In the Clergy

David Yaw has pointed out that more than a dozen men called Yeo studied at university and became minsters of the Church of England. Humphrey Toms and Reg Walter listed a similar number during their research in the 1960s and 1970s.

Useful sources of information are:

Alumni Oxoniensis: the members of the University of Oxford, 1500–1714, published in four volumes by Parker and Co of Oxford between 1887 and 1892

Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886, published in four volumes by Parker and Co of Oxford in 1888 (both edited by Joseph Foster)

Alumni Cantabrigiensis, Part I [up to 1751] and Part II [1752 to 1900], both edited by J. and J.A. Venn and published by Cambridge University Press in 1927

Alumni Dublinenses, a Register of the Students, Graduates, Professors and Provosts of Trinity College in the University of Dublin (1593–1860), edited by George Dames Burtchaell and Thomas Ulick Sadleir and published by Trinity College Dublin in 1935

– The Clergy of the Church of England Database, which records the ordination of William Yeo [note 1] as a priest at Exeter Cathedral in 1662 and as a deacon there in 1635

The Clergy List. The 1896 edition includes two men with the surname Yeo: Charles Oldham Yeo [note 2], vicar of Kexby, near York since the previous year and James Pearse Yeo [note 2], vicar of Edenfield, Lancashire since 1870.

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1. Not yet linked to a family line – can anyone identify William’s parents?
2. Son of Henry Yeo and Martha Byrne.
3. Son of James Yeo and Ann Counter. Baptised at South Tawton in 1826 as James Pierce Yeo; married Jane Parker in Bury in 1859.