Hey I like your "big stories" bit Most amusing and haven't we all got one!
William Moorhouse married Mary Sefton 27th Dec 1773 at Pontefract. Their children were:- Benjamin,Michael,Thomas,Robert,James,George,William,Elizabeth,Anne and Mary. I have subsections for all of these but will just forward James' at present.
JAMES MOORHOUSE, son of William and Mary(Sefton) Moorhouse, became a partner in the firm of Moorhouse Rochfort and Steel, Manufacturing Cutlers of Sheffield, and held office as master cutler. He married Jane Frances Bowman, (2 Jan 1826 at Ferry Fryston, Yorks),a niece of the Revd. Dr. Richardson of York, and who had been left when 15 yrs old the eldest of four orphans. Of this marriage there were two children:- (a) JAMES MOORHOUSE and (b) MARY MOORHOUSE who married in 1857 (to whom?) and died a few years later. Jane Frances Moorhouse (Bowman) died in 1891.
(a) JAMES MOORHOUSE was born in Sheffield in 1826. After learning the cutlery trade for two or three years, he was sent to a private tutor, the Revd. William Richardson, Vicar of Knottingley, to be prepared for college. He entered the St Johns College, Cambridge, when twenty-three years of age, was Senior Optime in the Mathematical Tripos of 1853, ordained a deacon in the same year and in 1854 was ordained a priest and was appointed curate of St Noets. He was curate at Sheffield from 1855 to 1859 under the Revd. Thomas Sale. In 1859 he became curate at Hornsey and was chosen in 1891 as Select Preacher before the Cambridge University (the first time a Curate had been so selected). On Sept. 12th 1861 the Revd. James Moorhouse married MARY LYDIA SALE, daughter of Canon Sale, the Vicar of Sheffield.He was given the living of St. John's, Fitzroy Square, London, and resided in the Rural Deanery of St Pancras.He delivered the Hulsean Lectures at Cambridge in 1865, and was made a Prebendary of St. Paul's, and Chaplain in Ordinary to the Queen. In 1866 he was made Vicar of St. James, Paddington and in 1876 Bishop of Melbourne, Victoria, where he remained until his appointment in 1891 as Bishop of Manchester, which office he held until Oct 1903 when, through suffering from asthma and bronchitis, he resigned and went to live at Poundisford Park, Taunton, Somerset, where his wife Mary Lydia died in August 1906.Bishop James Moorhouse also died there April 9th 1915, aged 88. During his tenure of the bishopric of Manchester his nephew, by marriage, the Revd. T.R. Sale acted as his secretary, and during his residence at Poundisford, his neice Miss Edith Sale resided with him. His life written by Mrs E.C. Richards - "Bishop Moorhouse of Melbourne & Manchester" was published in 1920 by John Murray.
James Moorhouse had cousins as follows:
Benjamin Moorhouse Smith William Joseph Smith Annie Moorhouse Smith Charles Edward Smith Mary Kate Smith Arthur Herbert Smith Warwick Smith Walter Redfern Smith William Moorhouse Mary Moorhouse Elizabeth Moorhouse Elizabeth Moorhouse William Sefton Moorhouse John Carter Moorhouse Benjamin Michael Moorhouse Thomas Carter Moorhouse James William Moorhouse Edward Moorhouse Sarah Anne Moorhouse Lucy Ellen Sykes Moorhouse Mary Moorhouse William Septimus de Septimo Moorhouse about a dozen Hinds Howells half a dozen Armitages several Elsdales 3 Gravenor Rhodes 5 Laing-Measons 4 Rhodes Moorhouses about a dozen Studholmes 4 Wigleys and about 10 Moorhouses in Victoria, Aust.
I don't envy you trying to catch up with the cousin relationship but thought some of these surnames might ring a bell somewhere. If so my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org feel free to shoot me in the foot with few curly ones. Cheers Mark Moorhouse