Samuel CHASE 3
It has not been possible to trace Samuel's ancestry, in part because he was a Baptist which limits the records, but there is convincing documentary evidence to show that he was a 'yeoman of Chesham' who subsequently moved to Luton. The coat of arms used by the Chase family of Buckinghamshire was inscribed on the Chase family tomb in the Baptist Burial ground in Luton. His two marriages are speculative: the first to Elizabeth Davey is the only one in Chesham to fit the date of birth of his son Samuel (qv); while the second to Mary Southen at Nettleden (mid-way between Chesham and Luton) is more certain as Mary was the sister-in-law of Thomas Marsom, the first Baptist Minister of the Luton Meeting House who was succeeded there by Samuel Chase jnr. Samuel snr was recorded in the 1722 Poll Book of Bedfordshire as a voter of Luton, but resident of Chesham. The burial register for St Mary Luton records him as 'rich man, dissenter', but his monumental inscription has not been traced, nor his will. At least some of his wealth was acquired through his second marriage.
Samuel married Elizabeth DABEY on 12 Oct 1676 in St Mary, Chesham, Buckinghamshire.1
1 Church Register, BTs of Chesham, FHL(L) ref Mf 1999161.
2 Church Register, BTs of Nettleden, Buckinghamshire County RO ref M45/66.
3 Deed, Mortgage dated 2-10-1722, Bedfordshire County RO ref DDBH.
Poll Book, Transcript of 1722 Poll Book of Bedfordshire, http://www.cus.cam.ac.uk/~jld1/family/p1722e.html
5 Church Register, St Mary Luton, FHL(L) ref Mf 0952389.
Church Register, St Mary Hemel Hempstead, SoG ref Mf 1725.