Miss Beatrix ELRINGTON (1862/3–1929)
St Paul section: Row 47, Grave J24½
TO THE DEAR MEMORY Of
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE LATE
GENL. F. R ELRINGTON C.B.
DIED AUG 18TH. 1929, AGED 66.
FOR 15 YEARS WORKER IN THE
Beatrix Elrington was born in Compton, Surrey in 1862/3 and baptised there on 26 April 1863. Her parents were Frederick Robert Samuel Elrington, a Colonel in the Rifle Brigade (born at the Tower of London in 1819/20) and Emilie Jane Best (born at Compton, Surrey in 1838/9). Her parents were married at Guildford near the end of 1859 and had the following children:
- Beatrix Elrington (born in Compton, Surrey in 1862/3 and baptised there on 26 April 1863)
- Alice Elrington (born in Gibraltar in 1863/4)
- Sarah Elrington (born in Chester in 1868/9 and baptised at St Mary’s Church there on 1 February 1869)
- George Henry Elrington (born in Teale, Surrey in 1870 and baptised there on 11 September)
- James Elrington (born in Selling, Kent in 1872 and baptised there on 13 October)
- Dorothy Elrington (born in Alverstoke, Hampshire in 1873 and baptised there on 14 September)
- Frances Elrington (born in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire in 1875/6, reg. first quarter 1876)
- Lettice Elrington (born in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire on 21 January 1877).
Beatrix’s parents began their married life her mother’s home town of Compton, Surrey, but they were in Gibraltar by 1863; in Chester in the late 1860s; and in Teale, Surrey in 1870.
At the time of the 1871 census Beatrix (8) was living at Luton House at Selling, Kent with her parents and next three siblings. The family had a cook, housemaid, and two nurses.
They were living in Alverstoke by 1874, and finally settled at Bishops Waltham in Hampshire by 1877.
At the time of the 1881 the family was living at Vernon Hill House in Bishops Waltham. Beatrix (18) and her seven younger siblings were all at home, looked after by a cook, two grooms, two nurses, a governess, and two housemaids.
At the time of the 1891 census Beatrix (28) was paying a visit with her sister Alice (27) to Winchester, where they were staying with a retired general, William Forrest, and his wife Tempe.
Her brother James died in Hampshire at the age of 25 in 1897.
In 1901 Beatrix (38) and her unmarried sisters Alice (37), Dorothy (27), Frances (25), and Lettice (24) were at home with their parents at Vernon Hill House.
Beatrix’s father Frederick Robert Samuel Elrington died at Vernon Hill House at the age of 84 on 19 February 1904. His effects came to £13,058 10s. 11d.
In 1911 Beatrix does not appear to have been in the country. Her mother Emilie (72) was on her own at Vernon Hill House with just one servant, and she died there at the age of 79 on 12 March 1919. Her effects came to £6,586 5s. 1d.
In 1914 Beatrix Elrington started working for the Korean Mission, and she travelled abroad: records show that she arrived in Canada in 1920, and came back to London from Yokohama in 1924.
By 1928 the Misses Elrington (Beatrix and at least one of her sisters) were living at 96 Southmoor Road in Oxford. Beatrix died here in 1929:
† Miss Beatrix Elrington died at 96 Southmoor Road at the age of 66 on 18 August 1929 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 21 August (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
Her death notice in The Times of 20 August 1929 read:
ELRINGTON.—On Aug. 18, 1929, suddenly, at 96, Southmoor-road, Oxford. BEATRIX ELRINGTON, eldest daughter of the late General F. R. Elrington, C.B., formerly of Vernon Hill House, Bishop’s Waltham, Hants. Funeral from St. Paul’s, Oxford. 2.30 p.m. to-morrow (Wednesday). No flowers, by request.
Her effects came to £3,757 6s. 4d., and her executors were here brother Ralph Elrington, Esq. and her widowed sister Dorothy Whitestone.
- Alice Elrington (born 1863/4) never married. In 1911 when she was aged 47 she was head teacher of a small school in Kent. She died at the Cranmer Nursing Home, Malvern at the age of 100 on 2 November 1964. Her effects came to £18,267.
- Sarah Elrington (born 1868/9) is hard to trace after 1891.
- George Henry Elrington (born 1870) is hard to trace after 1881.
- Dorothy Elrington (born 1873) was living at Vernon Hill when she married Frederick William Whitestone, a land agent of West Station House, Micheldever, near Winchester and the son of the Revd. William Arthur Whitestone at St Marylebone Church in London on 26 January 1905. Their son Nicholas Elrington Whitestone was born a year later in Winchester. Her husband died in Winchester at the age of 36 near the end of 1906. At the time of the 1911 census Dorothy (36) was living alone in Bournemouth with her young son and a servant. A Dorothy Mary Whitestone died at 96 Southmoor Road, Oxford on 7 April 1938.
- Frances Elrington (born in 1875/6) never married. She appears to have lived in Jersey with her sister Mrs Chodzko, and was with her at the time of the 1911 census. She died at St Brelades, Jersey on 31 August 1939.
- Lettice Elrington (born in 1876/7) married Alexander John Peter Augustine Chodzko in Paddington in the second quarter of 1908. at the time of the 1911 census Lettice (33) and her husband Alexander (50), a retired master mariner, were living in Jersey with their sons Anthony Victor Robert Chodsko (7) and Francis John Anthony Chodzko (5). Her husband died in Jersey on 13 July 1927. Lettice lived in London in the 1930s, and died in Croydon in 1972.