Lady Deborah <I>Dunch</I> Moody

Lady Deborah Dunch Moody

Death 1659 (aged 72–73)
New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Memorial ID 26165329 · View Source
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Lady Moody was the only woman to found a colonial settlement in early North America. She had an unusual influence in a society dominated by men, and was described by contemporaries as "a dangerous woman".
Lady Moody was born Deborah Dunch in London in 1586, the daughter of Walter and Debora Dunch. She married Henry Moody, a marriage that granted her the formal title of Lady. She became a widow by 1629. Lady Moody left England in 1639 due to religious persecution. She was a believer in Anabaptism, a sect that rebelled against baptism of infants because a child cannot commit to religious faith. She first settled in Saugus, Massachusetts, but left there in 1643 after being admonished by the Puritan leaders for failing to conform to their religious beliefs. Many others with the same religious beliefs left with her. She led a group of religious dissenters fleeing persecution to found the town of Gravesend in 1645, in the Dutch colony of New Netherland. Today the area is part of Brooklyn in New York City, with the original town square still evident in the street layout. The people from Gravesend were granted religious freedom, unusual for that period. Deborah Moody became influential in New Netherlands and had good relations with governor Peter Stuyvesant.

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