Jacob Speed was the fifth child of Robert Speed & Margaret Curry christened October 2nd, 1794 at Chester-le-Street, Co Durham.
Jacob lived at Fatfield & became a pitman like his father.
In 1808 Jacob married Margaret Gills/Coles on July 24th at Chester-le-Street. A witness at the wedding was Rachel Leconby & both Jacob & Margaret were of the parish. Margaret was born at Wapping, Co Durham & christened October 3rd, 1784 at All Saints, Penshaw, the daughter of Anne & Richard Gill.
In 1841 Jacob & Margaret were living at Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham where Jacob was a coal miner. With them was 15 year old Thomas Kelsey who was also a miner.
Jacob died on January 16th, 1850 at Easington Lane aged 66 & was buried at St Nicholas, Hetton-le-Hole on January 19th.
Widowed Margaret was living at Brick Garth, Hetton-le-Hole in 1851 & described as a pauper.
In 1861 Margaret was living alone at Brick Garth, Hetton-le-Hole. She died later that year & was also buried at St Nicholas, Hetton-le-Hole on October 6th.
The children of Jacob Speed & Margaret Gills were:
sp.126.96.36.199.1 John Speed born March 3rd & christened August 6th, 1809 at Chester-le-Street; died February 26th, 1836 at Easington Lane & buried January 28th, 1836 at St Nicholas, Hetton-le-Hole
sp.188.8.131.52.2 Joseph Speed born August 15th, 1810 & christened January 6th, 1811 at Chester-le-Street; died July-September 1897 at Houghton-le-Spring
sp.184.108.40.206.3 Robert Speed christened February 14th, 1813 at Chester-le-Street; buried April 21st, 1819 at Chester-le-Street