Descendants of Thomas Yeo & Elizabeth Hancock of Inwardleigh, Devon

Thomas & Joan Gale

Thomas & Elizabeth Hancock moved to Inwardleigh in Devon and there is a large branch of descendants which stretch all over the world. Over the years this branch has been researched by many different descendants. I have now split this into two pages because of all the fantastic photographs and information that has been sent to me. Thomas & Elizabeth had two sons, Isaac & Thomas. This page has the descendants of Thomas worldwide and the other one has the descendants of Isaac and Christian Weekes

Isaac was the great grandfather of Christine Buzzi (see below) and John and grandfather of Olive.(below)

(more photographs at the bottom of the page)

Letter from John Pyne

Hello Sheila, Hope you don't mind me writing you this e-mail, I came across your name while on the web and wondered if you could help me, you will have to bare with me as I'm new to all this. I'm trying to trace my Grandmother's family her name was Alice Nellie Yeo b 15th December 1885 I think in Winnipeg, Canada. I was told her family went out there from England but came back here for health reasons when she was born, and must of lived in the North Somerset area. Her Father was Isaac Yeo, born 1843 died 6th July 1924 Her Mother was Harriet Yeo, no maiden name born 1847 died 28th October 1927. They had four children we know of, Alice my grandmother, Amy and Kate who died in child birth and a son called Jack or John Yeo who lived in Weston-S-Mare Somerset. I would be very grateful for any help you could give me on this or point me in the right direction. My address is J Pyne 22Burcott Rd Wells Somerset. England BA5 2EQ 01749 672231

John kindly sent me these old photographs of Isaac & Alice Nellie. They are real treasures...

Alice Nellie was the daughter of Isaac Yeo & Harriet Palmer

Christine's tree

Christine now lives in British Columbia, Canada

This is a photo of Olive Yeo, daughter of Isaac & Bessie Every . I believe she was about 18 at the time.

 

Christine is a very active member of the Yeo One Name Study

I was the only child of Olive Yeo, and married Ernesto Renato Buzzi (deceased of Gallarate, Northern Italy) and we had two children Marc Richard Buzzi (15 April, 1965,Cheltenham Glos) and Lisa Caroline Buzzi (07 Jan, 1970, Montreal Canada). Marco (as he is known) is married to Shauneen Cousineau and they have two children Liam Renato Buzzi (5-May-1998, born Vancouver Canada), and Kayle Sebastian Buzzi (11-May-2000 born Victoria Canada). I was born in Gloucester UK on 8 October, 1941. Lisa is still single with no children .I emigrated to Australia in 1962 on the ten pound scheme. This being that one had to stay in Australia for two years before leaving otherwise reimburse the Government for the fare over. I was working my way around Australia and arrived in Alice Springs where I met Tino (Ernesto Buzzi), we spent some time together and then I left for a three day train trip down to Melbourne, never expecting to see him again. When I arrived at the station in Melbourne there he was. He had taken a flight down. That was in 1963. In the autumn of 1964 we left by ship from Melbourne to Naples, and we spent a month in north Italy before journeying on to England where our son Marco (Marc) was born. We then moved on to Canada and resided in Montreal until after the birth of our daughter Lisa. We then went to Auckland, New Zealand for a few years before returning to Montreal in 1973.

Christine's tree

  • 1 Thomas Yeo 1680 -
  • .. +Elizabeth Hancock
  • ... 2 Thomas Yeo 1712/13 -
  • ....... +Joan Gale
  • .........3 Thomas Yeo 1744/45 - 1826
  • ............. +Thomazine Gale
  • .............. 4 Isaac Yeo 1766 -
  • ..................+Elizabeth Upright
  • .................... 5 John Yeo 1807 -
  • ........................+Mary Banbury 1803 -
  • ......................... 6 Isaac Yeo 1842 - 1924
  • ............................. +Harriet Palmer 1858 - 1928
  • ............................... 7 Isaac George Yeo 1869 -
  • ................................... +Bessie Every
  • .................................... 8 Olive Nellie Yeo 1909 - 1998
  • ........................... +William Henry Adams Atherton 1902
  • .......................................... 9 Christine Atherton 1941

Gary's Tree and comments

Stan & Betty Yeo, Gary's parents on holiday in Perth, Australia, October 2003

Direct Descendants of Thomas Yeo

  • 1 Thomas Yeo 1680 -
  • .. +Elizabeth Hancock
  • .. 2 Thomas Yeo 1712/13 -
  • ....... +Joan Gale
  • ...... 3 William Yeo 1754 - 1833
  • ........... +Mary Drew
  • ........... 4 William Yeo 1780 -
  • ................ +Mary Medland
  • ............... 5 Benjamin Yeo 1815 - 1882
  • .................... +Ann McBean 1823 - 1911
  • .................... 6 William Duncan Yeo 1864 - 1951
  • ......................... +Ruth Dibb 1854 -
  • ........................ 7 Stanley Dibbs Yeo 1894 -
  • ............................. +Sarah Ellen Clarke 1899 - 1987
  • ............................. 8 Stanley Joseph Yeo 1923 -
  • .................................. +Betty Yvette Lynch 1925 -
  • ................................. 9 Gary Matthew Yeo 1949 -

Gary's great, great grandfather, Benjamin, emigrated from Inwardleigh, Devon, to Ontario, Canada, between 1848 and 1852 with his first wife Mary and one or more children.

