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William Speed [sp.]

William Speed was the first child of Robert Speed & Isabella Learmouth (nee Heslop) born April 13th, 1868 & christened May 6th, 1868 at Holy Trinity, Pelton.

In 1871 William & his parents were living at 17 Chester South Moor, Chester-le-Street & his father was a coal miner.  Also in the family were half-sister, Elizabeth from his father’s first marriage, & 2 half-brothers, Joseph & John, from his mother’s first marriage. 

William was still at home in 1881 at Chester Moor in 1881. Half-brother Joseph, a coal miner, was still living at home & William now had a younger sister, Isabella.

By 1891 William’s father had died & he & his widowed mother were living at Front St, Chester-le-Street.  William was now a grocer’s apprentice.

William was described as manager of a grocery in 1901 & he & his mother were still at Front St, now number 176.

William married Isabel Oxley in July-September 1902 at Chester-le-Street.     Isabel was born October 1st, 1870 at Tanfield, & christened January 1st, 1871 at Tanfield, Co Durham, the daughter of Fanny & George Oxley, an innkeeper.

In 1911 William & Isabel were living at Ashfield Terrace, Chester-le-Street with their 4 sons – William (7), George (5), Robert (3) & Thomas (1).  William was now a labourer for the district council highways.

In 1933 Isabel was the subject of a brutal attack while sitting reading at home alone.  The assailant struck her over the head 3 times with a blunt instrument resulting in Isabel needing stitches to her head.  Isabel escaped from the house & ran to the nearby Blandford Hotel for help.  Her attacker escaped. Isabel was described as wife of

William Speed, storekeeper at Seaham Dock. (Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail, April 20th, 1933)
At the time of the 1939 register William & Isabel were living at 10 Blandford Place, Seaham, Co Durham & William was described as a dock storeman.  Son George was still at home & described as a University student (formerly commercial ?).

William, aged 88, died July-September 1956 at Sunderland.

Isabel, aged 89, died July-September 1960 in Durham East.

The children of William Speed & Isabel Oxley were:

sp.  William Speed born July-September 1903 at Chester-le-Street
sp.  George Speed born August 29th, 1905 at  Chester-le-Street
sp.  Robert Speed born Oct-December 1907 at Chester-le-Street
sp.  Thomas Speed born Oct-December 1909 at Chester-le-Street




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