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Elizabeth Speed [sp.]

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.  Christina Best born Jan-March 1891 at Hetton-le-Hole
sp.  Jane Best born Oct-December 1892 at Hetton-le-Hole; died July-September 1896 at Hetton-le-Hole
sp.  Florence May Best born Oct-December 1896 at Hetton-le-Hole; died Oct-December 1900 at Hetton-le-Hole
sp.  Robert Speed Best born August 1st, 1898 at Hetton-le-Hole
sp.  Florence Elizabeth May Best born April-June 1901 at Hetton-le-Hole




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