Robert Speed was the fourth child of Robert Speed & Isabella Harrison christened August 20th, 1825 at Chester-le-Street.
Sadly Robert’s mother died in 1828 & his father remarried in 1830.
Robert was still living at home with his father & step mother Ann at Breckon Hill, Little Lumley, Co Durham in 1841. Both Robert & his father were pitmen. Also living with them were Robert’s half-brothers & sisters – Margaret (10), Joseph (9), John (7), Mary (5) & Ann (3).
Robert was lodging with Ruth & William Ridley, a miner, & family in 1851. They were living at Wingate, Co Durham & Robert was working as a coal miner.
Robert married Elizabeth Briddick on December 13th, 1852 at St Helen’s Auckland, Co Durham. Elizabeth was christened February 6th, 1831 at Stanhope, the daughter of Mary & John Briddick.
In 1861 Robert, still a miner, was living at Back Row, Harrington, Co Durham & with him was daughter Isabella, aged 5. At the time of the census Elizabeth was working as a house servant for William Longbones, a grocer, & family at 27 Villiers St, Whitworth, Co Durham. She was listed as married.
Robert was lodging at 5 Low North Biddick, Usworth, Co Durham in 1871 with a daughter, Elizabeth, aged 3. It was the home of Margery & Thomas Kippax & family & Robert continued to work as a coal miner. Robert was listed as married but the whereabouts of Elizabeth is unknown & no further record could be found for her.
In 1881 Robert was recorded as boarding with Barbara & Henry Humble & family at 6 Nicholson’s Buildings, Biddick, Usworth. He was now working as a colliery lamp man & still listed as married.
There is a death for Robert Speed, aged 56, in 1881 who was buried on December 10th, at St George, Fatfield.
The children of Robert Speed & Elizabeth Briddick were:
sp.220.127.116.11.4.1 Isabella Speed born April-June 1855 in Chester-le-Street; died July-September 1861in Chester-le-Street
sp.18.104.22.168.4.2 Mary Jane Speed born July-September 1862 & christened December 15th, 1862 at Auckland St Andrew, Co Durham; died Jan-March 1863 at Auckland, Co Durham
sp.22.214.171.124.4.3 Elizabeth Speed born Jan-March 1868 at Penshaw, Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham; died Oct-December 1872 at Chester-le-Street