This genealogy surname website is a compilation of related family surnames with particular emphasis on
Speed, Hardin, Stewart/Stuart, Davidson, Rogers, Knight, Biglane, Calhoun, Colvin, Ingram, and Rawls
family surnames. This Speed family line is believed to originate in America from colonists in early Virginia. Through collaboration with other Speed researchers, over eighteen other separate Speed lines in this country have also been identified, but not yet connected. This research only represents one of those lines. Check these surname listings at:|
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Migration routes include Virginia
to North and South Carolina to Tennessee and Kentucky and Alabama and Mississippi to Texas
Many Speed researchers have attempted to conclusively prove that their lines are descendants of John Speed who was born at Farrington, County Cheshire, England in 1552 during the reign of King Edward VI, the same year in which Sir Walter Raleigh was born and twelve years before William Shakespeare was born. The Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition indicates that he was the son of a London tailor and that
John followed in his father's trade, being admitted as a member of the Merchant Taylors Company in 1580.
He later settled in Moorefields where he was able to give up his trade for pursuits in map making through
the support of a benefactor, Sir Fulke Greville.|
Starting in 1611, John produced his Theatre of the
Empire of Great Britaine, a series of fifty-four maps of different parts of England, which had already
appeared separately , and in which he had been helped by Christopher Saxton, John Norden, and William
White. He also produced his History of Great Britaine under the Conquests of the Romans.
on July 28, 1629 and was buried in the chancel of the Church of St. Giles, without Cripplegate, London
where a monument stands over his grave. The inscription on the monument in latin reads translated, "He
was a faithful servant of Queen Elizabeth, King James I, and King Charles I and died July 28th, 1629,
aged 77, and his wife brought him twelve sons and six daughters; and after she had lived with her husband
57 years died between the 70th and 80th year of her age, March 28, 1628."
Speed descendants of John Speed are believed to have immgrated to the Virginia Colony as early as 1633. However, this has not yet been proven through reliable documentaion. Much historical debate centers on several Speed family sources which tie James B. Speed, son of Dr, John Speed of Southampton, England (1628-1711), who was born in Southampton, England on September 28, 1679. James immigrated to Virginia in about 1695, according to
several Speed family records. The debate centers on the authenticity of James' birthdate since it does
not fit into the periods of time in which his father, John, was married two seperate times. Further,
James is not mentioned in his father John's will. Nonetheless, the research continues to someday resolve
The Speed lines descendants listed on this web site originate from William Speed,
born February 19, 1716. Research closely places William as a possible son of James B. Speed but without
conclusive proof at this time. All descendants of the William Speed presented here are better documented and show western migration routes from Virginian to North and South Carolina to Tennessee and to Alabama and Missippi
during the late 1700's and early 1800's.
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