John was baptised John Yaw in Cheriton Fitzpaine on 19 February 1843 to parents Joseph and Sarah Yaw. In all subsequent records his surname is spelt Yeo.
John married Mary Elizabeth Wood in Heavitree, Exeter in 1866. They soon emigrated to the South Island of New Zealand, where Mary Elizabeth died without apparently having any children.
John then married Alice Jane Bull at Invergargill in 1886. They had three children together:
– John Sydney Yeo (1866–1961, married Ruth Stevenson and had six children)
– Alice Selina Yeo (1890–1983, married Charles Walter Evans at Invercargill on 13 January 1915 and had two children)
– Arthur Joseph Yeo (1891–1968, married Mona Catherine Corless in a Catholic ceremony at Hastings)
Were John Yeo’s parents Joseph Yaw and Sarah Lavercombe, who married at Poughill, near Crediton, in 1833? Was he descended from William Yaw and Betty Galsworthy, who married at Tiverton in 1786?
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