Nancy Booth (c.1808-1852)

Nancy Booth was a victim of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852, together with her husband James.


She was born circa 1808, based on her reported age at death and the 1851 Census, which records her birthplace as the parish of Almondbury.

She may have been the spinster Nancy Taylor, daughter of farmer John Taylor, who married widower farmer James Booth (aged 48) of Burnlee[1], son of clothier Jonas Booth, on 1 January 1845 at All Hallows, Almondbury.[2] Nancy Taylor was residing at Greave, Netherthong, at the time of the 1841 Census, together with her siblings and parents farmer John and Hannah Taylor.

By the time of the 1851 Census, they were living at Fold Gate, Hinchliffe Mill. Also residing in their house was lodger William Healey.


On the night of the flood she was killed together her husband and the lodger Healey.

Her body was recovered and identified by Jonathan Roberts, and taken to the New Inn, Hinchliffe Mill, where the inquest was held.[3]

She was buried with her husband at Lane Independent Chapel, Holmfirth, on Monday 9 February 1852.

Notes and References

  1. Most likely the Burnlee in Holmfirth.
  2. Although James' occupation is slightly inconsistent with him being a labourer in the Census records, the age difference between him and Nancy matches the 1851 Census of the James Booth of Hinchliffe Mill.
  3. "List of Bodies Found, by Whom Found, and by Whom Identified" in Huddersfield Chronicle (14/Feb/1852).

Nancy Booth (c.1808-1852)


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This page was last modified on 13 January 2016 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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