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Isabella Speed [sp.]

Isabella Speed was the third child of James Hunter Speed & Mary Elliott born May4th, 1872 at Jarrow & christened July 2nd 1876 at Holy Trinity, Pelton.

In 1881 Isabella & her parents were living at #3 Row, Ouston, Co Durham where her father was a coal miner.  Isabella was one of 6 children.

 The family had moved to Team Colliery, Lamesley by 1891 & Isabella was described as a domestic servant.

Isabella married Edwin Thomas in April-June 1897 at Chester-le-Street.  Edwin was born April-June 1870 at Longbenton, Northumberland, the son of Julia Reed & John Thomas, a miner.

In 1901 Isabella & husband Edwin, a coal miner, were living with her parents at Whitefield Pit Cottages, Penshaw, Co Durham.  They had a 1 year old son, James H.

Isabella & Edwin had moved to 12 Front Row, New Penshaw by 1911 & Edwin was described as a coal miner, Stoneman.  Son James Hunter & a daughter Mary were both scholars.  It was noted on the census that Isabella had had 6 children, only 2 of whom were still alive.

Edwin, aged 57, died in April-June 1927 at Houghton-le-Spring.

The 1939 register shows widowed Isabella living at 35 Victoria Terrace, Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham.  With her was daughter Mary. 

Isabella, aged 68, died in April-June 1941 in Durham North.

The children of Isabella Speed & Edwin Thomas were:

sp.  Julia Ann Thomas born April-June 1898 at Gateshead; died April-June 1898 at Gateshead
sp.  James Hunter Thomas born July-September 1899 at Chester-le-Street
sp.  Mary Thomas born Oct-December 1901 at Houghton-le-Spring
sp.  Edwin Thomas born Jan-March 1905 at Houghton-le-Spring; died April-June 1905 at Houghton-le-Spring
sp.  John Thomas born April-June 1907 at Houghton-le-Spring; died Oct-December 1908 at Houghton-le-Spring
sp.  Susannah Thomas born Oct-December 1909 at Houghton-le-Spring; died Oct-December 1909 at Houghton-le-Spring




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