John Yeo and Rebecca Rolle – a marriage that joined two Yeo lines

John Yeo (baptised at Hatherleigh in 1572) and Rebecca Rolle were related. Their descendants – in Hatherleigh, Merton, South Tawton, Virginia and Prince Edward Island – therefore have dual Yeo lines of descent.

Rebecca’s mother Margaret Rolle née Yeo was John’s third cousin: John and Margaret were great grandchildren of brothers Robert Yeo (married Alice Walrond) and Nicholas Yeo (married Jane Loveis and Joane Lybbe) – see John Yeo and Alice Jeue.

John and Rebecca married at Hatherleigh in 1598. They had eleven children:
– John Yeo (see below)
– Jacquet Yeo (baptised in 1602 at Hatherleigh, married Thomas Finney)
– William Yeo (see William Yeo and Sarah Heathman)
– Leonard Yeo (1610–1670, emigrated to America)
– Samuel Yeo (see under Lewis Holman and Joan Yeo)
– Margaret Yeo (1614–1643, did not marry)
Bartholomew Yeo (1617–1693, became a minister of the Church of England)
– Robert Yeo (1617–1617)
– Susan Yeo (1619–1638)
– Hugh Yeo (baptised in 1622 at Hatherleigh)
– Frances Yeo (1622–1623).

John Yeo (1600–1662, eldest son of John Yeo and Rebecca Rolle) married Ann Harding at Hatherleigh in 1629. They baptised five children there:
– Rebecca Yeo (baptised 1624)
– Mary Yeo (baptised 1627, married John Cory)
– John Yeo (1630–1691, married twice, son John Yeo baptised 1662)
– Samuel Yeo (baptised 1633, died as an infant)
– Samuel Yeo (see below).

Samuel Yeo (son of John Yeo and Ann Harding) was baptised at Hatherleigh in 1635. He spent some time in Virginia [note 1], but returned to England some years before his death and lived at Peters Marland [note 2]. Samuel had three children with his wife Elizabeth:
– Bartholomew Yeo (c1650–1689)
– John Yeo (baptised c1655)
– Rebecca Yeo (c1660–1737, married Samuel Seldon and emigrated to Virginia).

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1. Recorded in Essex county in 1653.
2. See Samuel Yeo of Peters Marland.