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GIBSON THOMAS CLARKE SPEEDING PERKINS ALDRIDGE MILLER BEECHING
NORGETT SORRELL LINNELL WAIT LANGRIDGE COOK WORSALL BROWNING
WANSEY WELLSTED NOTTIDGE WELSMAN BRAMHALL WASHBURN PIGOTT LINDOP
Chronical of the SPEEDING Family.
Eliza SPEEDING married John CLARKE on the 30th March 1840 at the Parish Church, Frinsbury, Rochester, Eliza's father's name is given as James and his profession a 'carpenter'. Eliza's birth is uncertain. It is given as 15th July 1815 in the CLARKE family Bible but as 13th July 1816 in the baptism register of St Mary's parish Church, St Leonard, Bromley.
Eliza had two younger brothers William born on the 22nd April 1818 and Henry born in 1820. (Unfortunately I have lost the references but assume William's birth date must have come from the baptism register.)
I have no marriage date for Eliza's parents James & Mary SPEEDING. There is a death record of Mary SPEEDING aged 35 years, whose abode was Poplar and who was buried on the 27th of March. There is an account in the 'Burials in the Ground of the Honourable East India Company at Poplar' of a payment of 2 shillings for someone to ring a bell at the funeral.
1927_Poplar_History_White_Horse.pdf
1893_History_of_Limehouse.pdf
1809_CLARK_Family_Bible_Owned_by_C_GIBSON.pdf
Obituary in a newspaper cutting in the CLARK Family bible in the possession of Charles GIBSON.
It reads:-
BOWLEY James. June 1, at his residence, The Cottage, Lee-Road, Lee, James Bowley, Esq., in his 85th year. deeply regretted. Friends, please accept this (the only) intimation.
[It was this mystery cutting which helped Nick DELVES make the connection with Sarah WRENN of Sarah SPEEDING.]
1828_James_BOWLEY_Sarah_WRENN_Person_Sheet.pdf
Additionally :-
From Pam MILES 'Person Sheet' on James BOWLEY sent to Nick DELVES 11 Jan 2007.
"James died of Bronchitis on the 1st June 1886 at The Cottage. His death was in The Times and a cutting which Jane Yates found in her Great Grandmother Bristow's scrapbook reads as follows "On the 1st June at his residence The Cottage, Lee Road, Lee, James Bowley Esq. in his 85th year - deeply regretted. Friends please accept this (the only) intimation".
1886_Death_Certificate_James_BOWLEY.pdf
Registration District, Lewisham
Death in the Sub-district of Lee in the County of Kent.
No 459
First June 1886, The Cottage, Lee Road, Lee
Name, James BOWLEY : Male : 84 yrs : Occupation, Gentleman
Cause of Death, Bronchitis 8 days, Certified by H C BURTON M.R.C.S.
Description of Informant, C W BOWLEY, Son, In attendence, 2, Hamilton Terr Hyde Vale, Greenwich.
When Registered, Fourth June 1886
Registrar, Alfred ?

1871_Census_William_Emma_SPEEDING.pdf
Page 55
69, Garford St, Poplar
William SPEEDING : Head : Married : 52 yrs : Occupation, Trinity Pilot : Born, Poplar Middlesex.
Emma SPEEDING : Wife : 54 yrs : Born, Canterbury, Kent.
Sophia SPEEDING : Daughter : 25 yrs : Occupation, No Occupation : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Louisa SPEEDING : Daughter : 22 yrs : Occupation, No Occupation : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Fanny FARQUARSON : Visitor : Unmarried : 50 yrs : Occupation, No Occupation : Born, Jamaica, West Indies.

1871_Census_Henry_SPEEDING_Family.pdf
RG 10 : Piece 572 : Page 2
9, Charles Place, Bromley, Middlesex.
Henry SPEEDING : Head : Married : 51 yrs : Occupation, Ship Joiner? : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Elizabeth SPEEDING : Wife : Married : 51 yrs : Born, Bromley, Middlesex.
John SPEEDING : Son : Unmarried : 19 yrs : Occupation, Carman : Born, Bromley, Middlesex.
Thomas SPEEDING : Son : Unmarried : 15 yrs : Born, Bromley, Middlesex.
Mary Ann SPEEDING : Daughter : Unmarried : 12 yrs : Born, Bromley, Middlesex.
1871_Census_James_Sarah_BOWLEY.pdf
R.G. 10 : 928 : Page 13
Rockvilla, 57, London Rd., Tunbridge, Kent
[Pam Miles wrote this full address on the 1871 Census document she sent to Nick Delves Jan 2007]
James BOWLEY : Head : Married : 62 yrs : Occupation, Ship Owner (Retired) : Born, Hampshire.
Sarah BOWLEY : Wife : Married : 59 yrs : Born, Hampshire. [Actually born, Liverpool]
1862_Death_Certificate_Eliza_Emma_SPEEDING.pdf
1862 Death in the Sub-district of Bow in the County of Middlesex
No 220
When and where died : Twenty Sixth January 1862, 9 Charles Place, Bromley.
Eliza Emma SPEEDING : Female : 10 months.
Occupation : Daughter of Henry SPEEDING, Joiner.
Cause of Death : Bronchitis, Certified.
Description of Informant, E SPEEDING Mother in attendance, 9 Charles Place Bromley.
When registered : Thirty First January 1862
Signiture of registrar : J Dunstan

