Moorhouse ...

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Moorhouse, CopleyRef 502-565
[1811-1854] Son of William Moorhouse.

Born 2nd October 1811.

Baptised at Square Chapel [26th October 1811].

In 1841, he was living with Mary Bancroft [b 1786] at Union Street, Halifax.

In 1851, he was a proprietor of houses lodging with Elizabeth & William Whitaker at High Street, Halifax.

Copley died 9th July 1854 (aged 42)  He and his sister Ann were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 260]

Moorhouse, DavidRef 502-230
[1791-1875] The mid-19th century Halifax town crier popularly known as Blind David.

He was born in Southgate, Halifax.

About the age of 4, he contracted smallpox which left him almost blind. He was sent to an institution for the blind at Liverpool, where he learned the trade of basket making.

On returning to Halifax, he worked as a basket-maker, and he also worked for the coaching office, delivering parcels brought to the town by the London, Leeds and Manchester coaches. At the age of 20, he became totally blind, but his retentive memory enabled him to find his way around.

In the 1820s, he was appointed town crier, succeeding Nathaniel Scholfield.

On 16th April 1831, he married Hannah Taylor.


  1. Robert
  2. John
  3. Nancy
  4. Mary
  5. William

They lived at Swine Market, Halifax [1837].

David went on to make and sell blacking, travelling around the district with his wares. He was a regular at the Rose & Crown, Cheapside.

His son John acted as deputy town crier and took over some of his father's duties when David became infirm in the 1860s.

David died 22nd October 1875 (aged 84).

John Simpson succeeded David as town-crier.

David was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2576]: with son John & family

Moorhouse, Rev E.Ref 502-221
[1???-1???] Minister at Shore General Baptist Church, Todmorden [1948-1952]

Moorhouse, JohnRef 502-370
[17??-17??] He was churchwarden at Elland in the 1760s.

He married Unknown.

Child: Matthew

Moorhouse, JohnRef 502-1151
[18??-18??] In 1861, he ran an academy in Hebden Bridge

Moorhouse, JohnRef 502-231
[1833-1872] Son of David Moorhouse.

He acted as deputy town crier and took over some of his father's duties when David became infirm in the 1860s

In [Q2] 1860, he married Elizabeth Ann Watson [1836-1870] in Halifax.

Child: Copley [b 1862; d 22nd December 1884; bur 24th December 1884]

Elizabeth Ann died 4th May 1870 (aged 34).

John died 16th October 1872 (aged 39).

He was buried 26th October 1875.

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2576] with John's father

Moorhouse, JosephRef 502-1794
[1809-1891] Wesleyan Minister in Halifax.

He lived at Clifton Road, Halifax

He was buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery [Grave Ref: N 53 A]

Moorhouse, LawrenceRef 502-931
[17??-18??] Of Birchcliffe, Hebden Bridge. Partner in Lawrence Moorhouse & Company

Moorhouse, MatthewRef 502-369
[1723-1794] Son of John Moorhouse.

He was churchwarden at Elland in 1778 and 1780.

For 33 years, the first group of Methodists in Elland met at his house in Southgate. When John Wesley preached at Elland in August 1762, it may have been at the house.

He was buried at Elland Parish Church.

See John Hirst

Moorhouse, ThomasRef 502-301
[1846-1878] He was a butcher [1869] / landlord of the Broad Tree Hotel, Lee Mount [1871-1878].

On 8th June 1868, he married Martha Ann at Halifax Parish Church.

Martha Ann was the daughter of Benjamin Milne

Thomas died 7th January 1878.

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at under £800.

Probate was granted to his widow Martha Ann.

In 1880, Martha Ann married Robert Shackleton Holmes

Moorhouse, WhitfieldRef 502-3550
[1829-1863] Born in Meltham.

He was innkeeper at the Junction Inn, West Vale [1861] / an innkeeper in Halifax [1863].

On 28th March 1854, he married Ruth Luty at Halifax Parish Church.

He died 13th April 1863. Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £100

Moorhouse, WilliamRef 502-499
[1???-1???] See Copley Moorhouse

Moorhouse, WilliamRef 502-519

He married Mary [17??-18??].


  1. Ann [1806-16th December 1872]
  2. (possibly) Ruth [b 1811]
  3. Copley
  4. (possibly) Thomas [b 1813]

Moorhouse, William GeeRef 502-1394
[1885-1918] Son of William Moorhouse of Keighley.

In [Q3] 1909, he married Mary Jane Hunter in Keighley.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 20th July 1918 (aged 33).

He was buried at Marfaux British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref I C 10].

In [Q4] 1919, Mary Jane married John E. Hanson in Keighley.

They lived at Higher Wormald Farm, Rishworth

Moorhouse, WilsonRef 502-2
[1840-1890] Born in Shelley, Yorkshire.

He was a watchman [1881].

He married Hannah Woodhead [1841-1???] in Wortley.

Hannah was born in High Hoyland, Yorkshire


  1. Sarah [b 1863] who was a mill hand cotton [1881]
  2. Alice [b 1865] who was a mill hand cotton [1881]
  3. Louisa [b 1867] who was a mill hand cotton [1881]
  4. John Wm [b 1869] who was a mill hand cotton (art) [1881]
  5. Grace [b 1875]
  6. Harriet [b 1877]
  7. Lavinia [b 1879]

They lived at Osborne Terrace, Sowerby [1881].

Living with them [in 1881] was Hannah's widowed father James Woodhead [b Skelmanthorpe, 1810] (unemployed mason's labourer).

Wilson died in Halifax [Q1 1890] (aged 50) 


Moorhouse surnameRef 502-1
Entries for people with the surname Moorhouse are discussed in this SideTrack.

Unattached BMDs for Moorhouse

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