The Yeo Sisters

While I was photographing at St Paternus’ Church, North Petherwin for some more 360° panoramas for my ongoing series on the parish churches of Cornwall I came across this really touching memorial to three sisters of the Yeo family who all died young in the 1630s.

I’ve written out the full text below keeping the original spelling (errors and all), including thorn (þ) and the long s (ſ).

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Here lyeth þe body of An Yeo who was buried on þe 26 day of June Anno Domini 1633 being of þe age of 14 years.

Here lyeth allſo þe body of Suſanna Yeo who was buried on the 10 day of January Ano Dom 1634 being of the age of 20 years.

Here lyeth allſo þe body of Margreat Yeo who was buried on þe 19 day of May Ano Dom 1638 being of þe age of 20 years all which were þe daughters of Edmond Yeo of this prſh eſq & Elizabeth his wife.


Here ly entombed 3 ſiſters all ſweet girles
For graces rare for goodnes matchles perles
The youngeſt firſt did make up her account
And did ascend gods sion holy mount
The eldeſt not willing here to ſtay
went on with cheere þy hard but happy way
The ſecond laſt on cherub wings did fly
Unto the place of ioy the ſtarrie ſkie
Theire ſoules are mett theire bodies ſleepe in dust
And ſhall not wake till riſe againe the iuſt
when in þe aire they ſhall theire iesus ſee
And with a com ye bleſſed bleſſed be

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