This line has caused earlier researchers a number of problems; Sheila’s investigation of it in 2001 was also inconclusive.
The parish register for Parkham records the marriage of Philip Yeo (c1745–1829) and Catherine Bagland on 30 May 1766. They baptised six children at the same church:
– John Yeo (baptised 1767, died as an infant)
– Elizabeth Yeo (baptised 1768)
– John Yeo (baptised 1771)
– Ann Yeo (baptised 1774)
– Mary Yeo (baptised 1776, died as an infant)
– William Yeo (see below)
before Catherine died in 1784. Philip then married Susanna Dean at Parkham in 1794 and had baptised further children there:
– Philip Yeo (baptised 1789, married Frances Peat, five children)
– Mary Yeo (baptised 1791).
William Yeo (1778–1868, son of Philip Yeo and Catherine Bagland) married Jane Collins at West Down in 1805. They had eight children [note 1], including:
– John Williams Yeo (see below)
– Jane Bryant Yeo (born c1813).
John Williams Yeo (third son of William Yeo and Jane Collins) was born between 1903 and 1910 [note 2]. He married Constantia Powell Moore at Plympton St Mary on 4 May 1834; they had four children [note 3]:
– William John Yeo (see below)
– Constantia Elizabeth Yeo (1837–1911, married Foster Henry Griner in London in 1865)
– Joseph Edward Yeo (born 1839, died as an infant)
– Emma Jane Yeo (1841–1871, married James Ritchie).
William John Yeo (1836–1919, son of John Williams Yeo and Constantia Powell Moore) married Sophia Johns. They had seven children:
– William John Moore Yeo (1864–1890, married Sarah Margaret Bull in 1885, no recorded children)
– Sophia Frances Yeo (1866–1927)
– Henry Franklyn Yeo (1867–1931, did not marry) [note 4]
– Edwin Ritchie Yeo (born 1869, emigrated to Canada, married May Elizabeth Robillard in Ottawa in 1920) [note 5]
– Creemer Lee Amer Yeo (1871–1945, married Blanche Louisa Tolman in 1906 and Margerita Elizabeth Myers in 1939, daughter Emily Maud Yeo born 1908)
– Percy Alfred Yeo (1876–1937, married Elsie Marie Hodge in 1910)
– Annie Winifred Alice Yeo (1882–1955, married Ellison Milner in 1912).
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1. The baptisms of these children appear to have taken place at Maker and Milbrook, to the west of Plymouth, and not all to have been infant baptisms – so these children cannot be dated accurately.
2. Confirmation of date of birth required. Death registration not found.
3. The 1861 census for Plymouth records John as a 57-year-old wine merchant born at Maker. His wife Constantia is 52 and their daughters Constantia and Emma Jane are listed with them.
4. Teacher at Regent Street Intermediate School in Plymouth, 1916.
5. Edwin is believed to have died in Los Angeles in 1969 – confirmation required.