Saturday, June 7, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ VARNEY of Ipswich, Massachusetts


William Varney married "within the Castle of Windsor" on 7 April 1629 to Bridget Deverell.  She was the daughter of Robert Deverell and Grisell Button, baptized at Hurley, Berkshire, England on 7 April 1629.  History does not say why this marriage took place in such a famous location!

By 1649 the Varney family was settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts.  William Varney, my 10th great grandfather died intestate in 1654 and the inventory of his estate mentions his wife, Bridget, three sons and one daughter.   His widow sold her land in 1669 and removed to Gloucester.  She died in 1672 and left a will:

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.

"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.

For more information:

A Genealogy of Some of the Descendants of William Varney of Ipswich, Mass 1649 and more Particularly of his son Humphrey Varney of Dover, NH, 1659 by Herbert Clarkson Varney, 1949

Thomas Varney of Boston and his Descendants, by George W. Varney, 1995 manuscript at the New England Historic Genealogical Society library in Boston. [Mss A 528]

"William Varney of Ipswich and Gloucester, Massachusetts" by Kathleen Canney Barber and Janet Ireland Delorey, The American Genealogist, Volume 81, No. 3, July 2006

My VARNEY genealogy:

Generation 1: William Varney, born about 1599 in England, died 1 March 1654 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married to Bridget Deverell.  She died 25 October 1672 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Generation 2: Thomas Varney, born about 1630, died 4 December 1692 in Ipswich; married Abigail Proctor, daughter of John Proctor (hung as a witch in 1692) and Martha Harper.  She was born about 1639 and died 1 March 1732 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich. Thomas married second to Mary Lovering before 1679 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Generation 3: Mary Varney, born 1699 in Ipswich, died 19 November 1733 in Ipswich; married in 1690 in Ipswich to Thomas Choate, son of John Choate and Ann Unknown.  He was born about 1671 in Ipswich and died 31 March 1745 in Ipswich.

Generation 4: Anne Choate m. John Burnham
Generation 5: Jeremiah Burnham m. Abigail Andrews
Generation 6: Abigail Burnham m. Isaac Allen
Generation 7: Joseph Allen m. Judith Burnham
Generation 8: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews
Generation 9: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 10: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

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  1. Hi Heather-- yet another cousin connection! I'm descended from John Proctor's sister Mary, who married John HADLEY.

    Is your new office set up yet? Would love to see a pic when it is!

  2. Hi Heather - I've been reading and enjoying your blog for months and only today recognized our Varney connection. George W. Varney is my second cousin. I'm connected to you via (the Gen 2) Thomas Varney. Thank you so much for posting this will.
    Dianne of San Diego and soon to move (back) to Massachusetts