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Robert Speed [sp.]

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.  Isabella Speed born April-June 1855 in Chester-le-Street; died July-September 1861in Chester-le-Street

sp.  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.  Elizabeth Speed born Jan-March 1868 at Penshaw, Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham; died Oct-December 1872 at Chester-le-Street




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