1861_Census_Henry_SPEEDING_Family.pdf
RG 9 : Piece 300 : Page 22
9, Charles Place, Bromley, Middlesex.
Henry SPEEDING : Head : Married : 40 yrs : Occupation, Joiner : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Elizabeth SPEEDING : Wife : Married : 40 yrs : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Henry SPEEDING : Son : Unmarried : 16 yrs : Occupation, Ostler : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Betsy SPEEDING : Daughter : Unmarried : 15 yrs : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
John SPEEDING : Son : Unmarried : 10 yrs : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Thomas SPEEDING : Son : Unmarried : 5 yrs : Occupation, Scholar : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Mary Ann SPEEDING : Daughter : Unmarried : 2 yrs : Born, Bromley, Middlesex.

1861_Census_James_Sarah_BOWLEY.pdf
Page 57
2, Warwick Road, Hackney, London.
James BOWLEY : Head : Married : 57 yrs : Occupation, Ship Owner and Ship Builder : Born, Portsmouth?, Hampshire.
Sarah BOWLEY : Wife : Married : 51 yrs : Born, Liverpool, Lancashire.
Edwin BOWLEY : Son : Unmarried : 25 yrs : Occupation, Clerk (Life Assurance) : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Sarah WILSON : Servant : Unmarried : 37 yrs : Occupation, Cook : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Emily CARR? : Servant : Unmarried : 30 yrs : Occupation, Housemaid : Born, Limehouse, Middlesex.

1854_Death_Certificate_Eliza_SPEEDING.pdf
1854 Death in the Sub-district of Poplar in the County of Middlesex
No 182
When and where died : Fourteenth November 1854, 1 North Street
Eliza SPEEDING : Female : 4 months.
Occupation : Daughter of Henry SPEEDING, Ship Joiner.
Cause of Death : Pneumonia 1 week. Diarrhoea 3 weeks, Certified.
Description of Informant, Mary NICKLER present at the death, 15 North Street Poplar.
When registered : Twentieth November 1854.
Signiture of registrar : PP GAGEN

1851_Death_Certificate_James_SPEEDING.pdf
1851 Death in the Sub-district of Poplar in the County of Middlesex
No 236
When and where died : Eighth January 1851, 1 North Street
James SPEEDING : Male : 2 years.
Occupation : Son of Henry SPEEDING, Ship Joiner.
Cause of Death : Measels 4 days, Tabes Mesenterica 9 weeks Certified.
Description of Informant, Henry SPEEDING present at the death, 1 North Street Poplar.
When registered : Eighth January 1851.
Signiture of registrar :W WELDON deputy.

