Capt. Leonard Yeo

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Leonard Yeo

Birthplace: Ashwater, Devon, England
Death: before June 1670
Elizabeth City County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Yeo, of Hatherleigh and Rebecca Yeo
Husband of Joanne Yeo and Claire Yeo
Father of Rebecca Lear and Leonard Yeo, of Back River
Brother of John Yeo; William Yeo; Robert Yeo; Bartholomew Yeo; Southcott Yeo and 4 others

Occupation: Planter, burgess
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Immediate Family

About Capt. Leonard Yeo

John Yeo b. 1572, married his distant cousin, Rebecca Rolle the youngest daughter of Henry Rolle , of Heanton Sachville and Margaret Yeo , by whom he had six daughters and eight sons:

6. Leonard Yeo born 1610 in Ashwater and died 1670 in Elizabeth City, Virginia, USA.

His children seem to have been Leonard and Rebecca.

family notes

Familysearch claims the wife of Leonard Yeo was named "Joanne", but her wife was "Clare" in 1652. (perhaps there was a second marriage?).


"John & Rebecca 's sons Leonard and Robert also settled in Virgina. Colonel Leonard Yeo settled in Elizabeth City and was prominent in county affairs and was a Burgess. He died in 1670 and his only daughter and heir, Rebecca married a Colonel Charles Morrison . The Virginia lands seem to have been jointly owned by both the Yeo and Seldon families as years after both Rebeccas had died members of the Selden family had a suit against Leonard Yeo in regard to Virginia lands inherited from the Morrisons."

biographical notes

Captain Leonard Yeo was a Burgess in 1644, 1645 from Elizabeth City.

from Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families, Volume 1 By Mary Selden Kennedy page 19-20

The following is from the Virginia Historical Magazine, Volume 7, page 190.

"Leonard Yeo settled in Elizabeth City County and was long a man of prominence there. In 1639 he was one of the viewers of tobacco, appointed throughout the Colony. At the Session of February, 1644-5, as 'Capt. Yeo,' he was a member of the house of Burgesses for Elizabeth City County, and was again a member at the Session of September, 1663, and in June and October, 1666. In that year he was commander-in-chief of Elizabeth City County (Robinson's Notes), and the next year held the same command, while the hostile Dutch fleet was in Hampton Roads. He died in or before June, 1670, as there was at that time a suit in the General Court against Charles Moryson, who married the executrix of Col. Yeo, deceased. This Captain Charles Moryson was afterward commander of Elizabeth City. After Moryson's death, his widow, Rebecca, who had been the widow of Col. Yeo, [SIC: daughter of Col Yeo] married John Lear, of the Virginia Council."

!The Yeos came from Hartland, Devon, England. Eaton, Historical Atlas of Westmoreland County, VA, Dietz Press, Richmond, VA, 1942, pg 54.

!Col. Leonard Yeo was burgess for Elizabeth City 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 impowered by the 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. Kecoughtan, Elizabeth City County, VA - Old Records; Wm. & Mary Qtrly, Vol. 9, No. 2

!Col. John Lear married third, after 1688, Rebecca, widow [SIC: probably daughter] of Col. Leonard Yeo, and Col. Charles Moryson. Kecoughtan, Elizabeth City County, VA - Old Records; Wm. & Mary Qtrly, Vol. 9, No. 2

!There is an order of the General Court which shows that Col. Charles Moryson "married the executrix of Col. Leonard Leo." Kecoughtan, Elizabeth City County, VA - Old Records; Wm. & Mary Qtrly, Vol. 9, No. 2.

!9 Aug 1637: Leonard Yeo, grant of 850 acres in Elizabeth City Co., VA.

!1652: Leonard Yeo and his wife Claire appear in a grant in Elizabeth City Co., VA.

!11 Oct 1656: Leonard Yeo of Elizabeth City County, brother and admistrator of Robert Yeo, assigned 650 acres to John Hallowes, by his attorney Nicholas Lansden. Westmoreland County, VA Will and Deed Book 1, pg 31.

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Capt. Leonard Yeo's Timeline

Ashwater, Devon, England
Elizabeth City County , Virginia
Elizabeth City County , Virginia
June 1670
Age 60
Elizabeth City County, Virginia