Peter Brown Family History

William Speight (c1490)

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William Speight w as probably one of my early ancestors but the exact link has not yet been found. It is thought that the Speights in West Yorkshire originated from the Dewsbury area and spread into the adjacent parishes (Bateley, Methley, Rothwell and then Wakefield). There was also an smaller enclave in North Yorkshire in North Burton.

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William Speight was born in about 1490 possibly in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. He was shown as a church warden in Dewsbury on 23rd March 1543. He was possibly buried on 1st March 1557 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (of Chidsell).

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William Speight had maybe possibly six children. However there is no definite proof that the following were children of William.

Sarah Henry Jane Elizabeth Hannah John Joseph
  1. William Speight was born in about 1515 possibly in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. It is presumed that William married amd moved to Rothwell (about 10km away) as the time line fits. There are no further records of Speights in Rothwell following William's death until about 1635 so the family probably moved back to Dewsbury. He maybe possibly married secondly Anne Hayudsley on 7th August 1548 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. Anne was probably buried on 5th January 1559 in Rothwell, Yorkshire. William possibly married thirdly Agnes Lynlay on 21st October 1564 in Rothwell, Yorkshire (but may have been his son-william). William was possibly buried on 21st February 1579 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, (shown as Wilym Spight), and his wife was buried there on 10th June 1581 ('un-named wife of William Spight'). William in his first marriage had three children and William & Anne had four children. It is also possible that this William was a son of a Richard as his first child was called Richard.
    1. Richard Speight was baptised on 2nd February 1540 in Rothwell, Yorkshire (son of William).
    2. William Speight was baptised on 3rd February 1542 in Rothwell, Yorkshire (no parents shown). William was possibly buried on 11th November 1575 in Rothwell, Yorkshire (but may have been his father)
    3. George Speight was baptised on 16th May 1544 in Rothwell, Yorkshire (no parents shown). George possibly married Jenet Oldrood on 22nd July 1582 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. George & Jenet had three children.
      1. James Speight (Spight) was baptised on 18th December 1583 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of George).
      2. Grace Speight was baptised on 21st April 1587 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of George) and she was buried there on 24th October 1588 ('dau of George').
      3. Mary Speight was baptised on 7th December 1589 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (dau of George).
    4. Gilbert Speight was baptised in July 1549 in Rothwell, Yorkshire (son of William).
    5. Richard Speight was baptised in July 1549 in Rothwell, Yorkshire (son of William). Richard possibly had five children in Methley, about 5km from Rothwell
      1. William Speight was baptised on 12th December 1569 in Methley, Yorkshire (son of Richard).
      2. John Speight was baptised on 15th May 1572 in Methley, Yorkshire (son of Richard).
      3. Anne Speight was baptised on 8th November 1573 in Methley, Yorkshire (dau of Richard).
      4. Samuel Speight (Samuvell) was baptised on 31st March 1576 in Methley, Yorkshire (son of Richard).
      5. Anne Speight was baptised on 2nd April 1579 in Methley, Yorkshire (dau of Richard) and was buried there on 16th April 1579.
    6. Edmund Speight was baptised on 2nd June 1550 in Rothwell, Yorkshire (son of William).
    7. Jenet Speight (Genet Speyght) was baptised on 20th March 1551 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of William).
  2. Matthew Speight was born in about 1515 possibly in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. He was shown as a church warden in Dewsbury on 16th March 1571. Matthew was probably buried on 16th December 1578 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (shown as Mathew Spight).
    1. Sibell Speight was born in about 1536 possibly in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (she may not have been a child of Matthew). She possibly married John Alot on 10th October 1558 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
    2. Alice Speight was baptised on 25th November 1538 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Mathew) and she was buried there on 25th May 1539 ('Alic, child of Mathew Spight')..
    3. Elizabeth Speight (Spight) was baptised on 26th December 1539 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Mathew).
    4. Robert Speight was baptised on 24th December 1540 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Mathew).
    5. Isabell Speight (Issabell Spight) was baptised on 21st May 1542 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Mathew).
    6. Nicholesse Speight was baptised on 17th February 1544 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Mathew).
    7. Alice Speight (Alys Speyght) was baptised on 10th December 1545 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Mathew)
    8. William Speight was born in about 1546 and was buried on 18th March 1547 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire ('child of Matho Speyght')
    9. Matthew Speight (M... Speyght) was baptised on 26th November 1547 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Matho - only the first letter m is shown, so Matthew is assumed).
    10. James Speight (Speyght) was baptised on 23rd October 1549 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Mathewe) and he was buried there on 12th October 1558 ('child of Mathew Speght').
    11. Marie Speight (Speyght) was baptised on 2nd February 1553 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Mathew).
    12. William Speight (Wilyn Speyght) was baptised on 12th November 1560 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Mathew).
