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Cecil Woodsend Jeffery

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Born:

23/06/1879, Leeds

Baptised:

21/07/1879, St. Marks’s, Woodhouse, Leeds

Died:

27/02/1910

Buried:

 

Cecil Woodsend Jeffery was a strong Leeds player who died at the age of 30.

 

Non-Chess Life

 

Cecil Woodsend Jeffery’s parents were Gabriel Francis Jeffery (born 1834/35, Cerne Abbas, Dorset), linen draper of Blenheim Square, Leeds, and Eliza Jeffery (born 1846/47, Basford, Notts.)  This couple had at least seven children, of whom the eldest seems to have been from a previous marriage of the father:

 

Thomas B Jeffery

born 1861/62, London

Cecil Woodsend Jeffery

born 23/06/1879, Leeds

Alice Maud Jeffery

born Sep/Oct 1880, Leeds

Lizzie Jeffery

born 1882, Horsforth

Beatrice Jeffery

born 1886/87, Leeds

Rose E Jeffery

born 1888/89, Leeds

Harold V Jeffery

born 1889/90, Leeds

 

Cecil Woodsend Jeffery was baptised on 21/07/1879 at St. Mark’s, Woodhouse, by James Swift Abbott.

 

The 1881 census found the parents and oldest three children living at 36 Clarendon Road, Leeds.  Father Gabriel was a linen manufacturer, and eldest son Thomas was a clerk.  The household included three servants.

 

The next ten years saw a change in father Gabriel’s occupation, as the 1891 census found his described seemingly as a builders[’] and colliery instructor living at 44 & 44a Park Square, Leeds.  Thomas had seemingly left home.  Of the other six children, the eldest four, including Cecil, were scholars.  There were two servants.

 

Gabriel Jeffery was seems to have been fond of his Dorset origins, as after a further change of home, he seems to have named his house after his place of birth.  Accordingly, the 1901 census found the parents, Cecil, Lizzie, Beatrice and Rose living with one servant at Cerne House, 5 Kingston Terrace, Leeds.

 

By 1910, Gabriel Jeffery seems to have died.

 

Cecil Woodsend Jeffery was latterly resident at 27 Clarendon Place, Leeds.

 

Our man appears not to have got round to marrying before he died early.

 

Death

 

Probate records tell us Cecil Woodsend Jeffery of 27 Clarendon Place, Leeds, died 27/02/1910.  Administration was granted to Eliza Jeffery, widow, i.e. his widowed mother.  He left effects of £1,460 9s 10d.

 

Chess

 

Cecil Woodsend Jeffery spent most of his adult life as a member of the Leeds Woodhouse Cup team, usually in the top half of the team, and often on board one.  He similarly played high up in Yorkshire county teams.

 

He was Yorkshire Champion in 1905-06 and 1906-07, and maybe in other seasons.

 

 

Created

17/04/2013

Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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Last Updated

17/04/2013