The Resource Serve photocopies first

Serve photocopies first

Inclusive dates
  • Papers, 1750-1881 and n. d., of the Moody family of Petersburg, and Brunswick and Greensville Counties, Virginia; and Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Consists of certificates, correspondence, deeds, estate records, plats, receipts, report cards, and slave lists. Correspondence principally concerns southern plantation life during the period of western migration in the southern states, illness and death of family members, crop production, slaves, fashion, and religion. There are also transcripts of the correspondence, which patrons should consult for more information relevant to the letters
  • Series I. Correspondence, 1829-1881. Consists of letters mostly written to Martha William (Wright) Moody (1816-1885) of Brunswick County, Virginia, and North Carolina, from family members. The letters span much of her life beginning in 1829 when she goes to school and ending in 1881 about four years before her death. Notable correspondents include George W. Charlton (1797-1863), Charles Fenton Mercer Dancy (1814-1875), Martha Alice (Moody) Leigh (1838-1906), John Mason Moody (1809-1877), John Mason Moody, Jr. (1840-1890), Julia Ann Patterson (1820-1866), Martha Robinson (Crump) Wright (1793-1871), Weldon Edwards Wright, William H. Wright (d. 1836)
  • Series II. Financial and Bankruptcy Files, 1829-1872. Comprises bankruptcy accounts and files including bankruptcy certificates, receipts, and a notice of public auction of the land of John M. Moody. There are also accounts and promissory notes for John M. Moody and William Moody that are unrelated to the bankruptcy
  • Series III. Slave Files, 1817-1861 and n. d. These files generally contain list of slaves owned by John M. Moody. Some lists contain names and information concerning the age and sex, value, and food needed to feed the slaves
  • Series IV. Legal Files, 1806-1857. Consists of the legal files principally pertaining to the estate settlements of William Harris, William Moody and William Wright, for whom John M. Moody was executor. There is also a typescript of a will, written 3 April 1806 and proven June 1806, for Francis Darcy
  • Series V. Deeds and Plats, 1750-1879 and n. d. Contains deeds and plats cheifly noting lands purchased in Greensville and Southampton Counties, Virginia, and Northampton County, North Carolina, by John M. Moody, William Moody and other members of the Moody family. Deeds and plats dated 1750-ca. 1815 primarily concern the related of Norwood and Pugh family. Within this series there are also documents related to the land transfers including promissory notes and receipts for payment for land tracts, title certificates, and articles of agreement
  • Series VI. Alice Moody Report Cards, 1854-1855. Notes grades earned for Martha "Alice" (Moody) Leigh (1838-1906) in her educational studies at Petersburg Female College in 1854-1855
Member of
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Biographical or historical data
The Moody family was a prominent planter family that resided in Brunswick, Greensville, and Southampton Counties and Petersburg, Virginia; and Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Cataloging source
Form designation
Serve photocopies first
Serve photocopies first
Arranged chronologically.
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
Immediate source of acquisition
Vermillion, Elizabeth
Organization method
Organized into the following six series: I. Correspondence, II. Financial and Bankruptcy Files, III. Slave Files, IV. Legal Files, V. Deeds and Plats, VI. Alice Moody Report Cards
Reproduction note
Type of unit
cu. ft.

Library Locations

    • Library of VirginiaBorrow it
      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
Processing Feedback ...