Moses Hezelwood

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Moses Hezelwood
(Yorkshire cabinet-maker b.1777 d.1868)
Death: , Sneaton, England
Parents: Thomas Hezelwood
Mary Hezelwood
Siblings: Moses Hezelwood
    Yorkshire cabinet-maker b.1777 d.1868
Partners: Elizabeth Mead
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Moses Hezelwood was a cabinet maker in Whitby, Yorkshire. He was born on 23 March 1777 in Ruswarp, Yorkshire to Thomas and Mary, and christened on 15 June 1777 in Whitby.[1] He had four siblings: Thomas Hezelwood (1766–1781), Hannah Hezelwood (b. 21 May 1768), John Hezelwood (b. 7 August 1774) and Aaron Hezelwood (b. 30 May 1779).

He married Elizabeth Mead on 22 April 1802 in Whitby, Yorkshire.[2] They had eight children: Mary Hezelwood (1805--1887), \bioref{Elizabeth_Hezelwood}, Isabella Hazelwood (1808–1882), Sarah Hazelwood (1811–?), Francis Medd Hazelwood (1813–), Thomas Hezelwood (1813/4–1851), Francis Hazelwood (1816–?) and Trufit Mead Hazelwood (1817–?). (According to notes made by his grandson, Thomas Henry Barker, Moses was of ``old Yorkshire parentage, probably of the family of Hesslewood (Danes) superceded by the Vavasours. Also according to these notes, he and Elizabeth had 17 children, of whom only 4 reached maturity: but this is unverified.)

In 1803 he joined the British Volunteer Corps when it was reformed in response to Napoleon's planned invasion of the United Kingdom. He achieved the rank of Sargent.

In 1812 he became a Master Mason (when he died he was the oldest member of the Yorkshire lodge).

Masonic certificate, March 1813

In 1841 he was living in Bathgate, Whitby[3] and by 1851 he was a lodger at 7 Flowergate, Whitby, Yorkshire and he was employed as a Cabinetmaker and Mason.[4] He was a member of the Freemason Lodge.

It seems that at one point in his life he was bankrupt: the following is taken from the London Gazette, 1854:[5]

Whereas the Assignees of the estate and effects of Moses Hezelwood, late of Whitby, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, Cabinet-Maker, an `Insolvent Debtor, lately a Prisoner' in the Gaol of York Castle, in the County of York, have caused their account of the said estate and effects, duly sworn to, to be filed in the Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors; the Creditors of the said Insolvent are requested to meet the Assignees at the House of Mr. Jonathan Featherstone, the Swan Inn, in Whitby aforesaid, on the 14th day of November next, at Two of the Clock in the Af- ternoon precisely, when and where the Assignees will declare the amount of the balance in their hands, and proceed to make a Dividend with the same amongst the Creditors whose debts are admitted in the schedule sworn to by the Insolvent, in proportion to the amount thereof, subject to such correction of the rights to receive dividends as may be made according to the Statute. If any person Has a demand which is Stated in the schedule, but is disputed therein, either in whole or in part; or if the said Insolvent, the said Assig. nees, or any Creditor, object to any debt mentioned thereif, such claims and objections must be brought forward at the said meeting, in order that proceedings may be had for the examination and decision of the same according to the Statute.

He was a keen walker (once walking 70 miles in a single day) and fisherman.

He survived his wife by 32 years.

By 1861 he was retired and living in Bagdale, just outside Whitby.[6] After he retired from business, he moved to a house in Bagdale in Whitby. He died aged ninety, and is buried in Sneaton church-yard.[7]

A Moses Hazelwood is mentioned in the Whitby Gazette in 1865 as an "oldest inhabitant" (in an article about the coming Whitby to Scarborough railway line).[8]

Moses died on 14 February 1868 in Whitby, Yorkshire, and was buried on 18 February 1868 in Sneaton Churchyard, Whitby, Yorkshire[9] and a note made by his daughter Elizabeth reads: "Dear Father died on the 14th February 1868 at Whitby in his ninety-first year."


  1. England Births and Christenings. FHL919083, Batch index no.C00774-6. Whitby Parish Church Registers, Whitby Museum Archives.
  2. England Marriages 1538-1973. FHL1469878, batch no.103803-5
  3. 1841 England Census.
  4. 1851 England Census. Class: HO107; Piece: 2374; Folio: 417; Page: 1; GSU roll: 87660-87662.
  5. London Gazette, 1854 p. 19093.
  6. 1861 England Census. Class: RG 9; Piece: 3649; Folio: 15; Page: 23; GSU roll: 543166.
  7. Newspaper clipping re Moses Hezelwood
  8. Whitby Gazette, Saturday 6 May 1865. Scan.
  9. England and Wales FreeBMD death index. Vol.9D, p.269. "Deaths: February 16th, age 90 years, Mr Moses Hezelwood, cabinet maker, Bagdale." Microfilm at Whitby Library, accessed 28 October 2012.

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