Diary of Jesse James Ayling, miller
This record is held by West Sussex Record Office
|Reference:||Add Mss 34,367|
|Title:||Diary of Jesse James Ayling, miller|
|Held by:||West Sussex Record Office, not available at The National Archives|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
Presented by E. Ayling Esq., of Petersfield, Hants., per K.C. Leslie Esq., County Hall, Chichester, June 1985.
|Administrative / biographical background:||
Jesse James Ayling was born at East Preston in 1855, and was the son of James Ayling (b. 1824), a shepherd. He was a self-educated man, and his interest in Pitman's shorthand is reflected in some of the entries in the diary, and in the fact that he named his son, Frank Pitman. In 1886, when the diary was compiled, he was working the windmill at Hunston for Charles Hodson. He later worked the windmill at High Salvington, Durrington, and then, in 1897, took over the watermill at Terwick. He died in 1917, and is buried at Trotton.