From what I have been able to determine to date, I find no
family connection between the early (early 1800's) pioneer
VARNES' in Florida and the Pennsylvania VARNES' who descended from Conrad Werntz (Wernss, Woernss,Worntz, et al.)who settled in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania in 1730s,
having arrived in Philadelphia in 1729 from Rotterdam, via
English port of Deal, on the English ship MORTONHOUSE, James
Coultas, Master. If there is proof to the contrary, I will
stand corrected, but I haven't seen any so far. What I have
been able to determine is that the early Florida VARNES'
are descended from Jacob Varn (Warn, Wern), a 17th century
settler (supposedly from Germany) in South Carolina. As with
family names 150 to 250 years ago, I suspect that VARN
got changed along the way to VARNS and/or VARNES.
I would appreciate some constructive feedback.
Thanks. John D. Varnes.
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