James Willis

According to Karen Lightowler’s research, James was a victim of the Great Sheffield Flood, 1864. He died aged 16.

James’ parents, Elizabeth and William, had lived all around England and the world. They had lived variously in Belfast, India, Dublin, Portsmouth, and Barlborough, before moving to Sheffield with James. James himself was born in West India.

The loss of James hit his mother, Elizabeth, especially hard as she had recently lost her husband in an unrelated accident. She soon moved in with three of her daughters.

Elizabeth’s claim for £300 was certainly rejected. She received £20 for James’ death and £3 for his funeral, in addition to £10 5s for property damage.

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Lightowler, K., Sheffield Food: The Aftermath, 2007,  p. 145

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