So I have been digging into my Mom’s family history. My Great-great Grandfather came to Canada from Yorkshire in the 1860’s. I was able to find his parents and grandfather, West Moody, fairly easily. I was even able to find the first names of West’s parents pretty easily, as he seemed to be the only West Moody in England at the time.
West’s parents however, were John and Mary.
And did not seem to have been married in the same village in Lincolnshire that West was born in.
And there are more Moodys in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire than in any other part of the UK.
So I had no shortages of John and Mary Moodys too look at.
Then I happened across this record: Note the bride’s maiden name.
The year works, because West was born in 1755 and this would totally explain his unusual given name. And Messingham is not far away from Frodingham, were West was born.