Joshua Earnshaw was a victim of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852.
He was born around 1780 in Cartworth, Holmfirth, the son of Luke Earnshaw and his wife Sarah (née Roberts).
He married Hannah Earnshaw on 7 September 1806 at All Hallows, Almondbury. The couple had seven known children:
In the 1851 Census, he was residing on Water Street with his wife Hannah, their son Charles Earnshaw, and their grandchildren Joshua Crosland, Mary Crosland and Ann Earnshaw Beaumont. Hannah died a few weeks later and was buried on 2 July 1851 at St. David's Church, Holmbridge.
Together with the others surviving residents listed in the 1851 Census, Joshua Earnshaw was killed when a flood devastated the properties on Water Street in the early hours of 5 February 1852.
His body was found by Joseph Turner and was taken to the Royal Oak, Thongsbridge, where it was identified by Emery Earnshaw.
He was buried on Monday 9 February at St. David's Church, Holmbridge.