His name on a list caught my eye a couple of days ago. In the Filey Genealogy & Connections database the vital dates for him are imprecise. There is also no clear indication that he had any dealings in the town. He seems to have spent most of his working life as an agricultural labourer initially, before taking on a small farm of 14 acres – but being successful enough to enlarge a holding that required a number of live in “hands” to help run it. One of these was Samuel TEMPLE a waggoner on Manor Farm in 1901 and the farm’s foreman ten years later. Moses died just a few weeks before the 1911 census, leaving Emma and their surviving daughter Dinah Elizabeth. Dinah married Samuel the following year at the Ebenezer Chapel in Filey.
I was pleased to see Moses on the FamilySearch Tree and set about looking in newspapers for the marks he might have made in his small corner of the East Riding of Yorkshire. I was amused to see that about half of my searches triggered stories about bulrushes – and only three small items that mentioned him.
Four of these worthy gentlemen were mentioned in despatches the following year, when the children of Folkton and Flixton schools “visited Filey in glorious weather”. (Mr. Ashby RICHARDSON also received a mention, a relative perhaps of P. Richardson.)
The last snippet indicates that Moses went quite swiftly and unexpectedly to meet his Lord.
Mr Moses Found, a well-known farmer, of Folkton, was taken ill on his way home from Seamer market on Monday, and, being removed to his home, died just after his arrival.
Driffield Times, 25 Feb 1911
He was sixty-nine years old and left effects valued at almost £10,000 (about £816,000 today).