Joseph Speed was the fifth child of Joseph Speed & Isabella Davison born at Perkinsville & christened June 2nd, 1861 at Holy Trinity, Pelton, Co Durham.
In 1871 Joseph, his parents & a younger brother & sister were living at Perkinsville, Pelton where his father was a miner.
At the time of the 1881 census Joseph was boarding with Bartholemew Walker & family at East Row, Great Aycliffe & working as a railway porter.
Joseph married Mary Jane Mowbray in Oct-December 1884 at Gateshead, Co Durham. Mary was christened May 21st,1862 at Whickham, Co Durham, the daughter of Elizabeth & William Mowbray, a joiner.
In 1891 Joseph & Mary were living at Aldin Grange Station, Broom, Co Durham & Joseph was now a railway station master. They had 3 daughters by this time – Eva M (5), Amy I (2) & Elizabeth E (5 months).
Mary, aged 37, died in July-September 1899 in Durham.
The children of Joseph Speed & Mary Jane Mowbray were:
sp.220.127.116.11.7.5.1 Eva Mowbray Speed born August 2nd, 1885 at Whickham;
sp.18.104.22.168.7.5.2 Amy Isabel Speed born April 16th, 1888 at Broom, Durham
sp.22.214.171.124.7.5.3 Elizabeth Ella Speed born Oct-December 1890 at Bearpark, Durham; died April 2nd, 1939 at 14 Tenter Terrace, Durham.
Joseph married again in July-September 1900 in Durham. His second wife was Jane Alice Taylor. Jane was born June 12th, 1863 & christened July 27th 1863 at Standishgate Methodist Chapel, Wigan Lancashire, the daughter of Alice & John Taylor, a schoolmaster. In 1891 Jane was living in Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne & described as a trained nurse.
In 1901 Joseph was the railway station master at Acklington, Northumberland he & Jane A were living at the station. With them were Joseph’s daughters Eva, a post office probationer, Amy & Elizabeth.
By 1911 Joseph had become station master at Chester-le-Street, Co Durham & he & Jane were living at Station House, Chester-le-Street. Still at home were Amy Isabel, a draper’s assistant, & Elizabeth, a dressmaker (skirt hand). While at Chester-le-Street, Joseph became President of the North Eastern Railway employees there.
Daughter Eva had married John Duncan Gunn at Chester-le-Street in 1911 & they were living in Alnwick, Northumberland at the time of the census. The Berwickshire News & General Advertiser of March 7th 1911 reported that Eva’s sisters dressed in pale blue were bridesmaids & that Eva wore crimson serge cretonne with a black hat & ostrich feathers. Among the many presents were one from the staff at Chester-le-Street railway station where her father worked, & one from the staff at the Post Office at Alnwick where Eva had spent several years.
Joseph died on January 8th, 1927 at 20 The Green Council Houses, Chester-le-Street & was buried at Ropery Lane Cemetery. Probate was granted to daughter Amy Isabel Speed & William Bowe, solicitor’s clerk & his effects were £1,159.7s.
Daughter Elizabeth married Joseph Milburn in 1928 at Chester-le-Street.
At the time of the 1939 register widowed Jane was living with step-daughter Amy Isabel & her husband George Mole, a postman van driver, & their family at 14 Tenter Terrace, Durham.
Jane, aged 80, died in Oct-December 1943 in Central Durham.