John Morehouse Esq.
Dedicated to my mother Clara Blanche (Parker) Morehouse, whose notes developed my interest many years ago and also to my father Fredrick Garland Morehouse, who, during many summers, provided most of my information. For all the MOREHOUSES THE GHOSTS OF SANDY COVE We walk through the world with our gentle ghosts among us, Peopling all the shadows, till the full moons ride Above and up the Old Road where they touch with silver fingers The living, and those others who have long since died -- Men who wrote in their Day Books of their hopes and toil and sorrow, Of the loneliness and beauty of a newly-granted land, Is it strange to feel their wonder as they peer across our shoulders? To see what we have written in a thin, less certain hand? Is it strange to hear them call us, sons and daughters of their children Have we ploughed our furrows cleanly, have we worked our samplers well? Have we worked our lives as they did, in the sobering awareness Of the Summons that must toll out from the Old Church Bell? We are blessed that they are watching, that we shall not go defenseless To another land less kindly, on to roads without a mark -- For they stand as patient sentries; who are theirs need never tremble, Who are theirs will share their vigil in a warm and gentle dark. Sarah-Elizabeth Moore July 1973 PREFACE This is an attempt to tell the story of a pioneer Loyalist family which settled two hundred years ago in the wilderness of Nova Scotia. Since specific details of their early lives are unknown we rely on the general history of the times. Fortunately, however, we have several useful references and statements made are based on these sources as shown. Other books have already been published about the Morehouse family i.e. "300 Years of Morehouse History", "History of James (The Loyalist) Morehouse" and "Sandy Cove". These contain much useful and very interesting information. Additional sources of information are "Ancestry and Descendants of Gersham Morehouse", Day Books of John Esq., Jones and Stephen Fountain also wills of John Esq. and John Jr. This book differs somewhat in presentation in that supp- lementing the main text are separate sections for Notes, Figures and Maps and Appendices. A Bibliography is also included. It is hoped this arrangement will make the principal text easier to read and that those readers with further interests may find these other parts add interest to the general story. The title and genealogy are based on the male lineage but let us keep in mind that the Jones, Trask, Ross, Saunders, Snow and many other families also contributed a "very important part" in the affairs of the family. In collecting this information I am most thankful for help from many sources particularly from my father, Mary Bull, Veva and Inez. Unfortunately I was too late starting this project to benefit from conferring with "T.R.", Uncle Henry, Aunt "Zubie", Uncle Dan or his son Guy. Ronald Morehouse March 1995
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