Peter Brown Family History

James Speight (1828) & Mary Mead

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General History

James Speight & Mary Mead were one of my 4th generation ancestors.

Key Dates:

James Speight was born on 24th February 1828 in Castleford, Leeds, Yorshire, the son of James Speight & Hannah Marsden. He married Mary Mead on 1st June 1851 in Stockton, Durham (Source is IGI). Marriage was also shown as about June 1851 in Stockton RD, Durham. James was shown in the 1881 census but not the 1891 census and possibly died in about February 1888 (aged 65) in Middlesborough RD, Yorkshire. (but age appears wrong)

Mary Mead was born on 10th March 1829 in Monk-Wearmouth, Sunderland, Durham and was baptised there on 29th March 1829. She was the daughter of John Mead & Elizabeth Dobson. Mary was shown in the 1891, 1901 & 1911 census as living in Thornaby and probably died in about November 1917 ('aged 89') in Middlesborough RD, Yorkshire.

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James & Mary had ten known children:

Elizabeth William Joseph John Robert Amy Thomas Maria Alfred John
  1. Elizabeth Speight was born on 4th May and was baptised on 23rd May 1853 in Gateshead, Durham. (Source is IGI & unconfirmed). She worked in the Pottery warehouse. She was shown as single and living with her mother Mary in 1891 in Thornaby.
  2. William Speight was born in about February 1855 in Gateshead RD, Durham. He married Sarah who was born in 1857 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and they had posibly eleven children (but see 1911 census below). William & Sarah were both shown in the 1901 census living in 34 New Street, Thornaby. Sarah was a widow in 1911, age 53, living at 33 Denmark Street, Thornaby.
    1. John Speight was born in 1882 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and was living in 1901.
    2. Isabella Speight was born in 1884 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and was living in 1901.
    3. Elizabeth Speight was born in 1886 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and was living in 1901.
    4. Margaret J Speight was born in 1888 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and was living in 1901.
    5. William Speight was born in 1890 in Thornaby, Yorkshire.
    6. Mable Speight was born in 1891 in Thornaby, Yorkshire. In 1911 she was working & living in the Queens Hotel, Stockton.
    7. Clara Speight was born in about 1895 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and was living in 1911.
    8. Robert Speight was born in about 1897 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and was living in 1911.
    9. Evelyn Speight was born in about 1898 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and was living in 1911.
    10. Sarah Speight was born in about 1900 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and was living in 1911.
    11. Earnest Speight was born in about 1902 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and was living in 1911.
  3. Joseph Speight was born in 1857 in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire (source 1861/71/81 census). He married Priscilla Watkins.  Details of Joseph Speight & Priscilla Watkins are shown separately as they are direct ancestors.
  4. John Speight was born in about February 1859 in Stockton RD, Yorkshire. In the 1861/71 census he is shown as born in Middlesbrough. It is likely that John died in 1872/73 as another son was called John
  5. Robert Speight was born in about 27th March 1861 in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire and was baptised on 10th February 1867 in Thornaby , Yorkshire (aged 6). (Source is IGI). Birth also shown as about May 1861 in Stockton RD, Durham.1911. He married Matilda and had six children and lived in Thornaby in 1891 & 1901. Robert married secondly Elizabeth Calender in about 1906 but had no children - Elizabeth had at least two children from an earlier marriage. Robert was a shipyard labourer. They lived at 3 Gayle street, Stockton in 1911.
    1. Mary Speight was born about 1879 in South Stockton, Yorkshire and was living in 1891.
    2. John Speight was born about 1882 in Sunderland, Durham and was living in 1891.
    3. James Speight was born about 1887 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and was living in 1901.
    4. Beatrice Speight was born about 1891 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and was living in 1901.
    5. Janet Speight was born about 1895 in Thornaby, Yorkshire. In 1911 she was shown as age 16, a border at 123 Plover Street, Bolton , working as a Cotton Card Geeder.
    6. William Speight was born about 1899 in Thornaby, Yorkshire and was living in 1911 with Robert.
  6. Amy Speight was born about November 1863 in Stockton RD, Durham and died in about August 1864 in Stockton RD, Durham.
  7. Thomas Speight was born on 2nd March 1865 in Thornaby on Tees, Stockton, Yorkshire and was baptised there on 28th March. Birth also shown as about April 1865 in Stockton RD, Durham. He was a labourer at the bottleworks in 1881. Thomas married Elizabeth. Thomas & Eliza were shown in the 1901 census as living in 30 Elliot Street, Stockton, but was shown as widowed by 1911. He was a general work labourer and had at least seven children all living at 30 Elliott Street, Stockton in 1911.
    1. George Speight was born about 1884 in Stockton, Durham and was living in 1901.
    2. Mary Speight was born about 1887 in Stockton, Durham and was living in 1901.
    3. Elizabeth Ann Speight was born about 1893 in Stockton, Durham and was living in 1911.
    4. James Speight was born about 1895 in Stockton, Durham and was living in 1911 (but was not shown in the 1901 census).
    5. Samuel Speight was born about 1897 in Stockton, Durham and was living in 1911.
    6. Robert Speight was born about 1901 in Stockton, Durham and was living in 1911.
    7. Alfred Speight was born about 1903 in Stockton, Durham and was living in 1911.
    8. Henrietta Speight was born about 1905 in Stockton, Durham and was living in 1911.
    9. Evelyn Speight (Evaline) was born about 1907 in Stockton, Durham and was living in 1911.
  8. Maria Speight was baptised on 10th February 1867 in Thornaby on Tees, Yorkshire. (Source is IGI). She was a Dipper at the Pottery in 1881. (Note In Stockton RD this person is shown as Robert- assume error and confusion as earlier son Robert was baptised on the same date). Maria appears in the 1871/81 census.
  9. Alfred Speight was baptised on 6th May 1869 in Thornaby on Tees, Yorkshire. (Source is IGI). Birth also shown as about May 1869 in Stockton RD, Durham. He was buried in about November 1899 in Middlesborough RD ('aged 30').
  10. John Speight was baptised on 7th August 1873 in Thornaby on Tees, Yorkshire. (Source is IGI & unconfirmed). Birth also shown as about August 1873 in Stockton RD, Durham and he died in about February 1874 in Stockton RD, Durham.

