Regarding your question about a James Hooson. I have some information which I belive to be correct but very few dates. All Halifax(ish)
John Hooson M Mary Brear in 1789 Offspring Sam, Edward, Willie, Mary, JAMES This may be a bit early to be your James However, Edward Hooson M Mary Ann Haliday of Howcans ? Offspring JAMES, Edwin, Halliday, Tom, Martha, John, William, Henry.
Hope this is of some use. Let me know if you put any more pieces together. If I get the time to copy my tree into an electronic format I'll send you a copy if you want