1851_Census_William_and_Emma_SPEEDING.pdf
HO107 : 1556 : Page 703.
19, Garford St, Poplar
William SPEEDING : Head : Married : 35 yrs : Occupation, Pilot : Born, Poplar Middlesex.
Emma SPEEDING : Wife : 35 yrs : Born, Canterbury, Kent.
William SPEEDING : Son : 7 yrs : Born, Poplar Middlesex.
Emma SPEEDING : Daughter : 10 yrs : Born, Poplar Middlesex.
Mary Ann SPEEDING : Daughter : 5 yrs : Born, Poplar Middlesex.
Sophia SPEEDING : Daughter : 4 yrs : Born, Poplar Middlesex.
Louisa SPEEDING : Daughter : 2 yrs : Born, Poplar Middlesex.
Alfred SPEEDING : Son : 2 Months : Born, Poplar Middlesex.
Fanny POWEL? : Servant : 16 yrs : Born, Poplar Middlesex.
1851_Census_Henry_and_Elizabeth_SPEEDING.pdf
HO 107 1556 : Folio 276
North Street, East Side, No 1
Henry SPEEDING : Head : Married : 31 yrs : Occupation, Journeyman Carpenter : Born Poplar.
Elizabeth SPEEDING : Wife : Married : 31 yrs : Born, Bromley.
Henry SPEEDING : Son : Unmarried : 6 yrs : Born, Bromley.
Elizabeth SPEEDING : Daughter : 4 yrs : Born, Bromley.
1851_Census_James_Sarah_BOWLEY.pdf
HO107 : 1556 : Page 19
19, Pennyfields, Poplar, Middlesex
James BOWLEY : Head : Married : 47 yrs : Occupation, Shipbuilder and Ship Joiner / Church Warden : Born, Hampshire.
Sarah BOWLEY : Wife : Married : 44 yrs : Born, Limehouse. [Actually born, Liverpool]
Frederick BOWLEY : Son : Unmarried : 21 yrs : Occupation, Ship Joiner : Born, Limehouse.
Charles BOWLEY : Son : 18 yrs : Occupation, Ship Joiner : Born, Limehouse.
Edwin BOWLEY : Son : 16 yrs : Occupation, Clerk : Born, Limehouse.
Percy BOWLEY : Son : 4 yrs : Born, Limehouse.
Jane WILLIAMS : Servant : Unmarried : 30 yrs : Born, Kent.
Rebecca EMMETT : Servant : Unmarried : 27 yrs : Born, Wiltshire.
1851_Census_Simon_Sarah_KNIGHT.pdf
HO107 : 1556 : Page 20
Dock Superintendants House, Poplar, Middlesex.
Simon KNIGHT : Head : Married : 58 yrs : Occupation, Superintendent Eng? West India Dock Company : Born, Middlesex, London.
Sarah KNIGHT : Wife : Married : 63 yrs : Born, Middlesex, London.
Robert KNIGHT : Son : Unmarried : 33 yrs : Occupation, Clerk to a Ship Owner : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Sibella KNIGHT : Daughter : Unmarried : 31 yrs : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Marianne KNIGHT : Daughter : Unmarried : 27 yrs : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Jane KNIGHT : Daughter : Unmarried : 25? yrs : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
[Next Page 21]
James KNIGHT : Son : Unmarried : 25 yrs : Occupation, Clerk in West India Docks : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
William BOWLEY : Visitor : 7 yrs : Occupation, Instruction at home : Born, Poplar, Middlesex.
Mary CHAPMAN : Servant : Unmarried : 28 yrs : Occupation, House Servant : Born, Lewisham, Kent.
Mary DANIELS : Servant : Unmarried : 21 yrs : Occupation, House Servant : Born, Bideford, Devon.
1848_Death_Certificate_James_Caterson_SPEEDING.pdf
1848 Death in the Sub-district of Poplar in the County of Middlesex.
No 171
When and where died : Eighteenth January 1848, 19 Garford Street Poplar
James Caterson SPEEDING : Male : 3 months.
Occupation : Son of William SPEEDING, Pilot.
Cause of Death : Pneumonia 8 days, Certified.
Description of Informant, Emma SPEEDING present at the death, 19 Garford Street Poplar.
When registered : Twenty Fourth January 1848.
Signiture of registrar : PP GAGEN
1847_Licence_William_SPEEDING_Typed_Out.pdf

1845
Bird's-eye view of the London Docks c 1845
Heritage card No 2
From Frontispiece Antique Prints
London Docks are a mile upstream from West India Docks.

1845
   
1844_Seaman_Ticket_William_SPEEDING.pdf

1843_Marriage_Certificate_SPEEDING_ALDOUS.pdf
Marriage solemnized at Parish Church, Stepney, Middlesex
When and Where, 25 February 1843
Henry SPEEDING : Of full age : Bachelor : Profession, Carpenter :
Residence, Stepney :
Fathers name, James SPEEDING : Profession of Father, Carpenter.
Elizabeth ALDOUS : Of full age : Spinster : Residence, Stepney :
Fathers name, John ALDOUS : Profession of Father, Carpenter
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns by me, J. HARRISON
This marriage was solemnized between us, H SPEEDING, E ALDOUS.
In the presence of us : J ALDOUS, A ALDOUS

1842_Birth_Certificate_William_SPEEDING.pdf
Registration District Stepney
Birth in the Sub-district of Limehouse in the County of Middlesex.
No 123
March the Fifth 1842, Ruggs Place, Limehouse
William : Male
Name of Father, William SPEEDING
Name of Mother, Emma SPEEDING formerly BIRD
Occupation of Father, Lighterman.
Description of Informant, William SPEEDING Father, Ruggs Place, Limehouse.
Registered, March the Twenty First 1842.
Regsitrar, Adolphus BARNETT?