1881 Census Place: Westminster, Middlesex East, Ontario, Canada

Source: FHL Film 1375904 NAC C-13268 Dist 167 SubDist A Div 1 Page 64 Family 306

Benjamin YEO M M 63 English England Farmer Religion: CEAnn YEO F M 53 Scottish Scotland Religion: C. Presbyterian James YEO M 28 English O Farmer Religion: Church of England William YEO M 16 English O Farmer Religion: Church of England Maggie YEO F 14 English O Religion: Church of England Mary YEO F 26 English O Religion: Church of England

Many thanks to Gary for this brilliant photograph of his family. Stan looks fantastic for 80 years old, must be the Scuba Diving and flying.......

Comments by Gary

A photo from my Dad's birthday.Left to right: Erik (Toronto, ON), Stan (Oakville, ON), Gary (Regina, SK), and Roger (Port Stephens, NSW). Which would make our branch listing in the Links page: "Thomas and Elizabeth Hancock, Inwardleigh, Devon, Canada, and Australia". If I'd stayed in Fiji we'd be more exotic!

 

Dear Sheila,

Delighted to get your reply, especially so soon. You certainly may put us on the website, although there are a few details about my branch I'd like to check to make sure its as accurate as possible. The information I have is just a set of notes my dad passed along. I'm pretty confident about the last couple of generations, but before that I'm not. I'll try to provide you with something better organized than what I sent, but here are some odds and ends, working back from the current end of my branch:

I'm a geologist, currently living in Saskatchewan, but came here by way of Suva, Fiji; Antigonish and Wolfville, Nova Scotia; Ottawa, Ontario, Whitehorse, Yukon, and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Travel was an occupational attraction! My brother Roger currently lives in Port Stephens, New South Wales, where he has a B&B and is involved in whale-watching tours and saving koalas. (As our mum kept her Australian citizenship, in spite of living in Canada for 56 years, we have pretty strong connections down under. We teased her for years about likely convict ancestors, which she denied having. We figured that any family that had been in Australia since at least the 1840s had to have married into a "Currency" one. I suppose that until recently it wasn't something that folks admitted to. Now its very trendy of course. My cousin Brenda recently traced us back to John Grant and Jane O'Brien who were transported from Ireland in 1810 and 1811 respectively.) Other brother, Erik, is a doctor in Toronto, Ontario. He teaches at University of Toronto Medical School. My sister, Jeanette, is married to Rick Jeffrey in Peterborough, Ontario. She works for Apple Computers as one of those helpful people you can call when you have a problem.

Our Dad, Stanley Joseph Dibb Yeo (1923- ) is a retired electrical engineer living in Oakville, Ontario. He taught computer science and business math at Sheridan College in Oakville before he retired. Then he learned to fly and took up scuba diving. He's still doing both, and we are planning a big 80th birthday reunion in Ontario in August. We're driving down (its only 4 days) and Roger and family are flying back for it. I will send you a photo of the whole clan. I should send you material on his sisters, Shirley (1922-1970) and Jean (1931- ). Auntie Jean will be quite thrilled to get your material, as she is the one who has most of the information about the family.

Our grandfather, Stanley Dibb Yeo (1895-1971), was trained as a pharmacist, but was Chief of Excise for the Canadian government in Ottawa before he retired. His mother was Ruth Dibb (1854-1897), William Duncan Yeo's first wife. Madeline (1901-1948) was the daughter of William Duncan's second wife, Dolly Phillips (?? - 1906). William Duncan's 3rd wife, Margaret Conn, had no children. Your tree just has Dolly listed as wife of William Duncan Yeo. He farmed in Westminster Township, near London, Ontario, as I think was indicated in the 1881 Ontario census. I'm still puzzled about the children of Benjamin Yeo. His first wife, Mary Blatchford, died in London Ontario on 23 April 1852, shortly after the birth of James Yeo (17 March 1852), so I think James was likely the son of Mary; not Ann. In my dad's notes he has Benjamin's daughter, Mary, as a daughter of his wife Mary, but that's very unlikely as she was born after the latter's death. To add to the confusion, my Dad lists another son of Mary and Benjamin named William (1849-1855) who died young. I need to confirm the date of Mary Blatchford's death and/or Ann McBean's marriage to Benjamin. Incidentally, Ann was the daughter of Duncan McBean, a Chelsea Pensioner from the 42nd regiment (now the Black Watch), who died of cholera in Ogdensburg, NY. in 1832. Thanks again. I'll certainly keep in touch and keep you up to date. I couldn't find a dignified digital photo, so I've attached a silly one of 3 monkeys taken on "Canada Day" (used to be called "Dominion Day" until the British Empire crumbled). I'm "See No Evil" , Alex is "Speak No Evil", and Colin is the imp in the middle. Cheers, Gary.

