Fairfield for about
two years, but his health becoming precarious he
determined to engage in some less sedentary pursuit,
and accordingly, with his brothers, David J.
and Leroy F. Moody, established a mercantile
business at that place, under the firm name of
W. L. Moody F. B. Moody, Miss Battle Thompson,
of Galveston; and Miss Mary E. Moody, Mr.
Sealy Hutchings, of Galveston. Early in 1861,
Col. Moody joined an infantry company raised in
Freestone County and was elected captain. The
command proceeded to the rendezvous at Hopkinsville,
Ky., and was mustered into the Confederate
States service as a part of the Seventh Texas Infantry
which was organized upon that occasion with John
Gregg as Colonel. Col. Moody was captured at
Fort Donelson, Tenn., upon the fall of that post in
February, 1862, and imprisoned first at Camp
Douglass, Ill., and then at Camp Chase, Ohio, and
Johnson's Island on Lake Erie. In September
following he was exchanged and soon after made
Lieutenant Colonel by promotion, was stationed for
a time at Port Hudson, La., saw much hard service
in Mississippi and Louisiana participating in many
fights and fierce engagements with the enemy;
after the fall of Vicksburg was severely wounded at
the siege of Jacksonville, Miss., and after many
months of critical illness, was pronounced permanently
disabled and retired from field service
with the rank of Colonel, being promoted for gallantry.
As soon as health permitted he reported
for duty and was appointed to post duty and placed
in command at Austin, Texas, where he remained
until the general surrender. The war ended, he
closed out the mercantile business at Fairfield, and
in 1866 moved to Galveston where he and his
brother engaged in the commission business under
the firm name of W. L.
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