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The Yoe Families of Virginia and Maryland

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Who was John's father?

1.

John Yoe of Maryland

John was the first Anglican clergyman known to have settled in Maryland. In 1676 he wrote a letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Colonial Papers - America and West Indies Vol XXXV11 The Archbishop of Canterbury wrote to the Bishop of London saying he had received this letter from a person altogether unknown, but that the design of the writer seems very honest and so laudable that he conceives it concerns us by all means to promote it.

John Yeo to Archbishop of Canterbury. Deplorable condition of Maryland for want of an established ministry. Ten or twelve counties in this Province with at least 20,000 souls, and but three Protestant ministers of the hurch of England, though there are others who pretend to be ministers of the gospel that never had a legal ordination and sow seeds of division amongst the people, so here is a great necessity of able and learned men to confute the gainsayer. The Papish priests and Jesuits are provided for, and the Quaker provides for the speakers in their conventicles, but no care is taken for those of Protestant religion. The Lord's Day is prophaned, religion despised, and notorious vices committed, so that it is become a Sodom of uncleanness and a pest house of iniquity. Now is the time for his Grace to be an instrument of universal reformation amongst them, Cecil, Lord Baltimore, being dead, and Charles, Lord Baltimore, their Governor, bound for England to receive the King's confirmation of the Province. Doubts not his Grace may prevail for the maintenance of a Protestant ministry as in Virginia, Barbadoes, and all other his Majesty's Plantations which will encourage able men to come amongst them Neither can be obtained here consecration of churches and churchyards to the end Christians may be decently buried. Maryland, Petuxant river, 1676, May 25

This piece is from Baltimore County Families 1659-1759 by Robert W Barnes He was married by 2 October 1686, Semelia widow and admnx of Ruthren Garrettson. He was dead by 2nd November, 1686 when admin bond was posted to Miles Gibson with James Phillips and Thomas Richardson. In 1702 the heirs of John of England (Arthur Lamprey of Beddiford, Devon, who married Elizabeth, widow of Joseph Yeo who was a brother of John Yeo, clerk of Maryland, and Joseph Yeo son of the aforesaid Joseph Yeo) appointed William Pauley their attorney to sell any property formerly belonging to John Yeo; may have left a son John and a married daughter, but if so, they would have been his heirs.

This gives us the clue as to the identity of John as his brother Joseph's widow married Arthur Lamprey. If John did have a son John and a married daughter, it is very likely they were born in England and that he remarried Semelia after the death of his first wife.

1 William Yeo 1430 - 1481
.. +Ellen Grenville
.. 2 Robert Yeo 1462 -
...... 3 Robert Yeo 1485 -
........... +Jone Predeaux
........... 4 William Yeo 1530 - 1610/11
................ +Mary Batten - 1576
.............. 5 Humphrey Yeo 1557 - 1633
.................... +Agnes Wheeler - 1664
.................... 6 Joseph Yeo 1607 -
......................... +Jane Giffard - 1670
........................ 7 John Yeo 1651 - 1686
............................. +Semelia Garrettson

2.

Stephen Yeo

Steven also descends from William Yeo & Ellen Grenville. His family were from Hartland and had properties in Virginia and Maryland. Steven is shown as having properties in Calvert County in 1665

TRACTS LAYED OUT IN CALVERT COUNTY PRIOR TO APRIL 23, 1696, BEFORE THE FORMATION OF PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY. Ludford, Arthur / and Stephen Yeo/ Ludfords Hope X-22/ May 18, 1665/ L8 f 513 Yeo, Stephen / see Arthur Ludford Provincial Court Proceedings 1663 The Grand Jury discharged, & the Petite Jury Called, (Viz) fforeman Mr Arthure Lud ford John Leach Stephen Yoe Gabriel Barkeley George Hardesty Rich: Wadsworth John Little James Godsgrace ffrancis Spencer John Salisbury George Allderson John Bowlin The prsentmt was againe read to the sd Jurors, And the Euidence calleds, Examined, & Sworne, as afore. Steven was the son of Charles and Elizabeth Herringham. Charles was Cmdr of the ship 'Sampson' out of London. He was sailing from London to the West Indies and New England.

His parents were Hugh Yeo & Margery Cary who were based in Bristol but also involved in exporting goods to New England in the early 1600's. Hugh was born in Hartland, Devon the son of Richard Yeo & Isabella Dayment and one of his brothers, Justinian had bought lands in Virginia, another brother Charles was a lawyer acting for many Yeo family members.

