Roger Yeo and Maria Pinsent

Roger Yeo (1786–1872, son of James Yeo and Elizabeth Chapple) married Maria Pinsent at the parish church of St Mary, Wolborough in 1814. Their marriage record shows that they were both previously unmarried and that Roger was not resident in the parish, but was ‘of the Castle Precincts [parish] in the City of Bristol’. The bride was fifteen years old and needed the permission of her father Thomas Pinsent to marry; her mother Ann Balle had died.

Roger and Maria had thirteen children. Betsy Maria was baptised at Wolborugh, Thomas Roger, Caroline, Mary Elizabeth and Eleanor at Tawstock, and the other children at Swimbridge:
– Betsy Maria Yeo (1815–1897, married Joseph Matthews)
– Thomas Roger Yeo (1817–1899, married Maria Bartlett Sherwell in London in 1844, no recorded children)
– John Yeo (1819–1829)
– Caroline Yeo (1820–1839)
– James Yeo (1822–1879, married Eliza Bashill, seven children)
– William Yeo (1824–c1895, married Isabella Lynch, eight children)
– Mary Elizabeth Yeo (1826–1922, married Alfred Allen)
– Eleanor Yeo (baptised 1828, died as an infant)
– Christopher Antisell Yeo (1829–1914, married Frances Ann Burfitt, eight children)
– John Yeo (1831–1877, married Elizabeth Bradurst, one daughter)
– Maria Yeo (1833–1897, married James Burnside)
– George Pinsent Yeo (1836–1841)
– Emma Yeo (1838–1927, married James Ingram Burfitt).

Roger and Maria emigrated to Australia in 1839 on the SS Ameila Thompson with seven of their surviving children and settled at Bathurst, New South Wales. Thomas Roger Yeo did not emigrate with them; John Yeo and Christopher Antisell Yeo (apparently named after Christopher Antisell, who was married to his aunt Mary Yeo) emigrated later.

Maria Yeo died at Bathurst in 1864. Roger Yeo survived her by eight years and is buried at Wellington, some 75 miles to the north, where his son Christopher Antisell Yeo had settled.

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