Who was Sarah Bond Farish Moody?

Sarah Bond Farish Moody was born in Yarmouth on July 9th, 1807 to Dr. Henry Greggs Farish and Sarah Bond. Sarah came from a family that was creatively artistic and her art instructor, J.B. Comingo, helped her already natural talent. Mr. Comingo started teaching Sarah in 1816, when she was only ten years old and they continued their teacher-student relationship until 1828. Annie R. Viets, Sarah’s daughter, wrote about her mother’s art training with Comingo, saying, “J.B. Comingo must have been an excellent teacher, for he brought out all the family talent; my mother’s father, her aunts, her brothers and sisters, and all her children, excelled with brush, pen and pencil.” On September 14th, 1830, Sarah married Reverend J.T.T. Moody and together they had nine children. Sarah passed away, at the age of 80, on May 20th, 1887, living behind an impressive artistic legacy.

Sarah Bond Farish Moody's journal

In 1843 a Nova Scotia family made a remarkable trip from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Toronto, Ontario and back.  The group included Sarah Bond Farish Moody aged 39, her father Dr. Henry Farish 62, and sister Elizabeth 28.  Sarah’s Uncle George Bond and cousin Elizabeth joined them on the first leg, and went on to England. 

*excerpt from the Foreword by Judy Buckley, Jim Lawrason and John Moody in the transcribed Sarah Bond Farish Moody journal

Sarah painting Sarah’s Painting of Yarmouth Harbour 1829 reproduced with permission of the Yarmouth County Historical Society

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Yarmouth to Toronto 1843 by Sarah Bond Farish Moody is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. This license allows others to download this work, and share it with others, as long as the publishers are credited. No changes are allowed, and commercial use is not allowed. Permission for commercial use, of the narrative and sketches, must be obtained by contacting the publisher: Yarmouth County Historical Society at or 1-902-742-5539.

Dr. Marilyn Rose, Brock University St. Catharines Ontario, who assisted in the wording of the Forward of this journal.
David Webb, Port Dalhousie, Ontario who helped transcribe many difficult parts of the journal, and added historical background and perspective.
Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, Yarmouth Nova Scotia, for permission to use the image of Sarah Bond Farish’s 1829 painting of Yarmouth Harbour.

Click here for the full Foreword

Click here for Sarah Bond Farish Moody`s Family Tree

Click here for a 1935 note from Annie Moody Viets, Sarah`s daughter, when she gave the journal to Frank Moody

Click on the photograph below to view the complete journal
(includes the scans of the original pages and the transcriptions)  
Sarah Painting of Yarmouth Harbour Right Half