Robert Speed was the sixth child of Robert Speed & Christiana Farish (Price) born May 30th, 1869 at Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham.
Robert, his 3 sisters & 1 brother & his parents were living at Brick Garth, Hetton-le-Hole in 1871 where his father was a coal miner.
The family were still living at Brick Garth in 1881 & Robert was now a scholar.
Robert married Florence Emma Gardner in Oct-December 1890 at Houghton-le-Spring. Florence was born July-September 1871 at Easington Lane, Co Durham, daughter of Elizabeth Heron & Robert Willis Gardner, an innkeeper & farmer.
In 1891 Robert & Florence were living at 35 Store Terrace, Hetton-le-Hole & Robert was working as a fireman. They had a 3 month old daughter, Elizabeth Jane.
The family were living at Brickgarth, Hetton-le-Hole in 1901 & Robert was working as ‘coal, below ground’. As well as daughter Elizabeth they now had Isabella J H (8), Robert Willis G (6) & Christina (3). They also had a 75 year old boarder, Isabella Jackson Herring.
By 1911 Robert & Florence were living at 2 Kenton Row, Hetton-le-Hole & Robert was described as a colliery fireman on the surface. Family at home were Isabella Jackson Heron, Robert Willis Gardner, a coal miner, Christina, Florence Emma G (10), Margaret Ann G (7) & Georgina G (1). It was noted that Florence had had 7 children all of whom were still alive.
Florence, aged 49, died in Oct-December 1920, her death being registered at Sedgefield.
Widowed Robert was living with daughter Margaret & her husband John H Donkin at the time of the 1939 register at 23 Nicholas St, Hetton. Robert was a retired colliery labourer.
Robert, aged 76, died on September 28th, 1945 at 23 Nicholas St, Hetton.
The children of Robert Speed & Florence Emma Gardner were:
sp.18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Elizabeth Jane Gardner Speed born Jan-March 1891 at Hetton-le-Hole
sp.126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Isabella Jackson Heron Speed born July-September 1892 at Hetton-le-Hole
sp.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Robert Willis Gardner Speed born December 24th, 1895 at Hetton-le-Hole; died April-June 1982 in Sunderland
sp.18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Christina Speed born June 4th, 1897 at Hetton-le-Hole
sp.126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Florence Emma Gardner Speed born May 24th, 1901 at Hetton-le-Hole; died April-June 1983 in Sunderland
sp.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Margaret Ann Gardner Speed born Oct 12th, 1903 at Hetton-le-Hole; died Jan-March 1979 in Sunderland
sp.18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Georgina Gardner Speed born November 15th, 1909 at Hetton-le-Hole; died Jan-March 1976 in Sunderland