This report by Mike Darch and David Yaw will trace the descendants of Richard Yea of Oakhampton in the Somerset parish of Wiveliscombe. This line was the main focus of the research by Alfred Monday (see Previous researchers), who was commissioned by Sir Francis Grant, Baronet of Monymusk, Aberdeen, a descendant of Richard on the female side.
The authors explore the early, modest beginnings with a lease on Oakhampton from 1500, through increasing prosperity (not least through judicious marriages to wealthy heiresses) to the creation of the Yea baronetcy in the 1750s and its subsequent extinction for want of male heirs, and through to the mid 1950s.
Their research will include pedigrees of many of the wives’ families – including Burland, Slocombe, Allen, Chute, Hobbes and Lacy.
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© Mike Darch and David Yaw 2020