Peter Brown Family History

Matthew Speight (1705) & Mary Newbat

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Matthew Speight & Mary Newbat were one of my 8th generation ancestors.

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Matthew Speight was possibly born in 1705 in Darfield, Yorkshire the son of George Speight. Matthew married Mary Newbot on 12th March 1733 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire. Matthew was a miner in Swinton. Matthew was buried on 13th September 1758 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire ('Matthew of Swinton').

Mary Newbat was possibly baptised on 4th November 1707 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of William Newbat & Elizabeth Willis. She was possibly buried on 2nd June 1782 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire, aged 79. (widow of Swinton, aged 79 years).

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Matthew & Mary had possibly seven children.

William Elizabeth Matthew Violetta John Anne Godfrey
  1. William Speight was possibly baptised on 27th October 1733 in Mexborough, Yorkshire. (source 8). He possibly married Hannah Jenkinson on 5th March 1760 in Rotherham, Yorkshire. (Note: source 8 says 13th March- Rotherham is an adjacent parish to Wath upon Dearne). Hannah was buried on 5th June 1794 in Wath upon Deane, Yorkshire aged 57 years (of Swinton) and William was buried there on 29th March 1795 aged 67 years. William had at least two children (source is IGI and is unconfirmed).
    1. William Speight was baptised on 6th February 1767 in Rotherham, Yorkshire (son of William). (source 8). William married Mary Maw. Details of William Speight & Mary Maw are shown separately as they are direct ancestors.
    2. John Speight was baptised on 27th March 1769 in Rotherham, Yorkshire (son of William). (not shown by source 8)
  2. Elizabeth Speight was possibly baptised on 18th April 1736 in Mexborough, Yorkshire. (source 8).She married Thomas Shaw on 31stJanuary 1766 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire.
  3. Matthew Speight was baptised on 8th April 1739 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire ('son of Matthew'). He married Mary Shepard on 26th December 1760 in Handsworth, Yorkshire (Handsworth is an adjacent parish to Rotherham). Matthew & Mary had nine children (source is IGI and is unconfirmed).
    1. Anne Speight (Ann) was baptised on 25th September 1762 in Handsworth, Yorkshire (dau of Matthew).
    2. Lidia Speight (Lidea Spaight) was baptised on 20th January 1765 in Handsworth, Yorkshire (dau of Matthew).
    3. Matthew Speight was baptised on 4th April 1768 in Handsworth, Yorkshire (son of Matthew).
    4. Elizabeth Speight was baptised on 28th May 1769 in Handsworth, Yorkshire (dau of Matthew).
    5. Joseph Speight was baptised on 9th February 1772 in Handsworth, Yorkshire (son of Matthew).
    6. John Speight was baptised on 9th February 1772 in Handsworth, Yorkshire (son of Matthew).
    7. Molly Speight (Mally) was baptised on 17th April 1774 in Handsworth, Yorkshire (dau of Matthew).
    8. Sarah Speight was baptised on 29th December 1776 in Handsworth, Yorkshire (dau of Matthew).
    9. Lidia Speight was baptised on 27th June 1779 in Handsworth, Yorkshire (dau of Matthew).
  4. Violetta Speight was possibly baptised on 22nd November 1742 in Mexborough, Yorkshire. (source 8).
  5. John Speight was baptised on 26th August 1744 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire ('son of Matthew'). He married Elizabeth Charlton on 8th April 1766 in Wentworth, Yorkshire. Elizabeth was the daughter of William Charleton (a gardener of Wentworth) & Sarah. (source 8 says Charleton, on 9th April ). John was a miner lived in Barleyhole (see baptism notes for daughter Mary & grandson John). John was possibly buried on 25th October 1791 in Wentworth, Yorkshire and Elizabeth was buried on 11th October 1817 in Wentworth, aged 76 years. (source 8): Source 8 also says " John died when buried in coalpit at White Lane Head, Ecclesfield- buried in Chapel Yard, aged 49 years.
