Catherine Eddowes and John Kelly spent much of their September hop-picking in Kent, possibly in Hunton, about two miles from Coxheath. There the couple befriended a woman named Emily Birrell and her male companion (name unknown). According to Kelly, they all slept in the same barn while in Kent.
Late in September Eddowes and Kelly left Kent on foot for London, accompanied part of the way by Emily and her man. At some point in the journey the two couples parted. Perhaps as a sign of friendship, Emily gave Catherine a pawn ticket which she could redeem in London for a flannel shirt.
After Eddowes was murdered in Mitre Square on 30 September, several days passed without a positive identification of the victim. The local press published numerous descriptions of both the body and the numerous possessions found nearby. This coverage finally paid off on the night of 2 October, when John Kelly came forth to identify the body once and for all as that of Catherine Eddowes. Kelly had read in the newspapers that two pawntickets in the names of Anne Kelly and Emily Birrell were found at the scene in Mitre Square, and, recognizing the name of their hop-picking friend, he rushed to Bishopsgate police station to view the body.Contemporary Sources
Times (London) - 2 October 1888
Times (London) - 3 October 1888
Star - 1 October 1888