Was John of Calvert his son or grandson? Certainly the name Stephen is carried on into the direct descendants

1 William Yeo 1430 - 1481
.. +Ellen Grenville
.. 2 Robert Yeo 1455 - 1528/29
....... +Alice Walrond
...... 3 Nicholas Yeo 1482 -
........... +Elizabeth Monk
........... 4 John Yeo 1525 -
............... 5 Richard Yeo 1553 -
.................... +Isabella Dayment
.................... 6 Hugh Yeo 1587 -
......................... +Margery Cary
........................ 7 Charles Yeo
............................. +Elizabeth Herringham
............................. 8 Stephen Yeo 1637 -

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3.

Leonard Yeo of Hatherleigh

THE WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY, Vol 9, No 2, October 1900, pp125-126 (a Virginia historical and genealogical publication): "Col. Leonard Yeo was a burgess for Elizabeth City (Virginia county) in 1644, 1645, 1663 and 1666. Capt. Leonard Yeo and Mrs. Clare Yeo were headrights in a patent in 1652. In 1667, after the Dutch invasion, he was empowered by the (Virginia) Council to impress men and materials for mounting eight guns on the fort at Point Comfort. He died during or before 1670, since in the General Court Records for that year it is stated that Charles Moryson had married the relict of Col. Leonard Yeo. In 1691, John Lear patented land in Elizabeth City County in right of his wife Rebecca, said land formerly belonging to Col. Leonard Yeo. In 1690, Leonard Yeo of Back River, Elizabeth City County, probably a son of Col. Leonard Yeo, died and gave all his property to his wife Mary. In 1719/1720, - This Leonard does not appear to have had any descendants.

1 William Yeo 1430 - 1481
.. +Ellen Grenville
.. 2 Robert Yeo 1455 - 1528/29
....... +Alice Walrond
...... 3 William Yeo 1481 -
........... +Joane Fulford
........... 4 Robert Yeo 1508 -
................ +Mary Fortescue
............... 5 Margaret Yeo 1535 -
.................... +Henry Rolle
.................... 6 [2] Rebecca Rolle 1582 -
......................... +[1] John Yeo 1572 -
........................ 7 [3] Leonard Yeo 1609/10 -
.. 2 Nicholas Yeo 1457 -
....... +Miss Loveis
...... 3 John 1506 - 1597
........... +Anne Honychurch
........... 4 Robert Yeo 1545 -
................ +Mary Gifford
............... 5 [1] John Yeo 1572 -
.................... +[2] Rebecca Rolle 1582 -
.................... 6 [3] Leonard Yeo 1609/10 -

George Yeo Jr. of Elizabeth City County, married Elinor, widow, first, of Coleman Brough, and, second, of Capt. William Boswell, and the mother of Grace Boswell, who married John Selden. He died about 1743 without issue, and with him the Elizabeth City Yeos became extinct (Quarterly, I. p 159; V., p61

IIn George's will he leaves all his properties to the Arnold family (his mother's family) and does not appear to have had any children. The will of George Yeo was dated March 15, 1742; proved April 20, 1743.To the son of George Arnold, merchant in London, certain tenements in the burrough of Hatherly, commonly called by the name of Wadlands and Finch Parks; also the plate I brought from England; to Cousin John Selden, £20, all my law books, "The Whole Duty of Man," "Sherlock on Providence," and St. Augustines Meditations"; to Joseph, son of Cousin John Selden, my dictionary and grammar; to Elizabeth, daughter of second cousin William Selden, one silver ribbon and a book entitled "The Master's Blessing"; to Robert Brough, son of William Brough, deceased, Owen's "Epigrams," Norvell's "Catechism," "Thomas à Kempis," one in Latin and one in English, Sherlock on "Judgment," and "The Five Bishops and the Doctors"; various legacies of clothing, furniture and books to my wife's daughters Mary and Grace Selden, and to her grand-daughters, Agnes and Anne Howard and Mary Douglas; Cousin George Arnold in Great Britain and Cousin John Selden, of Virginia, executors. Witnesses: Charles Jenings, John Webb and George Cooper.

1 William Yeo 1430 - 1481
.. +Ellen Grenville
.. 2 Nicholas Yeo 1457 -
....... +Miss Lybbe
...... 3 Leonard Yeo 1508 - 1586
........... +Arminella Beresford
........... 4 George Yeo 1536 - 1606
................ +Elizabeth Smith
............... 5 George Yeo 1580/81 - 1648
.................... +Dorothy Fortescue
.................... 6 John Yeo
......................... +Elizabeth Hussey
........................ 7 George Yeo 1654 -
............................. +Gertrude Arnall
............................. 8 George Yeo 1685 - 1742

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