The origin of the name Found is foundling, a child that was abandoned, often on the church
steps, and whose parents cannot be identified. It is difficult to search with a filter of
no parents but try Found on Familysearch. From the 1500s onwards there are Founds, without
parents. In 1770 a parentless Adam and Moses Found were baptised on the same day in Hurst,
Berkshire. Many of these married and produced children who in turn produced children.
The spelling of names only standardised in the mid to late 19c by which time most had a
birth certificate and elementary education for (nearly) all had been introduced.
Vone/Vaughan with a thick Devon accent (and perhaps not wishing to be known as Found) is
plausible. Found was not always used, some parishes preferred something that was less
obvious. There is chance that the parish register and parish chest documents may give more
information as the parish clerk will want to make the circumstances clear and the hunt for
someone to reimburse the parish.
From: DEVON [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of
Sent: 31 January 2017 16:49
Subject: [DEV] FOUND
Possibly to add to the confusion , there is in the 1851
census in Kilkhampton a Richard Found b Woolsery , 69 , with wife Bridget , aged 78, b
Morwenstow . He is a carrier and they have no children with them . Richard Found
married in Bideford , in 1784 , Joanna Folly . There is a bapt of a Richard Found in
Woolsery in 1786 son of Richard and Joan . and a son William bapt Woolsery 1788 , and a
daughter Elizabeth b Woolsery 1792 same parents , and George bapt Woolsery 1807 . And the
bapt of John Fry Found in Bideford in 1811 . son of Richard and Mary .
There is a John Found in the 1841 census living in
Appledore with wife Dorothy , sons James, 23, with the word “ cripple” crossed out ,
Richard, 14, and Mary Ann aged 10 . This John is probably the son of Richard and Joan
bapt Woolsery 1790 he and Dorothy `Gouman` married in Parkham in 1817.
There is also a Zacharia Found, 40 , labourer , living in
the Cottage in the wood , which is probably a lot more romantic sounding than was the
reality , with wife Sally , and children James , 14, Eliza,9 , Susan, 6 and Mary , 3.
Using familysearch and starting in 1750 , the first bapt
in Woolsery is of Grace dau of Richard and Grace . Richard Found and Grace Wood married
in Woolsery in 1750 .
It would seem from this , that the name Found is perfectly
clear and recorded as such from the mid 1800s ..........not sure where that leaves your
Vone /Vaughan . Whether they are Cornish or Devon , isn`t clear , but Woolsery and
Parkham are very close to the Cornish border .
And interestingly doing a slight side step from a will
search , I find Grace Found at the Sessions at Easter 1813 Cornwall , convicted to a week
in prison for larceny .
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