Emma Cartwright (1847-?)
Emma Cartwright was one of the eleven 1852 Flood Orphans.
In 1851, she was living with her widowed mother and siblings at Newtown, Holmfirth.
During the early hours of 5 February 1852, the failure of the Bilberry Reservoir embankment caused a torrent of water to flood down the Holme Valley. The Cartwright's home was flooded and widow Mary "had a very narrow escape from drowning" — she later died from typhoid fever, which she likely caught from from her son-in-law John Earnshaw.
The United Committee of Huddersfield and Holmfirth — "appointed for the collection and management of the funds for the relief of the sufferers by the bursting of the Bilberry Reservoir" — had appointed a subcommittee to investigate the circumstances of those orphaned by the flood. Emma was awarded 5s. per week until she reached the age of 16.
It is uncertain what happened to Emma after 1861.
Notes and References
- Her birth was registered in Q3 1846.