I too am in the UK. My grandfather was born in Barbados. I have various bits of the family tree back to the 1700's.
It is told that the Yearwoods moved out to Barbados in the early 1600's and became involved in the slave trade and plantations.
I have been in touch with a Tom Yearwood in Canada whose father was also from barbados. He has done a lot of work on the family tree and been to Barbados a number of times. He tells me he has found a Colonel Yearwood who witnessed a will in Barbados in 1625! This is possibly the first Yearwood there and the military connection may account for the early travels.
On a lighter note, he has also found a Yearwood hung for piracy in Port of Spain in 1665.
If you are interested let me know and I will try and let you have any more information.
There are 405 Yearwoods listed on the voters register in the UK. You have to bear in mind that most of these and most of those in Barbados are black. This is because many slaves had no surnames and took their so called 'masters' surnames.
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