Dear Alan, sorry about the delay in getting back to you. My mother passed away last night and things have been in a state of upheaval.
I have two census records of your family:
June 1841: At Bridleway Newchurch in Rossendale
James Moorhouse 47 Cotton Manu. born in county Mary Moorhouse 37born in county Grace Moorhouse 25born in county Mary Moorhouse 22 born in county James Moorhouse 20 born in county Hannah Moorhouse 15 born in county Isaiah Moorhouse 13 born in county Colinge Moorhouse 9 born in county Sarah Moorhouse 4 born in county John Moorhouse 2 born in county William Moorhouse inf. born in county
1861 Census (not sure what month)
Collinge Moorhouse widower 29 Cotton Mill mechanic born at Bury Edward Morehouse son 6 Scholarborn at Bury Mary H. Morehouse daughter 4 scholar born at Whalley
John Moorhouse head 22 beekeeper born at Whalley Sarah Moorhouse wife 21 born at Spotland Alice Moorhouse daughter 3 months born at Whalley
Newchurch street Newchurch
James Moorhouse head 40 warehouse man born at Newchurch Mary Moorhouse wifeborn at Bury lancs. James George Moorhouse son unwed 15 Cotton weaver born Newchurch Mary Anne Moorhouse daughter 13 Servant at home born Newchurch William Moorhouse 11 son cotton feeder born Newchurch Edward Moorhouse 9 son cotton carder born Newchurch Thomas Moorhouse 7 son Scholar born Newchurch Emma Moorhouse dau 5Scholar born Newchurch
Mary Moorhouse head unwed 42 Dress maker born at Highton, Whalley
Whitewell Bottom, Newchurch St. Michael's
James Moorhouse head 60 Cotton manufacturer, trainer of horses and employer born at Whalley Mary Moorhouse wife 57 farmers wife born at Whitewell Yorks. Isaiah Moorhouse son unwed 35 Cotton Factory manager born at Bury Lancs Sarah Moorhouse daughter unwed 24 Domestic born at Whalley Elizabeth Moorhouse daughter 19 Domestic born at Whalley William E. Moorhouse son 17 Farmers son born at Whalley.
Note the conflict in the birthplace of Mary and the age discrepancies. These are typical of census details. I dont have the 1851 census for Newchurch to hand but if you have access to a Latter Day Saints Family History Library the film you will need to search through isFilm#087269 1851 Census of Great Britain.
As to whether the James Moorhouse (senior) is the son of Rev. James Moorhouse I am very inclined to agree that he well may be which makes us some kind of distant cousins.
In the Padiham Church Register (Anglican) there are two entries that I have to date been a little shy in adding to Rev James' children as they show no mothers name but on reflection they do appear to be part of his family. These read: John Moorhouse bapt 29 Jul 1792 son of James Moorhouse of Padiham
James Moorhouse bapt 5 Feb 1792 son of James Moorhouse of Padiham.
Of these two I suspect that John died asa child (extremely common if you look at the burial register). My ancestor John was definitely born to Rev James but in 1800 apparently as a "replacement" for this one.
The lack of records is due to Rev. James becoming Wesleyan and apparently reluctant to have an Anglican baptism (Which he did for Enoch who is recorded in both church records) and also partly due to the infancy of the Wesleyan group where he was which would explain the small window where records are sketchy and apparently no longer extant.
For generations prior to Rev. James (m Grace Riley) check the Morris entries for the Padiham and Whalley and then even further back in the Clitheroe records under Morehouse. I will post in the forum more about the Moorhouse name in the Padiham/Whalley/Pendle area some time in the future when I manage to assemble in some usable form but as you can imagine I rather distracted at present.