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James Speight

James was a Potter. He married in Stockton upon Tees Parish church. Both James & Mary lived in Stockton at time of marriage. The marriage was witnessed by John Atkinson and Henry May.
The family lived at 4 Princess Street, Middlesborough at the time of the 1861 census. They lived at George Street, Thornaby in 1865 at birth of son Thomas, and at 17 George Street, Thornaby at the time of the 1871 census. They lived at 20 Queen Street East, Thornaby Yorks at time of 1881 census.
James could not write as signature on marriage certificate was marked with a cross.

Mary Mead

Mary could not write as signatures on marriage certificate and Thomas's birth certificate were marked with a cross.

William Speight

William Speight could not write as witness on marriage certificate was marked with a cross. He worked as a labourer in the ironworks.
Lived at 34 New Street, Thornaby, Yorks at time of 1901 Census

Verification & Concerns Returns to 'Top of Page'

  1. Locations for births of parents and children came from 1861, 1871 & 1881 census. The birth year of James is consistently shown as 1828 and Castleford is shown on 1861 and 1871 census as place of birth. There is only one James Speight born in Castleford and ages shown are consistent with birth date so this is very probably the correct person. For the period 1825 - 1831 (census birth year +-3), there was one James Speight born in Castleford, none were born in the adjacent parishes, three were born in the surrounding parishes (Leeds, Wakefield), and eight were born in more distant parishes.
    1. 24/02/1828 in Castleford, son of James & Hannah
    2. 02/03/1829 in Leeds, son of James & Grace
    3. 24/04/1825 in Leeds, son of William & Dorothy
    4. 14/03/1831 in Wakefield, son of John & Ann
  2. Name on Thomas's birth certificate shown as SPEAIGHT. Assume it is the wrong spelling.
  3. Thomas birth certificate shows mothers maiden name as MEDD, Assume to be wrong spelling as other son Alfred it is shown as MEAD. Her own Family search records show her as MEED and MEDD, but marriage of father shown as MEAD.
  4. Thornaby & Middlesborough are sometimes shown as in Durham and sometimes in Yorkshire
  5. Census:
    1. 1861 Middlesborough census (family ref top) shows James Speight 33 (Castleford), Mary 33 (Sunderland), Elizabeth 7 (Gateshead), William 6 (Gateshead), Joseph 4, John 2 and Robert 0 (12 days) all living at 4 Princes Street
    2. 1871 Durham census (family ref top) shows James Speight 43 (Castleford), Mary 42 (Sunderland), Elizabeth 19 (Gateshead), William 17 (Gateshead), Joseph 15 (Middlesborough), John 13 (Middlesborough), Robert 11 (Middlesborough), Thomas 6 (Stockton), Maria 4 (Stockton), and Alford 2 (Stockton) all living at 17 George street
    3. 1881 Thornaby census (family ref top) shows James Speight 53 (Leeds), Mary 53 (Sunderland), Elizabeth 28 (Gateshead), William 26 (Gateshead), Joseph 24 (Middlesborough), Thomas 16 (Thornaby), Maria 14 (Thornaby), and Alfred 12 (Thornaby) all living at
    4. 1891 Thornaby census (family ref top) shows Mary Speight 62 (Sunderland), Elizabeth 38 (Newcastle)
    5. 1891 Stockton census (family ref 2) shows William Speight 36 (Newcastle), Sara Ann 31 (Stockton) Ada Anderson 10 (daughter, Stockton), John 7, Isabella 6. Elizabeth 4, Margaret J 3, William 9 months (all children born in Stockton)
