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Temperance West (Flowerdew), Lady Yeardley

Also Known As: "Barrow", "Yeardley", "West"
Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Norfolk,England
Death: December 21, 1628 (37-45)
Jamestown, Virginia
Place of Burial: Jamestown, James City, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Anthony Flowerdew, Esq. and Martha Garret Garret
Wife of Richard Barrow; Governor Sir George Yeardley and Capt. Francis West, Deputy Governor
Mother of Elizabeth Yeardley; John Yeardly; Col. Argall Yeardley, Sr. and Colonel Francis Yeardley
Sister of Stanley Flowerdew and Mary Rossingham

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About Temperance West, Lady Yeardley

Temperance (Flowerdew) Yeardley West died intestate in December 1628 (per Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary, by Martha W. McCartney).

The three children of George and Temperance Yeardley (Including Elizabeth) appear to have been still living in 1630 when George's brother Ralph sued Temperance's widower Francis West. See p. 102, "Sir George's three children."



Temperance Flowerdew survived a hurricane at sea and ate rats for dinner, and she arrived in Jamestown in August 1609, just in time for the winter famine that followed. She lived through that harrowing winter, called the “Starving Time,” when over 80 percent of Jamestown’s residents died of sickness, disease, or starvation. (If she was married to Richard Barrow at all, he probably perished then and left her an eligible widow.)

In 1613, Temperance married Captain George Yeardley. He became one of the wealthiest men in Virginia. The couple had three (or four?) children: Elizabeth in 1615, Argoll in 1617, John(?) in 1620, who died relatively young, and (Col.) Francis in 1623.

In 1616, George Yeardley was designated Deputy-Governor of Virginia. He negotiated an agreement with the Chickahominy Indians that secured food and brought peace to the colonists for two years. His term ended in 1617.

The couple traveled to England, where George was knighted at Newmarket in November 1618. Six days later he was commissioned Governor of Virginia. He was granted 300 acres of land to help defer the cost of maintaining himself as governor.

Temperance returned to Jamestown with her husband, Sir George Yeardley, Governor of Virginia. He also owned a private plantation of 1000 acres on the south side of the James River, which he named Flowerdew Hundred, in honor of his wife, Lady Yeardley. With a population of about thirty, the plantation was economically successful with thousands of pounds of tobacco produced along with corn, fish, and livestock.

Sir George paid 120 pounds to build the first windmill in British America in 1621. The plantation survived an attack by the Powhatan Indians in 1622, losing only six people. It remained an active private plantation unlike many others in the area.

Yeardley led the first General Assembly to meet on American soil, which convened at the church in Jamestown in July 1619. One of the first acts of this representative body was to set the price of tobacco.

Sir George was appointed Deputy-Governor again in 1625, and he served a second term as Governor from March 1626 until his death in November 1627. He is buried in the churchyard at Jamestown, Virginia.

Lady Temperance Flowerdew Yeardley then married Governor Francis West, but she died within a year.

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Temperance FLOWARDIEU (AFN: GHS9-68) Pedigree

Sex:  F  Family  



Birth:   1599   
 , , Norfolk, England   
Death:   Dec 1628   
 , , , Virginia   



Father:  Anthony FLOWERDEW (AFN: GHS9-C4)  Family  
Mother:  Martha STANLEY (AFN: GHS9-D9)   



Spouse:  George YARDLEY (AFN: GHS9-53)  Family  
Marriage:  1613  
 James City, Virginia  
Spouse:  Francis WEST (AFN: 3038-Q9)  Family  
Marriage:  21 Mar 1628  


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Husband's Name

George YARDLEY (AFN:GHS9-53)  Pedigree  

Born:  23 Jul 1588  Place:  St. Saviors, Southwark, England   
Christened:  23 Jul 1588  Place:  St Saviours, Southwark, Surrey, England   
Died:  13 Nov 1627  Place:  , Jamestown, , Virginia   
Buried:  13 Nov 1628  Place:  , Jamestown, , Virginia   
Married:  1613  Place:  James City, Virginia   

Father:  Ralph YARDLEY (AFN:GHS9-9R)  Family  
Mother:  Rhoda MARSTON (AFN:FMGK-B8)   


Wife's Name

Temperance FLOWARDIEU (AFN:GHS9-68)  Pedigree  

Born:  1599  Place:  , , Norfolk, England   
Died:  Dec 1628  Place:  , , , Virginia   
Married:  1613  Place:  James City, Virginia   

Father:  Anthony FLOWERDEW (AFN:GHS9-C4)  Family  
Mother:  Martha STANLEY (AFN:GHS9-D9)   




1.  Sex  Name    
 M Argol YEARDLEY (AFN:1NKP-SZ6)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt. 1613   Place:  <Of Accomack Co., Va.>   


2.  Sex  Name    
 F Elizabeth YARDLEY (AFN:18TC-H3V)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt. 1622   Place:  <, , , England>   


3.  Sex  Name    
 F Frances YARDLEY (AFN:18TC-H43)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt. 1624   Place:  <, , , England>   


4.  Sex  Name    
 M Argoll YARDLEY (AFN:GHS9-3Q)  Pedigree  

   Born:  1617   Place:  , , Of Northampton, Virginia   
   Died:  29 Oct 1655   Place:  , Northampton, Virginia, America   
   Buried:  Abt 29 1655 Oct   Place:  , Northampton, Virginia, America   


5.  Sex  Name    
 F Elizabeth YEARDLEY (AFN:GHV5-PH)  Pedigree  

   Born:  1614   Place:  James City, Virginia   


6.  Sex  Name    
 M Francis YEARDLEY (AFN:GHV5-QN)  Pedigree  

   Born:  1620   Place:  , , , England  


After the death of Governor George Yeardley Temperance married Governor West and died shortly thereafter.

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Temperance West, Lady Yeardley's Timeline

Age 28
James City County, Virginia
Age 33
Age 34
London, Middlesex, England, (Present UK)
December 1623
Age 36
December 21, 1628
Age 41
Jamestown, Virginia
Jamestown, James City, Virginia