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Ancestry of Elizabeth Varner
Posted by: Brett F. Woods Date: August 11, 2001 at 08:24:02
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This, of course, is open to revision and comment. But Elizabeth Varner is the wife of James E. Egnew.


       1. Elizabeth Varner, born 1804 in Harrison County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of 2. Conrad Varner and 3. Mary Ann Eye. She married (1) James E. Egnew July 15, 1822 in Harrison County, Kentucky. He was born 1801 in Harrison County, Kentucky. He was the son of James Egnew, Jr. and Ruth Unknown.

James Egnew is enumerated on the 1850 and 1860 Spencer County, Indiana, censuses for Grass Township. In 1860, James owned real estate worth $2800 and valued his personal property at $900. A farmer, James could read and write; however his wife and daughter Elizabeth could not. Of his children living a home in 1860, only his daughter Margaret was attending school. Spencer County, Indiana, property records reflect that James acquired land on two occassions: on 23 October 1835 he initially purchased 40 acres; and on 1 February 1839 he purchased an additional 40 acres.

Parents of Elizabeth Varner


       2. Conrad Varner, born c 1768 in Highland County, Virginia; died c 1848 in Spencer County, Indiana. He was the son of 4. Adam Varner and 5. Christina Rexroad. He married 3. Mary Ann Eye January 02, 1792 in Pendleton County, Virginia.
       3. Mary Ann Eye, born c 1775 in Pendleton County, Virginia. She was the daughter of 6. Christopher Stophel Eye and 7. Catherine Zorn.


Information varies on Conrad Varner's date of birth; however it appears that he was born bwteeen 1765 to 1770. Conrad married Mary Ann Eye on January 2, 1792, in Pendleton County, Virginia (now West Virginia). Mary Ann Eye was born about 1775, in Pendleton County, Virginia, the daughter of Christopher S. Eye and Catherine Zorn. Conrad had land surveyed at Flesher's Run in November 1792 and was granted a land patent on 154 acres of land at Flesher's Run in 1799. Conrad is named in a list of tithables in Pendleton County in March 1797. His family shows one white tithable and his taxable property was two horses. Conrad evidently moved his family to Kentucky sometime between 1797 and 1800 for he is enumerated on the 1800 Bourbon County, Kentucky Tax List, along with his brothers Adam, Jr. and Jacob. He next appears on the 1820 Harrison County, Kentucky Census. The census indicates one male over 45; two males 16-25; one male 10-15; one male under 10; one female over 45; and one female 16-25 years old. In the late 1820s, Conrad and his family again moved, this time to Indiana. Pendleton County, Virginia land records indicate that, in 1829, Conrad sold his remaining Virginia property to Henry Wilfong and the 1830 Spencer County, Indiana enumerates Conrad's family as one male age 70-80; two males 30-40; one male 15-20; one male 10-15; one male 5-10; one female 60-70; and one female 10-15 years old. In 1840, the Spencer County, Indiana Census reflects Conrad and his sons Jacob, John, Joseph, Nicholas and Paul all living near one another.

       
Children of Conrad Varner and Mary Eye are:
       1       i.       Elizabeth Varner, born 1804 in Harrison County, Kentucky; married James E. Egnew July 15, 1822 in Harrison County, Kentucky.
              ii.       Adam Varner, born c 1794 in Pendleton County, Virginia; died 1879 in Spencer County, Indiana; married Nelly Jolly November 17, 1814 in Harrison County, Kentucky.
              iii.       Nicholas Varner, born c 1796 in Pendleton County, Virginia; died August 1850 in Spencer County, Indiana; married Miranda Beckett February 19, 1819 in Harrison County, Kentucky.
              iv.       Jacob Varner, born February 1798 in Kentucky; died January 15, 1842 in Spencer County, Indiana; married Frances Egnew March 08, 1824 in Harrison County, Kentucky.
              v.       Joseph Varner, born c 1801 in Kentucky; married (1) Mary Proser March 03, 1828 in Spencer County, Indiana; married (2) America Emeline Hagan May 23, 1850 in Spencer County, Indiana.
              vi.       Thomas Varner, born September 02, 1809 in Kentucky; died November 14, 1869 in Spencer County, Indiana; married Cassena Edwards December 20, 1832 in Spencer County, Indiana.
              vii.       Paul Varner, born January 25, 1810 in Kentucky; married Nancy Cooper May 14, 1837 in Spencer County, Indiana.


Grand Parents of Elizabeth Varner

       4. Adam Varner, born c 1740 in Pennsylvania; died c 1815 in Pendleton County, Virginia. He was the son of 8. George Adam Varner. He married 5. Christina Rexroad c 1766 in Highland County, Virginia.
       5. Christina Rexroad, born c 1740 in Germany; died c 1827 in Highland County, Virginia.

