Looking for more information on this line of the Varnes family:
Edwards James Varnes married Rebecca Frances Rowe Swilley on 16 Aug 1885 in Columbia Co., FL. She was previously married to William H. Swilley.
Census, Columbia County, FL 1900 Vol. 3, sheet 4, E.D. 8, Pct# 7:
James Edward Varnes, head, Nov 1854, 45, (birthplace) S.C.
,Rebecca F., wife, Apr 1850, 50, SC
Swilley,William H. step-son, March 1877, 23, FL
,Thomas C., step-son, Dec 1881, 18, FL
,Willie, step-daughter, March 1883, 17, FL
Varnes, Edward, son, June 1886, 13, FL
,Charlie H., son, May 1889, 11, FL
,David B., son, March 1891, 9, FL
, Avos (Aves?), son, Aug 1892, 7, FL
James E. Varnes' son's are found in the Civillian Draft Registry 1917-18 in Hillsborough Co., FL:
Varnes, Charles Hiram, 12 May 1888, W, (birthplace)Lake City, FL ,(residence)Tampa FL # 2
Varnes, David, 2 Mar 1890, W, Lake City, FL, Hillsborough, FL
Varnes, Edward James, 17 Jun 1886, W, Lake City, FL, Hillsborough FL
Varnes, Maves Rowe, 7 Aug 1892, W, Columbia Co., FL, Hillsborough FL
I have a copy of a death certificate for a James Edward Varnes, I believe to be the same man, date of death 7 Jun 1938 at the County Home and Hospital in Tampa, FL. It doesn't give an exact age but is given as "about 90." It gives his father's name as "James Varnes birthplace: South Carolina" and "mother's name unknown."
Any information is appreciated!
Mary A. Allen
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