Tuesday, December 27, 2011

THE OLDEST MAN IN ENGLAND – A NATIVE OF NEWPORT SHROPSHIRE - 7 January 1893

An old soldier named Amos Jinks a native of Newport, Shropshire but now living at Wellington borough, Northamptonshire, is alleged to be 107 years old. The claim to such an ordinary age has been tested, it is said, and has been verified to the satisfaction of the persons making enquiries. The old man is withered, thin, and stooping; his eyesight has failed, and his voice is shaky, but in other respects he is and so free from physical infirmity that he promises to go on living yet some years to come.

He can eat, and sleep as well as any man in middle life, and is not very deaf. Throughout his life he has been accustomed to rough outdoor work, for some years as soldier in the Royal Artillery and at other times as an agricultural labourer or a brick maker. Jinks himself did not think the fact that he was going living so much beyond the ordinary limit was anything remarkable until five years ago a local newspaper published the fact that he was 102, and his employers then lightened his work. He has been three times married, smokes and is a moderate drinker. A few years ago he buried his daughter who was nearly 80.

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