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Nicknames: "Sarah (Starbuck) Storey Austin Varney", "Sarah Storer"
Birthplace: Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
Death: Died in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
Managed by: Gary Fisher
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About Sarah Varney (Starbuck)

1. Sarah STARBUCK (c1630-1713), dau. of Edward STARBUCK and Catherine REYNOLDS

Married 1: William Storer or Storey

Married 2: Joseph AUSTIN (c1616-1663)

Married 3: Humphrey VARNEY (c1642-1714) on March 02, 1663/64 in Dover, Strafford Co., New Hampshire. (see citation 3 and discussion)

Note: Her name in records, at time of marriage to Humphrey Varney, is Sarah Storer.

Children of HUMPHREY VARNEY and SARAH STARBUCK are:

1. EBENEZER3 VARNEY, b. September 05, 1664; d. November 1753, Dover, New Hampshire.

2. John3 Varney, born 05 September 1664 in Nantucket, Dukes County Massachusetts31; died 14 August 1666 in Dover, Rockingham County New Hampshire. m. SUSANNA HUSSEY4, 1703.

3. PETER VARNEY, b. March 29, 1666; d. May 18, 1732, Dover, New Hampshire.

4. JOSEPH VARNEY, b. October 08, 1667.

5. ABIGAIL VARNEY, b. July 10, 1669; m. WILLIAM BLACKSTONE.

Weblinks:

http://home.earthlink.net/~herblst/varney_family.htm

http://www.pcez.com/~bigshoe/du/Stub/starbuck.html#4819

Notes:

"VARNEY, (4819i[3]) HUMPHREY, Dover, 1659, had first liv. at Gloucester, perhaps s. of William of Ipswich, b. in Eng. m. 2 Jan. or Mar. 1664, (4819i) Sarah, wid. of (4826) Joseph Austin; wh. had been wid. of (4819i[1]) William Story; and was d. of (4818) Elder Edward Starbuck, had John, b. at Nantucket, 5 Sept. 1664, d. at 2 yrs.; Peter, 29 Mar. 1666; Joseph, 8 Oct. 1667; and Abigail, 10 July 1669; beside ano. John an (4819[3]a) Ebenezer, wh. Mr. Quint thinks may have been of former m. A Bridget V. d. at Gloucester 26 Oct. 1672."

- Savage, see citations

Discussion:

There has been disagreement on whether Sarah, Esther, and

Susannah/Shuah were all STARBUCKS....and sisters. Also, some question on the identity of all of their (multiple) husbands.

Their dates, and even their names, are listed in several ways.

I'm a descendant of Sarah STARBUCK m2 Joseph AUSTIN; and also, I thought, of the same Sarah STARBUCK m3 Humphrey VARNEY. However, others say that depending on the marriage date, my ancestress with Humphrey VARNEY would be Esther STARBUCK, Sarah's sister (if indeed they were sisters).

Very confusing! Here it is, charted out:

1. Sarah STARBUCK (c1630-1713), dau. of Edward STARBUCK and Catherine REYNOLDS, is said to have m (1) William Storer or Storey; (2) Joseph AUSTIN (c1616-1663);

(3) Humphrey VARNEY (d.1714) [as his 2nd wife]

I believe this is agreed upon, except for some duality in the

marriage date of Sarah to Humphrey VARNEY -- which clouds the situation as to who is the mother of Humphrey's son Ebenezer (see #3 below).

2. Humphrey VARNEY's first wife Esther is said by some to be the sister of his 2nd wife Sarah STARBUCK. However, C.A. Torrey [NEW ENG.MARR...1700, p765] qualifies her surname with brackets:

Humphrey VARNEY (-1714)

m (1) Esther[STARBUCK]/AUSTIN; Glouchester/Dover NH

(2) Sarah (STARBUCK)/(STORER?) AUSTIN, wid Joseph;

2 Mar 1664; Dover NH

Is there a record of birth for Esther STARBUCK? Was she really a Starbuck? Why is Esther listed above with a surname of Austin?

3. What is the correct marriage date for Humphrey VARNEY to Sarah STARBUCK? January or March? 1664 or 1665? All combinations of these are listed by various sources. It determines the mother of Humphrey son Ebenezer VARNEY (who m. Mary OTIS), if Ebenezer was born in 1664. However . . . To further muddy the waters, there are two birth years for

Ebenezer VARNEY: 1664, and also 1670. Is there any corroboration on Ebenezer's birth year?

I've received an e-mail saying that Ebenezer was age 19 when

he led the 1689 rescue at Conway, N.H. of some survivors of the Cocheco Indian Massacre (one of whom, Mary OTIS, age 14, b.1675, would become Ebenezer VARNEY's future wife). However, I wasn't given the source or evidence for the assertion that Ebenezer was age 19 in 1689.

Regarding the question of whether the mother of Ebenezer VARNEY is Esther or Sarah STARBUCK, the ur-source in support of "Esther" seems to be the book STARBUCKS ALL by Dr. James Carlton Starbuck. I don't have this book, but the following was sent to me.

On page 151, STARBUCKS ALL shows:

<<Ester STARBUCK, dau. of Edward Starbuck

m (1) William FURBER

Children:

1. William Furber

2. Jethro Furber

3. Moses Furber

4. Elizabeth Furber m. John Dam

5. Susanne Furber m. John Bickford

6. Bridget Furber m. Thomas Bickford

Ester STARBUCK

m (2) Humphrey VARNEY, son of William & Bridget Varney

Children:

7. Moses Varney m. Phebe Tuttle

8. Ebenezer Varney b.1670 m. Mary Otis >>

This is Victoria again. Notice how Esther's marriages have been

transposed chronologically in STARBUCKS ALL. Most other sources

show she marr. Humphrey VARNEY first, then marr. FURBER ca.1672.

Here's an example (with its own further ambiguities):

Esther STARBUCK

m (1) Humphrey VARNEY, b.1642, Dover Neck, Strafford, NH

married on 02 March 1664*

1.Ebenezer Varney, b.05 Sep.1664, Dover, Strafford, NH

m (2) William FURBER by 1672

[*Others say Sarah STARBUCK, Humphrey VARNEY' 2nd wife, marr. him

in 1664, after the death of Joseph AUSTIN. This same date, 2 March

1664, is sometimes given as son Ebenezer VARNEY's birthdate.]

4. Some listings show that Esther STARBUCK m(1) William FURBER [Jr]

before marrying Humphrey VARNEY.

C.A. Torrey, in NEW ENGLAND MARRIAGES PRIOR TO 1700, p290, shows:

William FURBER (1647-1707)

m (1) Esther (Starbuck?) by 1672, Dover NH,

(2) Elizabeth (Heard) Nute (1653-1705) (widow of James)

on 13 Aug 1694, Dover NH.

Adding to this, a correspondent writes: "I do not have a copy,

but to the best of my recollection, Libby's DICTIONARY OF MAINE

AND NEW HAMPSHIRE says:

William 2 FURBER m (1) Esther (poss. STARBUCK). I believe

this is where Torrey got his information.

"However [adds the same correspondent], this is contradicted by

Henry W. Hardon in his NEWINGTON (N.H.) FAMILIES IN THE 18th C.,

p.168, which shows William FURBER marrying three Elizabeths:

William 2 FURBER b c 1648 d 14 Sep 1707

m (1) ? Elizabeth _____

(2) 13 Aug 1694 Elizabeth (HURD) NUTE

(3) 1706 Elizabeth (MARTYN) KENNARD. "

5. Another daughter(?) of the family [evidently now disproved] is

Susanna or Shuah (sometimes listed as Starbuck). She is NOT

listed as one of Edward Starbuck's daughters in THE HISTORY OF

NANTUCKET. Susannah/Shuah is said to have

m (1) James HEARD

(2) Richard OTIS on 5 Nov.1677.

Susanna/Shuah's is now said to be the daughter of Abraham CONLEY.

I have put further information on this in a separate posting,

which follows.

To summarize my questions: Was Esther Starbuck really a Starbuck?

Is Esther Starbuck the mother of Ebenezer Varney, or is his mother

Sarah Starbuck, Esther's sister? Did Esther Starbuck m(1) William

Furber [Jr].

I hope we can get our databases to agree on these names, dates, and

chronology -- as much as is known.

Victoria Cheney

cheney@mail.utexas.edu

Alternate info found:

born circa 1639 at Derbyshire, England

And Sarah is mention as being a Quaker minister.

Citations:

(2) SAVAGE, VOL 4 ICT FIRST SETTLERS OF NE, 109.

(3) Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England, 297.

[S81] Roland L. Warren, Mary Coffin Starbuck & the Early History of Nantucket.

[S130] Robert J. Leach & Peter Gow, Quaker Nantucket.

-------------------- STARBUCK sisters? Sarah, Esther, Shuah/Susannah

Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 15:12:19 -0700 (PDT)

There has been disagreement on whether Sarah, Esther, and

Susannah/Shuah were all STARBUCKS....and sisters. Also, some

question on the identity of all of their (multiple) husbands.

Their dates, and even their names, are listed in several ways.

I'm a descendant of Sarah STARBUCK m2 Joseph AUSTIN; and also, I

thought, of the same Sarah STARBUCK m3 Humphrey VARNEY. However,

others say that depending on the marriage date, my ancestress

with Humphrey VARNEY would be Esther STARBUCK, Sarah's sister

(if indeed they were sisters).

Very confusing! Here it is, charted out:

1. Sarah STARBUCK (c1630-1713), dau. of Edward STARBUCK and

Catherine REYNOLDS, is said to have

m (1) William Storer or Storey;

(2) Joseph AUSTIN (c1616-1663);

(3) Humphrey VARNEY (d.1714) [as his 2nd wife]

I believe this is agreed upon, except for some duality in the

marriage date of Sarah to Humphrey VARNEY -- which clouds the

situation as to who is the mother of Humphrey's son Ebenezer

(see #3 below).

2. Humphrey VARNEY's first wife Esther is said by some to be the

sister of his 2nd wife Sarah STARBUCK. However, C.A. Torrey

[NEW ENG.MARR...1700, p765] qualifies her surname with brackets:

Humphrey VARNEY (-1714)

m (1) Esther[STARBUCK]/AUSTIN; Glouchester/Dover NH

(2) Sarah (STARBUCK)/(STORER?) AUSTIN, wid Joseph;

2 Mar 1664; Dover NH

Is there a record of birth for Esther STARBUCK? Was she really

a Starbuck?

Why is Esther listed above with a surname of Austin?

3. What is the correct marriage date for Humphrey VARNEY to Sarah

STARBUCK? January or March? 1664 or 1665? All combinations of

these are listed by various sources. It determines the mother of

Humphrey son Ebenezer VARNEY (who m. Mary OTIS), if Ebenezer was

born in 1664. However . . .

To further muddy the waters, there are two birth years for

Ebenezer VARNEY: 1664, and also 1670. Is there any corroboration

on Ebenezer's birth year?

I've received an e-mail saying that Ebenezer was age 19 when

he led the 1689 rescue at Conway, N.H. of some survivors of the

Cocheco Indian Massacre (one of whom, Mary OTIS, age 14, b.1675,

would become Ebenezer VARNEY's future wife). However, I wasn't

given the source or evidence for the assertion that Ebenezer was

age 19 in 1689.

Regarding the question of whether the mother of Ebenezer VARNEY is

Esther or Sarah STARBUCK, the ur-source in support of "Esther"

seems to be the book STARBUCKS ALL by Dr. James Carlton Starbuck.

I don't have this book, but the following was sent to me.

On page 151, STARBUCKS ALL shows:

<<Ester STARBUCK, dau. of Edward Starbuck

m (1) William FURBER

Children:

1. William Furber

2. Jethro Furber

3. Moses Furber

4. Elizabeth Furber m. John Dam

5. Susanne Furber m. John Bickford

6. Bridget Furber m. Thomas Bickford

Ester STARBUCK

m (2) Humphrey VARNEY, son of William & Bridget Varney

Children:

7. Moses Varney m. Phebe Tuttle

8. Ebenezer Varney b.1670 m. Mary Otis >>

This is Victoria again. Notice how Esther's marriages have been

transposed chronologically in STARBUCKS ALL. Most other sources

show she marr. Humphrey VARNEY first, then marr. FURBER ca.1672.

Here's an example (with its own further ambiguities):

Esther STARBUCK

m (1) Humphrey VARNEY, b.1642, Dover Neck, Strafford, NH

married on 02 March 1664*

1.Ebenezer Varney, b.05 Sep.1664, Dover, Strafford, NH

m (2) William FURBER by 1672

[*Others say Sarah STARBUCK, Humphrey VARNEY' 2nd wife, marr. him

in 1664, after the death of Joseph AUSTIN. This same date, 2 March

1664, is sometimes given as son Ebenezer VARNEY's birthdate.]

4. Some listings show that Esther STARBUCK m(1) William FURBER [Jr]

before marrying Humphrey VARNEY.

C.A. Torrey, in NEW ENGLAND MARRIAGES PRIOR TO 1700, p290, shows:

William FURBER (1647-1707)

m (1) Esther (Starbuck?) by 1672, Dover NH,

(2) Elizabeth (Heard) Nute (1653-1705) (widow of James)

on 13 Aug 1694, Dover NH.

Adding to this, a correspondent writes: "I do not have a copy,

but to the best of my recollection, Libby's DICTIONARY OF MAINE

AND NEW HAMPSHIRE says:

William 2 FURBER m (1) Esther (poss. STARBUCK). I believe

this is where Torrey got his information.

"However [adds the same correspondent], this is contradicted by

Henry W. Hardon in his NEWINGTON (N.H.) FAMILIES IN THE 18th C.,

p.168, which shows William FURBER marrying three Elizabeths:

William 2 FURBER b c 1648 d 14 Sep 1707

m (1) ? Elizabeth _____

(2) 13 Aug 1694 Elizabeth (HURD) NUTE

(3) 1706 Elizabeth (MARTYN) KENNARD. "

5. Another daughter(?) of the family [evidently now disproved] is

Susanna or Shuah (sometimes listed as Starbuck). She is NOT

listed as one of Edward Starbuck's daughters in THE HISTORY OF

NANTUCKET. Susannah/Shuah is said to have

m (1) James HEARD

(2) Richard OTIS on 5 Nov.1677.

Susanna/Shuah's is now said to be the daughter of Abraham CONLEY.

I have put further information on this in a separate posting,

which follows.

To summarize my questions: Was Esther Starbuck really a Starbuck?

Is Esther Starbuck the mother of Ebenezer Varney, or is his mother

Sarah Starbuck, Esther's sister? Did Esther Starbuck m(1) William

Furber [Jr].

I hope we can get our databases to agree on these names, dates, and

chronology -- as much as is known.

Victoria Cheney

cheney@mail.utexas.edu

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Sarah Varney's Timeline

1630
August, 1630
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
1645
1645
Age 14
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, USA
1645
Age 14
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States
1647
January, 1647
Age 16
Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA
1648
August 23, 1648
Age 18
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
1649
October 1, 1649
Age 19
Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA
1653
October 23, 1653
Age 23
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
1653
Age 22
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
1653
Age 22
1655
1655
Age 24
of, Dover Neck, Strafford, New Hampshire