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 Martha (Patsy) Durham, Dinning Moody, and James Pope

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Submitted by Barbara Owens
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Martha (nickname Patsy) Durham was born about 1793 in Warren County, North Carolina to William Durham Jr. and Susanna (Shearin) Durham.

Patsy married Dinnan (Dinning/Denon) Moody November 20, 1811 in Sumner County, Tennessee. They were living in Lawrence County, Alabama, when he died May 27, 1825. His dying wish was that Martha keep all his property together for the purpose of raising their children. Martha and Dinning Moody were parents of seven children. The children were Cynthia Moody, Rolle Moody, Littleberry Moody, James E. Moody, Denon Moody, Alexander Durham Moody and Martha Moody.

Four years after Dinnan Moody's death Martha married James Pope August 30, 1829 in Lawrence County, Alabama. Martha and James Pope had three sons, Thomas Durham Pope, Isaac V. Pope and William A. Pope.

By 1850, Martha and her three teenage Pope sons had relocated to Itawamba County, Mississippi. James Pope apparently was deceased. Martha was still in Itawamba County in 1860, residing in the household of her son Isaac V. Pope.

Martha is not listed on the 1870 Itawamba County census. It is presumed she died in Itawamba County between the 1860 census and the 1870 census.

Cynthia Moody, daughter of Martha and Dinning Moody, was born between 1812 and 1825. Cynthia married Jacob Kinsey (Kinzey) August 24, 1834 in Lawrence County, Alabama. Cynthia's second husband was Jacob Nix.

Rolle Moody, son of Martha and Dinning Moody, was born between 1812 and 1825. Rolle married Sally Collier in Lawrence County, Alabama, January 21, 1836.

Martha and Dinning Moody's son Littleberry Moody was born between 1812 and 1825, probably in Lawrence County, Alabama. Littleberry was possibly the Littleberry Moody of Sumner County, TN, although there is no proof at this time.

James E. Moody, son of Martha and Dinning Moody, was born about 1823 in Alabama. James married Cynthia Randall April 7, 1850 in Itawamba County, Mississippi. They were parents of four children. James E. apparently died 1860-1866 (war?) because Cynthia Moody married John Pearce in Itawamba County October 10, 1866. Some of James and Cynthia Moody's children migrated to Greene County, Arkansas.

Dinning Moody, son of Martha and Dinning Moody, was born about 1814-1819, probably in Lawrence County, Alabama. Dinning married Melinda Suggs October 30, 1844 in Lawrence County, Alabama. Dinning was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. In 1870 and 1880 Dinning and Melinda were in Lee County, Mississippi. They were parents of three children. He was deceased by 1894.

Alexander Durham Moody, son of Martha and Dinning Moody, was born between 1812 and 1825, probably in Lawrence County, Alabama.

Martha Moody, daughter of Martha and Dinning Moody, was born between 1812 and 1825, probably in Lawrence County, Alabama.

Thomas Durham Pope, son of Martha and her second husband James Pope, was born December 16, 1833 in Lawrence County, Alabama. Thomas married Mrs. Ellen (Richardson) Blair February 3, 1859 in Itawamba County, Mississippi. He was a Confederate soldier. Thomas and Ellen lived in Itawamba County 1860, Prentiss County, Mississippi 1870 and 1880, then migrated to Texas in 1894. In 1900, 1910 and 1920 they made their home in Coleman County, Texas. Thomas died March 2, 1920 in Coleman County, Texas. He and Ellen had four children.

Isaac V. Pope, son of Martha and James, was born about 1835, probably in Lawrence County, Alabama. Isaac married Mary Margaret Hignite May 8, 1859 in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Martha lived with Isaac and Mary in 1860. Their son, John T. Pope, was born about 1861 in Mississippi. Isaac was a Confederate soldier and died during the war.

William A. Pope, son of Martha and James, was born about 1836, probably in Lawrence County, Alabama. Willliam married Elizabeth Hall July 30, 1857 in Itawamba County, Mississippi. William was a Confederate soldier and died in the Battle of Chickamonga September 20, 1863. Elizabeth died between 1860 and 1870. They had three children who in 1870 and 1880 lived with their uncle and aunt, Thomas D. and Ellen Pope in Prentiss County, Mississippi.

