Thomas Moody

Thomas Moody was born around 1844 in Easterton. In 1851, seven-year-old Thomas lived with parents Charles and Jane and two younger siblings in Easterton. Charles earned his living as a gardener.

In 1861 the family lived at Pond Farm, one of the hill farms on Salisbury Plain. We assume it was a cottage and not the farmhouse, for Charles was an agricultural labourer. Thomas, by now 17, was a miller.

Thomas married Ann Waldron in 1867 in the Shepton Mallet area of Somerset. It is no surprise that we find Thomas and Ann (no children) at Batcombe in Somerset for the 1871 and 1881 censuses. Thomas was continuing as a miller.

In 1891 the couple lived at ‘Windmill’ on The Sands in Market Lavington with Thomas as a miller. There are many people at Market Lavington who would dearly like to know just where the windmill was, and if anyone might have a photo of it.

In 1901 Thomas and Ann were still at ‘Windmill’, Market Lavington but Thomas had retired as a miller and was now a fruit grower working on his own account.

The couple were still together at ‘Windmill’ in 1911.

Ann died in 1919. She was 83.

We know that Thomas was an active member of the Market Lavington Prize Band. He had also helped Isaac Pitman with his shorthand method and had taught typing and shorthand to boys at Dauntsey’s School.

In 1935, as Market Lavington’s oldest inhabitant, he lit the bonfire to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V.

94 year old Thomas Moody - Miller of Easterton and Market Lavington as seen in 1938

This photo of Thomas shows him in January 1938 when he was aged 94.

Thomas died in 1939. He was buried on 8th May. His address was given as 39 Victoria Road, Devizes and he was 95.

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One Response to “Thomas Moody”

  1. Tom Haines – Town Crier « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] This can bring us to other people in the photo. We are fairly confident that the bearded man, behind Tom’s bell is another Tom – Tom Moody. You can click here to read about him. […]

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