Abel Earnshaw (1844-1852)
Abel Earnshaw was a victim of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852.
The 1851 Census lists Abel and his mother Betty residing on Water Street, Hinchliffe Mill, with Betty's father James Metterick. In total, there were 14 people living in the property, 9 of whom perished in the Holmfirth Flood the following year.
Abel's father travelled to New York aboard the Elizabeth Denison in July 1846 and seemingly never returned. By 1870, he had apparently remarried and was a yarn dresser residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Abel Earnshaw died in the early hours of 5 February 1852, along with his mother, when a devastating flood killed many of the residents of Water Street. Both of Abel's grandfathers were also killed.