SHEFFIELD Chess History

 

Contents:

John George Robson

Yorkshire Home

 

Sheffield Home

Narrative

Organisations

Events

Games

People

Graves

Competitions

Trophies

Made in Sheffield

Miscellaneous

 

Born

1807/08, Sunderland

Baptised

 

Died

1885, Hackney

Buried

 

 

Non-Chess Life

 

John George Robson was born in 1807 or 1808, in Sunderland, Co. Durham.  Quite when he arrived in Sheffield in unclear, but he must have already been known in Sheffield in 1849.

 

He is elusive in the 1841 census though he was quite likely already resident in Sheffield at the time, as he married Betsey Crompton Carr (born 1811, Sheffield), in Sheffield, on 13/11/1841.  The couple had two children, both born in Sheffield:

 

Riley George Robson

born 1847

Frederick John Robson

born Aug/Sep 1850

 

The 1851 census found 43-year-old John George Robson, his wife, the two sons, and two servants living at Springfield Place, Glossop Road, Sheffield.  John was an iron-founder, with his Green Lane foundry employing 120 men.

 

Next door lived the family of foreign-merchant Hiram Cutler, which included 16-year-old future chess-player George Octavius Cutler.

 

The 1861 census found the Robson family of four, and one servant, still at the same address, though it was described as 341 Glossop Road.  (The Cutlers, including George Octavius Cutler, still lived next door.)  Besides being an iron-founder, John George Robson was now listed as an alderman.

 

The 1871 census found the Robson family of four, and one servant, still at 341 Glossop Road.  John was now a stove and grate manager.  (Quite what had happened to the iron foundry is unclear.)

 

Wife Betsey Crompton Robson died in 1874, in Sheffield.

 

The 1881 census found widower John George Robson living with just a servant at 385 Glossop Road.  73-year-old John still as a manager in the stove and great trade.  (The census incorrectly gave his age as 75.)

 

Death

 

John George Robson seems to have died in London, in 1885.

 

Chess

 

John George Robson was the first president, in 1849-50, of the Sheffield Athenaeum and Mechanics Institution Chess Club.

 

 

Created

23/07/2014

Copyright © 2014 Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

23/07/2014