1841_Census_James_Sarah_BOWLEY.pdf
HO107 : 702 : Book 10 : Folio 22-25
13, Emmett Street, Poplar, Middlesex.
James BOWLEY : 35 yrs : Occupation, Clerk : Born, Outside Middlesex County.
Sarah BOWLEY : 30 yrs : Born, Outside Middlesex County.
Frederic BOWLEY : 11 yrs : Born, Middlesex.
Thomas BOWLEY : 8 yrs : Born, Middlesex.
Sydney BOWLEY : 8 Months : Born, Middlesex.
Penelope MARSHALL : 35 yrs : Occupation, Servant : Born, Outside Middlesex County.
Eliza GIBBONS : 16 yrs : Occupation, Servant : Born, Outside Middlesex County.

1841_Census_Simon_Sarah_KNIGHT.pdf
HO107 : 0702 : 3 : ~F31
New Road, Poplar, Middlesex.
Simon KNIGHT : 45 yrs : Occupation, Superintendent : Born, In Middlesex County.
Sarah KNIGHT : 50 yrs : Born, In Middlesex County.
Robert KNIGHT : 20 yrs : Occupation, Clerk : Born, In Middlesex County.
Sibella KNIGHT : 20 yrs : Born, In Middlesex County.
Marianna KNIGHT : 15 yrs : Born, In Middlesex County.
Jane KNIGHT : 15 yrs : Born, In Middlesex County.
James KNIGHT : 13 yrs : Born, In Middlesex County.
1839_Marriage_Certificate_SPEEDING_BIRD.pdf
Marriage solemnized at Parish Church, Bromley St Leonard, Middlesex : 19th May 1839.
William SPEEDING : Of full age : Bachelor : Profession, Lighter Man :
Residence, Bromley :
Fathers name, Deceased : Profession of Father, A blank line.
Emma BIRD : Of full age : Spinster : Residence, Bromley :
Fathers name, John BIRD : Profession of Father, Warehouse Keeper?
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England by Banns by me, ? H Allen, Curate.
This marriage was solemnized between us, William SPEEDING, Emma BIRD.
In the presence of us : Samual WARDE? Eliza OSBORN?
1839_Death_Certificate_James_Lowther_SPEEDING.pdf
Registration District, Greenwich.
1839 Death in the Sub-district of Greenwich West in the County of Kent.
No 435
1839, January 8th at 3 o'clock in the afternoon at 12, Church Fields, Greenwich.
Name, James Lowther SPEEDING.
Male : 76 yrs : Occupation, Shoemaker.
Cause of Death, Decay of Nature.
Description of Informant, Norah SPEEDING, Widow, 12 Church Fields Greenwich.
When Registered, 1839 January 9th.
Registrar, Robert SUTER.
1838_Deaths_Index_SPEEDING.pdf
1837_Birth_Certificate_Percy_BOWLEY.pdf
Registration District, Poplar
Birth in the Sub-district of Poplar in the County of Middlesex.
No 172
21 October
15 Emmett Street, Poplar
Percy Wallis BOWLEY
Name of Father, James BOWLEY.
Name of Mother, Sarah BOWLEY formerly WREN.
Occupation of Father, Gentleman.
Description of Informant, J BOWLEY the father.
When Registered, 29th November.
Registrar, Thomas Williams GEORGE?
1826_Burial_Register_Poplar_Chapel.pdf
1826_Burial_Mary_SPEEDING.pdf
1826_Burial_Index_Poplar_Chapel.pdf

1821_Census_Jaz_SPEEDING.pdf
Original information held at Tower Hamlets Local History Library in two volumes entitled "Census 1821" - Page 109
East of London Family History Society Parish Returns Series No: 3
Poplar 1821
Jas? SPEEDING North Street
Number of Males 3
Number of Females 2
Total number 5

1820_Will_Sarah_SPEEDING.pdf
PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE 0208 392 5330
The National Archives
Catalogue Reference: Prob 11/1638 Image Reference: 328/ 330
* [10] – Is the tenth line on the actual document

