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George Varnum

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Lilbourne, Northamptonshire, England
Death: February 21, 1649 (56)
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Hannah A. Varnum
Father of Hannah Cowles and Samuel Varnum, Jr.

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About George Varnum

Among the earliest settlers of Ipswich MA.

The Varnums of Dracutt (in Massachusetts): A History of George Varnum, His Son Samuel who Came to Ipswich about 1635, and Grandsons Thomas, John and Joseph, who Settled in Dracutt, and Their Descendants

By John Marshall Varnum

Published by D. Clapp & son, printers, 1907

Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison

Digitized Feb 29, 2008

308 pages

1. GEORGE VARNHAM was among the earliest settlers of Ipswich, Massachusetts. He came over from England among the Puritan emigrants who early settled Salem and Ipswich, who are distinguished from the Pilgrims who settled at Plymouth. With him came his wife Hannah and their children, Samuel and Hannah, both young, Samuel being about 16, and Hannah being next in age.

   The first record of his name appears in the Ipswich Town records in 1033. " Granted Phillip Fowler*— Likewise 6 acres planting grounds on the hill next the town, having Christopher Osgood towards the north-west, and George Varnham southeast."  Also in 1636 "Granted Phillip Fowler— also 6 acres of planting ground on the north side of the town, having a planting lot of George Varnham's on the south-east." Also in 1639 " Granted to Varnham 3 acres of that planting ground formerly Mr. Bradstreets, and the remainder of it to Jarwell Bird, to be laid out by the layers and Mark Symonds." 
   Among the files in the Probate office at Salem, written in the quaint script of the 17th Century, appears the following unsigned "Will of George Varnum" dated the "21st of the 

2nd month, 1649," which Will was admitted to Probate and an inventory filed of his estate: (Book 1, leaf 110.) "

I, George Varnam, of Ipswich being in perfect memorye doe ordayne this my last will and testament as followeth: first I give my house and barne and land and goods and chattels to my wife for hir life. And after hir decease two pts of all my estate to my sonne Samuel Varnam and the third part to my daughter Hannah, to be equally devided. And my meaning is, if my sonne dye without issue, my whole estate is to be returned to my daughter Hannah, and further so long as she remayne unmarried, she is to enjoye a chamber in my house, and I doe apoynte Thomas Scott and my sonn Samuel to be executors."

He must have passed away shortly after this testament, for there is filed "An Inventory of ye goods and chattells of George Varnam of Ipswich, taken the 12th day of the 8th month, 1649."

Imprimis, Halfe the dwelling house and barrne and all the ground 52£ 15s

Three cowes 14

Two oxen and a Shote 12-15

Halfe a cart a cheane a yoke and a halfe a share 12

Four pewter dishes, a fwiing pan and the tramells 16

For boding and some of his clothes and other things 1 — 16

For iron and chaines and other things 1-16

For a mortar a cheane and other things 1-16

For a matlock meale salt and other things 08

Seed Corne 13.6

                                                            87£ 7s.6d. 

Debts owing to several men to the value of 7£ lla.

   There appears in Ipswich-Salem records, Vol. V, p. 76, the 

following Deed of conveyance:

   “This witnesseth that I, Thomas French, of Ipswich, tailor, for and in consideration of 5 £ by me received have sould unto George Varnham ten acres of upland ground at Reedy marsh lying between the land of Mr. John Whittingham, Robert Day and Goodman Pearley , 
   In witness whereof I have to these presents set my hand the 1st of April, 1047."
   This property is mentioned in conveyances 1st day of 10th month, 1647 (V, 104), 28th Feb'y, 1653 (ii., p. 40) 16th May, 1644 (V. 144), and also referred to in deeds as bounding property belonging to Samuel Varnum, 3d Sept., 1652 (ii., p. 89), 4th Jan., 1663 (ii., p. 335), 29th May, 1665 (ii., p. 440), and as late Samuel Varnum's land, 12th June, 1665. (Salem Records.) 
   The Eastern Branch Boston & Maine R. R. now runs through this property. 

1. GEORGE VARNUM died in Ipswich in 1649. Wife Hannah,

no date of death.

Two children:

2. i. Samuel, b. about 1619; m. Sarah Langton.

   ii. Hannah.

1. GEORGE (Varnham)1 VARNUM ([I]) , born 1593 in Lilborne Parrish,,Northamptonshire,England; deceased 1649 in Ipswich,Essex,Massachusetts. He married Hannah ([I]) , born 1619 in GLOUCHESTER,,,England.

Notes for GEORGE (Varnham) Varnum ([I])

George Varnham was among the earliest settlers of Ipswich, MA. He came over from England among the Puritan emigrants who early settled Salem and Ipswich, who are distinguished from the Pilgrims who settled at Plymouth. With him came his wife Hannah and their children, Samuel and Hanna, Samuel being about 16 and Hannah next in age. He was a Puritan who emigrated from England in 1635 (These were called the Salem Puritans as differentiated from the Plymouth Puritans of 1620. The word Pilgrim was invented 100 years later) ! He was one of 71 people who emigrated from Lilbourne Parrish, Northhamptonshire, England. !REF: VOD p13 VG p58 {-6} ENG-EMIG

Notes for Hannah ([I]) !REF: NEM

Children of GEORGE (Varnham)1 Varnum ([I]) and Hannah ([I]) were as follows:

2 i Hannah2 ([II])

3 ii Samuel2 ([II])

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George Varnum's Timeline

Lilbourne, Northamptonshire, England
March 17, 1618
Age 25
Age 26
Draycotte, Lilborne, Northamptonshire, England
February 21, 1649
Age 56
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States