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Joseph Speed [sp.]

Joseph Speed was the seventh child of Robert Speed & Susanna Pattison born at Chartershaugh & christened November 11th, 1827 at Chester-le-Street, Co Durham.

In 1841 Joseph was living with his parents, 2 brothers & 3 sisters at Lamesley, Co Durham where his father was a collier.

Joseph married Isabella Davison on January 5th, 1851 at Chester-le-Street.  Isabella was born at Backworth, Northumberland, & christened February 1st, 1829 at St Bartholemew, Longbenton, the daughter of Ruth & William Davidson, an agricultural labourer.

At the time of the 1851 census Joseph & Isabella were living with Isabella’s parents & 2 of her brothers in Birtley, Co Durham.  Joseph was working as a coal miner. 

By 1861 Joseph & Isabella were living on their own at Perkinsville, Pelton & Joseph was still a coal miner.  They were living next door to Joseph’s older brother Robert & his family.  Joseph & Isabella had had 4 children by this time but sadly they all died in infancy.

They were still living in Perkinsville in 1871 where Joseph was still a miner.  They now had 3 surviving children – Joseph (9), Susannah (7), both scholars, & John (4).

The family were living at 18 West Row, Perkinsville in 1881 & Joseph continued to be a miner.  At home were Susannah, a dress maker, & John, a mason’s apprentice.

In 1891 Joseph was still mining & he & Isabella were living at 7 West Row (Perkinsville), Pelton.  Son John was still at home & was now a joiner.

By 1901 Joseph had retired & he & Isabella were now listed at 50 Hylton Terrace, Pelton.

Joseph, aged 73, died in July 1901 & was buried at Holy Trinity, Pelton.

Isabella, aged 76, died at 50 Hylton Terrace, Pelton on October 20th, 1905 & was buried at Holy Trinity, Pelton.

 Administration of her estate was granted to son Joseph, station master, & her effects were £141.

The children of Joseph Speed & Isabella Davison were:

sp.  Robert Speed born Jan-March 1853 at Chester-le-Street; died Jan-March 1857 at Chester-le-Street

sp. William Speed born July-September 1856 at Chester-le-Street; died April-June 1859 at Chester-le-Street

sp.  Robert Speed christened December 11th, 1858 at Holy Trinity, Pelton; died Oct-December 1858 at Chester-le-Street

sp.  Susannah Speed christened November 28th, 1859 at Holy Trinity, Pelton; died Nov-December 1859 at Pelton

sp.  Joseph Speed christened June 2nd, 1861 at Holy Trinity, Pelton; died January 8th, 1927 & buried Ropery Lane Cemetery, Chester-le-Street

sp.  Susannah Speed christened August 19th, 1863 at Holy Trinity, Pelton; died May 1920 & buried at Holy Trinity, Pelton  

sp.  John Speed christened December 3rd, 1866 at Holy Trinity, Pelton; died June 2nd, 1934 & buried at Holy Trinity, Pelton



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