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Elizabeth Speed [sp.]

Elizabeth Jane Speed was the fifth child of Robert Speed & Ann Hunter born April-June 1853 at Birtley, Co Durham.

Sadly Elizabeth’s mother died in 1856 & she & her 2 sisters & brother were living with their widowed father in 1861 at Perkinsville, Pelton, Co Durham. 

Elizabeth was still living at home in 1871 with her father & step-mother Isabella.  They were living at 17 Chester South Moor, Chester-le-Street & Elizabeth was working as an agricultural labourer.

Elizabeth married William Hurworth on August 9th, 1873 at Chester-le-Street.  William was born April-June 1851 at Chester-le-Street, the son of Maria Harle & William Hurworth, an agricultural labourer.

Elizabeth & William had a son Robert in October 1873 who sadly only lived for 3 days.

In 1881 Elizabeth & William were living at Chester Moor, Chester-le-Street & William was a coal miner.  They had 2 daughters by this time – Ann (6) & Maria (4).

The family had moved to 4 Sour Milk Hill, Gateshead by 1891 & William was still a coal miner.  Daughter Maria was still at home & William & Elizabeth now had a son William (5).

By 1901 William was retired from coal mining & he & Elizabeth were living at Blue Quarry Rd, Gateshead.  Only son William was at home & working as a cartman.

William, aged 51, died in Jan-March 1902 at Gateshead.

In 1911 widowed Elizabeth was living with son William, a general carter, at 128 Sodhouse Bank, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead. 

There is a death for Elizabeth Hurworth in July-September 1930 registered at Gateshead.

The children of Elizabeth Speed & William Hurworth were:

sp. Robert Hurworth born October 11th, 1873 at Chester Moor; buried October 14th, 1873 at Chester-le-Street
sp.  Ann Hurworth born October 22nd, 1874 at Chester Moor & christened November 18th, 1874 at Chester-le-Street
sp.  Maria Hurworth born Jan-March 1877 at Chester Moor & christened February 4th 1877 at Chester-le-Street
sp.  Robert Hurworth born April-June 1879 at Chester Moor; buried February 20th, 1881 at St Mary & St Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street
sp.  William Hurworth born Oct-December 1885 at Chester-le-Street




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