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Rev James Moorhouse m Grace Riley
Posted by: Mark E. Moorhouse Date: June 29, 2000 at 05:20:24
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James Moorhouse born 1764 near Sabden married Grace Riley 28 Dec 1781 (who was born before 1772 at Sabden and died c.1811 at Padiham)

Children: Whalley parish Ann bapt 27 Jan 1788, Betty bapt 23 Aug 1789, Betty bapt Feb 27 1791.
Padiham Wesleyan Enoch born Feb 28 1796 (Morris)bapt 14 Mar 1796 , William born 26 May 1798, bapt29 Jul 1798
unknown register John born c1800

There were seven living children at his death, presumably the first betty died an infant so there must be two others. Help please???

Some history and highlights of the life and ministry of Rev. James Moorhouse
Quote from" Methodism in Rossendale" currently housed at the public library of Bacup, Lancashire:

p.264 - 271 excerpts........
" At his (Mr Thomas Kay ) coming into Rossendale about the year 1812, the preaching was in private houses, ..........Still there was no chapel which it was convenient for people at Longholme to attend, except at Haslingden and Newchurch. Many years were to elapse before their sanctuary was to be reckoned the chief ornament of the village; but Mr Kay and James Moorhouse - who came into the dale about the same time as he - were both deeply interested in obtaining a suitable place for public worship. First they met in the old Size House.............and, at length Mr K, in building his cottages, left four, which stood back to back, without inner walls, and this became the place of prayer. ............................James Moorhouse, on coming to Longholme, immediately began a class with five members. The circuit did not generally possess the energy of this young Society, but so far declined that it became necessary to take only one preacher...................( a decision to build a chapel at Longholme was rejected in favour of a site nearer Rawtenstall) .............Mr James Moorhouse laid the foundation stone of the new cahpel, and it was opened in 1826. .............although situated at Rawtenstall it was called the Longholme Chapel ...............The entire cost of the chapel and school was 1,401 pounds......... it afforded accomodation for 600 persons and notwithstanding the prevailing distress, nearly every sitting was taken at the opening. .........(the book now gives a page of praise and info on Mr Thomas Kay) .........Another valued worker came into the neighbourhood about the same time as Mr Kay; and although destined to ive and die in humble circumstances, he was esteemed by the people as a heaven-sent messenger, appointed to bless them by the light of his blamesless example, his fervent prayers, and Scriptural counsels.
This was James Moorhouse, who was born at Sabden Bridge in 1764. His parents carried him to Whalley, which, though several miles distant, was the parish church nearest to his birthplace. Brought up at an alehouse, he was surrounded by people ignorant of god, and utterly negligent of the Sabbath. Scarcely one Christian professor was to be found in the neighbourhood. The Sabbath was spent in idle and frivolous amusements, and, if they went to church at all, the holy day was commonly ended with a carousal at the public house.
When James had reached a suitable age, he was sent to Hood House, near Burnley, to learn the trade of woolcombing.
About the year 1781, he married Grace Riley, of Sabden Bridge, and they began their married life without any regard to the claims of religion. While James was at work one day with a pious fellow-workman, the latter said to him, " I know that God for Christ's sake has forgiven me all my sins." He was perplexed, and considered this intolerable presumption. The words offended him, but they remained on his heart. He became sin-struck, and so deeply distressed that he could truly say, "My heart is smitten, and withered like grass, so that I forget to eat my bread." He was for three weeks in great trouble of mind, but at the end of that time, while praying in his own house, he saw by faith Christ dying for his sins, and so vivid was the impression that he imagined Christ was actually before him. His burden was gone, and he rejoiced in God his Saviour. Up to this time he had been, to use his own words, "a fair down heathen", and a cordial hater of Methodism. Having been received into Society by the Rev. James Ridall, at the time travelling in the Colne Circuit, he was strongly impressed by the passage on his ticket of membership, "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God"(Luke ix. 62), and felt himself pledged to live for eternity, whatever the cost.
After his removal to Padiham, although he had become an earnest Methodist, he did not approve of noisy meetings or loud responses; but thought people ought to pray in a subdued tone of voice.Having attended some services conducted by Mr Atkins, then in the Colne circuit, he was offended by the prevalent disorder, occasioned by men walking over the tops of pews, loud responses, and the practice of allowing several persons in different parts of the chapel to engage in praying at the same time.The services being over, he returned home with a senior member of the Society, and they both agreed that the proceedings had been unseemly and reprehensible.
Strange to say, that while at work the next day he came to the opposite conclusion; and from that time the meetings must have been boisterous indeed to discompose his mind, or interfere with his profit.
In 1794, Miss Barrett, who frequently visited the neighbourhood, conducted a love-feast at Hemshaw Barn, near Goodshaw Fold, in Rossendale, and James Moorhousebecame convinced that the blessing of Christian perfection was attainable.In the evening of the same day, at a prayer-meeting held in Mr James Wood's warehouse, he received the inestimable benefit. He was overwhelmed with joy, and his bodily strength having become exhausted under the hallowed excitement, several of his friends who stood around supported him while he shouted the high praises of God. He never lost this blessing, but continued to the last, a bright example of that maturity of Christian experience which bringsa peace passing all understanding. He used to say, "Believers never grow so fast as when made perfect in love."
In 1813 he left, with great regret, the classes he had raised at Padiham and Castle Clough, and removed to Longholme where he entered into the employment of My Kay. Here also he was successful in the vineyard of the Lord, and lived to see the society which numbered only thirty at his coming increase twenty-fold.
He won the highest esteem of his employers. After the death of Mr Kay, his widow had a dream which made considerable impression upon her mind. She thought her husband revisited her, and said, "See that something be done for James Moorhouse for all the trouble he has had with us."This was one of the few dreams destined to be realised, for, on the case being mentioned to her son, a weekly allowance was cheerfully made to the honoured old servant, which was continued to the end of his life. Such was the esteem in which the Kay family held this saint of God, that John Robinson Kay, Esq., had his portrait painted by M Duval, of Manchester, who did not finish the task without hearing words from James upon his favourite topic, holiness of heart.
Prayer was his "native breath", and instead if finding difficulty in speaking to people on religious subjects, ne found it hard work to avoid it; and, such is the ingenuity of love, that he seldom failed to win the attention even of those who would have considered the appeals of most others offensive.He would sometimes say that his business was Watching and Praying.He was remarkable for his fidelity in dealing with the sick, and frequently urged this duty on preachers who visited him. In conversing with the Rev. Joseph Taylor, shortly before his death, he could not rest until he had asked the question, "Is all right within." Mr Taylor, after a pause answered solemnly, "I think it is."
This bright light continued to burn with increasing clearness until March 26th 1848, when it was extinguished on earth to be rekindled in heaven.






Obituary notice (of Wesleyan origin) dated 1848.
James Moorhouse
Born at Sabden Lancs. in 1766, married Grace Riley at the age of 17 years. Of this union there were seven children. He was converted to the faith in his 21st year. He experienced a painful affliction in his wife losing the use of her limbs about 13 years after this union. She remained in this state till her death, a period of 17 years. He was the means of commencing a Methodist Society at Hapton, which has continued to this day. He removed to Longholme in the year 1813, and commenced the first Wesleyan Class Meeting with five members, and had the pleasure of seeing three places of worship raised to the Glory of God and the honour of Methodism. He died at longholme in great peace, much lamented by all who knew him, March 26th 1848, aged 82 yrs. Some of his last words were "All is well."


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