  3. Richard Speight was born in about 1515 possibly in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. He married . His wife was buried on 24th December 1575 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire ('un-named wife of Rychard Spight') and Richard was buried there on 21st May 1578 (shown as Rychard).
    1. Jane Speight was born in about 1535 possibly in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (she may not have been a child of Richard). She possibly married Robert Olred on 11th August 1560 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
    2. Richard Speight was born in about 1535 possibly in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. Richard had four children.
      1. Ano Speight (Spyght) was baptised on 9th May 1561 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Ryc).
      2. Richard Speight (Speyght) was baptised on 25th January 1563 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Rychard). Richard had five children.
        1. Philemon Speight was baptised on 11th March 1582 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Richard). He probably married Anne Flore on 31st January 1608 in Methley, Yorkshire. Philemon & Anne had at least one child.
          1. Margaret Speight was baptised on 3rd November 1611 in Methley, Yorkshire (son of Pheleman).
        2. Brice Speight was baptised on 19th March 1584 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Richard).
        3. William Speight was baptised on 13thSeptember 1587 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Richard).
        4. Jenet Speight was baptised on 11th May 1590 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (dau of Richard).
        5. Valentyne Speight was baptised on 21st April 1592 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (son of Richard).
      3. William Speight was baptised on 10th March 1565 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Richard). He had three children
        1. Richard Speight was baptised on 18th April 1586 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of William) and he was probably buried there on 30th April 1586 ('un-named child of William').
        2. Ano Speight was baptised on 12th May 1589 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (son of William)
        3. Thomas Speight was baptised on 31st October 1592 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (son of William) and he was buried there on 1st November 1592 ('son of William').
        4. Richard Speight was baptised on 27th February 1594 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (son of William of Chidsell) and he was buried there on 5th May 1594 ('son of William of Chidsell').
      4. John Speight was baptised on 24th February 1567 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Richard).
    3. Elizabeth Speight (Spight) was baptised on 4th February 1539 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Richard).
    4. Sibell Speight (Sibile Spightt) was baptised on 31st December 1540 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Richard).
    5. Marmaduke Speight (Spight) was baptised on 15th March 1543 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Richard). He had four children.
      1. Susan Speight was baptised on 6th January 1586 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Marmaduke).
      2. William Speight was baptised on 13th September 1588 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Marmaduke).
      3. Sibell Speight was baptised on 7th October 1593 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (dau of Marmaduke) and she was buried there on 23rd October 1593 (' dau of Marmaduke').
      4. Grace Speight was baptised on 7th October 1593 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (dau of Marmaduke).
    6. Robert Speight (Speyght) was baptised on 24th December 1545 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Ryc). He maybe married Jane Ackeroid on 9th June 1572 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (but could have been Robert, son of Matthew). Robert & Jane had four children.
      1. James Speight was baptised on 16th November 1572 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Robert).
      2. Margaret Speight was baptised on 1st March 1575 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Robert).
      3. Edward Speight was baptised on 12th November 1577 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Robert) and he was buried there on 10th July 1579 ('child of Robert').
      4. Elizabeth Speight (Spight) was baptised on 18th December 1582 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Robert).
      5. Etheldread Speight was baptised on 8th May 1587 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Robert) and was buried there on 18th February 1596.
  4. Robert Speight was born in about 1518 possibly in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. Robert was probably buried on 6th November 1578 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (shown as Spight).
    1. Oswold Speight (Spightt) was buried on 25th July 1540 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Robert).
    2. Nicholas Speight (Nycolas Spightt) was baptised on 6th May 1540 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire (child of Robert).
  5. Jenet Speight was born in about 1524 possibly in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. She possibly married Robert Crosbe on 25th January 1545 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
  6. Elizabeth Speight was born in about 1528 possibly in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. She possibly married Nicholas Wylbe (Nycoles) on 28th June 1551 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire

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  1. There were numerous differant spellings of "Speight" in the parish registers eg Speight, Spight, Spightt, Speyght, Speght, Spyght, Speighte, Spyghtt
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  1. Ancestry Yorkshire Parish Records CD (North Riding & West Riding)
  2. Dewsbury parish register 1538-1653
  3. Rothwell Parish Register transcripts
  4. British Isles Vital Record Index- Family Search
  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