Lawrence County, Alabama, Orphans Court, June Term 1838, pages 406, 407, 408

Forty days public notice having been given agreeably to a former order of this court published in the Alabama Times, Denton H. Valliant, Administrator de bonis non of the estate of Denon Moody, deceased, presents the vouchers of his final settlement of said estate administration in the words and figures following, to wit;

Nov. 30, 1836
Denton H. Valliant in Acct. with E. D. Moody, dec'd, $474.50
Interest on same $59.84
To amount one-half sale of land $326.00
Interest on same $39.45

Nov. 30, 1837
To amount on sale of land $326.00
Interest on same $13.37

CONTRA

Dec. 27, 1837
Robert R. Reneau's Acct. $5.00
Interest on same .20

June 5, 1838
A. A. McCarney's Acct. $13.00
Samuel Henderson's Acct. $5.00
Allowance to Samuel Henderson Admin. $16.20

Nov. 30, 1836
Note on Neal Shaw & Wm Brown returned insolvent $7.00
Interest on same .20

Mar. 22, 1838
Amt. Judgt. from Circuit Court in favor of Thomas Durham $93.00

Oct. 8, 1837
Amt. Judgt. in favor of James Pope $350.00

Interest on same $18.66

Allowance to Valliant Admin. $46.95

Judges fees $16.80
Clerks fees $8.37-1/2
Printers fees $4.00
J. B. Wallace Atty Fee $5.00
Former Judges & Clerks fees $8.75

Leaving in the hands of the Administrator Six Hundred and Fifty Eight Dollars and Twenty Nine and a Fourth Cents which being distributed among the heirs of said estate, being eight in number, will quote a distributive share of Eighty Two Dollars and Twenty Eight and a Half Cents.

James Pope who intermarried with Martha formerly Moody widow of said Denon Moody deceased having here in Open Court covenanted with the rest of said heirs and distributees to receive a child's portion being one-eighth.

It is therefore ordered by the Court that Denton H. Valliant Administrator de bonis non pay over to James Pope in right of his wife Martha and to Joseph Nix in right of his wife Cinthia formerly Kinzey daughter of said Denon Moody deceased, to Rolly Moody and to Brantley Bowling Guardian of Littleberry Moody, James Moody, Denon Moody, Alexander D. Moody and Martha Moody minor heirs of said Denon Moody deceased each the sum of Eighty Two Dollars Twenty Eight and a Half Cents which is ordered by the Court to be received as a final settlement of the estate of Denon Moody deceased as aforesaid

On the application of Denton H. Valliant Administrator of the estate of Denon Moody; It is ordered by the Court that the receipts of the heirs and distributees of the estate of Denon Moody deceased, of those of the Guardian of the minor heirs of said decedent be spread on the minutes of this Court (which said receipts are in the words and figures following), to wit,

Rec'd Moulton June 5th 1838 of D. H. Valliant Administrator of Denon Moody deceased my distributive share of said estate in right of my wife Martha widow of Denon Moody. Also the further sum of Three Hundred and Sixty Eight Dollars & Six Cents the amount of a judgment & interest in my favour in the Orphans Court against said estate of Denon Moody.

James Pope. Teste, James Gallagher.

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Col. D. H. Valliant, please pay to Brantley Bollin all my part of the estate of my father which is in your hands and obleg your.

March the 26th 1838, Rolle Moody.
Received of D. H. Valliant Administrator of the Estate of Denon Moody dec'd the sum of Sixty Six Dollars & Eighty Five Cents being the amount of a judgment obtained at the March Term 1838 of the Circuit Court of Lawrence County, Ala (exclusive of Ten Dollars as Attorneys Fee for prosecuting the same) wherein Thomas Durham was Plaintiff and the Administrator of said Moody was Defendent.
Moulton June 5th 1838, Thomas Durham by W. Durham his Attorney in fact.

Rec'd of Denton H. Valliant Administrator of the Estate of Denon Moody deceased my distributive share of said Estate in right of my wife Cintha Kinzey daughter of Denon Moody deceased.
This 5th day of May 1838, Joseph (his "x" mark) Nix. Teste, Brantley Bolen.

Rec'd of Denton H. Valliant Administrator de bonis non of the Estate of Denon Moody deceased Four Hundred and Ninety Three Dollars Seventy One Cents the amount of the distributive share of Rolly Moody which he has transferred to me and also five of the distributive shares of the minor heirs of said Estate to wit, Littleberry Moody, James Moody, Denon Moody, Alexander Moody and Martha Moody being Eighty Two Dollars Twenty Eight and a Half Cents to each.
Given under my hand this 5th day of June 1838, B. Bolen.

Lawrence County, Alabama, Orphans Court, August Term 1835, page 246
Samuel Henderson, Admin. vs Petition to Sell Land, Denon Moody Heirs
Came the Petitioner by his attorney and on his motion it is ordered by the court that John Ellis be appointed guardian Ad Litem to Rolley Moody, Berry Moody, James Moody, Denon Moody, Durham Moody and Marthey Moody infant children of Denon Moody late of said county deceased under an application to sell the real estate of said deceased. It is further ordered by the court that citations be issued to James Pope and Marthey his wife late widow of Denon Moody deceased and Cynthia Moody one of the heirs of Denon Moody deceased of full age commanding them to appear at the next term of this court and contest the allegations contained in said petition and that cause be continued until the next term of this court.


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