Moorhouse Pallister was the eighth child of John Pallister & Sarah Thompson born at Greencroft, Lanchester & christened June 1st, 1832 at Lanchester. His given name, Moorhouse, seems likely to have come from his uncle, Rev. Moorhouse Thompson, the curate of Lucker, Northumberland.
In 1841 Moorhouse was living at Hornsby Hill, Lanchester with his parents & 8 brothers & sisters.
Moorhouse was still living at home at Hornsby Hill in 1851 & was a joiner & carpenter’s apprentice.
In 1861 Moorhouse was a boarder at 5 Westmorland Terrace, Westgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the home of George A Thompson, a carpenter’s clerk. Also living there were George’s mother Sarah & father, Robert Thompson, a joiner, & George’s older sister Sarah Ann, a dressmaker. Moorhouse was a house carpenter & there was another boarder & a servant.
Moorhouse was lodging with Mary L & George Patterson, a builder, & family at West St, Gateshead at the time of the 1871 census. He was described as a joiner.
A notice in the Newcastle Daily Chronicle of February 6th, 1873 declared that 'Moorhouse Pallister late of 37 Melbourne St, Gateshead is no longer in my employ, and is not authorised to transact any business, or receive any money on my account from this date'. It was signed W T Moor, builder of Westgate St, Newcastle.
In 1881 Moorhouse was visiting Isabella & Joseph Thompson, a grocer, & their family at 20 Cumberland St, Gateshead, Co Durham. Moorhouse was still a house carpenter.
Moorhouse was executor to the will of his widowed aunt, Frances Jane Allen (nee Thompson), in 1888. His address at that time was 22 Hewgill Terrace, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Moorhouse was still in Newcastle in 1891, boarding with Jane & Lewis Otting, a marine engineer from Germany & family, at 25 Crawhall Terrace, All Saints. He was still working as a joiner.
In 1901 Moorhouse continued to board with the O(e)tting family who were now living at 82 South View West, Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, He was still working as a house carpenter at the age of 68.
The electoral register of 1920 shows Moorhouse living at St Mary’s Almshouses, Rye Hill, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Moorhouse died on April 28th, 1920, aged 87, at the Hospital of St Mary the Virgin, Rye Hill, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Probate was granted in London on May 18th, 1920 to Matthew Siddle, the elder, commercial traveller. His effects were £47.17s.