Descendants of Richard Yeo and Susanna Spry

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Richard was born in Morwenstowe, Cornwall, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Elliot. Robert's father was Phillip born 1670 Stratton, and married to Margaret Bonet. Phillip was the son of John Yeo and Martha Hambly.

Richard, son of Richard & Susannah Spry was born in Boyton, Cornwall and moved to Ide, Nr Exeter, Devon in the early 1800's. From his first marriage to Elizabeth Caseley he had eight children, sons - Robert, Richard, Samuel, William and John - daughters, Ann, Susanna and Julia. By his second marriage to Elizabeth Wills he had six children, sons - Thomas and Philip, daughters - Elizabeth, Martha, Ann and Maria. The eldest five sons all moved to London in the 1840's and the two eldest brothers Robert and Richard were builders. They built many houses in the Hampstead area and secured leases on these which made them extremely rich. (See Robert's Will)

Tanya's Tree

John Robert Harris, son of Elizabeth Yeo

  • 1 Richard Yeo 1749 -
  • .. +Susanna Spry
  • .. 2 Richard Yeo 1775 -
  • ....... +Elizabeth Wills 1788 -
  • ...... 3 Elizabeth Yeo 1820 - 1900
  • ........... +John Harris 1816 -
  • ........... 4 John (Jack) Robert Harris 1850 - 1911
  • ................ +Mary Magdalene Sophia Lausen 1863 - 1937
  • ............... 5 Ruby Elizabeth Harris 1894 - 1985
  • .................... +John Edward Elgin, Sr. 1889 - 1938
  • .................... 6 Dorothy Alice Elgin 1918 - 1996
  • ......................... +George Amador Rohde 1901 - 1974
  • ........................ 7 Sandra Kay Rohde 1945 -
  • ............................. +Gale Eugene Kloesel 1943 -
  • ............................. 8 Tanya Gayle Kloesel 1969 -
Gravestone for Richard, Elizabeth Caseley, Elizabeth Wills and daughter Susanna in Ide Churchyard

Inscription on Gravestone of Richard Yeo, Elizabeth Casely Yeo and Elizabeth Wills Yeo and Susanna Shareman








Ide, Exeter St Thomas, Devon

In 1841 Richard and Elizabeth were living in Ide, he was a mason

1851 census Ide, Malthouse

  • Richard Yeo head, married aged 76 born Boyton, Cornwall
  • Elizabeth wife aged 63 born Ide.
  • Address: Malthouse, St. Thomas
  • Census Place: Ide St. Thomas, Devonshire

Some gems on Elizabeth Yeo Harris and her family by Tanya

Obituary for John Robert Harris

Copied from The Galveston Daily News, Friday, April 7, 1911

(Tanya's Great, Great Grandfather and son of Elizabeth Yeo)

After an illness covering a period of more than five years, John R. Harris , a dairyman, residing at 4418 Avenue S 1/2, died Thursday morning at 5:30 o'clock at John Sealy Hospital. Mr. Harris was one of the best known dairymen on the island. He had been a resident of Galveston for forty years, during which time he conducted a dairy. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary Harris and the following children: Misses Katie, Mamie and Ruby Harris and Walter, Albert, Jack, Roy and Rodney Harris. The funeral is to take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the late residence, 4418 Avenue S 1/2. The deceased was born in Chudleigh, Devonshire, England, on July 10, 1851. He shipped on a sailing vessel, coming to Galveston in 1871. He went into the dairy business, prospered, and sent for his people in England. His mother and father and brother joined him here. The mother and father were lost in the storm of 1900. The only relative in Galveston, beside the immediate family, is Judge John Harris, justice of the peace, Precinct 2, who resides about seven miles down the island.

The attachment I am sending you is the obituary for John (Jack) R. Harris. A few things though - 1. The daughter that is listed as Katie is a mistake. It should be Hattie. Her name was Henrietta Harris Dean, but everyone called her Hattie. 2. Both of John's parents did not die in the 1900 Storm, just his mom, Elizabeth YEO HARRIS. His father died sometime after he immigrated, but before 1900. Am still trying to find the exact year. 3. His mother, father and brother did immigrate, but they were not the only members of his immediate family that did. His sister, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Harris Jewell and her husband, Joseph, also immigrated. I believe another brother, Thomas, also immigrated and possible another sister. Am still looking into that. 4. The farm that allowed him to make the money to send for his family was washed away in the Storm. They took what they could on their wagon and left. Everything that was left behind, that they couldn't take, was destroyed. After the Storm, John recieved $75.00 from the Central Relief Committee, which had $350,000 to give to the island farmers who suffered damages and loss. With their farm washed away and nothing to go back to, and since the Jewells and their children died in the Storm, they ended up at the Jewell home and that was were he was living when he died and where his wife would die many years later, in the 1930s. What I am sending you is the way it was printed up in the newspaper.

