Enos Earnshaw (1821-?)

This page is part of the Holmfirth Flood Project which aims to make content available to researchers in advance of the 175th anniversary of the 1852 Flood which will be commemorated in 2027.


Enos Earnshaw was born on 9 January 1821, the son of Joshua Earnshaw and his wife Hannah, and was baptised on 14 March 1821.

He married Betty Mettrick. daughter of James Mettrick and his wife Mary, on 30 April 1843 at All Hallows, Kirkburton. They had one known child:

Enos travelled to America aboard the packet ship Elizabeth Denison in 1846, arriving into New York on 20 July. Built in Connecticut, the ship was operated by the Black Star Line and is credited with "bringing thousands of immigrants to the United States of America in the mid 1800s."[1]

There is no evidence to show Enos ever returned to England and it seems almost certain that he was the Englishman of the same name who fought in the U.S. Civil War on the side of the Union, having enlisted with the 2nd Regiment of the California Infantry on 5 October 1861. Enos was quickly promoted to a Full Corporal in the following month and was eventually discharged on 4 May 1866 at Presidio, San Francisco.

It is believed that he married Margaret Fazzard on 22 April 1869 at St. Matthias P.E. Church, Philadelphia.

By the early 1870s, he was a yarn dresser residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

It is not known when he died.

Holmfirth Flood of 1852

Enos' wife and son perished in the flood, along with his brother Charles and his father Joshua.

His sister Sarah (also known as Sally) had married Jonathan Crosland in February 1831. She died in December 1851, a few weeks after giving birth to their daughter Ruth. Jonathan and seven of his children perished in the flood.

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