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YEO, Marian Elizabeth

b.1860 – d.1912


Born Marian Evelina Ridout on 11th May 1860, Marian was baptised on 10th June of that year at St Mary’s Church, Soho, Westminster.  Her parents were Thomas Ridout (1829-1885) and his wife Elizabeth nee. Hambleton (1834- 1890) they married on 7th Aug 1859 and together had seven children including Marian. 


Marian’s father, Thomas was born in Hackney although his parents, Thomas Snr and Mary nee. Maidment both came from the West Country where they married in 1824 in Dorchester.  

Thomas, had two brothers, Edward b. 1831 and John b.1835, his mother Mary died in 1840. 

Marian’s mother, Elizabeth Hambleton was born in Isleworth, Middlesex on 7th Oct 1834 and baptised in All Saints church, Isleworth on 2nd Nov of the same year.  Elizabeth was the youngest of at least five children as shown on the 1851c. Her parents were George and Ann Hambleton, Ann appears to have married twice into the Hambleton family as she is shown as a widow (Hambleton) on their marriage certificate. George is described as a bricklayer. 

Sadly, following his wife’s death in 1866 we next find George in the Brentford Union Workhouse in the 1871 census and we may presume he died there in 1873.

1881 Census (Split across two pages) – Marian is a Polisher

Marian’s siblings were:

  • William Thomas (1862-?) 
  • Herbert Edward (1864-1901) married Clara Broadley Lawson in 1894
  • Alfred George Francis (1866- 1919) married Frances Amy Sherman in 1897 – both died in 1919 possibly victims of the Influenza pandemic.
  • Alice Amelia (1868-1945) married Alfred John Lewis 1889, they had six children.
  • Thomas Henry (1870-1916) 
  • Annie Elizabeth (1873-?)

Some online trees show this person living and dying in Newfoundland but I am not convinced, a number of the online trees for this part of the family are inconsistent. 

I have found an Annie Elizabeth Ridout as an inmate of the Caterham Asylum, Godstone, Surrey in the 1891c. Age 17yrs  “Idiot”.  With a death in 1898 in the same area this I think may be our Annie Elizabeth.

Marian’s Life

Marian Elizabeth Ridout was the eldest of her six siblings; she appears to have lived in the same house until her marriage in 1889 – 13 Litchfield Street, St Anne’s, Soho, Westminster. Her father Thomas is constantly listed on the census as a ‘Porter’ and Litchfield Street is listed on Booths Maps as “fairly comfortable, good ordinary earnings” so, apparently a stable upbringing. Throughout the census records she is listed variously as Maria, Maryann, Marian E, and Maria E. 

On 5th August 1889 she married James Yeo (1860-1910) at St Georges Hanover Square, Westminster. (Certificate Q3-1889, London, 1a, 796)

James was the second son of William Alexander Yeo (1835-1877) and his wife Frances Esther nee Hubbard (1836-1892), William was a gas fitter originally from Wiltshire.

James’ older brother was William b. 1859, he was followed by another son John b.  1863. Two daughters, Ann b. 1867 and Mary b.1869 completed the family of five.

Following their marriage James and Marian lived at 19, Rutland Street Belgrave, shown as “mixed, some comfortable some poor”. This road lies alongside the Belgrave Dock engineering works on Battersea Reach, it is possible that this is where James worked as he is shown on the 1891 census as ‘Gas Lock, Hot water fitter’, Marian has a young child James Frederick b. 9th Feb 1890.

1891 Census – James Yeo, Marian and James F.

By 1901 they have moved again, across the river to Battersea to 18, Kamballa Rd, which is just off the Falcon Road, Battersea and is again “fairly comfortable , good ordinary earnings”.  James is now saying he is a ‘Blacksmith’ and they have another child, a daughter called Amy Marian b.12th June 1892 who is “afflicted with a curvature of the spine”

1901 Census – James Yeo, with Maria E. James Fk. and Annie/Amie[sic] Marian

Finally in Q3-1903 their third child Albert Edward was born.

Baptism 29 Oct 1903, James is a Gas Fitter

Marian E. Yeo appears in Q4-1903 in the British Postal Services appointment book, shown as a sorter or telephone operator but there is no date of birth or address to confirm that this is our Marian.

It would seem that until James’s death they were living quite a good life but sadly James died in 1910 aged just fifty and was buried in the Battersea cemetery at Morden, Surrey on 15th Nov 1910.  Two years earlier on 9th May 1908 they had buried their daughter Amy Marian in the same cemetery, she was 15 years old.

From the time of James’ death things seem to have become extremely difficult for Marian and her family and in the 1911 census she is found as a “patient” in the Tooting Home, Church Lane, Tooting Graveney which was a workhouse/Infirmary for the ‘elderly and infirm’.

Marian Elizabeth Yeo, 50, Widow, Formerly Silver Polisher born London

In that same year, 1911, her youngest son, Albert Edward, aged just 8 years, travelled unaccompanied to Canada on the ship Tunisian to live with his Aunt and Uncle. Albert lived his life in Canada where he married and raised his family.   Marian must have been very ill for this drastic step to be taken.

The Asylum Years

On 16th August 1911 Marian was transferred to Horton Hospital, Epsom, Surrey, part of the Epsom cluster of five mental hospitals built to take the overflow from the Middlesex asylums. 

Admitted Horton 16 Aug 1911, Discharged 23 Oct 1911 (Rel’d)

On 23rd October of the same year she was transferred again to the ‘Epsom Colony’ which cared for the “Epileptic insane of the Metropolis” she died there on 18th April 1912.

Admitted Epsom Colony 23 Oct 1911, Discharged 18 Apr 1912 (Died)

Marian was buried in Horton Cemetery on 23rd April 1912 in grave 1391b, aged 52yrs.

Family Life after Marion

The eldest of Marian and James’ children was James Frederick born 9th Feb 1890 at 19 Rutland St, Pimlico.  By the time of the 1911 census his father and younger sister had died, his mother was ill and his youngest brother Albert was an inmate at the Swaffield Rd, Intermediate School, which I believe was part of the Wandsworth workhouse. 

James is found as a boarder in Battersea, his occupation is listed as a Mason’s labourer.  James reappears when he serves from 1914-1920 in the London Regiment Tank Corps sadly we only have his medal roll.  During this time James marries for the first time to Hilda Violet Edith Cove Robbins in Jan 1916 at St Martins (in the fields?) London.   They have three children together but only the eldest girl survives. 

The family move to Guildford, Surrey and James becomes a bus conductor, and then in Oct 1934 Hilda dies.   Two years later in Oct 1936 James marries again to Nancy Forehead and together they have three more children.  In the 1939 Register we find the family living in Hillspur Rd, Guildford.    James dies in DQ 1958 in the Guildford area, age 68.

Author’s Note

Some of the basic information used to start the Yeo Ancestry tree (names/dates,) was taken from a public tree on Ancestry called the Figg FT. 

Building the developing the Yeo tree I checked all this info and followed up on the ‘hints’ Ancestry presented as well as searching Ancestry records.  It was suggested that I contact the owner of the Figg FT and explain what we were doing in the hope that they might be interested but sadly on receiving my email they made the tree private.

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