...perhaps of interest to descendants of George Yeardley:
YEARDLEY GENEALOGY Next of Kin to Sir George Yeardley, One of the Ablest and Most Popular of Virginia's Colonial Governors. (From The Richmond Times Dispatch, Nov. 8 1908)
There is no more picturesque figure on the early American stage than Sir George Yeardley. He was soldier in the English Army before he came to Virginia, having served with the English forces in the "Low Countries." He was the son of a merchant tailor and came to Virginia in 1609. He was elected Governor in 1618. He was the first Governor of Virginia who had been a planter and gained practical experience thereby of Virginia's resources. During the year of his elevation to the office of Governor of Virginia Sir Walter Raleigh and the old chieftain, Powhatan died. Another occurrence of his period was the transportation in 1619 of the first Negroes to Virginia, and George Yeardley summoned the first assemblage of representatives of the people ever held on the American continent. He was an intrepid Indian fighter, and from the moment of his accession to the governorship the real life of Virginia began. He was knighted in 1618 and he married Temperance West, who had come to Virginia in the Falcon a few months before he husband came in the Deliverance the same year, 1610. So indelibly did Sir George Yeardley make an impression upon the growth and prosperity of Virginia, so courageous and wise in administration was he, that an unusual interest centers upon his next of kin. Who in Virginia now can claim descent from George Yeardley? It is an easy matter to mention those who bear today the surname Yeardley, for there are none. George Yeardley had three children - Elizabeth, Argall and Francis. Elizabeth Yeardley was the girl of Jamestown, one of the first Anglo-Saxon maidens mentioned. If she ever married, she did not live in America, for no trace of any descendant of hers can be found. Argall Yeardley (2), eldest son and heir of Sir George and Lady Temperance, was born about 1621, and married about 1640, wife unknown. She died early and he married Anne Custis of Rotterdam. His children were Argall (3), Edmund (3), Rose (3), Henry (3) and Francis (3). The names of Edmund and Henry disappear from the records of the Eastern Shore when they were mere boys. Argall (2) Yeardley was a member of the Council and was appointed Commander of "Accomac," then comprising all of the Eastern Shore. His plantation was called Yeardley. Francis (2) Yeardley, youngest son of Sir George and Lady Temperance was a brave soldier. He and his brother, Argall, were Royalists during the parliamentary struggles. Francis (2) Yeardley was appointed captain of militia during the Indian scare whne he was only twenty-one years old. He married Sarah Offley of London. She first married Adam Thoroughgood, and second Captain Gookin. Francis (2) Yeardley was her third husband. They had no children, so you see all descendants of Sir George Yeardley came through his eldest son, Argall, and only Argall (3), Rose (3), and Frances (3) who married Colonel Adam Thoroughgood, son of Adam Thoroughgood and Sarah Offley. Argall (3), son and heir of Argall (2), married Sarah Michael (daughter of John Michael, of the commission of Northampton and Elizabeth Thoroughgood, his wife) and had Argall (4) (Died young), John (1) (died young), Elizabeth (4) who married George Harmonson, Sarah (4) who married John Powell,and Frances (4) who married John West. From Elizabeth, Sarah and Frances come all the descendants of Argall (3) Yeardley. The Yeardley name only extnded to the third generation -- the line only exists through George Yeardley's great-granddaughters. Benjamin (6) Harmonson married Elizabeth, and had Katherine (7), who married ---- Justice; Elisha (7), who married --- Kendall; Elizabeth (7), who married --- Kendall also, and John (7) Kendall. George (?) Harmonson married Hannah and had Suzanna (7) Harmonson, born in 1755, who married Dr. John Winder of Somerset County, Maryland in 1783, and had John (8) Harmonson Winder, who married Comfort Quinton Gore, and had Lawretta (9); Anne, who married Thomas Littleton Savage, no children; Charlotte (9); Louise, who married William P. Nottingham, and had one child, Comfort (10); Quinton Gore Notttingham, who married Robinson Nottingham, no issue; and Susan (9) Comfort Winder, who married Dr. Robert Major Garrett of Williamsburg. These are the parents of the Garretts of Williamsburg, who are tenth in descent from George Yeardley, Knight, Governor of Virginia. "Yeardley" was the seat of Argall Yeardley on the Eastern Shore. It was kept in the family for generations, and old furniture and pictures from this estate now adorn the beautiful home of the Garretts of Williamsburg.