James Yeo – from rags to riches

James Yeo was born in humble circumstances in Barnstaple in 1859. His parents James Yeo (a tailor, originally from Marwood) and Betsey Laramy had married in 1856 and had nine other children.

James married Ellen Clark in 1883 and they had three sons:
– Lionel James Clark Yeo (1884–1960, married Florence Amelia Cooper, one son)
– Reginald William Clark Yeo (1885–1942, emigrated to the United States and settled in California, married Amy Marguerite Chinn, six children)
– Gerald Herbert Clark Yeo (1887–1906).

After Ellen’s death in 1893, James married Edith Florence Ralph and had four children. He retired as a company director and lived in the affluent area of St John’s Wood in London. When he died in 1940 his estate was valued at over £65,000.

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