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Susannah Speed [sp.]

Susannah Speed was the ninth child of Robert Speed & Susanna Pattison born at Wright’s House & christened September 19th, 1832 at Chester-le-Street, Co Durham.

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

By 1851 both Susannah’s parents had died & she was living with her older brother William, a coalminer, at Birtley.  She was described as a housekeeper.

Susannah married Joseph Stavers on March 7th, 1852 at Gateshead, Co Durham.  Joseph was christened on October 21st, 1830 at Washington, Co Durham, the son of Hannah & Robert Stavers.

In 1861 Joseph, a coal miner, & Susannah (listed as Susan) were living at Collier Row, Houghton-le-Spring with their 8 year old daughter, Hannah.  They also had a boarder, George Graham, aged 18 & also a coal miner.

By 1871 the family had moved to ‘D’ Pit, Bourn Moor, Co Durham & Joseph was still a miner.  They now had 2 more daughters at home as well as Hannah – Susannah (9) & Isabella (2).  An uncle, William Patterson, a 77 year old widowed labourer, was also living with them.

Susannah died at New Lambton & was buried on April 8th, 1871 at St Barnabas, Bournmoor, Co Durham.

The children of Susannah Speed & Joseph Stavers were:

sp.  Hannah Stavers born July-September 1852 at Chester-le-Street
sp.  Susanna Stavers born July-September 1862 at Chester-le-Street
sp.  Isabella Stavers born April-June 1869 at Chester-le-Street
sp.  Mary Jane Stavers born April 1871 at Chester-le-Street; buried April 5th, 1871 at St Barnabas, Burnmoor, Co Durham

Joseph married again in April-June 1872 at Morpeth, Northumberland.  His second wife was widowed Mary Ann Todd.  Mary Ann was born Mary Ann Lee & christened July 23rd, 1832 at Houghton-le-Spring.  She had previously been married to Robert Todd, a coal miner.

In 1881 Joseph, still a miner, & his wife Mary Ann were living at Colliery Cottage, Dene Bridge, Chilton, Sedgefield, Co Durham.  Joseph’s daughter Isabella was still at home & there were 3 step children – Elizabeth Millar Todd (20), an apprentice dress maker, John Robert Todd (15), a coal miner, & Ann Lee Todd (12).  Joseph & Mary Ann had had a son, Joseph Lee Stavers, in 1874 who sadly died in infancy.

Joseph & Mary Ann had moved to Mill Row, Newbottle, Houghton-le-Spring by 1891 & Joseph continued to be a miner.  Another of Mary Ann’s sons was living with them, William T Todd (32), & he was also a coal miner.

In 1901 Joseph & Mary Ann were living at Thomas St, Craghead, Lanchester & Joseph was now working as a stoneman at the colliery.  William Thomas Todd was still living with them & also working as a Stoneman.

There is a death for Mary Ann Stavers in Oct-December 1909 registered at South Shields, Co Durham.

There is a death for Joseph Stavers in July-September 1915 registered at South Shields, Co Durham.



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