Saturday, October 29, 2011

James W. Day a.k.a. Jilson Setters-One Fine Fiddler

Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953 about James William Day
Name: James William Day
Death Date:
6 May 1942
Death Location: Boyd
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: White
Birth Location: Rowan,
Spouse's Name: Rosie Day
Spouse's Age: 64
Father's Name: Gilson Day
Father's Birth Location:


Thomas had first asked another Kentucky fiddler, Ed Haley, to take on the persona of a character she was creating, Jilson Setters. When Haley refused, Thomas turned to J.W. Day. He wasn’t blind from birth as she’d said, but his sight had failed while he was young, and Thomas had arranged to have the cataracts removed from his eyes.

There’s no such place in Kentucky as Lost Hope Hollow. Day was an itinerant town beggar who made money not by performing ancient ballads, but by playing a mix of topical songs of his own composition. And Thomas was not a circuit court stenographer, but a Hollywood scenario writer—albeit an amateur folklorist.

Appalachian History » The Singin’ Fiddler of Lost Hope Hollow, a persona
Jean Thomas called him the “first primitive, unlettered Kentucky mountain minstrel to cross the sea to fiddle and sing his own and Elizabethan ballads in the


Mary Ellen was married to the famous fiddle player James William Day (aka Jilson Setters, Blind Billy Day)

Burial: Crum Chapel Cemetary Ashland, K
Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site: Genealogy Report: Descendants of William Wierman
1920 United States Federal Census about James W Day
Name:  James W Day
Home in 1920:  Slade, Powell, Kentucky
Age:     57
Estimated Birth Year:    abt 1863
Birthplace:        Kentucky
Relation to Head of House:       Self (Head)
Spouse's Name:            Mary E Day
Father's Birth Place:      Kentucky
Mother's Birth Place:    Kentucky
Marital Status:  Married
Race:    White
Sex:      Male
Home owned:   Rent
Able to read:    Yes
Able to Write:   Yes
Neighbors:        View others on page
Household Members:   
Name   Age
James W Day   57
Mary E Day     51
Bunyan Day      16
Goldie Day       14
Clay Day          12
Marie Day        10
Bernice Day     1
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Kentucky 1910 Miracode Index about James W Day
Name:  James W Day
Birthplace:        Kentucky
County:            Powell
Relatives:          Wife Mary E 41, Kentucky
Daughter Rosa V 20, Kentucky
Son Goble 14, Kentucky
Son Bunion 08, Kentucky
Daughter Sady 07, Kentucky
Son W Clay 05, Ohio
Daughter Mable M 02, Kentucky
Daughter Lula Bell NR, Ohio
Enumeration District:     0187
Visit:     0166
Color:   W
Age:     49
1930 United States Federal Census about James N Day
Name:  James N Day
[James W Day]
Home in 1930:  Ashland, Boyd, Kentucky
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Age:     66
Estimated Birth Year:    abt 1864
Relation to Head of House:       Father
Race:    White
Military Service:
Rent/home value:
Age at first marriage:
Parents' birthplace:
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Neighbors:        View others on page
Household Members:   
Name   Age
Bunyon Day     27
Della Day         20
Bettie J Day      4/12
James N Day    66
Clay Day          22

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