Yearwood = Yarwood = Yerwood (and other variants). Originates from Yarwood Heath in NE Cheshire, U.K. Few strays in other counties by 16th century but the concentration even today is still in Cheshire. The Yearwoods of Barbados probably descend from a late 17th-century Yarwood who emigrated but this not proven. I have been compiling an index of all Yarwoods anywhere upto c.1850 (mainly from original records) for past 29 years but indexes still relatively incomplete. I will search index for any specific Yarwood pre-1850 if sufficient detail available to preclude ambiguity. The Richard Yearwood of London (will 1632) was related by marriage to Harvard (of Harvard Univ. fame!). I would welcome any more detail of William Y. on Rappahanock River, VA. (1650). Best of luck with your searches.
Enquiries welcome from anyone else searching Yarwoods but demands on my time may result in some delay in replying.
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