    6. 1891 Thornaby census (family ref 5) shows Robert Speight 30 (born middlesborough), Matilda 29 (born Sunderland), Mary 12 (born South Stockton), John 10 (Sunderland), James 5 (born South Stockton), Beatrice 4 months (born South Stockton) all living at 20 Queen Street West, Thornaby
    7. 1901 Thornaby census (family ref top) shows Mary Speight 72 (born Sunderland),
    8. 1901 Thornaby census (family ref 2) shows William Speight 46 (born Gateshead), Sarah A 43, John 18, Bella 16, Eliza 14, Margaret 12, Mable 9, Clara 7, Robert 3, Evelyn 2, Sarah A 8 month. All born in Thornaby and living at 34 New Street , Thornaby
    9. 1901 Thornaby census (family ref 5) shows Robert Speight 40 (born middlesborough), Matilda 38 (born Sunderland), John 19 (Sunderland), James 14 (born Thornaby), Beatrice 10 (born Thornaby), Janet 6 (born Thornaby), William 2 (born Thornaby) all living at 20 Hope Street, Thornaby.
    10. 1901 Stockton census (family ref 7) shows Thomas Speight 37, Eliza 30 (born Staffs), George 16, Mary 13, Elizabeth 6, Samuel 4 (all children born in Stockton). Living at 30 Elliot Street, Stockton
    11. 1911 Thornaby census (family ref top) shows Mary Speight 84 (Sunderland) plus lots of extended family,
    12. 1911 Thornaby census (family ref 2) shows Sarah Ann Speight 53 (widow-born Thornaby), Clara 15,Robert 13, Evelyn 12, Sarah 10 ,Earnest 9 all born in Thornaby and living at 33 Denmark Street, Thornaby in a house with three rooms. Sarah had seven children of whom two had died previously.
    13. 1911 Stockton census (family ref 5) shows Robert Speight 50 (shown as Rott, born Middlesborough-shipyard labourer), Elizabeth 50 (born Northallerton), William 12 (born Thornaby), Hy Callender 21 (stepson-born Stockton), Roger Callender 10 (stepson-born Stockton), John Salmon 20 (son in law -born Thornaby), Lena Salmon 18 (wife to son in law-born Stockton). Robert & Elizabeth had been married for five years and had no children. They lived at 3 Gayle street, Stockton.
    14. 1911 Stockton census (family ref 7) shows Thomas Speight 46 (widower -born Thornaby- General work labourer), Elizabeth Ann 18 (dau- born Stockton), James 16, Samuel 14, Robert 10, Alfred 8, Henrietta 6, Evaline 4. All living at 30 Elliott Street, Stockton.
  6. A James Speight was shown a marrying Ellen Swaine in about May 1860 in Stockton, RD. They had a child Mary ( born November 1861 & died November 1862), Roland (born December 1865 & died January 1867).
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Certificates & Official Records

  1. James Speight 1861 Census
  2. James Speight 1871 Census
  3. James Speight 1881 Census
  4. Mary Speight 1891 Census
  5. Mary Speight 1901 Census
  6. Mary Speight 1911 Census
  7. James Speight Marriage Certificate
  8. Thomas Speight Birth Certificate
Sources Returns to 'Top of Page'
  1. Ancestry Yorkshire Parish Records CD (North Riding & West Riding)
  2. Census Records - 1841/51/61/71/81/91 - British Origins Web site & Ancestry Web Site
  3. Census Records- 1881 Family Search CD
  4. Census records - National Archives -1901,1911
  5. IGI (International Genealogical Index: Latter-day Saints) - batches of parish records: see LINKS-Research Web sites
  6. Latter day Saints - Family Search: For initial identification of details only
  7. FREEBMD (Index of birth, marriages, deaths post 1837)