Yorkshire Chess History



Rev. Allen Zachariah Grace











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1842, London



c. 1890s



Non-Chess Life


The birth of Allen Zachariah was registered in the third quarter of 1842, at London.


His marriage was registered in the first quarter of 1866, at Maidstone.  He and his wife, Emily (née Smith, 1842/43, Maidstone), had at least the following seven children:


Granville Morton Grace

born 1867/68, Red Hill, Surrey

Ernest Norman Grace

born Dec/Jan, 1870/71

Gilbert Allen Grace

born 1872/73, Wakefield

Roland Augustine Grace

born 1874/75, Nacton, Norfolk

Mary Emily Gertrude Grace

born 1878/79, Ivybridge, Norfolk

Allen Hornby Grace

born 1879/80, Wakefield

Stanley Wilfred Grace

born 1883, Wellington, Shropshire


As a cleric, he moved round, and for one period, if not two, he lived in Wakefield.


The 1871 census found parents Allen and Emily living with 4-month-old Ernest Norman Grace, and one servant, living at an address which looks like Colour Works, 1 Japan Colleges, Goldenhill, Staffordshire, a village 2 miles to the north of Tunstall.  Older child, Granville, was presumably with relatives.  28-year-old Allen Grace was curate of Goldenhill.


Ernest Norman Grace died during 1871.


In 1872, give or take a year, he moved to Wakefield, but cannot have lived there very long, as he seems to have moved to Norfolk in 1875.  (He was recorded as a member of Wakefield Chess Club in 1875, and son Roland was born in 1874/75.)


The birthplace of Allen Hornby Grace being Wakefield suggests then family may have lived in Wakefield fora second brief period.


The 1881 census found parents Allen and Emily, with the five surviving children (but not unborn Stanley), and three servants, living at The Vicarage, Wellington, Shropshire, 10 miles E of Shrewsbury, and now part of Telford.  38-year-old Allen Zachariah Grace was described as a clerk in holy orders, without specifying any cure he might have held.


The 1891 census found Allen Grace, apparently living on his own, at 16 George Street, St. Pancras, London.  His age was given as 45, though it was 48.  He was described merely as “rector”.


The 1901 census found 28 year-old son, G. A. Grace, himself now a C. of E. clergyman, and his 59-year-old Emily Grace living at Moorside, Hawkhurst, Kent.  Since Emily was stated to be a widow, we infer that the Rev. Allen Grace had died.





Allen Zachariah Grace died at some time from 1891 to 1901, though a record of his death isn’t immediately easy to find.




He attended the annual meetings of the West Yorkshire Chess Association in 1873, 1874 and 1875.


He played for Wakefield in the 1874 Wakefield-Leeds match.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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