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Jane Hall [ha.3]

Jane Hall was the third child of John Hall & Margaret Slack, born Oct-December 1842 at South Hetton & christened September 3rd 1843 at Easington, Co Durham.

Jane was living at South Hetton in 1851 with her parents, 3 brothers & 1 sister. Her father was a coal miner.

In 1861 Jane was working as a servant for Mary & William Graham, a grocer, at Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham. Visiting at that time was a nephew of the Graham’s – William Hill (19).

Jane married John Speed on October 31st 1865, at the Parish Church, Sunderland. At the time of the marriage John was a cabinet maker & both gave their residence as 27 High St, Sunderland. John was born Oct-December 1837 at Easington Lane, Co Durham, the son of Elizabeth & Joseph Speed, a coal miner.

Jane & John's marriage certificate

In 1871 Jane & John were living at Wheatley Hill, Wingate, Co Durham & John was a joiner. They had 2 children – John (5) & Joseph (3).

By 1881 they had moved to Durham City & were living at 28 Durham Row, Framwellgate Moor. John was a joiner at the coal mine & they now had 6 sons – John, a labourer at the coal mine, Joseph, Robert (10), William (7), Frederick (4) & Alfred (4 months).

In 1891 they were living at the same address & John was now described as a joiner. Sons at home were Joseph, a colliery screenman, Robert, a coal miner, William, a putter of coal, Frederick, a tailor, Alfred & Henry (7).

They continued to live at Durham Row in 1901 & John was now a cabinet maker & newsagent. At home were Joseph, a master over belt boys at the colliery, Robert, a shifter at the coal mine, James Wm, a hewer, Frederick, a brick layer, Alfred, a cabinet maker & Henry, a carman.

There is a death recorded for John Speed, aged 66, in Durham in July-September 1906.

In 1911 widowed Jane was still living at Framwellgate Moor, Durham with sons Joseph, a lamp lighter, Robert, a stoneman at the mine, (James) William, a coal miner hewer & Frederick, a bricklayer. It was noted on the census that all 7 children were still alive. 

Son Alfred had married Elizabeth Richardson from Framwellgate Moor in 1906. In 1911 Alfred & Elizabeth were living at Front St, Framwellgate Moore where Alfred was a joiner & cabinet maker, & they had a son John & a daughter Doris.

Jane died in October 1912, aged 69, & was buried on October 24th, 1912 at St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, Durham.

The children of Jane Hall & John Speed were:

ha.3.1 John Speed born c1865 at Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole, Co. Durham
ha. 3.2 Joseph Speed born April-June 1868 at Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham
ha.3.3 Robert Speed born April-June 1871 at Wheatley Hill, Wingate, Co Durham
ha.3.4 James William Speed born Jan-March 1874 at Framwellgate Moor, Durham
ha.3.5 Frederick Speed born Jan-March 1877 at Sunderland Bridge, Durham
ha.3.6 Alfred Speed born Jan-March 1881 at Framwellgate Moor, Durham
ha.3.7 Henry Speed born Oct-December 1883 at Framwellgate Moor, Durham


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