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Sheffield Sub-Site

 

Born:

1828/29, Brampton, nr. Chesterfield, Derbys.

Baptised:

Died:

1908/09, Sheffield

Buried:

 

Identification

 

Whilst “Sydney Smith” was not an uncommon name, most found in the records can be dismissed as candidates for identity with the member of Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club as they were clearly not of a status appropriate for admission to Sheffield’s Athenaeum Club.  After dismissing scissor-grinders, file-hardeners and the like, we are left with a sharebroker as the only possibility.

 

Non-Chess Life

 

Sydney Smith was born 1828/29 in Brampton, Derbyshire, which was then near Chesterfield and is now a part of Chesterfield.

 

His parents were Ebenezer Smith, born 1785/86 at Brampton, Derbyshire, and Lydia, born 1785/86 at Sheffield.  The couple had at least the following six children:

 

Lydia Parker Smith

born 1811/12, Chesterfield

Arthur Smith

born 1813/14

Elizabeth Smith

born 1820/21

Lucy Smith

born 1825/26, Manchester

Francis Smith

born 1825/26

Sydney Smith

born 1828/29, Brampton

Charles Septimus

born 1829/30

 

The 1841 census found the parents, all seven children except daughter Lydia, and one servant, living at 103 Barker’s Pool, Sheffield.  Father Ebenezer was a sharebroker, Arthur a merchant’s clerk, and Elizabeth a daily governess.

 

The 1851 census found the parents, Lydia junior, Lucy, Sydney, Charles, and one servant, living at 8 Broom Hall Place.  Father Ebenezer was still a sharebroker.  Sydney at this stage was a banker’s clerk.  Charles was a merchant’s clerk.

 

The marriage of Sydney to Eliza Larom was registered in the third quarter of 1855.  Sydney and Eliza appear to have had no children.

 

The 1861 census found Sydney and Eliza living at 6 Northumberland Street, Sheffield.  Sydney had now followed his father into sharebrokering.

 

Subsequent censuses reveal successive new addresses in Sheffield: in 1871 it was Ashdell Road; in 1881 it was 6 New Machon Bank Road (now simply Machon Bank Road); in 1891 Sydney is elusive; and in 1901 it was 420 Glossop Road.  Throughout, Sydney remained a sharebroker, and retained two servants.  In 1901, Eliza’s widowed sister, 59-year-old Emily Berry lived with them.

 

Death

 

The death of Sydney Smith, aged 80, was registered in the first quarter of 1909 at Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield.

 

Chess

 

Sydney Smith was a member of Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club (at least) in 1860, the period 1864 to 1874 and probably later.

 

 

Created

21/04/2013

Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

Census information is copyright of The National Archive, see UK Census Information

Last Updated

21/04/2013