Yorkshire Chess History



Fredrick Oswald Nelson











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1866, Clifton, York



20/05/1938, Hove



Non-Chess Life


Frederick Oswald Nelson’s parents were George W. Nelson (born 1831/32, York) and Martha Nelson (née Grummock, 1832/33, York), who had at least the following seven children:


Annie E Nelson

born 1860/61, York

Emily M Nelson

born 1862/63, York

George Henry Nelson

born 1864/65, Clifton, York

Gertrude Nelson

born 1865/66, Clifton, York

Frederick Oswald Nelson

born 1866, Clifton, York

Kate Nelson

born 1867/68, Clifton, York

Sarah Blanche Nelson

born 1875, York


Frederick Oswald Nelson’s birth was registered in the third quarter of 1866, at York.  Sarah Blanche was in some census returns listed merely as Blanche, suggesting that was the name by which she was known.


The 1871 census found parents and first six children living at Clifton, with no more-specific address given.  Father George was a land agent, surveyor and landowner farming 100 acres and employing 4 men and 1 boy.  All the children were scholars.  There were two servants.


The 1881 census found the family had moved out the New Manor House, Stockton Lane, Heworth, “without the borough of York”.  Heworth is about 2 miles NE of the centre of York.  Martha Nelson was now a widow living on income from property.  Living with her were all seven children, and her 33 year-old brother, Samuel G Grummock, who was a draper.  George was working in an architect’s office.  14-year-old Frederick had as yet no occupation.  There was one servant.


The 1891 census found the family at the Manor House, Stockton Lane, Heworth, which was presumably to same Manor House as in 1881.  Mother Martha had the five youngest children still living with her.  Annie and Emily has seemingly left home.  George was a solicitor’s assistant.  Frederick was a City & County Bank clerk.  Sarah Blanche was a scholar.  There were two  servants.


The 1901 census found mother Martha now living at 1 WenlockTerrace, off Fulford Road, York, with Frederick, who was a banker’s cashier, Kate and Sarah Blanche.  There were also two boarders, and one servant.


The 1911 census found mother Martha living with Gertrude, Frederick and Sarah Blanche once more at the Manor House, Heworth.  Frederick, now 44 years old, was a bank cashier with the London Joint Stock Bank.  There were two servants.  It appears Martha had had nine children in all, and that only five were still alive.


In time Francis Oswald Nelson move (retired) to 17 Park Avenue, Hove.


It appears he never married.




Frederick Oswald Nelson of 17 Park Avenue, Hove, died 20/05/1938.  Probate was granted to Sarah Blanche Nelson, spinster, and William Foord Wallace, solicitor.  His effects totalled £2,247 5s 3d.




“F. O. Nelson” played for “Ebor” versus Harrogate on 23/01/1894.


Although York had a Woodhouse Cup team in 1899-00 to 1902-03, yet “F. O. Nelson” played in York’s Woodhouse cup team only in 1901-02.  During that season he always played on board one.


He played for Yorkshire against Lancashire in 1899-00 and 1900-01, and also for the combined N&E Ridings against the West Riding in 1903-04.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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