Thomas Yeaw and early London records

Research by Mike Darch and David Yaw has discovered a royal proclamation from the National Archives (ref. C211/29/Y5) dated 1787. It relates to Thomas Yeaw, a brewer and pub owner living in Chelsea – though until recently living and working in Hammersmith – who was not fully mentally competent.

The king (George III) orders local commissioners to undertake an enquiry into Thomas’s affairs, which was subsequently held at the Goat in Boots pub in the Fulham Road. While the document concedes that Thomas ‘enjoys lucid moments’, these periods of lucidity are apparently ‘not sufficient for the government of himself’ or of his property.

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The following are among those that have been documented:
– A Nicholas Yeo was one of five men appointed in 1437 to distribute relief money in the City of London.
– William Yeo (1613–1660, son of Roger Yeo of Exeter) married in London and lived at Wandown House, Fulham.
– Reg Walter discovered that the Royal Exchange museum in London had on display a silver pint tankard inscribed ‘Richard Yeo att ye Blue Anchor 1645’ – this Richard Yeo has not been identified.
– Another Richard Yeo, ‘sonne of John Yeo late of the parish of St Clement Danes in the county of Middlesex taylor’ was apprenticed in 1686 for seven years to carpenter Henry Peirson.
– A Poor Law order was made in 1762 against Thomas Yeaw of Hammersmith to take care of his illegitimate son. The date of birth 24 May 1791 was given for ‘the said male bastard child’, who had been baptised with the name Thomas and was a son of Elizabeth Woodfin of St Leonard, Shoreditch.

These records are from various parishes:
– Thomas Yeaw married Sarah Suppel at St Mary, Clapham in 1724
– George Yeaw married Mary Fleetwood at St Nicholas, Chiswick in 1788
– Elizabeth Yeaw was baptised at St Mary, Ealing in 1789 to parents John and Mary Yeaw
– Robert Newbery married Ann Yeaw at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster in 1756


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