William Westaway and Elizabeth Yeo

This couple married at Poughill in north-east Cornwall in 1804 and later emigrated to Ontario. William died in Sandwich, near Windsor, Ontario in 1835; Elizabeth died a few miles away in Detroit in 1851.

They had at least six children before they left Cornwall:
– William Westaway (bap. Poughill 24 July 1804, four months after his parents’ marriage)
– Betsey Westaway (bap. Morwenstow 1808)
– Charlotte Westaway (bap. Morwenstow 1808, not necessarily a twin sister of Bessie)
– John Westaway (bap. Poughill 1814)
– Jeremiah Westaway (bap. Poughill  1817)
– Henry Farley Westaway (bap. Kilkhampton 1821).

William Westaway and Elizabeth Yeo’s marriage has caused much debate in Westaway circles over the years, resulting in little by way of a consensus. Sheila Yeo identified William as having been born at Tavistock on 1775 to parents William Westaway and Joan Buffet and therefore of South Tawton descent.

Elizabeth Yeo was the youngest of six children of James Yeo and Elizabeth Vincent of Kilkhampton – two of her brothers had connections to Prince Edward Island. Elizabeth was also a first cousin of Susannah Yeo – see William Greenwood and Susannah Yeo.

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