Yorkshire Chess History
Joseph Henry Scott Finlinson
Joseph Henry Scott Finlinson was a son of James Finlinson, who was born 1813/14 in Scotland, and his wife Martha Finlinson, who was born 1814/15 in Leeds. This couple had at least the following five children, all born at Leeds, the first two being given their parents’ names:
In later life Joseph Henry Scott Finlinson tended to drop the “Scott” for everyday use. Of his remaining forenames he seems to have been known by the second, Henry, on the basis of the grave inscription relating to his wife, where she is described as wife of “J. Henry Finlinson”.
The 1841 census found the parents and two namesake children living at 15 St. John’s Court, Leeds. Father James was described as a grocer.
The 1851 census found the parents and the first four of the above children living at 34 Cobourg Street, Leeds. James senior and James junior were tea dealers, while the other three children were scholars. Cobourg Street has now disappeared. It was off Wade Lane by no. 29. Wade Lane, also gone, was off Woodhouse lane by no. 184.
In the first quarter of 1860, the mother, Martha Finlinson senior, died.
The 1861 census found the five children living together, with James junior as head of the household, at Commercial Square, Huddersfield. Both James junior and Joseph Henry Scott Finlinson were bank clerks, while Martha junior was housekeeper and the two youngest were scholars. Commercial Square and Commercial Street were off Ramsden Street, and have now disappeared, probably having been where the library or market are now situated.
On 11th October 1864, 50-year-old widower James Finlinson senior got re-married, to Margaret Raywood, a 40-year-old spinster, daughter of James Raywood, farmer, of Headingley, Leeds. At this time James senior lived at Duncan Street, Leeds.
White’s Directory of Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield &c, 1866, listed Mr. James Finlinson at Kaye Lane, Almondbury, Huddersfield.
On 16th November 1868, 22-year-old Joseph Henry Scott Finlinson married 20-year-old Emma Bradley (born 1847, at Almondbury), daughter of Joseph Bradley, cloth-dresser of Berry Brow. The groom omitted the “Scott” from his signature in the marriage register.
White's Directory of Leeds & the West Riding, 1870, listed Joseph Henry Finlinson as a clerk living at Swallow Street, Huddersfield.
The 1871 census found Joseph and Emma living at Swallow Street with 1-year-old son Ernest Arthur Finlinson (born 1869/70, at Huddersfield) and a nurse.
On 11th October 1874, brother James Finlinson junior, bank clerk, formerly of Primrose Hill in the parish of Almondbury, but of Huddersfield at the time, died, leaving a widow, Emma Georgina Finlinson of Huddersfield.
Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire, 1881, listed Joseph Henry Finlinson at Bank House, seemingly part of the premises of the Halifax and Huddersfield Banking Union Co., in Westgate, of which Edwards Watkinson was manager.
The 1881 census listed Joseph, a bank cashier, and wife Emma living at Westgate, Huddersfield, with children Ernest Arthur Finlinson and Mabel Constance Finlinson (born 1872/73), and three servants.
White's Directory of Bradford, Halifax etc, 1887, listed Robert Edgar and Joseph Henry Finlinson as joint managers of Halifax and Huddersfield Union Bank Ltd at 11 George Street, Halifax. Our man’s residence was 35 Savile Park Road, Halifax.
Thereafter our man disappears from the radar, being elusive in the 1891 census, but it would appear he might have been living at The Grove, Halifax in 1891.
Wife Emma died July/August 1893, and was buried on 3rd August 1893, at All Saints’, Salterhebble, Dudwell Lane, Halifax (plot 31T?). Her residence at the time was The Grove, Halifax.
On 27th September 1894, at the parish church, Christ Church, High Knaresborough, near Harrogate, our man got re-married to Florence Sutcliffe of West Grove, Harrogate, daughter of Joshua Sutcliffe, gent. Joshua Sutcliffe and Francis Sutcliffe were witnesses.
At some time roughly from 1893 to 1918, our man’s daughter by his first marriage, Mabel Constance Finlinson, married Henry Collins.
White's Directory of Leeds & the Clothing District, 1894, seemed to list no Finlinsons.
He is elusive in the 1901 census.
He was also elusive in the 1911 census, though there was a Mr. Finlinson at “Norwood”, Skircoat Green Road, in the parish of All Saints, Salterhebble, Halifax. Whoever this was, there was presumably a connection, as Salterhebble is where our man was ultimately buried.
Our man pops up rather unexpectedly in the London voters’ lists of 1911, residing at 39 Great Portland Street.
Joseph Henry Scott Finlinson died on 7th September 1918, at Middlesex Hospital, aged 72 years. His home at the time was still 39 Great Portland Street. He was buried on 11th September 1918 at All Saints’, Salterhebble, Halifax. Probate was granted to his daughter Mabel Constance Collins. He left effects totalling £376 14s. 1d.
The Finlinson grave at All Saints, Salterhebble, is of the cruciform sloping roof-shape type, and is inscribed as follows:
J. H. Finlinson was Hon. Sec. of Huddersfield Chess Club at least in 1868 and 1870. He was at the Huddersfield Chess Club annual meeting of 1861.
He attended the WYCA meetings of 1866, 1867, 1868, 1869, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1879, and 1884.
He attended the 1868 and 1869 meetings of Skipworth’s “Yorkshire Chess Association”.
He was at the opening meeting of the revived Halifax Chess Club on 3rd October 1868.
His brother Arthur Finlinson also played chess.
Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann
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