Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1910 & 19

Jabez Pearson Speed (1844 - 1915)



Jabez Pearson Speed worked for 47 years for *Langworthy Brothers and Co Ltd at Greengate Mill, Ordsall as a Warehouseman, becoming the Warehouse Foreman.

He was born in 1844 in Salford, the son of George (a Silk Dyer) and Ann Speed and was baptised on 8th December 1844. In 1851 the family was living at Briggs Street, Salford and Jabez had six siblings. In 1861 the family was living at 6, Marshall Street Salford and 16-year-old Jabez was a Dresser in Mill. The 1871 Census shows the family living in Marshall Terrace, Salford, and Jabez was 26-year-old.

On 11th May 1873, Jabez married Mary Ellen Carr at St Mary's Parsonage Church, Manchester. Mary (born 1852 in Hulme, Manchester), was the daughter of John Carr and was 21-years-old. In 1881 the couple lived at 12, Ardwick Street, Salford, with their three children: Alice A (b.1874), Elizabeth (b.1878) and Arthur (b.1881) all born in Salford. Jabez's occupation was Warehouseman Looker (Cotton Manuf). Although there is no 1891 census record, they had two more children Annie (b.1883) and Thomas (b.1885). Sadly, Mary died in 1886 aged just 34.

Jabez was to marry again six years later in 1892, to Sarah Evans, by Registrar. She was aged 20, a Winder in a Cotton Mill, the daughter of Robert and Mary Evans who lived at 2 Guardian Street, Salford in 1881. The 1901 census shows that Jabez and Sarah lived at 65 Peru Street, Salford. It shows that Jabez had two children with Sarah, John (b.1894) and George (b.1896) in Salford. In 1911 the family still lived at 65 Peru Street where 66-year-old Jabez was a Warehouse Foreman Cotton Mill, 26-year-old Thomas was a Maker Up in Cotton Mill, 17-year-old John was a File Cutter and 15 year-old George was a Maker Up in Cotton Mill.

The Manchester Evening News of 29th April 1915 in the Deaths section reads: "SPEED, on April 28th at 65 Peru Street, Salford, JABEZ PEARSON, the beloved husband of Sarah Speed, in his 71st year, (47 years with Langworthy Brothers Ltd). Interment at Weaste Cemetery 3rd May."

*Langworthy Brothers and Co Ltd was a cotton spinner, manufacturer and merchant from c1822 to 1965. The Langworthy brothers were from a merchant, Somerset family-based company in London. George Langworthy and Co was established around 1822 and is listed as a manufacturer of and dealer in cotton goods and as a linen manufacturer based in Church Street, Manchester. George was joined by his brother Edward Ryley Langworthy (1797 – 1874) in 1840, creating Langworthy Brother and Co Ltd based in Salford at Greengate Mill on the banks of the River Irwell. Edward retired from the company in 1870.

Edward Langworthy was a staunch Liberal and was elected as first Alderman for Trinity Ward on the formation of Salford Council in 1844. He became the fifth Mayor of Salford from 1848 to 1850. In February 1857 he was elected unopposed as MP for Salford, but stood down at the following election later that year.