Samuel Yeo and Emma Ridgway

Samuel Yeo (born in 1836, son of Henry Yeo and Elizabeth Vicary of Bishop’s Tawton) moved from Devon to London and married Emma Ridgway at Holy Trinity parish church in Westbourne Terrace, Paddington on 27 October 1870. Their marriage certificate records Samuel, a bachelor, as a 35-year-old police officer and his father as Henry Yeo, a farmer.

Emma was a 33-year-old spinster. Her name is clearly written on the certificate as Emmy, but her signature reads ‘Emma Ridgway’. She had been baptised in 1837 as Emma Ridgway, at Maltby in the West Riding of Yorkshire. She and Samuel married by banns, and so were both resident in the parish at the time they married. They appear not to have had any children.

Samuel and Emma are recorded in Westbourne Green in the censuses of 1881 and 1891. Samuel – a former policeman – died in 1898 at the age of 63.

Emma Yeo died in London on 7 August 1907. Her death was registered at Paddington in the third quarter of the year. Her executor was her husband’s cousin Henry Yeo, a shorthand writer [note 1]; the probate record gives Emma’s address as 27 Edbrooke Road, a turning off Elgin Avenue in the Westbourne Green area of west London.

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1. Son of John Yeo and Emma Pennyfather