Charles Moorby (1806 - 1873) & Sarah Cardus (1809 - 1884)
Charles' father, John, had married a widow a few years earlier who brought two surviving children from her previous marriage. She was over forty, so nearing the end of her child-bearing years, and he was five years older than that, having not been married before, so it seems unlikely that John married to produce an heir. However, they had two sons: Luke, born in 1802; and Charles, born in 1806, twenty-three years after the birth of Mary's eldest child.  The 1822 directory lists at least six butchers in Skipton which, in difficult times, might have been more than a small town could support. Whether for that, or other reasons, Luke became a boatman, and then later worked in the mills; and Charles was apprenticed to a tailor, rather than follow in the family tradition, and remained one for the rest of his life, despite facing difficulties.
In 1828 he married Sarah Cardus, the daughter of a tinner and glazier from Gargrave, a village on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, five miles to the East of Skipton. She and most of her siblings had been born there, but her family moved to Skipton in 1828, where she met Charles shortly afterwards. Working with both metal (tinner) and glass (glazier) seem very different skills, but 'tinner and glazier' was a common appellation, and Sarah's father, Henry, was likely to have turned himself to a range of tasks connected with house building. When he married, just across the border into Lancashire, he had called himself a tinman; by 1822 he was a 'tinner and brazier'; and later still he added glazier. Apart from doing many of the jobs we now associate with plumbing, his skills would also have been used to make the tin jugs, bowls, and other things needed for everyday life.
Of their nine children ,only three were boys. James, the youngest of the boys, died when he was only eight; but the other two, as expected, went on to become tailors. The elder one, William, remained in Skipton; but Cardus emigrated to Philadelphia where he set himself up as a 'fashionable tailor'. Perhaps he just had a sense of adventure but, more likely, it was proving difficult to make a living in Skipton. A newspaper report in 1872 suggests that Cardus was pardoned for receiving stolen goods, so he was likely to have been in prison before that, so the move was not without its difficulties at times. How much of that news reached Skipton is unknown - probably none - but with only one son living nearby, Charles chose to live close to his brother Luke, and then eventually next door to him.
In 1873 he died, followed a year later, by his brother. Sarah moved in with one of her eldest daughter, who had married a local carpenter, and lived for another ten years.
- It is possible that Charles was an only child. No baptismal entry exists for Luke, but Wharfedale local history site attributes Luke to John and Mary. However, Charles is described as their 'first son' in the 1806 baptismal entry. Charles and Luke certainly lived next door to each other when older, so I have assumed they are brothers. Whether they are, or not, is not critical to Charles' story