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Edmund Moody, Gent.

Also Known As: "Edmund Moodye", "Edmund Mody"
Birthplace: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William Moody and Harriet Moody
Husband of Anne Moody
Father of Rev. William Moody; Rev. John Moody; Rev. Thomas Moody and Richard Moody, Gent.
Brother of Lady Margaret Moody

Occupation: Footman
Managed by: Private User
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About Edmund Moody, Gent.

Edmund was just a lowly knave in Henry 8th court. While out running along the sides of the horses of the titled men, Henry in full armour was crossing a creek and the horse slipped, thus dumping the King into the water. He could not get up without help, being a tad heavy in weight and with armour. Edmund ran over and held the King's head above the water until everyone could dismount and help right the King. For this bravery, he was awarded the title SIR EDMUND, given a manor at BURY ST EDMUND (a town), and a pension. The manor is STILL around and several generations later was "sold to George Washington's ancestors". A heraldity shield was also given.


PLM: So, then he is not entitled to use the word Sir? He was also granted a Groat a day for life; so is this the equivalant of a penny?

  • No, he wasn't a sir. A groat was a fourpenny-piece (worth four old pence!). There were 3 groats to a shilling (now 5p or £0.05) and there were 20 shillings in one pound. I'll let you work out the dollar/annual conversion.


  • (1) Record in the College of Arms quoted by Davy in his MS collections- Additional MSS. 19142, folio 194, British Museum Library
  • (2) Life of Henry VIII- Edward Hall, 1904 edition- p. 38, originally published in London in 1542
  • (3) PRO- DR 37/2/72/14
  • The Moody Family: Records of the Descendants of Mr. John Moody of Hartford, Connecticut- Rev. Plinius Moody- book I, generations 1-8
  • The Moody family: A Full and Complete Text Transcribed from Davy's Suffolk Collections Pedigrees of Suffolk Families- David Elisha Davy, Additional MSS 19, 142 Folio 186 at the British Library MS Reading Room


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Edmund Moody, Gent.'s Timeline

Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Age 20
Moulton, Suffolk, , England
Age 22
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, , England
Age 25
April 28, 1524
Age 29
Moulton, Suffolk, , England
September 15, 1562
Age 67
Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England