    1. Sarah Speight was baptised on 1st August 1766 in Wentworth, Yorkshire (daughter of John of Wentworth). She was buried there on 19th February 1779 aged 12 years ('Daughter of John & Elizabeth of Swinton- died of sore throat').
    2. William Speight was baptised on 28th July 1768 (or maybe 23rd) in Wentworth, Yorkshire (son of John of Wentworth). He married Susan Smith on 10th January 1790 in Wentworth, Yorkshire.
      1. John Speight was baptised on 15th January 1791 in Wentworth, Yorkshire (son of William & Susan - William son of John & Elizabeth Speight, Miner of Barley Hole; Susan dau of Thomas & Susan Smith, Miner & Farmer of Hood Hill. William a miner living in Thorpe). John was a miner in Thorpe. He married Charlotte and had three children in Wentworth (Mary (1813), William & Susanna).
    3. Elizabeth Speight was baptised on 25th December 1770 in Wentworth, Yorkshire (daughter of John of Wentworth). Source 8 says she married Benjamin Bullas on 15th April 1792 in Ecclesfield, Yorshire.
    4. Charles Speight was possibly baptised on 6th April 1780 in Wentworth, Yorkdhire (source 8).
    5. Mary Speight was baptised on 12th April 1784 in Wentworth, Yorkshire (dau of John & Elizabeth - John, son of Matthew & Mary Speight, Miner of Swinton, Elizabeth dau of William & Sarah Charlton, Gardener of Wentworth. John lived in Barley Hole ). (Source 8 says she possibly married Samuel Mallinder on 5th December 1802 and was possibly born on 28th February 1784).
  6. Anne Speight was possibly born in about 1747 and was buried on 7th November 1747 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire (' dau of Matthew of Swinton')
  7. Godfrey Speight was baptised on 27th March 1749 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire ('son of Matthew'). He married Rachel Ryley on 24th November 1768 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire. Godfrey & Rachel had at least three children. He possibly (maybe another Godfrey) married secondly Anne Speight on 31st May 1787 in St Peter's Cathedral, Sheffield, Yorkshire. (Source 8 says Godfrey's occupation was a Potter at the Don Pottery. He lived in Swinton and was shown as assessed for Land Tax for Swinton in 1782-1785. He supplied Reeds to the church in 1771 & 1775. Godfrey was buried on 28th September 1787 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire, aged 38 years(of Swinton). His wife, Mary!!! was buried there on 22nd December 1787 (the widow of Godfrey Speight ).
    1. Matthew Speight was born in about 1769 and was buried on 24th July 1769 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire ('son of Godfrey').
    2. William Speight was baptised on 19th November 1770 in Swinton, Yorkshire (source 8). He possibly married firstly Sarah Law on 31st October 1793 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire (shown as Spight) - Sarah was the daughter of Benjamin Law & Elizabeth. Sarah was buried on 28th January 1806 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire (wife of William, aged 32 years). He married secondly Mary Kemp ( born on 1st February 1783, the daughter of John Kemp) on 12th July 1807 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire (source 8). William's occupation was described as a painter. William was possibly shown in the 1841 census for Wath on Dearne as age 70 and he was buried on 30th April 1843 in Swinton, Yorkshire (age 73). Mary was shown as a widow & land propreietress in the 1851 census and was buried on 20th April 1853 in Swinton, Yorkshire (aged 70). (William & Sarah had maybe six children (i-vi). William & Mary had four children (vii-x). (some may be children of others - there are a number of Williams so getting the correct parenthood is difficult- see also child 1A).
