I don't want to rekindle old family feuds, but can anyone tell me more about the Francis Morier who ran out on his business partner George Ansell in the 1780s? I quote from Stella Wilks and Gordon Rookledge (eds), The Book of Carshalton (2002):
" ... George Ansell himself remained essentially a calico manufacturer, and in June 1785 he formed a new firm, with a London office, and a new partner, Francis Morier, presumably a Frenchman. ... Unfortunately this arrangement only seems to have lasted two years, because in the autumn of 1787 Morier set in motion a scheme to defraud Ansell of £5485. Morier pretended that he had sold 1300 pieces of calico to various firms in London and Manchester. In fact he had secretly shipped this hoard of cloth over to France, and, before Ansell could ask for payment, had fled to Scotland." (p. 110).
Wilks and Rookledge write as if records of the subsequent legal proceedings survive, but they don't say where and I haven't found them online (I only got the book yesterday).
A quick online search has turned up a couple of Moriers with calico industry connections, e.g. these apprentices:
1749 -- David Morier to John Carter of Christ Chruch Surrrey pattern cutter £31/10 -- PRO IR1/18/221
1760 -- Daniel Morier to Peter David Morier of Lambeth pattern drawer £31/10 -- PRO IR1/22/90
1760 -- John Francis Morier to Peter David Morier £31/10 -- PRO IR1/22/90
Earlier posts to this forum also suggest the family was in textiles, but I can't piece together all the connections people have mentioned (the early Moriers seemed determined to rob their future family historians of the advantage that comes from having an uncommon surname by giving all their children the same Christian names).
The LDS-IGI also has a John Francis Morier marrying Anna Maria Perry in 1783 (Bethnal Green), siring two children in 1785 and 1787, and then disappearing -- could this be the "Francis Morier" Wilks and Rookledge refer to?
The next John Francis Morier in the LDS-IGI is born in Glasgow in 1874, which fits with the story that the Francis who dudded George Ansell (my gggg-grandfather) fled to Scotland.
There are several generations between 1787 and 1874, however, and it would be great to know what actually became of George Ansell's business partner.
The final irony is that my searches turned up several John Francis Moriers in New South Wales in the first half of the twentieth century -- so perhaps the descendants of both business partners have found their way to the Antipodes.