Yorkshire Chess History



Frank Toothill











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



05/01/1866, Leeds


18/01/1866, Independent Chapel, Leeds


1946, Leeds



Non-Chess Life


Frank Toothill was baptised at an independent chapel in Leeds.  Entry 474 of the baptism register gave more detail than most baptism registers.  That detail included the years of birth of the parents, and the date and place of their marriage.


The baptism register records the baptism on 18/01/1866, by William Hudswell, of Frank Toothill, who was born on 05/01/1866, the second child and second son of William Toothill (born 1830), bookkeeper, of Lodge Lane, Beeston Hill, Leeds, and Mary Toothill (born 1837), who were married on 07/05/1863 at the Salem Chapel, Leeds.


Although Frank was specifically stated to be the second child and son, there is no obvious record of him, suggesting he died young.


The 1871 census found parents William and Mary living with 5-year-old Frank, and one servant, at 109 Lodge Lane, Holbeck, Leeds.  Father William was a cashier ion a newspaper office, very likely the Leeds Mercury.


By 1881, the mother, Mary Toothill, had died, though a record of her death is elusive.


The 1881 census found 56-year-old widowed William Toothill and his 14-year-old son, Frank Toothill, living with one servant at 21 Eldon Place, Leeds, which remained the family home to at least 1911.  William was a cashier, while Frank was a scholar.


The father, William Toothill, took a second wife.  His marriage to Agnes Robison (not Robinson), who was born in 1845, at Malton, was registered in the second quarter of 1886, at Leeds.


Kelly's Directory of Leeds, 1888, listed William Toothill, cashier, at 21 Eldon Place, Leeds.


The 1891 census found William, Agnes and Frank living at 21 Eldon Place.  William was still a cashier, while Frank had become a reporter.


The 1901 census found the family of three still at 21 Eldon Place.  William had become a “secretary” at an unnamed newspaper.  Frank was a reporter, specifically at the Leeds Mercury.


The 1911 census found the family of three still at 21 Eldon Place.  William was now a retired cashier.  Frank was now a sub-editor, presumably at the Leeds Mercury.




The death of Frank Toothill, aged 80, was registered in the third quarter of 1946, at Leeds.




“F. Toothill” of Leeds attended the West Yorkshire Chess Association meetings of 1886, 1887, 1888 and 1889.


He played in the 1884 Lancashire-Yorkshire match.


He was a member of the Leeds team at the start of the Woodhouse Cup.


He played in the 1887 Yorkshire-Lancashire match.


He played in the 1889 Lancashire-Yorkshire match.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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