This is the last Will and testament of me Sarah SPEEDING of Poplar in the County of Middlesex Widow.
I give, devise and bequeath unto my son James SPEEDING his executors administrators and assigns all that copyhold ? or ? hold under the Manor of Stepney herewith ? ? now in the occupation of Francis BAXTER being a wooden house situate No 1 North Street, Poplar, to be held by him after the custom of the said Manor for ever and give devise bequeath unto James SPEEDING for and during the term of his natural life all those copyhold messuage ? [10] held under the said Manor of Stepney and was in ? or occupation of Martin JOSA PRATT SINTA?
Joseph STRACUS? OWIN and Being six normal houses situate No.s 2.3.4.5.6 and 7 in North Street, Poplar with all there Rig? M? and appurtenances hereto belonging after that custom of the said Manor and from and after the situate to be divided amongst all and every his child and children that shall be living at his death equally.
And give devise and bequeath unto Simon KNIGHT his executors administrators and assigns for ever all that copyhold [20] ? or ? now in my own occupation being a house and garden and stable? Situate No 8. North Street, Poplar, aforesaid and also my four copyhold tenements adjoining between? The said house together with my large garden bounded on the North side by Mr SERS ground and on the East side by the Common ? and on the South side by Mr CARRIES? Ground and on the West side by the said ? ? to held? According to the custom of the said Manor.
I give, devise bequeath unto my daughter Sarah KNIGHT wife of Simon KNIGHT All that copyhold estate in the occupation of Bartholemew Collingwood? [NEW PAGE] known by the sign of the White Horse situate in High Street, Poplar. All [30] together with the outhouse yard and garden together with our other garden behind and now in the occupation of the said Simon KNIGHT for and during the term of his natural life independent of the pursuit or any after taken husband and for receipt to be a good and sufficient ? and from and immediately after ? ? .
I give, devise and bequeath the said ? unto her daughter Sarah WRENN her executors administrators and assigns for ever.
I give and bequeath all my ? furniture ? writing apparel, watches that my be in and about my ? dwelling house at the time of my decease unto my said daughter Sarah KNIGHT for her absolute use and benefit and whereas I am ? of a [40] policy of ? from her offer of her ? for the? On my life for the sum of two hundred pounds payable at my decease and on the receipt whereof and ? my executor to pay out of the said monies the following ?
To James SPEEDING ninety pounds. To Sarah KNIGHT (wife of Simon KNIGHT) the sum of one hundred pounds independent of covenant and her receipt alone to be a sufficient ? for that same to my sister Mary SPEEDING the sum of ten pounds and provided she should not survive my term, I give her said sum of ten pounds to my grand daughter Sarah WRENN.
I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my property whatsoever and whensoever unto my son James SPEEDING and I hereby nominate ? and appoint [50] Simon KNIGHT sole executor of this my last will and testament.
2
In witness whereof I the said Sarah SPEEDING have to this my last will outlined on two sheets of paper on my hand and seal to wit my hand to the first sheet and my hand and seal to this second and last sheet. This eleventh day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen.
Sarah SPEEDING. Signed, sealed, published and declared by her said Sarah SPEEDING her Estrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in her presence of care ? have subscribed out named as witnesses 196, KNIGHT Road ? ? ? ?Samual SHAW [60] William THOMPSON

Whereas I Sarah SPEEDING of Poplar in the County of Middlesex, Widow, have made my last will and testament in writing ? ? the eleventh day of November one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and have thereby given and bequeathed all the rest and residue of my property whereupon and wheresoever unto my son James SPEEDING now ? ? hereby revoke and make void the said residuary bequest.
And I so hereby give and bequeath all the ? and ? of my ? estate and effects whatsoever and whensoever unto my son-in-law Simon KNIGHT (the sole executor appointed in and by my said will) his executors administrators [70] and assigns. And I give and ? unto my brother James SPEEDING of Greenwich? in the County of Kent, shoemaker the sum of fifty pounds ? ? ? per ? annuitied to be paid to him by my said executor by weekly payments of seven shillings per week.
And I also give, and bequeath unto the said Simon KNIGHT his executors, administrators and assigns the sum of one hundred pounds ? Mary five per cent annuited.
In ? for my grand daughter Sarah WRENN and the same to be applied and disposed of by him or them ? ? ? in such way and manor as ? ? ? in his or their discretion shall or may think will prove most advantageous to her my said grand daughter .
And I hereby ratify and confirm my said last [80] will and testament in all ? ? so far as the same is ? ? or revoked .
And I do hereby ? this to be a codicil to my said last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty.
Sarah SPEEDING. Signed, sealed, published and [NEW PAGE] declared by the said Sarah SPEEDING as and for a codicil to her last will and testament in her presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of ? ? ? hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses S Soms? 12 Coptawall Court , London RL TUCKER
Proved at London with a Codicil the 2nd January 1821 before this ? upper ? court ? of ? ? by the Oath of Simon KNIGHT The sole Executor to whom administration was granted having been first ? ? to administer.

