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James DeBenneville Seguin
J D Seguin 
Number of games in database: 2
Years covered: 1883 to 1888

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(born Sep-11-1853, died Nov-28-1916, 63 years old) United States of America

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Last updated: 2019-08-01 03:51:41

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Steinitz vs J D Seguin 0-1411883Simul, 20bC13 French
2. Mackenzie vs J D Seguin  0-1351888SimulC33 King's Gambit Accepted
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Jun-10-13  thomastonk: James D. Seguin (sometimes Ségiun) was the well-known editor of a chess column in the "New Orleans Times Democrat".
Jun-10-13  thomastonk: When Mackenzie visited New Orleans in early 1888, J.D. Seguin played in several of Mackenzies simultaneous exhibtions. Apart of Mackenzie vs J D Seguin, 1888, he managed to score a second win two days later, which is published in "The Galveston Daily News" January 29, 1888 (a Göring gambit).

But some care has to be taken with Seguin games from New Orleans: I saw one of these exhibition, where J.D. and A.W. Seguin participated.

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  Tabanus: Despite the bio posted by Batgirl and also a bio in the Steinitz papers, he is very hard to track in the records. Too many Seguins and spellings. The D is from 'de Beneville' or 'de Benneville', also spelled DeBeneville and DeBenneville.
Jun-10-13  thomastonk: Whoever added the biographical information and the link to batgirls biography: thank you!

The other Seguin from New Orleans became also a strong player, as in 1909 he was able to win a casual game against Capablanca, see e.g.

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  Tabanus: He left a diary which is kept at the library of the Lousiana State University:

Jun-10-13  thomastonk: Batgirl's text is taken from the "American Chess Magazine" 1898 (as she wrote in smaller letters) from the pages 437-438.
Jun-10-13  thomastonk: According to Gaige's "Chess Personalia", James DeBenneville Séguin died on November 11, 1916.

Here is a picture showing him at the occasion of Steinitz' visit at the New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club:

On C A Seguin 's page there are some serious doubts that C.A. Seguin was the one who played Morphy in a blindfold simul in 1858 in Paris. I wonder if that French player is the one who played this one in New Orleans: Steinitz vs C A Seguin, 1883. Maybe this was played by J.D. instead.

And then here is fine article with a little history and some nice pictures of that club or location, respectively:

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  jnpope: I'm not sure if Sedgwyn is a phonetic pronunciation of Séguin or if he changed names for some reason when he left New Orleans, but here is what I was able to dig up:

<SEGUIN-On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 1916, at 3 o'clock p.m., in Brooklyn, N. Y., JAMES DE BENNEVILLE SEGUIN, aged 63 years, a native of New Orleans. Interment in Brooklyn, Friday morning. <New Orleans Times-Picayune, 1916.11.29, p2>>

<John [sic] D. Sedgwyn 57 [sic] years old, of 387 Clinton street, for eleven years a proofreader with The Eagle, and for several years a chess expert for Southern newspapers, died yesterday afternoon at his home, after a lingering illness. Mr. Sedgwyn was born in New Orleans, La., son of Dr. James T. Sedgwyn, a prominent physician of that city. He came to Brooklyn about twenty years ago and had lived here ever since. He is survived by his widow, Laura T. Sedgwyn. The funeral services will be held Friday morning, with a requiem mass in St. Stephen's R. C. Church. Hicks and Summit streets, interment following in Holy Cross Cemetery. <Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1916.11.29, p3>>

<A requiem mass was celebrated in St. Stephen's R. C. Church to-day for John [sic] D. Sedgwyn, 57 [sic], who died Tuesday at his home, 387 Cliton [sic] street. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery. Mr. Sedgwyn was for eleven years a proofreader on the Brooklyn aDily [sic] Eagle and for sometime a chess expert for Southern newspapers. He was born in New Orleans, the son of Dr. James T. [sic] Sedgwyn, a prominent physician of that city, and came to Brooklyn about 20 years ago. <Brooklyn Times Union, 1916.12.01, p8>>

The family history goes something like this:
André Séguin (grandfather, shipyard builder in New Orleans)

Dr. James F. Séguin (father, b. 1815.11.23 Philadelphia; d. 1890.12.20 New Orleans, obit: Times-Democrat, 1890.12.22, p3)

Four sons all survived the death of James F. (of which two were chess players):

James D. Séguin (b. 1853.09.11 New Orleans; d. 1916.11.28 Brooklyn)

André William Séguin (brother, b. 1866.02.24 New Orleans, d. 1932.07.13)

I have yet to confirm the identity of the other two brothers...

Now James D. Séguin married Laura Templeton Harvey (b. 1854.06.10, d. 1940.07.27) and had two children:

Louise Maria Séguin (b. 1878.06.21 New Orleans, d. 1944.10.08 New Orleans)

James D. Séguin Jr (b. 1879.06.21 New Orleans, d. 1940.07.22 five days before his mother)

Both Louise and James Jr played chess and Louise even helped with the Times-Democrat column according to the ACB:

<<thomastonk:> According to Gaige's "Chess Personalia", James DeBenneville Séguin died on November 11, 1916.>

My copy says 28-11-1916... which matches the historical record.

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  jnpope: Correction: Louise Maria Séguin (b. 1878.07.13)

Time to update my prescription and get new glasses.

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  jnpope: Ok, this is getting interesting (at least to me). Attorney James D. Séguin is listed in Martindale's American Law Directory for 1885 and 1900 (and I assume continuously between those years). But he does not show up in the 1904 edition.

Then I found the following advertisement in the New Orleans Times-Democrat, 1901.06.16, Part II, page 13: "Auction Sales by Fitzpatrick & Brennan. Contents of Residence of J. D. Seguin, Esq., on account of relinquishing housekeeping, at auction, Monday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at 1322 Peters Avenue, corner of Prytania street." The advertisement goes on to list things from his library, antiques, and modern items that will be up for auction. It also mentions "the right to occupy 1322 Peters avenue from June 25 to Oct. 1, 1901, which will be sold at 11 o'clock sharp."

Now there is a legal case involving James D. Séguin and what seems to be fiduciary malpractice. This case appears to have started in a lower court in 1900 and ran until Jan 21, 1907 (where the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Séguin was absolved of the responsibility). Perhaps this case had impacted Séguin's ability to earn an income as an attorney in 1900, and ruined him financially, resulting in the loss of his home and possessions?

In 1907 a "John D. Sedgwyn" turns up in Brooklyn newspapers. Specifically at a June wedding held at Holy Cross (the same church that held John D. Sedgwyn's funeral in 1916) and mentioned in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1907.06.23, Section 5, page 5.

Why did Séguin leave New Orleans, move to Brooklyn and change his name? Perhaps due to outstanding debts and he was fleeing creditors? If he was just changing venues why bother changing your name? I suspect there is more to this story!

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  Tabanus: James Jr.,, apparently his son.
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