I have no idea who Jame's father or mother was...I just had this sitting around. I gave this article to Martyn Yeo in hopes he could find out. There also is a blank for the area. It was impossible to read.
Let me know if there is any connections. Hope this helps someone.
By Ruth Yeo and Francis Yeo
James Yeo was born in Wiltontown in the parish of Milton Damerell Devonshire, England (near Plymouth) August 24, 1837.
Hearing of the bright prospects for young men in Canada, he decided to try and make a home for himself in the new country. He left Plymouth in April 1857 and it took him seven weeks in a sailboat to reach Quebec. After landing at Quebec he took the train to Woodstock.
As farming was his solo ambition, he strove by hard work and honesty to save enough to buy a farm of his own. He lived for sometime in Dumfries Township near St. George and also in Yarmouth Township near Sparta Ontario.
In 1867 he returned to England and spent the winter visiting his parents and friends, returning to Canada in the spring, this time in a steamboat. His accounts of life in Canada must have been satisfactory as his four brothers; John, Francis, George and Thomas also decided to try their fortunes here.
John Yeo came to Canada from Devonshire, England, in 1868. He settled in Innerkip on the property owned at that time by George Barwick, now owned by William Scott. The house was on the riverbank and it was here that he continued his trade of a shoemaker. He also drew mail from Woodstock to Innerkip and Strathallan. Later he moved to Woodstock where he lived until his death in January 1917 at the age of 87.
Albert Yeo, a son of John Yeo, came to Canada with his family in 1868 at the age of 12. Having been apprenticed to a tailor in England he went to Cleveland and completed his training. He then settled at his trade in Woodstock. He was married and had a son Percy. Being a widower for some years, in 1914 he married Nina Mann Given of Innerkip, a widow with one daughter Annie. Mr. And Mrs. Yeo had one daughter Jean K. Yeo.
Francis Yeo was a wagon maker and settled at Mt. Forest.
George Yeo was shipwrecked and drowned off the coast of Halifax, N.S.
Thomas Yeo settled in St. Thomas.
In 1870 James Yeo purchased the Vincent farm, lot 10, concession 17 in the township of ___________, and resided here until his death on March 26th, 1911. In 1873 he was united in marriage with Susan Glover (1846-1897) of Port Stanley, whose family had also come from the Plymouth district.
In 1888 Mr. Yeo had a substantial stone house built by James Isbister and this fine looking home on the edge of the village of Innerkip is a memorial to the industry and thrift of the owner. Mr. And Mrs. Yeo were regular church attendants, attending the Methodist Church after its erection.
Their children were:
William who married Mrs. Elizabeth Hurley and his one daughter Mary (Holtby).
John ( 1876-1938) unmarried.
Mary who married Adam Ross and had four children-Glover, MacDonald, Andrew and Elizabeth (Redman).
James whose first wife was Pearl Rogers, their children being Oliver (Hilderley)
(Hildorloy)???, Patricia (Wilson), and twin infants who died. His second wife is Grace Holtby, their children being James, Ruth (Shields) and Elizabeth.
Francis who married Elsie Rowell, their children being Doris, Stella (Piggott), Jean and Gordon.
George (1884-1939) who married Ida Mann (1886-1948) and had no children.
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