Margaret Speed was the sixth child of George Speed & Margaret Roxby christened September 10th, 1830 at Chester-le-Street, Co Durham.
In 1841 Margaret was living at home at 44 George St, Sherburn, Pittington, Co Durham. Her father George was a coal miner & she had a younger brother & older sister still living at home.
On August 20th, 1849 Margaret married Robert Curry at Shadforth, Co Durham. Robert was christened September 7th, 1823 at Long Benton, Northumberland, the son of Ann & William Curry.
In 1851 Margaret & Robert were living at the Square, Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham & Robert was a coal miner. They had a 1 year old son William.
Margaret & Robert were living at Downs Lane, Hetton-le-Hole in 1861 & Robert was described as a labourer. They now had 3 more children as well as William – George (9), Margaret Ann (5) & Isabella (2).
Margaret & Robert were living at ‘Downs Pit’, Hetton-le-Hole in 1871 & Robert was now a ….keeper at Downs Pit. Children at home were William, labourer at the pit, Margaret A (15), Isabella (12), Elizabeth (9), Robert (7), George (5) & Mary (1). They also had a 20 year old boarder, Daniel Finkling.
In 1881 the family were living at Eppleton Pit, Great Eppleton, Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham & Robert was now a heap inspector at the pit. At home were Robert, a stoker on a railway engine, Elizabeth, George, a coal miner, & Mary.
Margaret & Robert were living at 6 Caroline St, Hetton-le-Hole in 1891 & Robert was described as a coal miner. At home were George, a general labourer, & Mary.
There is a death for Robert Curry registered in Oct-December 1898 at Houghton-le-Spring.
In 1901 widowed Margaret was living with son George, a coal miner banksman & also widowed, & his children, Robert (5) & George (3). They were still at 6 Caroline St.
There is a death for Margaret Curry aged 77 registered in Oct-December 1907 at Houghton-le-Spring.
The children of Margaret Speed & Robert Curry were:
sp.220.127.116.11.6.1 William Curry born at Sherburn Hill & christened November 11th, 1849 at Shadforth, Co Durham
18.104.22.168.6.2 George Curry born July-September 1851 at Hetton-le-Hole; buried July 9th, 1863 at St Nicholas, sp.Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham
sp.22.214.171.124.6.3 Elizabeth Curry born April-June 1853 at Hetton-le-Hole; buried September 6th, 1855 at St Nicholas, Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham
sp.126.96.36.199.6.4 Margaret Ann Curry born April-June 1855 at Hetton-le-Hole,
sp.188.8.131.52.6.5 Robert Curry born April-June 1857 at Hetton-le-Hole; died Jan-March 1859 at Hetton-le-Hole
sp.184.108.40.206.6.6 Isabella Curry born Oct-December 1858 at Hetton-le-Hole,
sp.220.127.116.11.6.7 Elizabeth Curry born April-June 1861 at Hetton-le-Hole,
sp.18.104.22.168.6.8 Robert Curry born April-June 1863 at Hetton-le-Hole,
sp.22.214.171.124.6.9 George Curry born Jan-March 1866 at Hetton-le-Hole,
sp.126.96.36.199.6.10 Mary Curry born April-June 1869 at Hetton-le-Hole,