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Rebecca Lear (Yeo)

Also Known As: "Moryson"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Elizabeth City County , Virginia
Death: between 1691 and 1693 (46-49)
Nansemond County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. Leonard Yeo and Claire Yeo
Wife of Col. Charles Moryson and Col. John Lear, of Nansemond County
Sister of Leonard Yeo, of Back River

Managed by: Marsha Gail Veazey
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About Rebecca Lear

Daughter ? of Leonard Yeo of Elizabeth City. Married 1) Charles Moryson 2) John Lear (his third wife). No known children.

Re: "Rebecca [___] Moryson Yeo, widow 1st of Col Charles Moryson [d 1688] and widow 2nd of Col Leonard Yeo of Elizabeth City Co.;

However, Col. Leonard Yeo died before 1670, so either the order is incorrect, or Rebecca was not his widow. She was executrix of his estate.

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From http://www.yeosociety.com/yeoroots/early%20origins.htm#johnrebecca

John Yeo & Rebecca Rolle'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.

From page 218 of Genealogies of Virginia Families: From Tyler's Quarterly ..., Volume 1 By Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated

"Col. John Lear married Rebecca, widow of Charles Moryson, and left considerable property to Charles Goring, son of John Goring [of Surry, whi made his will in 1679], suggesting she was probably a sister of John Goring."

From Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families, Volume 1 By Mary Selden Kennedy page 24-25

"Col. John Lear was for many years an active resident of Nansemond County, member of the Council, etc. He died June 27, 1696. He married, at least, four times, the first marriage being prior to 1678. The name of his first wife is not known. His children by her were Martha, who married, first, Col. William Cole, and, second, Major Lewis Burwell (see Burwell Family, Number 2), and a son, Thomas. After his first wife's death, he married, second, after 1678, Anne, Widow of Col. John George. His third marriage was after 1688. His third wife was Rebecca, widow of Col. Leonard Yeo and Charles Moryson. He married, fourth, Anne Willis, of Ipswich, Mass., widow of Seth Sothel, Governor of North Carolina. She died before 1695. Thomas Lear, son of Col. Lear, by his first wife, married Elizabeth, daughter of Col. Joseph Bridges of Isle of Wight County, another member of the Council. He died before his father, leaving issue, named in Col. John Lear's will (see William and Mary Quarterly, VII, page 309), Thomas, John, Elizabeth, and Martha. Of these, John was living in 17 12. He married Elizabeth, the executrix of Isabella Haveild of Nansemond, who was the executrix of Luke Haveild of Nansemond. He was Sheriff of Nansemond in 1723."

From http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Rebecca_Yeo_%281%29_

Some sources claim that Rebecca was the widow of Col. Leonard Yeo, but the following "William and Mary Quarterly" article indicates that Col. Leonard's wife was named "Clare" and that Rebecca, who married John Lear, was more likely his daughter:

11. 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 [sic: daughter] 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 the Back River, Elizabeth City" county (probably a son of Col. Leonard Yeo) died and gave all his property to his wife Mary. In 1719-'20, George Yeo, Jr., of Elizabeth City county, married Elinor, widow, first, of Coleman Brough, and, second, of Capt. William Boswell, and mother of Grace Boswell, who married John Selden. He died about 1743 without issue, and with him the Elizabeth City Y'eos became extinct. (quarterly, I., p. 157; V., p. 61.)

From http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/bridger/528/

Wm. & Mary Qtrly, Vol. 9, No. 2 - Oct. 1900

We agree that Rebecca, widow of the said Charles Moryson, intermarried with Collo John Lear, and that she held the Lands in Controversy as Devisee of the said Chas Moryson, during her life -- and that she dyed without Issue. We agree that by an Inquisition Dated the 28th day of December 1697 it is found by a Jury that the said Charles Moryson dyed seized of the Land now in Dispute.We agree that Francis Ballard(7) Lessee of Samuel Selden, & Rebecca, his wife, Cousing & heir-at-law to Rebecca, the widow and Devisee of Charles Moryson recovered the Land in Controversy of Robert Beverley Gent. to whom the said Land had been granted by Patent as Escheated from the said Charles Moryson, and by Order of the General Court dated 21st October 1704, was put in Possession of the same as by the record hereunto annexed to which we refer and that the said Charles Moryson and those claiming under him and his title have been in Possession of the Land & Premises in Dispute since the year 1671 & upwards, which record is as follows:

Virginia Sct: At a General Court held at the Capitol in Williamsburg the 22d day of April 1703. ...

From http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=thamm&id=...