Hi Sheila! Am sending along a wee piece of family history trivia as well as an attachment of Mary Magdalene Sophia LAUSEN HARRIS, the wife of John (Jack) Robert HARRIS, my great-great-grandpa, not Judge John R. Harris, his nephew. Each December when the holidays rolled around, Mary tried to add some British touches to Christmas for her husband, John HARRIS aka Jack, the first of the HARRIS branch of the family to immigrate. Goose, not turkey, was served along with suet pudding. From time to time she would also fix him pickled herring. Mary was the oldest child of Prussian immigrants - from Schleswig-Holstein - Christian Heinrich LAUSEN and Dorothea Marie SONN LAUSEN. Am not sure the exact year of this picture, but it would have been around 1880, the year she married John R. Harris. By the way, did they really used to have goose instead of turkey? On a British movie I was watching they were eating turkey during their holiday...Would sure appreciate it if you could clear this up for me... Oh, and one last thing - let me know if this doesn't come through okay and will send my USPS (snail mail)! More later! Best, Tanya

Comments from Tanya

Also, from a book on Ide that (one of) my wonderful Devon cousin(s) sent me: (You may already have this. The book is called "A HISTORY of the PEOPLE and PARISH of IDE," and it is by Donald Burnett.) At the same time the farmers in the parish had to enforce the early Poor Laws. It had been laid down as long ago as the 16th century that, generally, the poor could only claim relief from the parish where they had been born. This law had not been used for a long time as it was difficult to administer. Parishes like Ide were vulnerable to claimants coming in from outside so the Vestry tried to get rid of non-Ideites from the parish if they had no employment. In January 1827 a meeting of the vestry considered how to convey Richard Yeo, a mason, and his family back to Calstock in Cornwall where Richard had been born and where the parish had a duty to support him. The Land Tax records show that he had been living at the Malt House from 1809 to 1826 so he could hardly have been regarded as a newcomer to the parish. We do not know the outcome of the meeting but it must have been decided to let the family stay as the 1841 census shows that 14 years later Richard and his wife were still living in the village. His daughter, Mary, was apprenticed to George Dicker at Trennicks Farm and his son, Thomas, was working at Pynes. Richard died in 1859 at the age of 84, still in Ide. The graves of Richard and his wife can be seen on the left-hand side of the churchyard path. The gravestone seems to be leaning over towards the side of the churchyard where many of the farmers who wanted to evict him in 1827 are buried, as if Richard is informing them that he is now in Ide, as they are, permanently. He is also listed on the Land Tax Returns for 1815 as an occupier at the Malt House.

Tim's Tree

Tim Yeo, Conservative Member of Parliament for South Suffolk

  • 1 John Yeo 1647 - 1691/92
  • .. +Martha Hambly
  • .. 2 Philip Yeo 1670 -
  • ....... +Margaret Bonet
  • ...... 3 Robert Yeo 1717 -
  • ........... +Elizabeth Elliot
  • ........... 4 Richard Yeo 1749 -
  • ................ +Susanna Spry
  • ............... 5 Richard Yeo 1775 -
  • .................... +Elizabeth Caseley 1785 - 1818
  • .................... 6 John Yeo 1818 - 1882
  • ......................... +Mary Ann Williams 1819 - 1892
  • ........................ 7 Alfred William Yeo 1855 - 1947
  • ............................. +Emily Simpson
  • ............................. 8 Kenneth John Yeo 1889 - 1979
  • .................................. +Norah M Richardson 1917 - 1990
  • ................................. 9 Timothy Stephen K Yeo 1945 -

About Tim

Tim was born in 1945.

He is married with two children. He was educated at Charterhouse and Emmanuel College, Cambridge (MA in History).

Tim's Political Experience

Tim contested Bedwellty (against Neil Kinnock) in February 1974 and was elected as Member of Parliament for South Suffolk at the General Election of June 1983. He is a former Personal Assistant to The Rt Hon Peter Walker (1974) and to The Rt Hon Patrick Jenkin (1979). He has been Joint Secretary of the Conservative Party Backbench Finance Committee 1984-1987, a member of the Social Services Select Committee 1985-1988 and was responsible for the Commons stages of the Charities Bill in 1985. He was a member of the Employment Select Committee from 1994-1997. He served on the Standing Committee of the Finance Bill in 1985 and 1986. In 1983 his pamphlet "Public Accountability and Regulation of Charities" was published. Tim was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Douglas Hurd MP, 1988-90 and Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of the Environment, 1990-92. In April 1992 he was made Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Mr Yeo was Minister for Environment and Countryside at the Department of the Environment from May 1993 until he resigned in January 1994. In June 1997 he was appointed Opposition Front Bench Spokesman for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, a position he held until he became Shadow Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in August 1998. From June to August 1998 he was a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party with special responsibility for local government. In September 2001, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, and in July 2002 was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Trade & Industry.