1818_Oath_of_Edward_SPEEDING.pdf
1816_Birth_Eliza_SPEEDING.pdf
Page 25, St. Leonards, Bromley microfilm 1255, Tower Hamlets Local
History Library, 277 Bancroft Rd., London.
The date of birth is written by the 'When Baptised' column.

In the CLARK family bible, possession of Charles Herbert GIBSON, Eliza SPEEDING birth date given as 15 Jul 1815.

1815_Marriage_Sarah_WRENN_Simon_KNIGHT.pdf

1815_Agreement_House_Sale.pdf
London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Local History Library and Archives
MISC/50/7 (a)
Photocopy of memorandum of agreement (28th Aug 1815) re sale of No 4 Robin Hood Lane, by James SPEEDING to Robert BURNSIDE, (it refers to the will of William SPEEDING, father of James SPEEDING.) - This letter was among items deposited by W. Phyllis WHITE in the 1970’s and 80’s.

Memorandum made this 28th day of August 1815. Between Mr Rob BURNSIDE and Mr SPEEDING.
The said Mr SPEEDING is to pay all the Rates Taxes and every other imposition for and in respect of the house Numbered 4 in Robin Hood Lane purchased by the said Robert BURNSIDE? ? ? next.
And it is also agreed between the said parties that the 20 part of the purchase money shall be retained by the said Robert BURNSIDE until a ? is levied, and the Will and Codicil of William SPEEDING, the father of the said James SPEEDING is registered at the Register Officer for the County of Middlesex.
And also until a copy of the abstract, An attested copy of the Conveyance to the said William SPEEDING and an attested copy of the Deed of Covenant from Samson HANBURG Esquire to the said William SPEEDING is delivered to the said Robert BURNSIDE free of expense to him the said Robert BURNSIDE.
Witness Thomas BOYSON? James SPEEDING

1813_Letter_from_Madras_to_William_SPEEDING.pdf
1813_Letter_from_Madras_Reference_Index.pdf
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Local History Library and Archives
MISC/50/7 (b)
Photocopy of letter of 21st Feb 1813 from William Speeding at Madras, India, to his father William Speeding at the White Horse, Poplar.
Tower Hamlets have wrongly named the author of this letter as (his brother) James.
His father William Speeding had died Oct 1812, five months before he wrote him this letter!
This letter was among items deposited by W. Phyllis White in the 1970's and 80's.

Madras July 21st 1813
Honoured Father
I take this opportunity that offers by the ship City of London and have to acquaint you that I am now on board of the Frederick and Maria bound to Bombay and I only joined her yesterday and this is the first employ I have had for 5 months.
Mr Hoare will tell you all the circumstances as he was at my house and dined with me.
I will thank you if possible to send me out by the first ships that come to Madras a new brass sextant of Mr Justin Making - not too large - and a book of two volumes of Mr Arrowsmiths arrangements charts.
This sextant will cost about 8 guineas and the book of charts about 10 or 12 guineas and direct them to me in the company of Mr A. Frestivess, Madras.
I must conclude as I am in a great hurry only my best wishes for your health and likewise for my brothers and sisters as thank God me and my wife is at present remembers one to all.
? friends and I remain ? ?
Dutiful son
W Speeding

* 1995 Dorothy Gibson nee Perkins informed me that she sold a brass sextant in the 1960's which was engraved with the Speeding name.
- It's out there somewhere!

1812_Will_William_SPEEDING.pdf
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Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1812
On film at the Family Records Centre, Islington ref:- PROB 11/1538,
Quire 473, Folio 80.
In the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
- MISC/50/7a
"photocopy of memorandum of agreement (28 Aug. 1815) re sale of no.4, Robin Hood Lane, by James SPEEDING to Robert Burnside (refers to the will of William SPEEDING).
* [10] - Is the tenth line on the actual document.

