Martha was born on 23rd February 1805 in
Skipton and her parents were James Ellison and Arabella Kitching Ellison. She
was the second wife of Thomas Moorhouse (1808-1845).
They were married
on 31st March 1835 at Carleton In Craven and their first son John was
born 14th May 1835. Thomas' first wife, Sarah, had died in 1833
and Martha was stepmother to Thomas' two daughters, Mary Ann and Ellen.
The couple were renting Hesliker Farm from the Tempest
Estate at a cost of 72 pounds per year. On modern maps the farm
is now called Heslaker.
For details on the location of the various farms around
Skipton go to Places/Skipton
Alice (Thomas's Mother) moved in with the family
after the death of her husband John in 1838.
Martha and Thomas
had five more sons:
James Ellison (born 24th March 1837),
14th February 1839),
Thomas (born 4th April 1841),
8th April 1843) and
Samuel who was born after his father died in 1845 (unfortunately Samuel
died at only 11 weeks old).
After Thomas died in 1845 Martha moved her family
to The Bull and on the 1851
census she was the Inn Keeper and farmed 46 acres of land employing
two men. By the 1861 census she is still
the Inn Keeper but is only farming 26 acres of land. On the 1871 census
she calls herself The Inn keeper but her son Edward describes himself as
the manager. For more details please go to Businesses/Bull
by accidentally falling from a dogcart on the 28th December 1873 at the
age of 68. In her will she left "personal effects" of £800.
Her son Edward continued to manage The Bull as shown on the 1881 census
until his death in 1885 when his widow Alice took over the management.
On the 1891 census she is the Inn Keeper and continues to rent the inn
from The Tempest Estate until 1900. The Moorhouse family had run The Bull
Inn for over 50 years.