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Joseph Speed [sp.]

Joseph Speed was the first child of Jacob Speed & Isabella Hall (nee Tones) born April 17th, 1876 at Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham.

Joseph & his parents were living at Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole in 1881 where his father was an innkeeper.  Joseph had 2 younger sisters as well as 2 older step-sisters & a step-brother.

Joseph’s father died in 1890 & in 1891 he was living with his mother at the Commercial Inn, Front St, Hetton-le-Hole where she was the innkeeper.  Two of his sisters were still at home as well as his step-brother. 

Joseph married Ada Grace Hesp in July-September 1898 in Durham.  Ada was born August 30th, 1875 in Durham City, the daughter of Mary Ellen & Matthew Hesp, a horse shoer.

Followin in the family trade Joseph became a publican.  In 1901 he & Ada were living at the Masons Arms, Haswell, Co Durham. With them was a nephew Ernest Foster, aged 5.

In 1911 Joseph & Ada were listed at The Abyssinian Hotel, Hetton-le-Hole & Joseph was the publican.  They now had a daughter, Isabella, aged 8.  Nephew Ernest Forster, a pony driver, continued to live with them & another nephew, Arthur Forster (17) who was a coal miner putter.

In the 1920s Joseph & Ada lived at Lamb’s Buildings, Bog Row, Hetton-le-Hole.

At the time of the 1939 register Joseph was living with nephew Ernest H Forster & his wife Ellen & their daughter at 22 Allendale St, Hetton.  Joseph, still listed as married, was now a brewer’s drayman.  Ada was listed with daughter Isabel & her husband Albert Jones & family at 10 Glens Flats, Durham.

Ada of 10 Stafford St, Hetton-le-Hole died October 16th, 1940, & was buried at Ushaw Moor Cemetery.

Joseph, aged 86, died at 4 Vicarage Terrace, Coxhoe in January 1963 & was buried January 30th at Ushaw Moor Cemetery.

The children of Joseph Speed & Ada Grace Hesp were:

sp.  Isabella born May 25th, 1903 at the Masons Arms, Haswell




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