Elizabeth Moody, the wife of James Moody, celebrated her hundredth birthday on September 24th 1944. She was born in Brown Candover, the daughter of William and Nancy Paice (nee Ball). William and Nancy were married on May 21st 1830 in Brown Candover. They had the following six children:
1. Mary Annie Paice born in 1832. She married Rev. Ebenezer Corbishley, the son of Rev. Joseph Corbishley of Fyfield, Essex. Mary Annie died in 1918
2. George Paice born in 1833. He married Elizabeth Sophia Pitcher on 8th July 1858 at Holy Trinity, Islington. They had seven children: Edith Sophia born 1862, William born 1863, Charles, Frederick born 1868, Julia Jane born 1869, Alfred born 1871 and Winifred born 1874.
3. Jane Paice born about 1836. She married Richard Knight, a jeweller and magistrate and they had a daughter Ada Jane born about 1858.
4. William Hamblin Paice born in 1841. He married Mary Ann (Polly) Austen, the daughter of R. Austen of Exeter. William died on May 30th 1893 aged 52 at Highclere, Twickenham his sister Mary Annie’s home. He lived at 212 Shaftesbury Avenue and had worked for 37 years with Messrs. Charles Tanqueray and Co., distillery, Vine street, Bloomsbury.
5. Gilbert Paice born about 1844. He died in 1945.
6. Elizabeth Paice born 24th September 1844. She married James Moody in 1866 in Basingstoke.
Elizabeth’s 100th birthday was celebrated in the Hants and Berks Gazette, they wrote:
“Next Sunday Mrs. James Moody, 18, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke, will celebrate her hundredth birthday. She was born in Brown Candover on Sept. 24th, 1844, and married Mr. James Moody in February 1866. For many years she lived at 17, London Street, where her husband had a furniture shop and repository. The premises are now occupied by the Scotch Wool Shop, the Pie Shop and the Trustee Savings Banks. Four of her six children are still living, but two of her three sons died about twenty years ago. There are fourteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. Mrs Moody is in good health and spirits and is looking forward eagerly to her birthday, when there will be a small family party. Although Mrs Moody no longer walks beyond the house and garden, her daughter, Mrs Butler, with whom she lives, takes her in a bath chair to the War Memorial Park when the weather is favourable, and Mrs Moody spends many hours sitting in the sunshine in the garden, or sheltered by the glass of the conservatory. She is still able to knit, and her sight and hearing are exceptionally good. She enjoys listeneing to music, particularly to familiar songs and dance tunes. Five years ago she broke her collar-bone, but made an admirable recovery. Her unusually merry laugh shows that Mrs. Moody is able to enjoy life, and congratulations on her anniversary day will be joined with wishes that she may still continue to do so.”