In the name of God Amen I William SPEEDING of Robin Hood Lane, in the parish of Saint Leonard's, Bromley in the County of Middlesex Gentleman being now at this time of sound mind and memory and understanding. So for the preventing disputes and controversies that might otherwise happen amongst my family after my decease make publish and declare this to be and contain my only true last will and testament in manner I form following that is to say.
First I desire to be decently interred in such way and manner as my Executrix hereinafter named shall give directions for that purpose.
I devise that all my just debts funeral expenses and the charges of [10] proving this my last Will be in the first place paid and discharged. And as to such would estates, fortune where which it oath pleased God to bestow on me. I do give, devise, and bequeath of the same thereof as follows.
I give, devise and bequeath unto my son William SPEEDING all that my Copyhold estate is in situate lyings being in Poplar and which hold of the sons of the Manor of Poplar in the said county of Middlesex now in the tenure or occupation of Timothy NEAL Toasts the same according to the customs of the said namesake my said son William SPEEDING, his sons and assigns for ever.
I give, devise and bequeath unto my dear reputed wife, now living with me, Sarah SPEEDING daughter of James SPEEDING formerly of Northwood in the county of Essex, [20] labourer all that my freehold estate situate lying and being in Robin Hood Lane aforesaid now in my own occupation and of John SCOTT with their and every of their appurtenances to hold- ? and every part thereof unto her heirs.
Sarah SPEEDING her heirs and assigns for over upon this special trust that she the said Sarah SPEEDING do cause the same to be sold by public auction as soon as may be after my decease and after payment of all expenses ? such sale and incident thereto. The clear surplus monies arising by such sale I hereby give, devise and bequeath of the same thereof as follows.
One moiety or half part thereof I give to my son William SPEEDING absolutely for his own use and benefit.
And as to the other moiety and half part I give and bequeath of [30] the same unto my reputed son James SPEEDING, son of the above named Sarah SPEEDING, to be paid to him on his attaining his age of twenty one and in case he should die before he attains his said age of twenty one years then I direct the same to fall in the residuum of my estate and I hereby declare that the receipt and receipts of the above named Sarah SPEEDING shall be absolute and bona fide good receipts or receipt to the purchase or purchases thereof accordingly item.

I give devise and bequeath all that have my Copyhold estate situate lying and being in Poplar aforesaid the county aforesaid and in North Street adjoining thereto part of which is the public house called or known by the name of the White Horse formerly [40]in my own tenure or occupation and divers, messages, gardens and appurtenances thereto adjoining and is at this time in the tenure or occupation of Joseph WOLLAY No.1, Robert MILLER No.2, William SMITH No.3, John SMITH? No.4, Joseph STEVENS No.5, Thomas PRAT No.6, John ELLIOTT No.7, John TATE No.8, Martha THOMPSON, Edward ROBINSON Jeremiah GOLDEN?, David WALTERS?, William WAYMAN, William SMITH, and Bartholemew COLLIGER? and other part in my own occupation unto her the said Sarah SPEEDING her heirs assigns forever according to the custom of the Manor of Stepney otherwise ? ? in the said county of Middlesex.
But expressly subject and chargeable with the payment of one annuity or part ? [50] charge of twenty pounds per annum unto my daughter Mary BAXTER wife of Francis BAXTER, to be paid to her for her life by four equal quarterly payments without any reduction or abatement there out upon any account whatever and I hereby expressly declare the same shall not be liable to the ? debts or engagements of the said Francis BAXTER the husband but that her receipt and alone shall ? be a good and sufficient discharge for the same notwithstanding this caveat and also subject and chargeable with the payment of our other annuities or yearly rent charge of twenty pounds per annum unto Sarah WRENN the daughter of the said Sarah SPEEDING for and during the term of her natural life [60] by four even quarterly payments without any reduction or abatement thereout upon any account whatever the first quarters payments of the said annuities to begin and be made on the first general quarter day or at which shall happen next after my decease twelve calendar months.

But if my said son William SPEEDING should happen to depart this life before he can be entitled to receive the same then I first will and bequeath that the bequests hereby given to him shall be divided equally between my daughter Mary BAXTER Sarah WRENN absolutely for there own benefits . And as to all the ? residue and remainder of my estate or estates and effects of what nature or kind ? whatsoever or howsoever I do give [70] devise and bequeath of the same and every part thereof unto the said Sarah SPEEDING as heirs executors and assigns for ever
And I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint the said Sarah SPEEDING to be sole Executrix to this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and so this to be and contain my only true last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this forth day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Ten. William SPEEDING Signed, sealed, published and declared by the Testator William SPEEDING as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at [80] his request and in the presence of each other have inscribed our names as witnesses thereof
William BATTON John SCOTT, William COMBE. Attorney at Law St Greo's Place St 600s East
August 19th 1812

Alteration to this will that I have made this day. I having sold the freehold house to Samson HANBURY Esq, known by the sign of the Lord Nelson. And I having built four houses adjoining No 1, 2, 3, and 4 . Two of the houses numbered 1 and 2 adjoining the Lord Nelson public house I give and bequeath to my son William SPEEDING to him and his sons for ever if he should return to England within two years.
And I give and bequeath [90] to my son James SPEEDING the other two houses 3 and 4 adjoining the Dock Masters house to him and his heirs for ever.

