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Derek,I'm researching early Moorhouse ancestors William Moorhouse who married Mary Sefton 27 Dec.1773 in Pontefract and most of their children were christened at St Giles Church, Pontefract.Their children were mostly born 2 years apart.It is said they had children :Wiliam and John(died young),Benjamin,Thomas, Michael,James,William,Anne,Elizabeth,Mary,GEORGE and Robert.I could not find the christening of George or Robert at Pontefract.It is possible William and Mary were living elsewhere at the time.I found a Robert Moorhouse chr.14th April,1793 at ST Michael,Aston under Lyne,Lancashire (parents William and Mary) and the dates fit in well.Your approximate birth date for George may fit in.Their children were all born between 1773 and 1793.This William Moorhouse was a ship owner and lime merchant.The family was 'well off'.Most of the children seemed to do fairly well.His son William continued in the shipping industry.Son James became a partner/Master Cutler in Sheffield Cutlery and his son became Bishop of Manchester and Bishop of Melbourne. They married into fairly prominent families (but not peerage).I don't yet know where our very early Moorhouses came from .It's possible they came from Lancashire or Sheffield or other towns of shipping or trade...Then again, there are stories of Moorhouse families associated with the Monks of Bolton Abbey near Skipton area. I've been told the name changes in early years and I've also seen it mispelt on Census records with an added 'e'.Earlier it was recorded as Morehouse and sometimes phonetically as Morris/Morres..I've been told there was an original coat of arms featuring a 'pelican in it's piety'(i.e.with chicks in a nest), but this has been used on several different shields so I still don't know of it's origins. I've read that it was earlier spelt in middle ages as 'Merehouse' and a 'mere' was the earlier spelling for 'moor'.A 'moor' was also described as grounds/lands for hunting game (not just a bog). Anyway...can you let me know some more of your Moorhouse ancestor names and places and I may see some common surnames or links.I'm just finishing holidays so may take a while to return your email.