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Dr Samuel CHASE
Elizabeth GREEN
(-Aft 1760)
Henrietta WHATELY
Dr Samuel CHASE
Elizabeth Ann NEALE
Samuel CHASE


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1. Louisa COMPIGNÉ


Samuel CHASE 4

  • Born: 2 Jul 1787, Luton, Bedfordshire 5
  • Marriage (1): Louisa COMPIGNÉ on 15 Jun 1809 in St Pancras Parish Church, Middlesex 1 2
  • Marriage (2): Ann RIVERS on 1 Feb 1859 in St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Kent 3
  • Died: 10 Sep 1863, Brighton, Sussex 6 7
  • Buried: 12 Sep 1863, Reading Cemetery, Berkshire 8

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The only son, Samuel was brought up by his mother in Nottingham after his father died when he was two, and then by his mother's sisters when she died eight years later. He was educated at Bristol Baptist College and Marischal College Aberdeen, where he obtained his MA in 1806 (Baptists could not attend the Universities at Oxford or Cambridge). He was appointed Minister of St Andrew's Baptist Church in Cambridge in 1809, but resigned just one year later due to ill health. He then trained in law in Cambridge, moved to Wellingborough in 1819, and a year later to Northampton where he practiced with Nonconformist and Liberal clientele. Around 1830 he joined the Anglican Church; he also became a Tory and was several times appointed as the Candidate's Agent at elections. These changes to his religious and political affiliations led to the loss of much of his business, and in 1837 he moved to Reading where he took over the legal practice of his brother-in-law Alfred Compigne. He was successful there and became Mayor of Reading in 1841. He contracted typhoid with his son Septimus in Clifton in 1847, and did not fully recover. After the death of his wife in 1851 he remarried and moved to Brighton, where he died aged 76.

Samuel had 11 children with his first wife Louisa Compigne (qv). His six surviving sons were all educated at University and entered the professions, including four who were ordained in the Anglican Church. His eldest son Samuel was a solicitor, who practiced mainly in Northampton (although he also lived briefly in New Zealand), and retired to Reading. He married his cousin Sarah Compigne - their only son Samuel was the seventh and last eldest son in the male line to be named Samuel, dying from TB when he was 19. Samuel snr's second son James firstly qualified as an apothecary and surgeon, then obtained his MA at Queen's College Cambridge. He was ordained, became chaplain of Maidstone workhouse, but did not have a living possibly because of his evangelical views; he later became a schoolmaster and retired to Reading. The third son was Henry (qv). The fourth son Francis qualified as a doctor, but became a teacher and also retired to Reading - neither he nor his brother James married.

The fifth son Charles was educated at Trinity Hall Cambridge, and was appointed Rector of Blackfriars Parish Church. His only surviving son Frederick Henry Chase was an eminent Academic and Churchman of conservative views: his appointments at Cambridge University included Principal of the Clergy Training School, Norrisean Professor of Divinity, President of Queens College and Vice-Chancellor of the University: he subsequently became Bishop of Ely. The sixth son Septimus was educated at Emmanuel College Cambridge; he married the daughter of an Army officer and emigrated to Australia where he became Canon of Melbourne Cathedral. They had a family of seven children: three were ordained, another (Lloyd) was an engineer and entrepreneur, and all married. Samuel's only surviving daughter Henrietta did not marry; she lived in Northampton, Reading and Tunbridge Wells.

Additional sources:
Law Lists
Crockford's Clerical Directory
C H Chase et al. Chase family history - unpublished compilation
DNB (2004) - Frederick Chase (grandson)


Samuel married Louisa COMPIGNÉ, daughter of Michael COMPIGNÉ and Sarah LLOYD, on 15 Jun 1809 in St Pancras Parish Church, Middlesex.1 2 (Louisa COMPIGNÉ was born on 24 Aug 1783 in Holborn, London 9 10, christened on 26 Oct 1783 in St Andrew Holborn, London,11 died on 5 May 1851 in Reading, Berkshire 12 and was buried on 12 May 1851 in Reading Cemetery, Berkshire 13.)


Samuel next married Ann RIVERS on 1 Feb 1859 in St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Kent.3 (Ann RIVERS was christened on 16 Feb 1799 in St Mary the Virgin, Merton, Surrey,14 died on 11 Mar 1883 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent 15 and was buried on 16 Mar 1883 in Tunbridge Wells Cemetery, Kent 16.)



1 Marriage allegation, Vicar General 13-6-1809, SoG Mf.

2 Church Register, St Pancras, LMA ref X030/025.

3 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Marriage MXB836994.

4 Church Register, St Bride Fleet Street, Guildhall Library ref Mf 6541 (baptism of son Henry).

5 Church Register, Baptist Meeting House Luton, TNA ref RG4/276 f19.

6 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Death DYE182614.

7 Monumental Inscription, Reading Cemetery (E5) 1843-1995, Berkshire FHS (1997), Berkshire County RO ref L5548.

8 Non-parochial burial ground, Order Book for Reading Cemetery, Berkshire County RO ref Mf 97518.

9 James Compigne (1778-1828), Compigne (Unpublished notes in Huguenot Library, University College London (7pp)).

10 Census, 1851 Census - HO107/1692 f474 p25.

11 Church Register, St Andrew Holborn, Guildhall Library ref Mf 6667.

12 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Death DYE181077.

13 Non-parochial burial ground, Order Book for Reading Cemetery, Berkshire County RO ref Mf 97514.

14 Church Register, St Mary the Virgin Merton Registers, Surrey County RO microfiche.

15 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Death DYA493330.

16 Non-parochial burial ground,

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