Many thanks for your message and to say I am excited is putting it mildly!!! My research into the flood has snow balled into a massive project and the ‘icing on the cake’ is to be contacted by living descendants of the victims.
There has been much confusion over the spelling of this surname as many accounts recorded it as CALTON.
Samuel Harrison tells us:
“In Long Croft, between Green Lane and the river, several persons lost their lives. In a yard here lived Christopher CALTON, his wife, and a sister's child, aged five years. They slept on the ground floor, and were aroused by the water lifting up the beds in which they had been reposing. They got up, and rushed to the door; but it would not open even with their most desperate exertions. The water held the door tight, and was every moment rising higher and higher. They screamed out for help, but no help came, and they were drowned in the room, which was completely filled with water up to the ceiling.”
Harrison goes on to list them as:
Christopher COLTON 32 Buried at General Cemetery Mary COLTON 30 Buried at General Cemetery Christopher COLTON 4 Buried at St Mary’s Church
In the 1861 census records I found the following family living at Verdon (? difficult to read) Street, at enumerator’s reference RG9/3494 138F:
I also found mention in the flood claims but the name was spelt CALTON and COLTON.
Claim number 5894 was placed by ‘Joseph CALTON and Thomas CALTON, administrators of Christopher CALTON, late of Back Yard, Green Lane, deceased’. They were listed as bricklayers of Grove Street, Hillfoot Sheffield and their claim was for £46-10-0 for damage to personal property, including "Expenses of Funeral of Deceased, his Wife and Child£15.0.0 and Expenses Of Administration£15.0.0
Claim number 5729 was placed by Samuel Lawton, a surgeon of St. Philips Road in Sheffield. He claimed for ‘damages caused by inundation having caused the deaths of and destroyed the property of the following persons who were at the time of their deaths indebted to the claimant in the several amounts after mentioned and which debts have consequentially been wholly lost’. His claim was for the total of £36-0-0 and included £4.4.0 owed to him by Christopher COLTON.
A search of the burial records for General Cemetery show that Christopher COLTON and Mary COLTON were both buried here on 14th March 1864 in grave plot Q2 144. Mary’s age was recorded as 30 and Christopher’s age appears to read 52 but it is difficult to make out. His occupation also appears to read ‘Buckmaker’.
I hope there is something of interest to you here and I certainly hope we can find a definite link.
Hope to hear from you again Karen Lightowler KARENL823@AOL.COM