John Yeo and Margaret Gist

This couple married at Kilkhampton on 3 July 1717.

John’s parents have been the subject of much speculation, but recent research confirms that they were Francis Yeo and Joyce Kestle. Francis Yeo, baptised at Morwenstow in 1639 as Francis Tuck, was an illegitimate half brother of William Yeo of Morwenstow, who married Margaret Holman in 1676. The Holman family were researched by Humphrey Toms and Reg Walter.

John and Margaret had two children:
– John Yeo, baptised at Kilkhampton on 3 February 1718. He went on to marry Grace Payne at Stratton on 1 January 1739 – for their daughter Margaret Yeo see Robert Marshall and Margaret Yeo.
– Mary Yeo, baptised at Kilkhampton on 20 September 1721, but who died at the age of 20 without marrying or having children

Margaret Gist appears to have been related to the Elizabeth Gist who married Thomas Yeo at Kilkhampton in 1699. She was baptised at Kilkhampton on 2 February 1682/3 (her parents Edward Gist and Mary Bray had married in the same parish on 6 June 1679) and the parish register for Stratton records her burial: ‘Margaret wife of John Yeo buried 12 December 1733 age 51’.

Margaret’s husband John Yeo married twice again after her death: Mary Richards at Kilkhampton in 1736 and Elizabeth Hobbs at Stratton in 1757. There were no children from either of these marriages.

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