It's possible we could be related. My line goes back to 13th C Yorkshire to a George Mote. My 3 x Great Grandfather is Robert Moate (soapmaker) and his son Joseph with 3 of his sons one of them my Great Grandfather Alfred migrated to Australia in 1849. Joseph's wife was Maria Moate (1st cousins) however she did not come to Australia. Do these names tie in with your branch.