Elizabeth Speed was the fifth child of Robert Speed & Christiana Farish (Price) born March 25th, 1867 at Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham.
Elizabeth, her 2 sisters & 2 brothers & her parents were living at Brick Garth, Hetton-le-Hole in 1871 where her father was a coal miner.
The family were still living at Brick Garth in 1881 & Elizabeth was now a scholar.
Elizabeth married William George Best, a coal wagon rider, in Jan-March 1890 at Houghton-le-Spring. William was born February 27th, 1868 at Harraton, Co Durham, the son of Jane Johnson & William Best,
In 1891 Elizabeth & William were living at 42 Brickgarth, Hetton-le-Hole. This was also the address of Elizabeth’s parents so they could have been sharing a house. Elizabeth had just given birth to a daughter, Christiana, 1 month earlier.
Elizabeth & William were living at 6 Bleach Green, Hetton-le-Hole in 1901 & William continued to be a coal wagon rider below ground. As well as daughter Christiana they now had a son Robert S (2) & another daughter Elizabeth F (2 months).
The family were still living at Bleach Green in 1911 & William had the same occupation working for the Hetton Coal Company. All 3 children were still at home & Robert & (Elizabeth) Florence were both at school. Also living with them was Thomas Best, a 21 year old nephew, who was a coal miner. It was noted on the census that Elizabeth had had 5 children, only 3 of whom were still alive.
William & Elizabeth were living at 99 Broomfield Estate, Hetton at the time of the 1939 register & William was now a colliery kecker at the surface. (A kecker worked at the coal screens & picked out the stones.)
William, aged 78, died in July-September 1946 in Durham North.
There is a death for Elizabeth Best, aged 83, in Jan-March 1951 in Durham North.
The children of Elizabeth Speed & William George Best were:
sp.220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Christina Best born Jan-March 1891 at Hetton-le-Hole
sp.22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Jane Best born Oct-December 1892 at Hetton-le-Hole; died July-September 1896 at Hetton-le-Hole
sp.188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Florence May Best born Oct-December 1896 at Hetton-le-Hole; died Oct-December 1900 at Hetton-le-Hole
sp.220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Robert Speed Best born August 1st, 1898 at Hetton-le-Hole
sp.22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Florence Elizabeth May Best born April-June 1901 at Hetton-le-Hole