Beatrice Chase was born on Lordship Lane in Dulwich, south London on 3 February, 1884 to Joseph Francis Chase and Mary Burke. Her mother was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary in Ireland and her father was born in Islington.
Beatrice had numerous children with three spouses and since starting the website (and even since first writing this blog post) I’ve found out there was more of them:
- Beatrice married her first husband, Laurence Taylor, on 10 January, 1903 at All Saints Church in Edmonton. She had at least four children with Laurence (Charles Taylor, Richard Taylor and Florence Emily Taylor). Beatrice and Laurence likely separated before 1910 after which Beatrice met Alfred Walker. Some time after 1911, Beatrice then got back together with Laurence and had at least two more children, Laurence James Taylor and Frank Taylor.
- Her second spouse was Alfred Walker who she had one known child with named Phyllis Walker, born in 1910. They were unmarried. It is not known what happened to Alfred Walker or the child they had together.
- In 1916 she then married William Speller who she stayed with until his death quite some time later. She was able to marry William, but not Alfred, as Laurence would have still been alive at the time she and Alfred were together, preventing a marriage from taking place. Beatrice and William had three known children: Wilfred Bonard Speller, Kathleen Speller (known as Kitty) and Cyril George Speller.
Beatrice died at the age of 86 at Langthorne Hospital in Leytonstone on 18 January, 1971 . Her cause of death is listed as myocardial infarction (a heart attack) and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The informant of Beatrice’s death was her son, Wilfred Bonard Speller, who was living at 4 Tomswood Court, Mossford Lane in Barkingside.
Beatrice was buried with her husband at the City of London Cemetery in Manor Park four days after her death.