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Oldest Resident Dies

September 1937

Mexborough and Swinton Times September 24, 1937

Mexborough’s oldest inhabitant, Mr. John Jackson, 46, West Road, died at his home early on Tuesday morning at the age of 95.

Mr. Jackson, who had been married three times, had 14 children, of whom seven boys and one girl are still alive, thirty grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Mr. Arthur Jackson, his eldest son, who lives at Huddersfield, is over 70 years of age, and the second son, Tom, is 70. One of his daughters died last year at the age of 71.

Born at Cantley, near Doncaster, where his father was the village blacksmith, Mr. Jackson spent most of his youth at Attercliffe, Sheffield.

He worked at a number of occupations before taking up the wood-selling business, which he carried on until two years ago, when he was compelled to give it up as the result of an accident.

Until a short time before his death, Mr. Jackson was remarkably independent.

He lived alone in the house and prepared his own meals, though he allowed various members of his family to spend the night at his home in turn. His eyesight was remarkably good, but his hearing had gradually been failing.