Robert Speed was the first child of Mary Ann (Hunter) Speed born at Perkinsville, & christened on August 17th, 1864 at Holy Trinity, Pelton, son of Mary Ann Speed, single woman.
Robert’s mother Mary Ann married Henry Haddon, a coal miner, on September 23rd, 1869 at Chester-le-Street.
In 1871 Robert was living with his grandfather Robert Speed & his second wife Isabella at 17 Chester Moor South, Chester-le-Street. Robert was listed as ‘son’ & he appears to have been brought up by his grandparents.
By 1881 Robert was working as a clerk & still living with his grandparents at Chester Moor.
Robert joined the police force & in 1891 he is listed as a constable at a police establishment in Pilgrim St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
In 1892 Robert became a member of the United Grand Lodge of England Freemasons & was described as a police clerk.
Robert married Clara Green on June 28th, 1893 at Spennymoor, Co Durham. Clara was born November 14th, 1872 at Spennymoor, the daughter of Mary & Mark Green, a mill furnaceman.
In 1901 Robert & Clara were living at 39 Mayfair Rd, Jesmond, Northumberland & Robert was still a constable. They had 2 sons, Robert (5) & William (1).
In 1902 Robert was recommended for promotion to Inspector.
Robert had become a police inspector by 1911 & the family were living at Arthur’s Hill Police Station, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. At home were Robert, an apprentice motor engineer, William, a scholar, & a daughter Mary Lilian (3). It was noted on the census that Clara & William had had 4 children, only 3 of whom were still living.
A notice in the Newcastle Daily Chronicle in May 1912 announced that Robert was retiring from the city police force after 26 years’ service & was granted a pension of £85.15s.4d.
At the time of the 1939 register Robert & Clara were living at Spa Road, Barnard Castle & Robert was a retired police inspector.
Robert died August 15th, 1946 at Spa Road, Gainford, Co Durham. Administration of his estate was granted to widow Clara & his effects were £289.2s.
The children of Robert Speed & Clara Green were:
sp.126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Isabella Speed born Jan-March 1894 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne; died Oct-December 1894 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne
sp.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Robert Speed born Jan-March 1896 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne
sp.18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 William Speed born Oct-December 1899 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne
sp.126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Mary Lilian Speed born July-September 1907 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne