Yeardley, Sir George
- William S. Powell
Yeardley, Sir George (July 1587–12 November 1627), Virginia planter and governor, was born in the Southwark borough of London, England, the son of Ralph Yeardley, a member of the Merchant Taylors Guild, and Rhoda Marston. Apparently he was christened on 6 August. When his parents died in the plague of 1601, George became the ward of his godfather Sir Henry Peyton, a ship captain and one of the subscribers to the fund for colonizing Virginia. John Saris, his other godfather as well as a merchant and ship captain, established trade with Japan as an employee of the East India Company. Both were influential in Yeardley’s life....