August 29, 2015 at 10:56 pm #474
John Jonas Kilshaw 1848 – 1919 brother of Jemima Kilshaw, great grandmother of many modern day Stubshaw Cross resident. Nicknamed the Ashton Hermit but can be found on the censuses living with family or working up until his later years. Stories of him walking to Kent to pick strawberries each year can be taken with a large pinch of salt.
Jemima had two younger sisters Kezia and Keren Happuch.
As quoted in the bible Job 42:13/14
“He had seven sons and three daughters. He named the first Jemima, and the second Kezia, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land no women were found so fair as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers.”August 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm #477
Heard stories that he actually lived on the heath for some time.August 30, 2015 at 8:01 pm #478
I think there are plenty stories, but he was living and working at Lily Lane Farm in 1901 and is a boarder with a family at 41 Bolton Rd in 1911. So could have been anytime in the last 8 years of his life.
8 years is a long time to live in a house of buckets.August 31, 2015 at 11:18 am #479
What about the cats. One story said he had about 10 cats living with him.September 2, 2015 at 11:22 am #487
It’s possible a stray he fed may have had kittens, but is just a story with little evidence.September 9, 2015 at 2:59 pm #514
The excellent Makerfield rambler offers us this enlightening piece:
7days jail with hard labour for begging ! How times have changed Seems he was estranged from the family at stiìubshaw for some unknown reason.September 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm #523
I trust all here know about Keith Dagnall’s forthcoming “Talk & Slide Show of Old Ashton” -Library, 22 Sept, 7pm, £3.. Should be a good night.
Thanks, jainm, for your comment about my “Makerfield Rambler” photostream on flickr. Currently I’m posting material relating to the US Army units that were here in the lead-up to D-Day, 6 June 1944.. 2 further installments on that, and then I’ll be continuing -probably from mid October- with a series on the Hawkley Hall area.November 8, 2016 at 7:36 pm #571
Does anyone remember Jimmy Gillet the man who sold fish from a little cart in Ashton. His little pony was called Dolly. Does anyone have a picture of him?February 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm #572
CDOctober 19, 2017 at 7:45 am #632
for grannieannie …. posted elswhere ont’ net by Scott Wall
Jimmy Gilet at bottom of Bryn Road near Bolton Road junction.
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