Jeremiah BUCKLEY  1821 ~ 1864

  John BUCKLEY  = Ann BATTYE  
  bap 23 Oct 1791 b. abt 1791  
  d. 1873 d. 14 Dec 1863  
Sarah Ann Emaloius Mary Jeremiah Mary Ann Hannah John George William Joel  
1811 1813 1815 1818 1821 1824 1826 1828 1830 1833 1835  

Jeremiah BUCKLEY, the fifth child of John and Ann BUCKLEY, was born on March 23rd 1821 in Manchester and christened at Manchester Cathedral on 22nd April 1821.

In the Census of 1841 he and his siblings, Hannah, John, George and Joel are recorded as living at 'Yewden'  with their parents. The elder children having probably left home although it is known that William had died in1835 at only 2 years of age.

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On 27th October 1845 Jeremiah BUCKLEY married Mary PROCTOR or PROCTER, the daughter of Jno. PROCTOR a Stone mason, at Sheffield Cathedral.

Their first child, John Thomas was born on 12th December 1845,  baptised at St. Nicholas Church, Bradfield on 1st February 1846, and by the census of 1851 the family also included;  Harriet, born on 27th July 1847 at Pell Street, Wadsley, and baptised at Bradfield on 12th September 1847; Jeremiah, born on 10th October 1848, also at 6 Pell Street and christened at Bradfield on19th November 1848 and  Ann, born on 18th October 1850 at Pell Street or Crabtree Lane, Wadsley. Mary BUCKLEY was born in 1852; Elizabeth at Wadsley in 1854 and George at Gatehead Farm, Infirmary Road, Sheffield on 13th December 1856. Sarah was born  2nd Novemebr 1858 at Holme Lane, Wadsley, and finally Joel, born 21st October 1861 also at Holme Lane.

  Jeremiah = Mary  
John Thomas Harriet Jeremiah Ann Mary Elizabeth George Sarah Joel  
1845 1847 1848 1850 1852 1854 1858 1858 1861  

It has not been possible to locate Jeremiah in the 1861 Census, but Mary, with the children John, Mary, Elizabeth, George and Sarah were living at No1 Brick Row, Holme Lane. Two of the others, Jeremiah and Ann aged 11 and 10 respectively are shown living with their grandparents, and Harriet is recorded working as a dairymaid for Jeremiah’s brother John at Ewden.  Jeremiah  is shown as 'Absent Head' on the census document.

Jeremiah's wife Mary died at Holme Lane, Wadsley on 6th December 1862 and was buried on 10th December at Loxley Congregational Church. A year later, on 20th December 1863, his mother Ann died at the age of 72. She is buried in St Nicholas Churchyard Bradfield.

On the night of 11th March 1864, the Dale Dyke Dam burst and its waters swept down the Loxley Valley flooding many properties and causing many deaths on its way into Sheffield. 

Dale Dyke Dam looking South, July 2003. This Dam lies just to the East of the Old Dam Dale Dyke Reservoir  July 2003

The present dam lies  just to the West of the dam that breached in 1864


The flood waters did not leave the Buckley household unscathed, Jeremiah was to die from the effects of the flood at his home at No.16 Green Lane Sheffield on 12th August 1864, his death certificate records ' Fever 5 months ago from which he never properly recovered Pneumonia 16 days Certified'

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A relief fund was set up, and Claim number 5151, was placed by George Burrell, boot maker and Jeremiah Buckley, family boot maker of Brick Row Owlerton for damage done to premises at ‘Buckley Brick Row, Owlerton’. The claim was for 24 pairs of strong lace boots closed ready for bottoming and 24 pairs for bottoming, a total of £12-0-0 but they received £9-6-0.

Claim number A77 in the ‘loss of life’ book was placed for the loss of ‘Jeremiah Buckley, Hadens House, Owlerton near Sheffield’ by Hannah Birks, a widow of Owlerton acting as the ‘guardian and next friend’ of Jeremiah’s children. They were named as John age 18,  Harriet 17,   Jeremiah 15,   Ann 14,   Mary 12,   Elizabeth 8, George 7,   Sarah 5 and   Joel just 2 years old. The claim was for a total of £1,000 but the amount of £229 was finally paid out on 8th August 1865, calculated as follows:  Mary £15   Elizabeth £40   George £48   Sarah £56    Joel £70      Total £229

Claim number 4557  again names all 9 of Jeremiah’s children in their capacity of administrators and was also placed by Hannah Birks. This claim was for damage to personal property including:   Paid Expenses of Funeral of Deceased £10-0-0;  Paid Expenses of Administration £15-0-0;  Loss and Damage to Household Furniture and Effects including 6 Chairs, Arm Chair, Sofa, Fender and Fire Irons, Dresser, Square Table, Round Table, Carpet, Hearth Rug, 2 Door Mats, Crockery, Brushes, Knife Box, Knives and Forks, Saucepans, Bird Cage and other articles £12-7-0  Loss and Damage to Wearing Apparel including a Suit of Mans Clothes, a Pair of Mans Boots and 8 Pairs of Children’s Boots £9-10-0

The claim, a total of £46-17-0, was finally settled on 13th April 1865 a little over a year after the flood when the children received a total of £12-5-0.

Contemporary Sketches of the disaster.................................



Jeremiah was buried with his wife in August 1864 at Loxley Congregational Church in grave reference 151, line 3 No.2 ( A second record gives Ref 34 line 3 No.3, but this translates to the same grave plot.)  Also buried in the grave is Jeremiah's granddaughter Eliza, who had been born the day after Jeremiah died.

Loxley Chapel c 1900
Tram at Brick Row, 1930s ?