Emigration diaries and stories

Transcriptions of diaries made by two emigrants are in preparation. John Yeo of Bradworthy kept a diary during his emigration to Ontario via Plymouth and New York in 1835 and his great nephew John Yeo of Whitstone kept a diary during his emigration to Queensland via Plymouth, Suez and Ceylon in 1894/95.

These documents can provide a fascinating insight into the prevailing social, religious and economic background to the emigrants’ lives and their experiences during the journey. If you have a emigration diary or the story of an emigration to share with other researchers, please use the Contact Us page to tell us about it.

Devonian John Yeo married and lived in Berkshire, and emigrated to America in 1870 to follow his trade as a carpenter. John and his family travelled extensively – we can trace their odyssey through censuses and other documents, but no personal narrative has survived. See John Yeo or John E. Yeo?.