My son William SPEEDING being out of England in some part of the East Indias. I hereby order and direct my Executrix in case my son William SPEEDING should not return to England within two years after my decease to sell and dispose of the said Copyhold house and the two freehold houses aforesaid and to divide the money arising from such sale between my son James SPEEDING, Mary BAXTER and my daughter Sarah WRENN.

I having standing in my name seven hundred pounds. Stock in the five per cent Navy annuities.
I hereby give and bequeath unto my brother Edward SPEEDING of Warminster, [100] in the county of Wiltshire fifty pounds stock in the five per cent annuities aforesaid.
I give and bequeath to my sister Mary WATLEY fifty pounds stock in the five per cent annuities aforesaid.
I give and bequeath to James SPEEDING of Greenwich in the county of Kent, Shoemaker, fifty pounds stock in the five per cent annuities aforesaid.
I give and bequeath to Mary SPEEDING of Islington Spinster fifty pounds stock in the five per cent annuities.
I give to my daughter Sarah WRENN one hundred pounds stock in the five per cent annuities aforesaid.
And all the rest and residue of my stock, property and estate real and personal I give to my Executrix for her sole and separate use .
I do hereby expressly declare and my will is [110] that in case of any of the ? or Legatees mentioned herein shall in any wise or at or on any account controvert, dispute, or oppose the probate of this my will or the executrix thereof or shall institute, commence or threaten to do any action or suit either at law or equity relating to the same or any part thereof or herein contains caveat then such person or persons shall be excluded from all benefit arriving from this my will and legacy or legacies herein bequeathed to him or her or either of them shall be profited and given land amongst the most of my legators of a more peaceable disposition.
William SPEEDING
Witnesses, William STANDEN, Simon KNIGHT, [120] Robert FRECKINGHAM
Proved at London with a codicil 28th October 1812
Before the worshipful Samuel RUSH Doctor of Laws and by the oath of Sarah SPEEDING, the relict and sole executrix to whom administration was granted having been first sworn fully to administration.

1810
"West India Dock" c 1810
Heritage card No 4
From Frontispiece Antique Prints

1810
   

1809
Laurie and Whittle's New Plan of London with its environs 1808-10
Top right is arrow pointing to where the SPEEDINGS lived North Street.

1809
   
Random Notes (need sorting)

I have spent all afternoon trying to fathom out where Sarah Wrenn fits in and have found a birth (26 Sept 1805) baptism (16 Oct 1805) of a Sarah Wrenn to a David Wrenn and Sarah Speeding at St Nicholas, Liverpool.
I have Sarah Wrenn in my records as having been born c.1806 outside County (taken from 1841 Census for London) so I think this must be the same person.
I think David Wrenn died soon after his marriage to Sarah Speeding and she then married Simon Knight and had another 3 daughters (Sybella, Marianne and Jane) all of whom remained single.
Briefly reading William Speeding's Will I get the impression that the Sarah that he married was also a Speeding - what do you think?
There was a newspaper cutting in the '1809_Family Register' page of the 'CLARK Family Bible' which is now owned by my Uncle Charles GIBSON who lives in Hampshire.
There is a mention of grand-daughter Sarah Wrenn in Sarah SPEEDING's will of 1820 - I attach a Word Document of its transcription.
This is an interesting document because she makes a codicil revoking my ancestor, her son, James SPEEDING to the benefit of Simon Knight who may or may not be Sarah WRENN's father.
I have found a marriage between Sarah WRENN and Simon KNIGHT 14th Jul 1815 on the IGI
Simon Knight is mentioned in Sarah SPEEDING's will
I am a bit confused about Sarah SPEEDING, in William SPEEDING's 1812_Will he mentions his wife as 'I give, devise and bequeath unto my dear reputed wife, now living with me, Sarah Speeding daughter of James Speeding formerly of Northwood in the county of Essex, [20] labourer all that . .'
SPEEDING is a very unusual name and I think from reading between the lines that they were probably were related but had had their children with different partners!
I speculate that Sarah may have been married before to WRENN? and had children Sarah and James?
The family lived in Emmett Street for a while, then Pennyfields.
I don't know whether you know that round the corner from Emmett Street was a Bowley Street which took its name from James Bowley who was quite a prominent shipbuilder in the area.
Unfortunately by the time I went to London to find Bowley Street it had disappeared underneath one of the new roads that was built there.
 
1755_Chronology_SPEEDING.pdf
1738_SPEEDING_Records_at_Warminster.pdf