Many years ago I was in contact with a Mr Alan Cookson, who I think has now died. He did alot of research on the John Yeo & Martha Wood branch that moved to the Liverpool area in the late 1800's and then emigrated to America. At the time he was convinced they descended from the St Giles Yeos and this research is on the internet. Recently I discovered he was in fact a descendant of John Yeo and Mary Banbury. One clue we completely missed was John & Martha naming their first daughter as Mary Banbury Yeo. This is the correct tree.

  • 1 Thomas Yeo 1680 -
  • .. +Elizabeth Hancock
  • .. 2 Thomas Yeo 1712/13 -
  • ....... +Joan Gale
  • ...... 3 Thomas Yeo 1744/45 - 1826
  • ........... +Thomazine Gale
  • ........... 4 Isaac Yeo 1766 -
  • ................ +Elizabeth Upright
  • ............... 5 John Yeo 1807 -
  • .................... +Mary Banbury 1803 -
  • .................... 6 John Yeo 1841 - 1905
  • ......................... +Martha Ann Wood
  • ........................ 7 Selina Yeo 1879 -
  • ............................. +Thomas Molyneaux Cookson
  • ............................. 8 Alan S Cookson

Isaac and Harriet Palmer

These delightful photographs were sent to me by John Pyne, a descendant of Alice Nellie Yeo, daughter of Isaac and Harriet. Photographs are unique, at the time of them being taken there were no photocopying facilities and probably only one member of the family possessed the original, usually the females.

Isaac and Harriet with family. Can anyone identify these children or in laws?

1. Isaac18 Yeo (John17, Isaac16, Thomas15, Thomas14, Thomas13, Abel12, Richard11, Justinian10, Richard9, John8, Nicholas7, Robert6, William5, John4, Robert3, Robert2, William1) was born 18 September 1842 in Sampford Courtenay, and died 8 July 1924 in Worle. He married Harriet Palmer 1868 in Weston Super Mare, Somerset. She was born 1858 in Weston Super Mare, and died 27 October 1928 in Worle.:

Isaac was left property in Weston Super Mare by his Uncle Isaac in 1868.
 
In 1881 Isaac was a licensed victualler, living at Uphill, Somerset,
with wife Harriet and children, George, Nelly, Kate, Walter and John.
Daughter Amy is with her grandfather George Palmer.
Dwelling: Ship Inn
Census Place: Uphill, Somerset, England
Isaac YEO 36 M W S Mare, Somerset, Head Licensed Victualler
Harriet YEO 31 F W S Mare, Somerset, Wife
George YEO12 M W S Mare, Somerset, Son Scholar
Nelly YEO 10 FW S Mare, Somerset, Daur Scholar
Kate YEO9 F W S Mare, Somerset, Daur Scholar
Walter YEO 8 M W S Mare, Somerset, Son Scholar
John YEO 3 MUphill, Somerset, Son Scholar
 
In 1891 Isaac and Harriet were living with children
Amy, John, Nellie and William. William and Nellie were born in Canada so between 1881 and 1891 Isaac and Harriet must have lived in Canada. Isaac left a will when he died, he was then living at 2, Branksane Villas, Worle, Somerset. Probate was granted to his wife Harriett and his effects were 90
In 1901 Isaac and Harriet were still in Weston Super Mare, with children William, a dairyman's porter and Nellie a draper's assistant.
Harriett left a will when she died on the 27th October, 1928, Probate was granted to William John Palmer, retired plumber and her effects were 81

Children of Isaac Yeo and Harriet Palmer are:

i. Isaac George19 Yeo, born 15 February 1869 in Weston Super Mare, Somerset. He married Bessie Every June 1897 in Axbridge, Somerset.

 

ii. Ellen Harriet Yeo, born 1870 in Weston Super Mare, Somerset.

iii. Florence Kate Yeo, born 1872 in Weston Super Mare, Somerset.

iv. Henry Walter Yeo, born 1873 in Weston Super Mare, Somerset; died December 1944 in Hackney area, London.

v. Emily Beatrice Yeo, born 1876 in Weston Super Mare, Somerset.

vi. Amy Yeo, born 1877 in Weston Super Mare

vii.John Courtenay Yeo, born 1878 in Uphill, Somerset.

viii. William Yeo, born 1882 in Canada

ix Nellie Yeo, born 1884 in Canada.

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