Yorkshire Chess History



Joseph Brearey Oates











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1876, Dewsbury



18/02/1952, Ripon



Non-Chess Life


Joseph Brearey Oates’s parents were Benjamin Oates (born 1831/32, Dewsbury) and Betsy Ann Oates (born 1836/37, Dewsbury), who had at least the following four children:


Frederick Halliwell Oates

born 1868/69, Thornhill

Benjamin Nowell Oates

born 1870/71, Thornhill

Louisa Mary Oates

born 1874/75, Thornhill

Joseph Brearey Oates

born 1876, Thornhill


The birth of Joseph Brearey Oates was registered in the second quarter of 1876, at Dewsbury.


The 1881 census found parents, four children, Betsy’s widowed mother, Portia [Bottomley] Halliwell (born 1803/04, Soothill Upper), and a servant living at Birkdale, Victoria Crescent, Dewsbury.  Father Benjamin was an estate agent and accountant.  The eldest three children were scholars.


The grandmother, Portia Bottomley Halliwell, died aged 86 in November 1890, and was buried on 13/11/1890 at St. Paul’s, Hanging Heaton (a mile SE of Batley), by J. Harrison.


The 1891 census found the family of parents and four children at 36 Victoria Crescent, Dewbury (presumably the same as the “Birkdale” of 1881).  Father Benjamin was still an estate agent and accountant.  Frederick was clerk to an estate agent and accountant (presumably his father).  Benjamin junior was a banking clerk, and Joseph was a student at Yorkshire College.


Father Benjamin Oates, still of 36 Victoria Crescent, Dewsbury, accountant, died 26/01/1910.  Probate was granted to Betsy Anne [sic; she put “Ann” in the marriage register] Oates.  His effects amounted to £970 10s 10d.


The 1911 census found all four children, including our man, still living with their now-widowed mother at 36 Victoria Crescent, Dewsbury.  Frederick was property agent, Benjamin a bank clerk, and Joseph was now a woollen cloth merchant.


By 1915, during the First World War, Joseph Brearey Oates had joined the army.


On 16/10/1915, 38-year-old bachelor soldier Joseph Brearey Oates of 36 Victoria Crescent, Dewsbury, son of Benjamin Oates (deceased), estate agent, was married at Christ Church, Upper Armley, Leeds, to the similarly-named 32-year-old spinster Maud Oakes of 2 Edinburgh Road, Dewsbury, daughter of John Oakes woollen mill manager, by C. C. Ellis, vicar.  The bride thus merely swapped “t” for “k” in her surname.


Joseph Brearey Oates survived not only World War I but also World War II.  Latterly he lived in Ripon.




Joseph Brearey Oates of 5 Lark Lane, Ripon, died on 18/02/1952.  Probate was granted to Maud Oakes, widow.  He left £3,123 6s 5d.




Prior to the First World War he played regularly for Dewsbury in the Woodhouse Cup, and also represented Yorkshire in county matches.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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