!There is an order of the General Court which shows that Col. Charles Moryson "married the executrix of Col. Leonard Leo," and a land grant dated 1691 shows that Rebecca, widow of Col. Charles Moryson, married Col. John Lear, of Nansemond. Kecoughtan, Elizabeth City County, VA - Old Records; Wm. & Mary Qtrly, Vol. 9, No. 2.

!We agree that Rebecca the wife of the said Samuel Selden was Cousin & Heir at Law of the said Rebecca the Wife & Devisee of the said Coll : Charles Morryson & afterwards of Coll. John Lear, and that the said Samuel and Rebecca his wife became seized of the Land and Premises in Controversy as the Law requires. Old Kecoughtan, Elizabeth City County, VA - Old Records; Wm. & Mary Qtrly, Vol. 9, No. 2.

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

!20 Mar 1688: Mentioned in Charles Moryson's will as his wife Rebecca.

!1691. There is a land grant dated 1691 that shows that Rebecca, widow of Col. Charles Moryson, married Col. John Lear, of Nansemond. Kecoughtan, Elizabeth City County, VA - Old Records; Wm. & Mary Qtrly, Vol. 9, No. 2.

!24 Apr 1703: At a Gen'l. Court held at the Capitol in Williamsburg the 24th day of April 1703. Ballard vs. Beverly. In the Ejectione firme brought hither by a Certiorari from before the County Court of Elizabeth City County between Francis Ballard, Gent. Plt. and Robert Beverly admitted Defendant in the Room of John George Gent. for two Plantations commonly known by the name of Buckroe & Downs his Field, three dwelling Houses, three Gardens, four Hundred & Sixty acres of Land three Hundred acres of Wood Land, One Hundred & Sixty acres of Pasture with the apurts in Eliz: City County aforesaid, now in Possession of the said Robert which the Plt. says in his Declaration was late in the Possession of John Lear & Rebecca, his wife, which Samuel Selden & Rebecca, his wife, cousin & Heir-at-law to Rebecca, the said wife of the said John Lear Demised unto him the said Plt. for a Term not yet expired & and for five Hundred Pounds Sterling Damage for ejecting him from the same, wherein the jury found the Defendt guilty for all the Lands, Houses, & Plantations in the Declaron mentioned to the Plt. Damage One Hundred Pounds Sterling the 1st & 2d Reasons put in by the Defendant to stay entering the Judgement upon the verdict of the Jury given for the Plt. in this cause as aforesaid being overruled & the third Reason (to wit) It doth not appear by the Pannel of the names of the Jurors returned by the Sheriff with the writt of venire that it is a Pannel of Jurors names in the Cause between the Plt & Defendt which by law it ought to be together with the arguments on both sides, thereupon being taken into Consideration the Plt. replying that all those mistakes were aided by the Statute of 21st King James. Cop : 13. Entitled an Act for the further Reformation of Jeofayles (which Statute was read) & that the Pannel was returned in like form of others in the Court & annexed to the Writt, but the Defendt producing Dalton's Office of Sheriff (shewing what a Pannel was) to make out his said Reason & forasmuch as the writt of venire is a new writt in this Country & according to the English form & the usual Form of Tryals in common cases being by Juries summoned by the Sheriff for Tryall, of all the causes for the Day according to the 37th Act of Assembly in the Printed Laws, the Court are of opinion that the Return of the same should be according to the English Form produced by the Defendt & that for want of such Form it cant be taken for a Legal Pannel & therefore does not come within the said Statute, The Plt. also objected that the Jury being struck in Court by Consent of both Parties, the Faults in the Return were thereby aided which was overruled, Whereupon the said Reason is allowed & that no Judgement be entered upon the said verdict. His Excellency was pleased to declare his opinion & Command it be entered that by the Pleadings the mistakes in the Pannell wre aided by the said Statute of Jeofayles & that a Case that at Tryall was mentioned between Swan & Wilson was no more like this case than a Horse is like a man. Examd by C. C. Thacker Cl. Genl Cur. Old Kecoughtan, Elizabeth City County, VA - Old Records; Wm. & Mary Qtrly, Vol. 9, No. 2.

!We agree that Rebecca the wife of the said Samuel Selden was Cousin & Heir at Law of the said Rebecca the Wife & Devisee of the said Coll : Charles Morryson & afterwards of Coll. John Lear, and that the said Samuel and Rebecca his wife became seized of the Land and Premises in Controversy as the Law requires. Old Kecoughtan, Elizabeth City County, VA - Old Records; Wm. & Mary Qtrly, Vol. 9, No. 2.


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Rebecca Lear's Timeline

1644
1644
Elizabeth City County , Virginia
1691
1691
Age 47
Nansemond County, Virginia
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