Adam Varner, married Christina R. (last name unknown). There is varying information on the date of birth and marriage of Adam and Christina. Some LDS-IGI information indicates Adam married Christina Rexroad about 1766, in Highland County, Virginia. Other IGI records show Adam and Christina married in 1769 in Germany. Other IGI information suggests they married as early as 1755. Accordingly, it is unclear when or where they married; however, Adam and Christina are thought to have both been born in Germany. Records also vary widely on the dates of birth for Adam and Christina. Adam's date of birth is generally recorded from 1730 to 1746, and Christina's date of birth from 1730 to 1748. Whatever the case, Adam and Christina settled in Virginia where several, if not all, of their children were born. Records of Shenandoah County, Virginia show the birth of their son John on September 2, 1772. Adam is named in a list of tithables in Augusta County, Virginia in April 1782. His family shows one white tithable over 21 and one white tithable over 16 years of age. Three horses and nine head of cattle were listed as his taxable property. We have been told Adam also appears on the 1785 tithables list with two horses and eight head of cattle, and that his son Adam, Jr. is listed below his father as a white tithable under the age of 21 years. About 1785 or so, Adam evidently moved his family to Pendleton County, Virginia. According to an account in "History of Pendleton County, West Virginia" by Oren F. Morton, 1911, Adam settled near the county line on Bushy Fork. Children listed in the account are Joseph, Peter, George, Conrad, Jane, John, Catharine, Abraham and Regina. Court records show Adam was in Pendleton County before 1788. On December 24, 1799 Adam was granted a land patent in Pendleton County on 300 acres on Bushy Fork. He also appears on the 1810 Pendleton County census. The census shows one male age over 45; one male 16-25; one female over 45; one female 16-25; and two females under the age of 10 years. It is believed that Adam died between 1810 and 1820. Christina died between 1824 and 1830. Some IGI records indicate she died in 1827, in Highland County, Virginia.

Records vary widely on the dates of birth on the children. The dates shown are our estimates based on tax, marriage, census and other assorted records.
       
Children of Adam Varner and Christina Rexroad are:
       2       i.       Conrad Varner, born c 1768 in Highland County, Virginia; died c 1848 in Spencer County, Indiana; married Mary Ann Eye January 02, 1792 in Pendleton County, Virginia.
              ii.       Adam Varner, Jr
              iii.       Henry Varner
              iv.       Abraham Varner
              v.       Peter Varner
              vi.       Jacob Varner
              vii.       John Varner
              viii.       George Varner
              ix.       Catherine Varner
              x.       Margaret Varner
              xi.       Regina Varner
              xii.       Joseph Varner

       6. Christopher Stophel Eye, born c 1735 in Germany; died March 1797 in Pendleton County, Virginia. He married 7. Catherine Zorn.
       7. Catherine Zorn, born c 1751 in Pennsylvania; died c 1795 in Pendleton County, Virginia. She was the daughter of 14. Jacob Zorn and 15. Catherine Ruhlman.

According to the reference text " Pennsylvania German Pioneers, "by Ralph Beaver Strassburger [Norristown, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania German Society, 1934] Christafur Au, along with Fredrick and Gerick Au is included in List 229-A, which comprised the names of all Palatine male passengers, from sixteen to sixty years of age, "imported in the ship RECOVERY [Amos Jones, Master] from Rotterdam & Cowes and arriving at at Wilmington, Delaware, on October 23, 1754."

Christopher Eye is of record of having served in the Virginia militia during the Revolutionary War. He is mentioned in "Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution: Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, 1775-1783" by John H. Gwathmey. Richmond, VA, 1938. In a second text, "Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War" by J. T. McAllister, a Peter Hull is noted to have been the Captain of a Calvary Troop, 2nd Battalion, Augusta Militia, that fought in the Yorktown Campaign c1779. Christoper Eye is enumerated as a private in Captain Hull's unit.
       
Children of Christopher Eye and Catherine Zorn are:
       3       i.       Mary Ann Eye, born c 1775 in Pendleton County, Virginia; married Conrad Varner January 02, 1792 in Pendleton County, Virginia.
              ii.       Catharine Eye, born c 1770.
              iii.       Christian Eye
              iv.       Jacob Eye
              v.       George Eye
              vi.       Frederick Eye
              vii.       Christina Eye
              viii.       Henry Eye
              ix.       Elizabeth Sophia Eye
              x.       Rachel Eye


GGrandparents

       8. George Adam Varner, born 1710 in Germany; died in Pennsylvania.

Notes for George Adam Varner:

George Adam Varner is of record of arriving in the colonies and taking the oath of allegiance to the province and state of Pennsylvania on September 1, 1736. All emigrant males over sixteen years of age were obliged to take this oath, declaring they would be faithful to King George II. Records indicate that George emigrated from Rotterdam


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