      1. John Speight was baptised on 12th February 1795 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire.(William, son of Godfrey &Rachel Speight of Swinton; Sarah, daughter of Benjamin & Elizabeth Law of Swinton) He died in about 1843 in Rockingham, Swinton, Yorkshire (source 8)
      2. Charles Speight was born in about 1797 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire. He was buried on 25th June 1797 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire, ('son of William & Sarah aged 1 year').
      3. Thomas Speight was born in about 1798 in Wentworth,Yorkshire. He died in about 1801 in Wentworth, Yorkshire (source 8)
      4. Mary Speight was baptised on 28th July 1799 in Swinton, Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire (dau of William & Sarah).(Note dates inconsistent with i - source is Family Search and is unconfirmed)
      5. Elizabeth Speight was born in about 1802 in Swinton,Yorkshire. She was buried on 25th September 1805 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire (dau of William, aged 3 years).
      6. George Speight was born in about 1805 in Swinton,Yorkshire. He was buried on 18th September 1808 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire (son of William , aged 3 years)
      7. George Speight was born on 16th June and was baptised on 17th July 1808 in Swinton, Yorkshire (dau of William & Mary - William, son of Godfrey, a Potter; Mary, daughter of John Kemp ). (source 5 also shows record in Wath upon Dearne for 7th July). He became a famous porcelain painter as one of the "Rockingham artists" group. He possibly died in about 1879
      8. Sarah Speight was born on 18th March and was baptised on 15th April 1810 in Swinton, Yorkshire (dau of William & Mary - William, son of Godfrey; Mary, daughter of John Kemp ).(source 5 also shows record in Wath upon Dearne for 21st April)
      9. Elizabeth Speight was probably born on 13th May (or maybe 3rd) and was baptised on 1st June 1812 in Swinton, Yorkshire (dau of William & Mary- William, son of Godfrey; Mary, daughter of John Kemp ).
      10. William Speight was born on 6th December and was baptised on 26th December 1813 in Swinton, Yorkshire. (dau of William & Mary - William, son of Godfrey; Mary, daughter of John Kemp).
    3. John Speight was born in about 1772 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire (derived as no birth details found). He married Anne Marr on 19th January 1795 in Rotherham, Yorkshire (Anne was the daughter of Samuel Marr & Elizabeth). John was a Cordwainer (shoemaker) living in Thorpe. John was buried on 5th April 1832 in Wentworth, Yorkshire. John & Anne had four children.
      1. Hannah Speight was baptised on 14th February 1796 in Wentworth, Yorkshire (dau of John & Anne - John son of Godfrey & Rachel Speight of Swinton; Anne dau of Samuel & Elizabeth Marr of Thorpe. John was a shoemaker of Thorpe). (Source 8 says possibly born on 2nd February)
      2. Thomas Speight was baptised on 11th March 1798 in Wentworth, Yorkshire (dau of John & Anne - John son of Godfrey & Rachel Speight of Swinton; Anne dau of Samuel & Elizabeth Marr of Thorpe. John was a shoemaker of Thorpe ).
      3. Charles Speight was baptised on 6th April 1800 in Wentworth, Yorkshire (dau of John & Anne - John a cordwainer). (Source 8 says born on 24th March and married Sarah Parkin on 30th January 1826 in Wath upon Deane, Yorkshire.).
      4. Elizabeth Speight was baptised on 10th April 1803 in Wentworth, Yorkshire (dau of John & Anne - John a cordwainer). (Source 8 says she married Isaac Buler/Butcher in 1827.
      5. Anne Speight was baptised on 7th March 1807 in Wentworth, Yorkshire. She possibly married Samuel Notts in 1824 (all source 8).
      6. Mary Speight was baptised on 3rd December 1809 in Wentworth, Yorkshire . She possibly married John Parkin (all source 8).

