George Yeo and Jane Hill

This couple married in Devon in 1867: the marriage was recorded in the Crediton registration district in the second quarter of that year.

They had at least ten children: John Yeo (born in 1867), George Yeo (1869), Mary Jane Yeo (1871), Jessie Yeo (1874), William James Yeo (1876), Charles Yeo (1879), Alfred Yeo (1881), Albert Henry Yeo (1883), Ernest Joseph Yeo (1886) and Lucy Ann Yeo (1888).

The 1881 census for the village of Cheriton Bishop records George and Jane living at Parkham Cottage and George’s occupation as an agricultural labourer. Five of their children are living with them: Mary Jane, Jessie, William James, Charles and Alfred.

The family was disrupted by the death of George Yeo senior in 1888. His daughter Mary Jane is recorded as a kitchen maid in Tormoham in the 1891 census. Of the other children, John Yeo is recorded as a printer in Brighton in 1901, Mary Jane Yeo and Jessie Yeo moved to London, William James Yeo moved to Bristol, and Charles Yeo and Alfred Yeo ran a furniture business in Southwick, Suffolk.

Going back a generation, George Yeo senior’s parents were Joseph Yeo and Ann Westcott, who had married at South Tawton in 1826. The 1841 census records them at Cockleford, Tedburn St Mary with three-year-old son George; Joseph is an agricultural labourer. He and Ann later had at least five more children; Joseph also had a daughter by a previous marriage.

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