John Moorhouse was born in Elslack in 1809. He was a farmer and lived at the White House, as tenants of Lady Bingley, with his father Thomas Moorhouse (1775-1863) and mother Ann and in the 1841 census there is also a grandchild and servant living there.
By 1851 John's Mother Ann had died and he had married Margaret Crown. There are two servants living at the property and the family are farming 90 acres.
In 1861 John's father is still head of the house and the family is now farming 150 acres and they have a servant called Ann Bancroft.
In 1863 Thomas (John's father) dies and in 1870 Margaret (John's wife) dies without issue.  By the 1871 census John is only farming 72 acres and he has a housekeeper Ann Bancroft and another servant.

According to local author and historian, Harry Speight , his great uncle John farmed about 73 acres and in addition to this there was a wood (Elslackwood) of 8 to 10 acres, for which he paid rent. He was generally accounted the best farmer in the district, and his advice on agricultural matters generally was often sought. He built the stone-bridge over Elslack beck and otherwise improved the estate considerably.

His field hedges were widely known as the best kept for miles round, and ‘hunters' praised them and his field gates for it was a boast of many and one that he could lift a latch without dismounting. John was also churchwarden, overseer of the township of Elslack.

By 1881 John has left the White House. The Moorhouse house family had lived in the property for over 100 years. John is living at Cowling and is retired farmer and has married Ann Bancroft and adopted her son.
John dies in 1891 and is buried at All Saints. Ann dies in 1910 and is buried with John and his first wife and Ellen, John's sister. Also in the grave are Thomas and his wife Ann (parents of John) and John and Ellen (grand parents of John). There are nine people in this grave.




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