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Re: H.Moorhouse , Army Chaplain ,1650 Castleford
Posted by: Susan Roberts Date: February 13, 2002 at 02:34:49
In Reply to: Re: H.Moorhouse , Army Chaplain ,1650 Castleford by Emily Bellwood of 307

Hello Emily,It seems we are cousins (however many times removed).We share the same ancestors,William Moorhouse and Mary Sefton.You're a descendant of their son Michael and I'm a descendent of their son William.Everyone I know shares the same family stories and everyone has been "stuck" on the parents of William Moorhouse (senior) and Mary Sefton.I know the family stories say 'Robert' but there is no evidence of this .A fellow family history enthusiast and Knottingley historian (author of the book "The Sailing Ships and Mariners of Knottingley") has been helping me in my search for their parents.His name is Ron Gosney and he has a good website on the Knottingley/Ferrybridge area.His book mentions our family who owned and had shares in more than 40 ships. He even named ships after his children and his son William carried on the business and tradition and named ships after his children. There is a ship named after my great-grandfather built in 1842 the year he was born .."William Septimus de Septimo".There is a ship named "Benjamin and Michael" after two of the sons of William Moorhouse (senior).All the research we have done indicates that Mary Sefton's father was not Robert, but "William Sefton" a farmer and limeburner.The number of children he had matches with the stories of how many brothers Mary had and the fact that they didn't have anymore sons and that branch of the Sefton name died out.Ron went through the Knottingley church records of St Bodolph Church and found there were many records there that were never sent on to Pontefract to be recorded. That is why there is so much information missing from the IGI.We believe William Sefton married Hannah Rainforth and we are tracing back from there. I think this is the furthest that anyone has ever gone with our branch.William Moorhouse when he married Mary Sefton (in 1773) was shown as a "waterman".He probably sailed up the Aire River with merchandise or coal or limestone.He leased a limestone quarry from a Mr Poole and that was how he started to acquire his fortune. Ron Gosney has called him an early "entrepeneur" and I agree.They are said to have been farmers who were also very religious (Anglican).My great-grandfather ,William Septimus de Septimo Moorhouse (a year younger than EdwardVII , Prince of wales) was involved in a scandal involving the Prince and a woman..Probably a college prank, so he was sent to Australia in disgrace with a sum of 2,000 pounds.He was here sometime in the 1860s and found work straight away as a Cobb and Co coach driver as he was known as a "whip" and expert horseman.He married in Victoria in 1869 ,but his first wife Elizabeth Jane Burrows died of tuberculosis (aged 22). He then married Eliza Gallagher('Fanny')and their eldest daughter Fanny May Moorhouse is my grandmother.Eliza's mother,also 'Eliza Gallagher' remarried a Frederick William Rice , a Publican.She was known as Fanny Rice and many people incorrectly confuse her with my great-grandmother who married William s.de.s.Moorhouse.Please email me and I will post out our family tree so you can see the Australian and New Zealand branches.Sally Shine has most of it correctly recorded on the GenCircles website.You will also see some of it on the Burrows /Porter websites.I have plenty of family stories to share and Claire Paterson has an Australian Moorhouse family history book she has written that she will post to me soon.Sue


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