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I've been told my Moorhouse family were somehow related to the Armitage family in the 18th or 19th century in Yorkshire.I've been trying to locate the parents and birthplace of a William Moorhouse born around 1749 who married Mary Sefton in 1773,Pontefract.His father may have been "William".I've found a William Morehouse (Moorhouse) marriage to a Martha (or Mary) Armitage 14th Dec.1732, Kirkburton. I've looked for children of this marriage and have possibles :Martha (1733),John (1737),Hannah(1741),Susannah(1743),Betty (1745),Catherine (1748),Sarah
(1749 or 1750) and possibly William?? the seventh child? Martha's parents may have been Joseph Armitage and Sarah Sykes.One of my ancestors William Moorhouse (b.1790) married Ann Carter and her parents were John Carter and Elizabeth Sykes, so there may have been some family friendships spanning a few generations or there may be lots of "Sykes" (which is very likely).William Moorhouse (senior) and his son William were both ship owners and lime merchants in the Knottingley/Ferrybridge area for many years (1820s to 1860s)shown in Census and Baines Trades and Professions for Knottingley.I'm not sure if the early Moorhouses came from Lancashire prior to moving to other trade areas such as Kirkburton, Sheffield or Pontefract.Some earlier ones may have been mariners or merchant seamen or cloth merchants(hopefully not slave merchants).One of William's sons , James Moorhouse became a Master Cutler of Sheffield Cutlery , and his son became the Bishop of Melbourne and Manchester.Does anyone have any clues or links to the early Moorhouse families to try to sort out where branches came from and their links to the Armitage family?Sue