Yorkshire Chess History



Carl Johan Laurentz Leffler











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1825/26, Gothenburg



02/01/1908, Sheffield



Non-Chess Life


Carl Johan Laurentz Leffler, often listed merely as C. J. Leffler was a Swedish-born “Swedish iron and steel agent”, which presumably means the iron and steel were Swedish.


Quite when he came to England isn’t clear.  He appears to have joined the Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club for one year in 1852.  He is not seemingly not mentioned in the 1861 England census, but his arrival was definitely by 1867, when his marriage to Eliza Elstoff Wilson (born 1868, Ramsey, Huntingdonshire but now Cambridgeshire, about 10 miles NNE of Huntingdon) was registered during the first quarter, at Lambeth.


The couple seem to have had only two children:


Rudolf Laurentz Leffler

born 01/06/1867, Kensington

Eliza Dorothy Leffler

born 1868, Camberwell


Rudolf Laurentz Leffler, son of merchant Carl Johan Laurentz Leffler of 27 Manor Road, Newington, Southwark, and of Eliza Elstoff Leffler, was baptised on 16/10/1867 at St. Mary, Newington, Southwark, by Alfred Cay.  The baptism register entry (no. 2512) records the date of birth as 01/06/1867, which was barely six months after the wedding!


The family must have moved the Sheffield at some time from 1868 to 1871.


The 1871 census found the family of four living with one servant in Kenwood Bank, Sheffield, with Carl described as an iron agent and merchant.


The 1881 census found the family had moved to 21 Havelock Street, off Broomspring Lane, nearer the centre of Sheffield.  Carl was described as an iron manufacturer’s agent.  The family was recorded as still at that address in the censuses of 1891 and 1901, which respective described Carl as a Swedish iron and steel agent and a Swedish iron agent.


Son Rudolph was still at his parental home in 1891, when he was described as a metallurgical chemist, but was not listed with his parents in 1901, though sister Eliza was then still at home.


It would appear that at some time from 1891 to 1908 he moved to 48 Marlborough Road, Sheffield.




Carl Johan Laurentz of 48 Marlborough Road, Sheffield, is recorded in probate records as having died 02/01/1908.  His will was proved by Rudolf Laurentz Leffler, metallurgical chemist, and Eliza Dorothy Leffler, spinster.  He was aged 82 at death according to the death registration index.  He left £190 5s.




There is a single early reference to Leffler paying a subscription to Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club in 1852, but not again thereafter up to 1874 when records fail.


He attended the annual meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association when it was held in Sheffield in 1880.


He represented the Athenaeum Club in the match Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club v. Rest of the Sheffield & District Chess Association, on Tuesday 17/04 1883.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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