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William Varney

Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: March 1, 1654 (46)
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Bridget Varney
Father of William Varney, Jr; Sarah Varney; Walter Varney; Humphrey Varney; Corporal Thomas Varney and 1 other

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About William Varney

1. WILLIAM1 VARNEY was born 1608 in Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England, and died March 01, 1653/54 in Ipswich, Essex, MA.

Parents: not known

Marriage 1: BRIDGET May 04, 1629 in Barbadoes, West Indies. She is seen as daughter of WALTER KNIGHT and ELIZABETH without supporting evidence. She was born 1611 in Somersetshire England, and died October 26, 1672 in Gloucester, Essex, MA.

Children of WILLIAM VARNEY and BRIDGET are:

1. THOMAS2 VARNEY, b. 1630, Barbadoes, West Indies; d. December 04, 1692, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.

2. RACHEL VARNEY, b. 1632, Barbadoes, West Indies; d. February 15, 1707/08, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.

3. WILLIAM VARNEY, b. September 11, 1632, Barbadoes, West Indies; d. June 20, 1645, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.

4. WALTER VARNEY, b. July 20, 1635, Barbadoes, West Indies; d. December 09, 1650, Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts.

5. SARAH VARNEY, b. 1636; m. JEFFREY PARSONS, November 11, 1657.

6. HUMPHREY VARNEY, b. 1642, Barbadoes, West Indies; d. 1713, Dover, New Hampshire.



Notes for William Varney:

William Varney is the earliest of this line that I was able to find. William was born in 1608, possibly in Ipswich, England. William married Bridget Knight, the daughter of Walter and Elizabeth Knight.

Some event took the Varney's ..., from England to Barbados, West Indies, in the 17th century. Whether they were indentured to plantation owners there, or were landowners, we don't know at this time. The evidence is that they were in Barbados for 25 years and came to America in 1649 entering the country at Ipswich, MA. A Thomas Verney attempted a plantation in Barbados about the 1620's so it's possible there is a connection. ... We do know that the children of William and Bridget Varney were all born there, but ended their lives in Massachusetts, in America.

William Varney in Barbados?

conflicting source sez moved to Salem, MA area; the other sez spent 25 years in Barbadoes as a shipbuilder.

VARNEY Family Assoc. Papers (20 Knollridge Rd, Salem, MA) 1989

Estate of Bridget Varney:

William Varney died in 165. He did not leave a will and the administration of his estate was granted to his widow, Bridget. The Essex County Probate Court record mentions wife Bridget, three sons and 1 daughter. The estate was inventoried on January 1, 1653 by George Gidding and John Cogswell. It included;

"2 flock beds and flock boulster and 2 pillows, £2 10s; 2 blankets, one sheet & other beding, £1 12s; his weareing aparell, £3; bushells of wheat, 15s; 2 bushells 1-2 of Indian corne, 8s; in lumborments, 5s; in axes and tooles, 15s; a brase pot & frieing pan, 11s; houses & land, £25; in cattell, £22; in bookes, 6s 8d; total £57 2s 8d. Debts owing from the estate, £6."

In 1669 Bridget her house and land to Bartholomew Foster. She moved to Glouster where she died on October 25, 1672. Her will reads;

"I Bridget Verney |of Glocester in ye County of Essex in New England| being by Gods Providence Cast upon my Bed of Sickness & weaknesse & not knowing how neare the time of my death & departure out of this world may be at hand yet knowing that all men are borne to dye & depart out of this world doe therefore declare & make knowne this my last will & Testmanet in manner & forme following. And first I commit & commend my Soule into the hands of God the Father of Spirits & my Body to the Grave to be decently buryed by my Suruining Freinds. And for my Goods and Estate I give & bequeath in the first place unto my Sonne Humfrey Verney the Summe of twenty Pounds to be payd by my sonne Jeffrey Parsons of this Towne in foure yeares. five pounds per Annum during the space of foure yeares after my decease.

Item I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Rachel Vinson (the wife of William Vinson) twenty Pounds to be payd out of my estate according as hee the sayd william vinson my sonne in Law Can best order it for Her And this to be for my sayd Daughter after my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Thomas Verney Seaven Sheepe after my decease. And for the rest of my goodes or estate besides what is above mentioned & bequeathed I leave in the hands of my Sonne in Law william vinson as he shall see meet And to the end this my Last will & Testament may be duely & truely performed in manner and forme abovesayd I doe hereby

appoynt constitute & ordayne my sayd Sonne in Law william vinson to be sole Executor. In wittnesse whereof I the sayd Bridget have hereunto Set my Hand

& Seale the tenth day of this instant November Anno Dom. one thousand Six

hundred & Seaventy one.

Bridget (her B mark) Verney (SEAL)

Witness: John Emerson, William Ellery, William (his + mark) Winson, Joh

(his mark) Row.

Proved in Salem court 27:9:1672 by William Ellery and John Row."

The inventory was her estate was taken on November 21, 1672 by Thomas Millett sr., and John Collins sr. It consisted of;

"Tow Cowes and two hefer Calves, £8; nine sheepe, £3 10s; Twp swine, 16s; Three akers of marsh in Chebacco, £4; beding, £1 5s; Paire of sheets, 15s; wearing Clothes, £3 14s; Linen Clothes, £2; box and two Loks, 6s; woole and yearne, £1; old timber vesels, 3s; debts oweing her, £4 2s; total £66 11s."

Attested in Salem court 27:9:1672 by William Vinson, executor.

Came to Salem, MA from England, moved to Ipswich, MA in 1649. Wealthy, well-educated, owned many books. Came by way of Barbados with wife, stepson, two sons and a daughter.

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William Varney's Timeline

Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 22
September 11, 1632
Age 24
Barbados, West Indies
Age 24
Barbados, West Indies
July 20, 1635
Age 27
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 28
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 29
Barbados, West Indies
March 1, 1654
Age 46
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Early settler in Ipswich 1649 and Gloucester, Massachusetts