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Hannah Speed [sp.]

Hannah Speed was the first child of George Speed & Margaret Roxby christened January 2nd, 1820 at Chester-le-Street.

In 1841 Hannah was living at home at 44 George St, Sherburn, Pittington, Co Durham. Her father George was a coal miner & she had a younger brother & sister still living at home.

The 1851 census shows Hannah visiting widowed Martha Sidgwick & her son & daughter at Sherburn Hill, Co Durham.

On December 20th, 1851 Hannah married Thomas Ward at Shadforth.  Thomas was christened January 21st, 1821 at Westerdale, Yorkshire, the son of William Ward (Coward)

In 1861 Hannah & Thomas, a colliery labourer, were living at Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham. 

By 1871 Hannah & Thomas had moved to Haswell Lane, Haswell, Co Durham & Thomas was now an agricultural labourer. It appears they had no family but boarding with them at the time of the census was 10 year old Ann Lee, a scholar.

Hannah died aged 58 at Haswell & was buried on January 10th, 1878 at St Nicholas, Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham.

Widowed Thomas was living on his own at Haswell in 1881 & still working as an agricultural labourer.

By 1891 Thomas was described as a retired miner & was still living alone at Haswell Lane, Haswell.

There is a death for Thomas Ward, agricultural labourer, on April 7th, 1893 at Plough Terrace, Haswell.


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