Posted By:J Raeder
Subject:Re: BARR - (W)RAY - VARNER
Post Date:November 26, 2009 at 16:56:10
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Forum:Clarion County, PA Genealogy Forum
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Jane Barr was born abt 1805 in Pennsylvania, a sister of Samuel Barr who was born 1794 in Lancaster County, Pa and who ended up in Mifflin County. It is thought that Jane, with parents, ended up in Clarion county (was Armstrong) as she joined the Presbyterian Church there in 1823 at the age of 18. About 1825, Jane Barr married John Ray in Clarion county and had 3 children: John C. Ray (abt 1828 - 1862 who died in the civil war); Mary (abt 1830): and Tamer (abt 1833).

All 3 children were born in Armstrong (Clarion County) and can be found in the 1830 & 1840 Toby, Armstrong censuses. John Ray died in the 1840's and Jane Barr Ray then married David Varner abt 1845. David was a widower when he married Jane. He was born abt 1781 in Pa and died in the 1850's in Clarion County. David and Jane Barr Ray Varner had 3 children before David's death. They were Alfred (1845); Nancy Ann (1848); and Newel Rankin (1849). All the children were born in Toby twp, Clarion County and can be found there in the 1850 census.

Daughters from Jane's first marriage, Mary and Tamer Ray are with them in this census. After David Varner's death, Jane Barr Ray Varner married widower Alexander Work abt 1855 and can be found in the 1860, 1870, 1880 Warriors Mark, Huntingdon censuses. Alexander Work died in 1883. Alexander and Jane had no children. Jane died in 1890 and a large obituary giving all of this information is in the Tyrone Herald of July 31 1890.

Daughter Tamer Ray married John Varner who was a neighbor of Tamer's back in Armstrong/Clarion County. He can be found in the 1840 and 1850 Toby, Armstrong censuses, next to his German-born parents Henry W. (1766 - 1850's) & Mary Varner (1770 -1850's). Only known sibling of John Varner is his brother Henry Jr.(1813 - 1896. Henry also moved to Butler county abut the same time as John and Tamer).

John and Tamer were married in 1853 (note that the census-taker in 1900 mistakenly entered that they had been married 53 years, instead of the correct marriage year of 1853). John and Tamer had 12 known children beginning with James Hays in 1854 and ending with Lillian J. in 1879. The first 4 children were born in Clarion County and can be found with John and Tamer in the 1860 Perry, Clarion census. They moved to Butler County sometime in the 1860's and thereafter are found in the Butler county censuses until their deaths, Tamer in 1902 and John in 1904.

Given that there are 2 connections to Varners through both Jane and her daughter Tamer, it is thought that there must be a blood connection between these Varners (David born abt 1781 and Henry W. born abt 1766 in Germany). In the biography of one of Jane Barr's nephews (son of Samuel Barr) which was written when the son was alive, the son said that his father Samuel Barr was of Dutch/Deutsch and Scots-Irish heritage.

Samuel was a staunch Presbyterian, but gave land to the Lutheran church. Given that his sister Jane entered into the Presbyterian church only at age 18 leads me to think that they were raised in a German Lutheran household and that their name was 'anglicized' to Barr from Bear, Baer, Bair, etc. Either that or the mother was of Dutch/Deutsch background and the father was of Scots-Irish descent and they were raised in the mother's religion. But all this is just speculation. the only "knows” are that Samuel and Jane were sister and brother, Samuel being born in Lancaster county and Jane first coming to light at age 18 and single in 1823 in that part of Armstrong county which became Clarion county. Varner being a common name also makes me think that these Varners were not related to the large Varner clan in Cambria County. But, again, no absolute proof.