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My wife's ancestors - Yeats - Contents

Yeats of Aberdeen, Scotland

Also "Yates".
See notes on spelling.

Marriage of Alexander Yeats and Elizabeth Leslie, 20 June 1748.
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Alexander Yeats.
Listed as "merchant" at marriage.
He mar 20 June 1748 to Elizabeth Leslie [bapt 1723, descendant of Robert III, King of Scotland and of Henry I].
Alexander was a merchant in Rotterdam, Holland.
Many Scottish merchants traded through Rotterdam at this time, and often went to live there.
His children were bapt in Aberdeen in 1750 to 1756.

Moves to Holland before 1765:
He went to live in Holland. Took his family.
"Alexander Yeats" and his wife were added on 20 Oct 1765 to List of Members of Scots Church, Rotterdam. He is listed as a "deacon".
He is listed as merchant in Rotterdam at his dau Barbara's mar 1769.
Alexander and Elizabeth had issue:

  1. Barbara Yeats,
    born 16 July 1749,
    would be named after her grandmother Barbara Ædie.
    She was apparently born in Scotland, moved with father to Holland before 1765, and then came back to Scotland with marriage 1769.
    "Barbara Yates" was added to list of Members of Scots Church, Rotterdam 2 Apr 1767.
    She mar 16 Aug 1769 to Capt. Robert Gibbon [born 23 Aug 1738] and had issue.
    They mar at the Scots Church, Rotterdam.
    She was age 20, he was age 30. See marriage entry under G.
    They were married by Rev. William Walker (father of Rev. Robert Walker, "The Skating Minister").

  2. Elizabeth Yeats,
    bapt 14 Aug 1750 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen].
    "Elizabeth Yates" was added to list of Members of Scots Church, Rotterdam 2 Apr 1767.
    She mar Alexander Martin.
    Their dau's mar notice says he is Alexander.
    One source says "Mynhur Martin", but this must be a mis-reading of hand-writing.
    They lived Nellfield, Aberdeen (later the home of the Gibbon sisters).
    "Mr. Martin" is shown at Nellfield on 1789 map.
    There is a miniature of Alexander Martin of Nellfield, Aberdeen, dated 1793.
    His dau's mar notice 1796 says he was of Nellfield.
    In letter of 15 Apr 1857 (almost impossible to read) Arthur Gibbon (born 1780) recalls Nellfield when he was young and his aunt and uncle lived there.
    Elizabeth and Alexander had issue:

    1. Elizabeth Martin,
      mar notice says she was the only dau,
      mar 1796 to Capt. Hay Livingston [bapt 14th Dec 1774] and had issue.

  3. William Yeats,
    bapt 19 July 1755 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen].

  4. Anna Yeats.
    She may be "Anne Yates", bapt 7 Nov 1756 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen], dau of Alexander Yates and --- Ross. (A second marriage?)
    "Anna Yeats" was added to list of Members of Scots Church, Rotterdam on 29 Sept 1772.
    She mar Dr. James Somerville [NOT William].
    They had issue:

    1. Bethea Somerville,
      bapt 23 June 1781, Whitburn, W Lothian.

    2. Karthrine Somerville,
      bapt 7 Jan 1783 [Whitburn].

    3. Barbara Somerville,
      bapt 1 Aug 1784 [Whitburn].
      She was bur Nigg Bay. See p.4 of first sheet of notes on Gibbon graves at Nigg.

    4. Alexander Martine Somerville,
      bapt 15 Aug 1786 [Whitburn].

    5. 1 other child, Somerville [Barbara Yates Gibbon].

    (todo) Search for baptisms.

The Scots Church, Rotterdam.
Print of 1757.
From Rotterdam City Archives.
Alexander Yeats and family moved to Rotterdam before 1765 and lived somewhere near the Scots Church.

Barbara Yeats.
Portrait perhaps c.1790. (She died 1791.)
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See other scan.
See label at back and second label at back.

Miniature of Alexander Martin of Nellfield, Aberdeen, dated 1793, by John Bogle.
For sale as at 2012 on eBay at this shop.
See inscription (and wider shot) and signature.
See other shot and other shot.

Some notes on Yeats in Gibbon papers.
Not sure who these people are. The dates do not fit William and Anna above.

Spelling of the surname

"Yeats" seems to be more common in the 18th century. So I take it as the default.
"Yates" seems to be more common in the 19th century.
But the record is confused:

  1. The 18th century parish records of St.Nicholas', Aberdeen, use "Yeats".
  2. Barbara Yeats is "Yeats" in death notice 1791, and on her grave at Nigg Bay. But she is "Yates" in family bible when she was alive.
  3. Robina Barbara Yates Gibbon (born 1821, died 1824) is "Yeats" in family bible and burial record. But she is "Yates" on family tree by Barbara Yates Gibbon.
  4. Barbara Yates Gibbon spelt it "Yates" in late 19th century.

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