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  1. The common theme linking this family group to that of William 1767 is the name Matthew. William 1767 second son was called Matthew indicating a strong parentage link.
  2. Swinton & Wentworth were chapeleries within the parish of Wath upon Dearne.
  3. For the period 1689 - 1717 (age at marriage of 16 to age 60 at birth of youngest child), There were at least two Matthew Speights born in the area.
    1. 28/10/1705 in Woodkirk, son of William
    2. 9/5/1697 in Kippax, son of William
  4. There was also a marriage of a Matthew Speight on 30/03/1741 in Swillington to Martha Evers (but Matthew probably died shortly afterwards as a son Matthew was born on 15/12/1741 to mother Martha) and also a marriage on 7/5/1727 in Pontefract to Anne Morrice
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  1. WATH UPON DEARNE: General Information
    1. Wath-upon-Dearne (also known as Wath-on-Dearne or simply Wath) is a township, in the parish of its name, on the south side of the Dearne Valley in the historic county of the West Riding of Yorkshire and the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, lying 5 miles (8 km) north of Rotherham, almost midway between Barnsley and Doncaster.  Wath itself has not much to boast as a place of manufactures or trade ; but in some parts of the parish were extensive potteries, furnaces and collieries. The parish church, which is dedicated to All Saints, is an edifice of some antiquity : the living is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the dean and canons of Christ church, Oxford . The parish contained, in 1831, 6,927 inhabitants, and the township 1,149 of that number." Until the mid-19th century the town was home to a racecourse of regional importance, linked to the estate at nearby Wentworth; the racecourse later fell into disuse although traces of the original track can easily be found between Wath and Swinton and its memory is left in local street names.There also was a pottery at Newhill, close to deposits of clay, although this always lived under the shadow of the nearby Rockingham Pottery in Swinton. Around the turn of the 19th century the poet and newspaper editor James Montgomery, resident in Wath at that time, described it as "the Queen of villages". This rural character was to change rapidly in the 19th and 20th century with the development of the deep mining industry .
    2. Swinton, is a chapelry, in the parish of Wath-upon-Dearne, about 3km south from Wath. The town was once a centre for the manufacture of ceramics of international importance; deep coal mining, glassmaking, canal barge-building andengineering also featured. It is best known for being the site of the Rockingham Pottery, a world-famous manufacturer of porcelain. There were several other potteries in the area during the 19th century . The chapelry contained, in 1831, 1,252 inhabitants.
      The Rockingham Pottery was one of many local industries supported by the Fitzwilliam family. The pottery was based in Swinton, a few miles from Wentworth village. It was originally established by Joseph Flint in 1745 but was taken over by the Brameld family in 1806 with the backing of the 4th Earl Fitzwilliam. The Earl also stepped in to save the pottery in 1825 when it was almost made bankrupt and it was around this time that the trademark Rockingham porcelain first went into production.The Rockingham china, with it’s distinctive Griffin crest, soon became world famous and was purchased by many of the leading nobles of the day. Sadly production was very short lived: the last major undertaking to produce a 200 piece dessert service for King William IV seemed to have been achieved at the expense of commercial viability and the pottery closed in 1842.
      Part of the Rockingham Pottery collection on display at Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham -
    3. Wentworth, is a village and chapelry, in the parish of Wath-upon-Dearne, about 6km south west from Wath. The village's history is dominated by the Wentworth, Watson-Wentworth and Wentworth-Fitzwilliam families who lived in Wentworth Woodhouse. They also owned perhaps most of the land in the village. Wentworth gained some independence when the Fitzwilliam family line ended in 1979. The Earl Fitzwilliams (or Wentworth-Fitzwilliams) took over in 1782 and were responsible for much of the early industrial development in the area, establishing numerous mines and factories in the surrounding towns and villages . It is a place unimportant as regards trade. For a small village, Wentworth is unusual in that it has two churches – the partly ruined (but still occasionally used) old church and the Victorian new church. Wentworth old church is believed to have medieval origins, with mouldings dating back to the late 13th century. Sadly it is now mostly in ruins, having been largely disused since the opening of the new church in 1877. The chancel and North Chapel remain intact, however, and are still sometimes used for services and concerts.The remaining building now acts mainly as a home for an interesting collection of monuments to various generations of the Wentworth family. The population of the chapelry in 1831, was 1,394. Wentworth Parish is one of the largest rural parishes in Rotherham. It covers the communities of Wentworth, Harley, Nether Haugh and Barley Hole and has a population of approximately 1300 people.
  2. Settlement certificate: 24th February 1734 shows Matthew Speight, Mary his wife and William their son being allowed to remove from Long Houghton (=Great Houghton) to Swinton.
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  1. Ancestry Yorkshire Parish Records CD (North Riding & West Riding)
  2. Wath upon Dearne parish register 1598-1778
  3. Rotherham parish registers-marriages 1540-1798
  4. GenuKI - Swinton & Wentworth Parish Registers http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/YKS/WRY/Wathupondearne/index.html
  5. British Isles Vital Record Index- Family Search
  6. IGI (International Genealogical Index: Latter-day Saints) - batches of parish records: see LINKS-Research Web sites
  7. Latter day Saints - Family Search: For initial identification of details only
  8. Elizabeth Burden (In New Zealand) who has researched the Speight family comprehensively with added information from Colin Mangham - lizb@sherwoodprimary.school.nz
  9. GEN UKI who show Parish Register transcripts for various Yorkshire villages http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/YKS/WRY/index.html