Tim's wife Diane is also well known for her active voluntary work. Recently she has become involved in RefAid, a charity to help genuine refugees

The trauma of September 11 and its aftermath affected people in many ways. "Oddly enough, I was in bed, not very well," Diane Yeo recalls. "I don't know whether that had a profound influence, but I was very affected by the events of that day and could clearly see the ripple effect across the world as I watched it all unfolding day after day. I thought of the hardship that would result from war, especially the huge movement of people fleeing Afghanistan. And I came out thinking that refugees would be a good cause I could look at next."

Diane has just stepped down after six years as chief executive of Sargent Cancer Care for Children to join a little known refugee charity, RefAid. "Some of my friends think I'm very strange going to another small charity," she says. "But I enjoy picking up something small and making it into something bigger." Yeo trebled Sargent's income to 7m and widened its focus to provide emotional and psychological support to adolescents and their families. She now hopes to shine the spotlight on refugee issues with the help of celebrities and friends in high places. "Asylum seeker has become a pejorative term to mean economic migrant, which is quite different from people at risk because of race, politics or religion," she says. "If it was clear what asylum seekers are, then there would be much more compassion. "I'm very open to having VIPs associated with the issues. They raise the profile, get people along to events and are very encouraging to the troops." RefAid is the only British charity affiliated to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. Set up in 1996, it exists to raise awareness of the needs of refugees and UNHCR programmes around the world, and to raise funds - from companies and grantmakers - to support those programmes. It is a difficult concept to grasp because, with the exception of the children's agency, Unicef, UN bodies are for the most part government funded. But Diane relishes the challenge she officially takes up next April, when she joins RefAid's existing complement of two fundraisers and a public relations officer. "Refugee issues are very significant at this point in time and not much has been done to mobilise companies and grantmakers," she says. "There are great possibilities. We've got to make the issue relevant to people. Pakistan is carrying an enormous burden which can destabilise the country. We need to demonstrate how that affects all of us - not just the refugees." RefAid's current annual income is 500,000, most of it coming from corporate supporters such as drugs company Glaxo Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline), which funded 10 health centres for some of the 5m Afghan refugees who had fled to Pakistan over the 20 years before the latest conflict brought tens of thousands more.

Diane, 56, has empathy with, and understanding of, cancer - born from personal experience. Her daughter, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with brain cancer, aged 15, and a few years later her elder child, Jonathan - now a celebrated portrait painter - contracted Hodgkin's disease, a form of lymph cancer, while at university. Both recovered, although her daughter has little use of her left arm.

"I took the Sargent job because I wanted to provide for others either the good things we'd experienced or the good things we would have found helpful - like having a dedicated person for the family and child all the way through the treatment, and the need for a social worker in each cancer team," she says. Her refugee credentials are less emotive, although she is descended from refugee Huguenot stock and was a volunteer roving ambassador for Save the Children, visiting camps in South Africa, Mozambique, Hong Kong and the West Bank while on overseas visits with her husband, Conservative frontbencher Tim Yeo, when he was in government. Diane Yeo fell into fundraising while working for the Africa Educational Trust, after beginning her career at the BBC. From there she went on to the Girl Guides and the YWCA, before setting up the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers and becoming its first director. Six years as a charity commissioner followed. As she looks forward to yet another change, she jokes: "I joined the voluntary sector for an easy life."

Jonathan, (in the middle) with Charles Kennedy, leader of the Liberals & William Hague, ex leader of the Conservatives. In the background are samples of his portraits which include in the centre, Tony Blair.

Tim's son, Jonathan, is a talented artist and has recently been named as the UK's first ever official election artist. Chosen by a committee of MPs, Mr Yeo will be expected to leave his father's political allegiance behind when he follows the three main party leaders on the campaign trail. The artist is perhaps best known for painting fashion designer Ozwald Boateng - reputedly his fee for that job was a wardrobe of new suits. The idea for an election artist was dreamt up by former sports minister Tony Banks, and Mr Yeo was always a frontrunner. As chairman of the House of Commons Works of Art Committee, Mr Banks announced their final choice on Tuesday night. He told BBC News Online they wanted someone with the ability to capture his subjects on the move. "He is also a very fine photographer," Mr Banks said. Mr Yeo, who until recently had a studio above Marco Pierre White's Quo Vadis restaurant in London's Dean Street, has drawn his subjects from politics, media and sport. Katy Letman, commissions consultant for the Royal Society of Portrait Members, described him as "a fantastic painter who produces very good likenesses but also captures the essential character of his subjects".

These delightful photographs were kindly sent to me by Tanya. On the far left is one of her Great Grandmother, Ruby Harris, left her favourite grandmother, Dorothy Alice Elgin and on the right her parents, Sandra and Gale Kloesel. It is very apparent where Tanya's beauty came from......just look at her great grandmother....




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