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Jacob Speed [sp.]

Jacob Speed was the sixth child of Joseph Speed &  Elizabeth Dodds born July-September 1843 at Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham.

Jacob was living at Brick Garth, Hetton-le-Hole with his parents in 1851, where his father was a miner.  He had 2 brothers & 2 sisters at this time.

In 1861 Jacob was still living at home at Brick Garth & was now working as a coal miner.

By 1871 Jacob’s mother had died & Jacob was living with his widowed father Joseph at Brick Garth.  They were both coal miners.

Jacob married Isabella Hall (nee Tones) on September 6th, 1875 at Christ Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  Isabella, born c1837 at Easington, the daughter of Mary Oates & Thomas Tones, had previously been married to Joseph Hall, an innkeeper at Hetton-le-Hole.  Joseph died in 1874 in Hetton-le-Hole.

Jacob & Isabella were living in Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole in 1881 & Jacob was now an innkeeper.  With them were 3 of Isabella’s children from her first marriage – Elizabeth Hall (18), John Hall (17), a mason’s labourer & Mary Hall (16).  Jacob & Isabella now had 3 children of their own – Joseph (5), Isabella (2) & Florence Ann (6 months).

Jacob died in Oct-December 1890 at Hetton-le-Hole.

In 1891 widowed Isabella was living at the Commercial Inn, Front St, Hetton-le-Hole where she was the inn keeper.  With her was her son John Hall (27), a bricklayer, son Joseph (14), daughters Isabella (12) & Florence Ann (10).  Also living with her was a niece Mary Jane Tone (22), a general servant, & Jacob’s widowed father, Joseph, a retired miner.  Another daughter, Beatrice, who was aged 8 was with her aunt Margaret Parton, also a beer retailer, at the time of the census living at Wear St, Bishopwearmouth.

By 1901 Isabella was described as a beer tavern keeper (the Shakespeare Inn) at 5 North Terrace, Dawdon, Seaham Harbour.  Her son John Hall was still living with her & working as a bricklayer.  Three of her daughters, Isabella, Florence & Beatrice (18) were working at home, i.e. helping in the pub, & there were 2 grandchildren with them – Florence Forster (9) & Arthur Forster (7). 

Isabella was living with her daughter Florence & husband George Archer, a colliery blacksmith, & family in 1911. They were at 25 Ryhope St, Ryhope, Co Durham & Isabella was noted as paralysed.

Isabella died on January 16th, 1916 at 25 Ryhope St, Ryhope & probate of her estate was granted to son John Hall, bricklayer.  Her effects were £120.  She was buried at Ryhope Cemetery.

The children of Jacob Speed & Isabella Hall (nee Tones) were:

sp.  Joseph Speed born April 17th, 1876 at Hetton-le-Hole; buried January 30th 1963 at Ushaw Moor Cemetery, Co Durham

sp.  Isabella Ann Speed born April-June 1877 at Hetton-le-Hole; died at Easington Lane & buried June 26th, 1877 at St Nicholas, Hetton-le-Hole

sp.  Margaret Isabella Speed born July 27th, 1878 at Hetton-le-Hole; died Jan-March 1960 in Durham East

sp.  Florence Ann Speed born October 15th, 1880 at Hetton-le-Hole; died February 6th, 1975 at Ryhope

sp.  Beatrice Jane Speed born October 10th, 1882 at Hetton-le-Hole; died July-September 1969 & buried in Ryhope Cemetery, Sunderland




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