Great to hear from you and thanks for your interest in the Sheffield Flood.
I do actually have quite a lot of information about the OAKLEY family and I am in touch with several people descended from this family, although none through John’s son John.
The best part of my research is making contact with descendants of those who died and I class someone as a descendant if they can be included on the same family tree as a flood victim, even if the connection is a little tenuous through a series of marriages. So ..... if you are descended from John’s son John OAKLEY then it would be possible to include you on the tree and so you ARE a “flood descendant”!!!! Needless to say I am delighted to be in touch!
I am more than happy to pass on any details I have and possibly the best starting point would be to send you a copy of the ‘flood family tree’ I have drawn showing also the other descendants I am in touch with. Please email me direct on KarenL823@aol.com
and I will send you a copy.
You mentioned the claims which I am sure you know are freely available online. It was a travesty that people were paid a fraction of the amount claimed when in many cases they lost everything they owned apart from lives being lost. The Inundation Commissioners, who were engaged to arbitrate the claims, considered women and children as “worthless” unless they were working so often awarded nothing even if the person died. The relief fund that was set up was a nationwide fund and even Queen Victoria contributed yet at the end of the arbitration period there was money left over. What did they do with it? Give out more to the victims? Set up a memorial? No, they actually returned the money to the benefactors. Unbelievable and tragic. Sorry, I’ll get off my soapbox now!
Hope to hear from you soon