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James William Speed [sp.]

James William Speed was the fourth child of John Speed & Jane Hall born February 26th, 1874 & christened March 15th, 1874 in Durham.

James (listed as William), his parents & 4 brothers were living at 29 Durham Row, Framwellgate Moor, Co Durham in 1881 where his father was a joiner at the colliery.

William was working as a putter at the colliery by 1891 & the family were still at the same address.

The 1901 census shows him listed as James again & still living at home at Durham Row.  James was working as a coal miner hewer.

James William’s father had died by 1911 & he continued to live with his widowed mother & 3 brothers at 48 Durham Row.  He was still working as a coal miner.

James William (listed as William) married Sarah Hannah Maddison on May 15th, 1913 at St Cuthbert’s, Durham.  Sarah was born January 16th, 1886 & christened March 15th, 1886 at Holy Trinity, Pelton, Co Durham, the daughter of Isabella & Fenwick Maddison, a coal miner.

Sarah died at Chester-le-Street in Jan-March 1922, aged just 36.

At the time of the 1939 register widowed James was living at Penshaw View, Chester-le-Street & described as a disabled coal hewer.  With him was son John, a mechanical excavator driver & his wife Sarah Jane & their child.

James William, aged 83, died August 18th, 1957 at the General Hospital, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham.

The children of James William Speed & Sarah Hannah Maddison were:

sp.  John Speed born June 29th, 1913 at Chester-le-Street




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