I had another look at Letters and Papers of Henry VIII ( https://www.british-history.ac.uk/search?query=%22edm%20mody%22 )
Also at lay subsidies for Suffolk in 1524 and 1568. And it seems to me that the heroic footman is actually Edmund Mody of Dover. First, a footman in 1540 was not a domestic servant, that's the 18th century definition. In 1540 a footman was a foot soldier, like Edmund Mody in Dover, who rose to the rank of Captain. He is recorded 1538 to 1545, and left a will in 1552.
Edmund Mody in Letters and Papers:
- March 1538. Edm. Mody, footman, 15s. 2d, quarters wages
- March 1539. Edm. Mody (Mowdy), footman, 15s. 2d. quarterly wages
- December 1540 On the Hill beyond the Pyrry: Edm. Mody, captain. Names of persons in the King's fortresses, with the wages due to them from 1 Oct. to 31 Dec. 32 Henry VIII. (the rate being: a captain, 12d. to 24d. a day)
- January 1541. Edm. Mody, captain, Folston Castle (Folkstone, Kent)
- September 1542. Edm. Modye, footman, 15s. 2d.
- September 1543. Edm. Modye captain of the fortification upon the hill beyond Dover pier
- December 1545. Edm. Mody 15s. 2d. Quarter wages
- December 1545. Warrant to Sir Thos. Seymour to deliver to Edm. Modie 2 barrels of corn powder and —— (blank) last of serpentine powder for "the shot of the ordnance at Arclif Bulwerk and the basilisco there.
Then I looked at the lay subsidies. In the Suffolk 1568 subsidy there is:
Multon. Richard Modye 40 pounds in goods, pays 1 / 13 / 4
This is the perported son of Edmund Mody. He was a substantial yeoman (PCC Will, 1574).
Then the Suffolk 1524 subsidy:
- Lelsey (Lindsey, about 15 miles southeast of Moulton), John Mody 5 pounds, pays 2 / 6
- Lidgate (about 3 miles south of Moulton). Mostly illegible. John Mody
- Barowe (Barrow, about 3 miles east of Moulton), John Mody, laborer
I haven't found an Edmund Mody in Suffolk. I think if there was one, a knight or a squire, there would be records of him. So I think it makes more sense to look in the vicinity of Moulton for a yeoman or husbandman. There are some John Modys in Common Pleas in that area. Next post.