Yorkshire Chess History
It appears Edwin Dyson was a son of Enoch and Susy (or Susey) Dyson, both born about 1810, who had at least five children:
There was an Edwin Dyson buried 29th December 1839 at the age of one year and eleven months at Christchurch, Linthwaite, Almondbury. This may well have been a cousin of our man.
Almondbury, which is now a suburb of Huddersfield, then embraced a wider area than now.
The 1841 census found 30-year-old Susy Dyson with 7-year-old Watts, 4-year-old Edwin and 1 year-old Selina, at the Wounded Hussar, Lockwood. What they were doing there is unclear. Enoch was elsewhere, it seems.
The 1851 census found 41-year-old Enoch, 41-year-old Susey, Edwin (13), Selina (10), John (8) and Emma (3), living at Ston(e)y Battery. Watts was not numbered among them. Enoch was a “power loom weaver (woollen)”, 13 -year-old Edwin was what appears to read as “reacher in (woollen)” – possibly one of the children who reached under looms to retrieve fibres which had fallen to the floor. Selina and John were scholars.
On 20th May 1860, at All Hallows, Almondbury, 20-year-old bachelor Edwin Dyson, a bookkeeper of Crosland Moor, and son of Enoch Dyson, a grocer, married 19-year-old spinster Lucy Ann Dyson of Huddersfield, and daughter of John Dyson, cloth dresser.
The marriage register tells us Enoch Dyson had moved into the grocery business, while Edwin had become a bookkeeper. It also suggests Edwin married a cousin or some such relation. The bride was born 14/06/1842.
The couple had at least eight children, all born in Huddersfield:
The 1861 census found Edwin and Lucy Ann Dyson, with 5-month-old first-born Annie, living at Grove Street, Huddersfield. Edwin was a clerk in a woollen manufacturey.
White's Directory of Leeds & the West Riding, 1870, listed Edwin Dyson as being a partner in Dyson & Armitage, woollen yarn spinners, Priestroyd Mills, Firth Street, Huddersfield, and living at St. Paul’s Street, Huddersfield. His business partner was George Armitage, whose home was at Rashcliffe, about one-and-a-half miles SW of the centre of Huddersfield, on the NW bank of the River Holme, a tributary of the River Colne which is the main river in Huddersfield.
The 1871 census found the parents with the first five of the above children at St. Paul’s Street, Huddersfield. Edwin was a woollen yarn maker, employing 3 men, 3 boys and 9 females.
Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire, 1881, listed Edwin Dyson at 7 West Hill (off Trinity Street), Huddersfield, and Dyson & Armitage, woollen yarn spinners, Priestroyd Mills, Firth Street, Huddersfield.
The 1881 census found him living with his wife and eight children at Trinity Street (probably more specifically 7 West Hill), Huddersfield. He was described as a woollen yarn spinner and manufacturer, employing 7 men, 6 boys and 10 females, which seems to imply an expansion in the business over the preceding ten years.
The 1891 census found the family, still with all the above eight children living at home, living specifically at 7 West Hill, Huddersfield. Maud now had a final “e”, being “Maude”. Edwin was now described, seemingly, as a woollen agent. Frank and Edgar were woollen bookkeepers; Emily was a schoolteacher; Harry and Alice were scholars.
The death of an Edwin Dyson of Huddersfield, at age 59, was registered at Huddersfield in the first quarter of 1897. This death was recorded in the Huddersfield Chronicle of Saturday 27th March 1897, under “Deaths”, as follows:
Entry 16444 in the Edgerton Cemetery burial register recorded the burial on 22/03/1897 of Edwin Dyson, aged 59, yarn agent of 19 Springwood Street, Huddersfield, in section 24 of the consecrated area, plot 132. The inscriptions on the front of the grave read as follows:
In Living Memory
OF THIS TOWN
BORN FEB. 22ND 1838
DIED MARCH 18TH 1897
ALSO OF LUCY ANN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE,
BORN JUNE 14TH 1842
DIED MAY 19TH 1912
On the left face of the monument is the inscription:
OF THE AFORESAID
BORN OCTOBER 24TH 1860
DIED JUNE 28TH 1936.
On the right face of the monument is the inscription:
OF THE AFORESAID
BORN 2ND OCTOBER 1861
DIED MARCH 18TH 1828
He attended the AGM of the Huddersfield Chess Club in 1861. He attended the opening meeting of Huddersfield Chess Club’s 1868-69 season.
He attended the annual meetings of the West Yorkshire Chess Association in 1867, 1869 to 1878, 1881, 1884 to 1886, and 1888.
He was secretary of Huddersfield Chess Club when it hosted the WYCA meeting of 1874.
Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann
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