Found, Edward (1837-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.L.

Mr. E. Found, who passed away on November 22nd, 1915, was one of the stalwarts of Primitive Methodism in Lincolnshire. He was converted at the age of sixteen, under the ministry of the late Rev. John Echersly, and, from the beginning, displayed those aptitudes for service which made his later life so singularly effective. 

Soon after his conversion he was given a “note,” and from that day on until his death at the ripe age of seventy-eight, he gave full proof of his ministry. Bro. Found was never happier than when he was preaching. He had a striking presence, a magnificent voice, and a fertile mind. He was well read in Methodist theology, and was not unacquainted with general literature. He was a delegate to the Newcastle Conference. 

His memory is fragrant in the Lincoln First Circuit, and the influence of his life will long abide. He leaves behind him a widow and three sons.


Edward was born in the summer of 1837 at Grantham, Lincolnshire, to parents William Found, a wheelwright (1841), and Ann Burkett. He was baptised on 20 July 1837 at St Wolfram, Grantham.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Edward.

  • 1851 errand boy
  • 1861 iron moulder
  • 1871 foreman iron moulder
  • 1881 foreman moulder
  • 1891 iron moulder foreman
  • 1901 foreman iron moulder
  • 1911 iron founder

He married Betsy Neale (1836-1881) on 29 November 1858 at Spittlegate, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • Alfred George (1859-1935) – iron moulder’s clerk (1901)
  • Harriet (1863-1873)
  • William Neal (1865-1919) – a coach painter (1911)
  • Herbert Edwin (1876-1956) – an iron moulder (1911); engineers clerk (1939)

He married Mary Hobson (1849-1935) in the summer of 1882 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire.

Edward died on 22 November 1915 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/857

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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