John was the second of three sons of Andrew Yeo and Prudence Avery. In 1726 he married Mary Jearn at High Bickington in north Devon. He settled there and became a tailor.
In 1740, John moved to the nearby parish of Roborough with his wife Mary and their four children. John had to satisfy the Overseers of the Poor that he would not be a financial burden to his new parish. As he had a trade, he was able to do this, and was granted permission in the form a settlement certificate dated 4 July.
Of John and Mary’s sons, only Andrew and John appear to have had children:
– Andrew Yeo married Jean Burrows at Dawlish in 1763; they baptised at least eight children there
– John Yeo married Elizabeth Hockridge at Bishop’s Tawton in 1763; they baptised at least four children at Great Torrington.
Despite this, there appear to be no Yeo lines of descent from this family.
Sheila Yeo had contact with two descendants of John and Mary’s great granddaughter Elizabeth Yeo (1811–1892) and her husband William Hole.
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