Mary Cartwright (c.1807-1852)

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.


Mary was the wife of clothier and cloth dresser John Cartwright. The couple had 8 known children:

In 1841, they were living at Underbank, Wooldale.

John appears to have died in early 1851 and widow Mary was recorded living near Newtown in Holmfirth at the time of the 1851 Census.

On the night of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852, the lower flood of their house was flooded. The Huddersfield Chronicle reported that the "fright had such an effect upon [Mary] that she never was well afterwards".[4]

Mary's son-in-law was weaver John Earnshaw of Burnlee and it seems likely that she moved in with her daughter Ann and John after the flood. John contracted typhus fever and died, "having taken cold by working in the ruins of Mytholmbridge, where he was employed in the recovery of salvage for his master, Charles Bashforth". Mary too soon "took the typhus fever and died".[4][5]

Mary's four youngest children — Clementina, Johnson, Emma and Hannah Maria — were officially declared "flood orphans" and a payment was made on their behalf for their support until they reached the age of 16.

Notes and References

  1. Born 24 May 1831. Married Martin Hoyle on 3 February 1855 at All Hallows, Almondbury. Died age 50 in Q3 1881.
  2. Born 23 January 1834 and baptised 11 May 1834 at Holy Trinity, Holmfirth. Married Edward/Edwin Hinchliffe on 27 August 1853 at All Hallows, Almondbury. Possibly died May 1909 at Deanhouse, Honley.
  3. Also known as Phyllis and possibly baptised Phillias. Born 11 March 1836 and baptised 15 May 1836 at Holmfirth Chapel. Married Elliott Whiteley on 4 June 1856 at Holy Trinity, Holmfirth. Died 26 October 1914 at Blackpool from breast cancer.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Huddersfield Chronicle (22/May/1852).
  5. Burial records for John Earnshaw and Mary Cartwright were not found during research, which suggests they may have been buried at Lane Independent Chapel.