Mary Hinchliffe (1850-1914) née Earnshaw
Mary Earnshaw was one of the 1852 Flood Orphans.
Her father died in March 1852 after contracting typhoid fever whilst assisting with the salvage operation after the Holmfirth Flood of 1852. Her maternal grandmother Mary, who "had a very narrow escape from drowning" when the flood waters entered her house, was left weakened by the experience and also succumbed to the fever that killed John.
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. Although Mary's mother was still alive and pregnant, the committee designated her as one of the eleven orphans and she was awarded 4 shillings per week until she reached the age of 16.
The couple had two known children:
By 1911, Mary was a widow and working as a grocer shopkeeper at 6 Wellington Avenue, Whalley Range, Manchester.
Mary Hinchliffe died in 1914, aged 63.