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Yeamans, Sir John (1611– August 1674), member of the Council of Barbados and a governor of Carolina, was born in Bristol, England, the son of John Yeamans, a brewer. (His mother’s name is not known.)Yeamans fought on the Royalist side in the English Civil War, rising to the rank of colonel. Like many other Royalists in the wake of the parliamentary victory and the execution of Charles I, in 1650 Yeamans emigrated to Barbados. His motives, however, were perhaps as much economic as political, for as a younger son Yeamans inherited only forty pounds from his father. In the West Indies Yeamans became a man of wealth, status, and power. He was one of the largest landowners on Barbados and served as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the parishes of St. Peter’s, All Saints’, and St. Lucy’s. By 1660 he had become a member of the Council of Barbados....