SHEFFIELD Chess History

 

Contents:

Benjamin Charles Davis and George Herbert Davis

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Benjamin Charles Davis

 

George Herbert Davis

Born

1855, Sheffield

 

Born

born Jul/Aug 1860

Baptised

 

 

Baptised

 

Died

 

 

Died

 

Buried

 

 

Buried

 

 

Non-Chess Life

 

The parents of chess-playing brothers Benjamin Charles Davis and George Herbert Davis were Benjamin Danielle Davis (born 1826/27, Salisbury, Wilts.) and Julia Davis (nee Angwin, 1832/33, Mousehole, Cornwall) who had at least the following seven children, all born in Sheffield:

 

Benjamin Davis

born 1855

Julia Henrietta Davis

born 1856

George Herbert Davis

born Jul/Aug 1860

Laura Davis

born 1862/63

Mary Helena Davis

born 1863/64

Walter Davis

born 1865/66

William Davis

born 1868/69

 

The first daughter, Julia Henrietta Davis died in early 1861.

 

The 1861 census found parents Benjamin and Julia living with sons Benjamin and George, one boarder and one servant, living at 5 Gloucester Street, Sheffield.  Father Benjamin was a schoolmaster.  Benjamin junior was a scholar.  The boarder was an assistant schoolmaster.

 

Julia Davis died in 1868/69, and later in 1869 widower Benjamin Charles Davis re-married, to Elizabeth [surname?] (born 1831/32, Sheffield), in Sheffield.

 

The 1871 census found father Benjamin, step-mother Elizabeth and the six surviving children living with one servant at 53 Montgomery Road, Sheffield.  Benjamin senior was a schoolmaster; Benjamin junior was a merchant’s clerk; and George was a scholar.

 

At some point, probably in or shortly after 1878, George became a student at Chester Diocesan Training College, which was what had originally been England’s first institution to be set up specifically as a teacher training college, and was what in time evolved into University College, Chester.

 

Meanwhile, in 1880, Benjamin Charles Davis married Mary Frederica Gray (born 1858/59, Sheffield), in Sheffield.  The couple never had any children.

 

The 1881 census found Benjamin junior and wife Mary living 72 Blake Street, Sheffield.  Benjamin was a steel manager.

 

The same census found 20-year-old Sheffield-born George “Henry” Davis (presumably our man) residing as a student at Chester Diocesan Training College.

 

By 1886, Benjamin Charles Davis had moved further along the street to 25 Blake Street, as that was the address quoted in 1886 for him as secretary of Oxford Chess Club (based on the Oxford Street vicinity).

 

On his return from Chester, George seems to have lived for a while, before getting married, with his brother, as in 1889 his address as Secretary of the Sheffield & District Chess Association was given as 25 Blake Street, Sheffield, which was his brother’s home at the time.

 

In 1890, George Herbert Davis married the much younger Edith Bowker (1872/73, Sheffield), in Sheffield.

 

The 1891 census found Benjamin junior and a servant living at 25 Blake Street, Sheffield, Benjamin being a steel merchant’s clerk, and it found George and wife Edith living at 23 The Nook (off Barber Road), Sheffield, George being an elementary-school master.  Benjamin’s wife seems to have been away from home at the time.

 

In 1896, George Herbert Davis died in Sheffield, at the early age of 32.

 

The 1901 census found Benjamin and Mary living with Mary’s widowed mother, 78-year-old Sheffield-born Louisa M. Gray, Benjamin’s 8-year-old Paris-born niece [Mary] Gladys Barker, and a servant, at 27 Blake Street (rather than 25) having apparently moved next door.  Benjamin was now a steel manger.

 

The 1911 census found Benjamin, wife Mary, 19-year-old France-born niece Mary Gladys Barker, and a servant, living now at 344 Crookesmoor Road, Sheffield.  Benjamin was now a director at a steel works.

 

Death

 

George Herbert Davis died in 1896, in Sheffield, at the early age of 32.

 

Benjamin Charles Davis died in 1936, in Sheffield, at the early age of 81.

 

Chess

 

“B. C. Davis,” of 25 Blake Street, was listed as secretary of Oxford Chess Club (Sheffield) in 1886.

 

“George H. Davis” of Blake Street, was listed as secretary of the Sheffield & District Chess Association in 1889 (probably elected for season 1888-89).

 

 

Created

02/09/2014

Copyright © 2014 Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

02/09/2014