Yorkshire Chess History
David Marsden was born in 1806/07 at Thornhill, two miles south of Dewsbury, and seven miles east of Huddersfield. He was baptised on 1st February 1807 at St. Michael and All Angels, Thornhill.
He married Judith Fligg (born 1805/06 at Thornhill) at All Saints, Wakefield, on 1st March 1829. They had at least three children, as follows:
On the basis of the dates of birth of the children, the move from Thornhill to Huddersfield probably occurred from 1833 to 1838.
The 1841 census lists David Marsden, a banker’s clerk, and wife Judith Marsden with 11-year-old John living at Cloth Hall Street.
At some stage from 1841, when he was described merely as a clerk, to 1847, David Marsden must have been promoted to manager of the bank, as White’s Directory of Leeds & the Clothing Districts, 1847, listed David Marsden as the manager of the Huddersfield Banking Company in Cloth Hall Street.
“A. Marsden” of Huddersfield is listed as attending the Yorkshire Chess Association meeting of 1842, as treasurer, but this is almost certainly a misrepresentation of David Marsden. “Mr. Marsden” also attended the YCA meeting of 1843.
In 1851 the family was living at 13 Cloth Hall Street, Huddersfield. Father David was a bank manager, elder son John worked for a woollen manufacturer, daughter Catherine was “at home”, while younger son William was a scholar.
David Marsden attended the 1856 annual meeting of Huddersfield Chess Club as Vice-President of the club, playing in the match against Wakefield, which took place at that meeting. He also played in the Leeds-Huddersfield match of 1856. He attended the West Yorkshire Chess Association Meetings of 1857, 1859 to 1864, 1866, and 1868.
In 1861 the family was still living at Cloth Hall Street. Father David was still a bank manager, and lived with his wife Judith, 31-year-old elder son John who was now described as a retired woollen manufacturer, and younger son William who was now a master cotton spinner. Daughter Catherine was no longer in the household presumably having married.
In 1863, John Marsden married Elizabeth Shaw (born 1838/9), daughter of Samuel Shaw, woollen draper, on 1st October 1863, Pontefract’s parish church, St. Giles. John was described in the marriage register as a cotton spinner, so the retirement alluded to in 1861 had been cancelled, presumably in order to support a wife.
David Marsden died on 12th August 1868. The Huddersfield Examiner of Saturday 15th August 1868, page 8, reported the death as follows:
MARSDEN.- On the 12th inst, age 61 years, Mr. David Marsden, manager of the Huddersfield Banking Company.
The Chess Players’ Quarterly Chronicle, 1868-69, page 123, recorded his death as follows:
It is with regret that we record the death of Mr. Marsden, of Huddersfield. He had for several years been President of the Chess Club in that town – one of its most liberal supporters – one of its most zealous members. His genial disposition and his kind hospitality will long be remembered by chess players and friends, far and near. He died in the month of August last, after about a fortnight’s illness.
He was buried on 15th August 1868 in a family grave in sector 10 of Huddersfield’s Edgerton Cemetery, the ceremony being conducted by K.L Jones.
The inscription reads:
OF THIS TOWN,
WHO DIED AUGT 12TH 1868
AGED 61 YEARS.
The 1871 census found 63-year-old widow, Judith Marsden, at 16 Burton/Buxton Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield.
Judith Marsden died in 1873, aged 67, and was buried on 15th March 1873, at St. Michael and All Saints, Thornhill, a little surprisingly not at Edgerton Cemetery.
John Marsden, son of David Marsden, died in May 1887, aged 57, and was interred in the family grave in Edgerton cemetery. The inscription on the grave has deteriorated too much to read all his details.
David Marsden attended the Yorkshire Chess Association meetings of 1842 and 1843. He was listed at the Huddersfield Ches Club annual meeting of 1856. He attended the West Yorkshire Chess Association meetings of 1856, 1857, 1859, 1860, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1866 and 1868.
Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann
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