Peter Brown Family History

William Speight (1767) & Mary Maw

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General History

William Speight & Mary Maw were one of my 6th generation ancestors.

Key Dates:

William Speight was possibly baptised on 6th February 1767 in Rotherham, Yorkshire the son of William Speight & Hannah Jenkinson who was a son of Matthew Speight & Mary Newbot.(source 8).
William married Mary Maw on 18th April 1786 in St Peter's Cathedral, Sheffield, Yorkshire. (source 8). He was buried on 25th December 1822 in Wath upon Deane, Yorkshire aged 55 years.

Mary Maw was baptised on 24th April 1768 in Thrybergh (source 8). She was the daughter of John & Elizabeth Maw. She was buried on 25th March 1838 in Wath Upon Deane, Yorkshire aged 70 years.

 

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William & Mary had possibly eight children, (some may be children of others - there are a number of Williams so getting the correct parenthood is difficult-see also William 1770 son of Godfrey, son of Matthew)

John Matthew Rhodia Hannah Mary James George Thomas
  1. John Speight was born on 9th January (or maybe 19th) and was baptised on 25th March 1787 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire (son of William & Mary Maw - William, son of Ano & Anne Speight, Mary dau of John & Elizabeth Maw). He married Rachel Ellis on 5th September 1803 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire ( source is "York Marriage Bonds and Allegations Index  1613-1839"-British Origins :John was shown as age 21 of Wath and Rachel age 21 of Wath ). John's occupation was a pottery painter. John & Rachel had one child (A). He possibly married secondly Elizabeth and had three children (B-D). (all source 4)
    1. Hannah Speight was born on 29th July and was baptised on 2nd September 1804 in Swinton,Yorkshire (dau of John & Rachel - John, son of William; Rachel, daughter of ? Bolton).
    2. Sarah Speight was baptised on 18th October 1818 in Swinton,Yorkshire (dau of John & Elizabeth).
    3. Henry Speight was born on 28th July and was baptised on 2nd September 1821 in Swinton,Yorkshire (dau of John & Elizabeth).
    4. Hannah Speight was born on 30th June and was baptised on 27th July 1823 in Swinton,Yorkshire (dau of John & Elizabeth). Hannah was buried on 11th April 1844 in Swinton, Yorkshire (' aged 21').
  2. Matthew Speight was born on 10th July and baptised on 28th July 1788 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire (son of William & Mary Maw - William, son of William Speight, Mary dau of John & Elizabeth Maw) (source 5). He married Mary Askew on 13th April 1812 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire. Matthew & Mary had nine children (source 8)
    1. Anne Speight (Spight) was born on 7th August and was baptised on 30th August 1812 in Swinton, Yorkshire (dau of Matthew & Mary- Matthew, son of William; Mary, daughter of William Askew ) .
    2. William Speight was baptised on 4th June 1815 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire. He was buried on 1st March 1893 in Kilnhurst, Yorkshire. He married Kezia A Duck on 13th June 1839 in Sheffield.
    3. Patience Speight was baptised on 19th April in Thrybergh, Sheffield, Yorkshire.(source 8)
    4. George Speight was born on 1st Decemberl 1820 and was baptised on 18th December in Thrybergh, Sheffield,Yorkshire.(source 8)
    5. John Speight was baptised on 2nd June 1823 in Thrybergh, Sheffield,Yorkshire.(source 8)
    6. Charles Speight was baptised on 20th August 1825 in Thrybergh, Sheffield,Yorkshire.(source 8)
    7. Sarah Speight was born on 2nd May 1828 and was baptised on 25th May in Thrybergh, Sheffield,Yorkshire.(source 8)
    8. Mary Speight was born on 20th November 1833 and was baptised on 14th July in Thrybergh, Sheffield,Yorkshire.(source 8)
    9. Henry Speight was baptised on 1st November 1835 in Thrybergh, Sheffield,Yorkshire.(source 8)
  3. Rhodia Speight was born in about 1790 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire. (derived and may not be a daughter of William) She had a child (source 5)
    1. Charles Bramma Speight was born on 9th December and was baptised on 27th December 1812 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire.
  4. Hannah Speight was born in about 1790 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire. (derived and may not be a daughter of William). She married Joseph Bullough on 29th July 1811 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire (source is Family Search and is unconfirmed). Hannah & Joseph had a child
    1. Sarah Bullough was born on 7th December and was baptised on 27th December 1812 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire.
  5. Mary Speight was born in about 1790 in Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire. (derived and may not be a daughter of William). She married George Longden on 19th May 1811 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire (source is Family Search and is unconfirmed). Mary & George had two children.
    1. Elizabeth Longden was born on 25th November and was baptised on 27th December 1812 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire.
    2. John Longden was baptised on 4th June 1815 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire.
  6. James Speight was probably born on 22nd October and was baptised on 29th October 1796 in Swinton, Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire (son of William & Mary). James married Hannah Marsden. Details of James Speight & Hannah Marsden are shown separately as they are direct ancestors.
  7. George Speight was born on 13th January and was baptised on 18th March 1799 in Swinton, Wath upon Dearne,Yorkshire. (son of William).(source 5 & 8). He possibly married Elizabeth Richardson on 11th September 1826 in Wath upon Deane, Yorkshire (source 8). George & Elizabeth had six children (William 1828, Jane, Mary, Sarah, Sarah Anne, George)- (source 8)
  8. Thomas Speight was born on 15th March and was baptised on 25th September 1805 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire (son of William).(source 5 & 8)

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  1. There are possibly three William Speights born around this time in this area. William's son James went on to be an Earthernware printer which is consitent with the occupations followed by the family of William c. William b came from a mining family and is therefore less likely to be correct (but possible as first named child was John).
    1. William son of William born in Rotherham (see Matthew Speight 1705- family ref 1A)
    2. William son of John born in Wentworth (see Matthew Speight 1705- family ref 5B)
    3. William son of Godfrey born in Wath upon Dearne (see Matthew Speight 1705- family ref 7B).
  2. Swinton & Wentworth were chapeleries within the parish of Wath upon Dearne.
  3. The common theme linking this family group to that of Matthew 1705 is the name Matthew. William 1767 second son was called Matthew indicating a strong parentage link.
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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.
Sources Returns to 'Top of Page'
  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. FREEBMD (Index of birth, marriages, deaths post 1837)
  8. Elizabeth Burden (In New Zealand) who has researched the Speight family comprehensively with added information from Colin Mangham - lizb@sherwoodprimary.school.nz
  9. Latter day Saints - Family Search: For initial identification of details only