Dwight Moody was born in Northfield, Massachusetts, as the seventh child in a large family. His father, Edwin J. Moody, was a small farmer and stonemason. His mother was Betsey Moody. His father died when Dwight was age four; fraternal twins, a boy and a girl, were born one month after the father’s death. Their mother struggled, so had to send some off to work. But she continued to send the children to church. Together with his eight siblings, Dwight was raised in the Unitarian church.