James Yeo was born in Barnstaple in 1859. His parents James Yeo (a tailor, originally from Marwood) and Betsey Laramy married in 1856 and had nine other children.
James Yeo junior moved to London, where he married Ellen Clark in 1883 and Edith Ralph in 1893. James retired as a company director – when he died in 1940 his estate was valued at over £65,000.
From his two marriages, James had seven children, including Reginald William Clark Yeo (1885–1942), who emigrated to the United States.
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