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Emily,I can help you with this , especially if your ancestor (Robert) was the son of Michael Moorhouse and Elizabeth Dunhill.Your family stories are the same as mine so I'd say you are a distant cousin of mine.Michael Moorhouse,the son of William Moorhouse and Mary Sefton was bap.9 Jan,1780 Pontefract.Michael married Elizabeth Dunhill "Bessy" at St Giles Pontefract on 30 Oct,1810.Their children were Robert Moorhouse (bap.6th Jan.1813),William (who drowned),Elizabeth and Mary.I was told Robert went to Nova Scotia but I have Census records of Knottingley in 1861 and 1881 showing they were still in Knottingley.The 1861 Census spelt our Moorhouse families as "Moorehouse".My ancestors are William Moorhouse and Mary Sefton, but I'm descended from their son William (who married Anne Carter).Michael and William were brothers.The 1861 Census shows Robert Moorehouse of Aire Street Knottingley aged 47,Ropemaker with his wife Sarah age 38 of Silkstone and their children:Edwin 18 (shipwright apprentice),Ellis age 13,Sarah 8,Bessie 6,Alice 3,Robert 2 months.In the 1881 Census they are shown as still living in Aire Street:Robert aged 69,retired RopeMaker,his wife Sarah age 58,son Robert 20 and William 18 (both apprentice glassblowers) and daughter Alice aged 15 a dressmaker.It sounds like they either listed Alice's age incorrectly or the Alice shown in 1861 may have died young and they may have named another daughter Alice.This happened with William Moorhouse and Mary Sefton. They had a son William who died young and they named another child William.I will also respond to another message you've posted and will contact you by email to help you further.Sue