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John Varney & Elizabeth "Betsy" Hunter--Rockbridge/Bedford Counties
Posted by: Rebecca webb (ID *****4888) Date: March 31, 2007 at 20:54:55
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John Varney married Elizabeth Betsy Hunter September 1792 in Rockbridge County, Virginia

I believe I may be on to something here....

Since we all seem to be at a standstill as to who John Varney’s parents are, I decided to search for perhaps other family members who were hopefully more successful than we have been. Since John signed his name VERNER or VARNER on his marriage bond in Rockbridge Co, I went seeking other Verner/Varner/Vernor’s and HUNTER’s there.

I found Christian A Vernor who married Mrs Barbara Ruff April 21, 1796 in Rockbridge Co, VA (Virginia Marriages 1740-1850)
Facts regarding Christian A VARNER:
History of Rockbridge p464---Tavernkeeper Christian Varner, at Lexington-1796 Rockbridge Co, VA
Christian Varner signed marriage bond of Christopher Rhodes Jr & Catherine Peters on June 1, 1801 Rockbridge Co, Va.

Apparently, Barbara was a widow. I was able to glean that she was the widow of Jacob Ruff (B 1746 Germany / D 25 Dec 1749 Lexington, Rockbridge Co, VA). Barbara and Jacob married March 12, 1781/2 in Winchester, Frederick Co, VA
Jacob Ruff’s Will mentions wife Barbara, sons John, Andrew, Jacob and daughters Sally, Betsy, & Kitty Hall.
Searches clued me into the fact that Barbara’s maiden name was MILLSLAGEL.

I found that this Christian A Varner (a contemporary of our John Varney), was one of 11 children was born in 1768 descends from his father Philip Verner who was born 1746 In Alsace,Germany and died in 1792 in Virginia.
Philip Verner married Mary Eva Roth Dec 11, 1766 in Philadelphia,Paor Augusta Co, VA.
Philip Verner was the son of Christian Werner/Verner (the Germans pronounce their W’s lika a V).
Christian Werner/Verner disembarked from the “Snow Catherine”, Captained by Gladman in Pennslvania on May 28, 1742.
Source: Immigrants into Pennsylvania Vol 1, p227.

You can Google these names and find their trees on the internet—their family is peppered with the names John & Alexander.

John Verner & Margaret Reed witnesses in Augusta Co,VA Jan 24,1796
P 423 Augusta Co,VA Delinquents 1779 “John Varner, not found”.
Augusta Co,VA marriage bond Nov 1767—Samuel Varner.
John Verner again noted Augusta Co, VA March 30, 1767.
A Robert Verner noted in NC in 1775.
Mary Verner married John Sitzer Aug 23,1783 in Frederick Co,VA.
James Verner married Martha (Brandon) Guthrie in Frederick Co,VA.
A Henry Verner from Londonderry,NH is mentioned. (Londonderry a hot spot for Irish immigrants)
Vol 2 1976 Insolvents and Delinquents Rockbridge Co, VA p 427 “Henry Verner to Holstein”.
Vol 1 p520 Rockbridge Co, VA Insolvents and Delinquents 1796 “JOHN VARNER, Botetourt”.

“Scot Irish in Virginia”
George Varner B Jan 25,1774 Highland Co,VA, son of Adam & Christina R. mentioned.
Edward married Abigail Varner in Highland Co,VA.
John Copehaver married Peggy Varner, Surety, Henry Verner.

“Loudoun Co, Virginia Tithables, Slave Holders & Slaves 1758-1786”
Abraham Varner
Leonard Varner
Peter Varner

A Charles VARNER B Jan 1, 1797 in Rockbridge Co,VA married Sarah Lapsley Wallace by whom a son was born
J.A.R. VARNER who was captured at the Battle of Gettysburg. Quite a bit of info on him…

A JOHN VERNOR served in Rev War from Lunenburg Co, VA—{Bedford County was formed from Lunenburg County}.

Augusta Co, VA Court record Books No XXIV p427 “William Moore vs Elizabeth Boyd, widow of John Boyd, deceased, testate, and JOHN VARNER (Vernum) was her son. John Boyd was son of Andrew Boyd. Some of her children have gone to Kentucky”.Unfortunatley no date was given in this listing.

A JOHN VARNER 1745 listed in Pioneers and Prominent Men in Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania.

A VARNER-HOGG Plantation in Texas.

A Varner’s Forge?

Varner’s Hill in Virginia.

There is a VARNER LANE in Lexington, Virginia-Rockbridge County in the Shenandoah Valley.

DAR #23530
Anna VARNER Sanford/CHRISTIAN MILESLAGEL VARNER & Elizabeth Eagon/CHRISTIAN VARNER & Barbara Mileslagel/PETER VERNER—served as private in Pennsylvania Line, he was born in Germany.


REV WAR PENSIONS 1835 Fayette Co, Pennsylvania
Private PHILIP VARNER. Annual allowance 96.00. Sums received 1,521.56. Pennsylvania Continental Line. Placed on roll Nov 13,1818. Pension began April 29, 1818. Age 81
PHILIP VERNER received 156 ¼ acres in Shenandoah Co,VA Dec 5, 1796.

Muster Roll of 3 Co 3 Batt Philadelphia Militia Commanded by Lieut Col ‘O Benjamin G Eyre,Esq
Philadelphia City, 1784 Captain George Forepaugh (Pennsylvania Archives 6th Series, Vol 3)

Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania Assessment List for 1724 Salisbury Township (Total of 31 men listed)
James Varner
Samuel Varner

ELIZABETH ‘Betsy’ HUNTER VARNEY–William Hunter not definitely her father, just whoever signed her marriage bond.
Wills that list parents of Elizabeth Betsy Hunters I have found:
1-----B 1771 Cambell Co,VA to James Hunter & Lydia McCloud
2-----B 1759 Rockingham, Londonderry Co, NH to Robert Hunter & Esther Moore

Did OUR Betsy Hunter Varney go on to marry a Robert McCloud after John’s death? I believe I saw where some one had put that in their lineage but did not take written note of it.

Virginia Wills
1---Alexander Hunter of Bedford Co,VA 3/22/1796 Sons Alexander, James, Samuel and daughter Betty.
2---John Hunter of Campbell Co,VA 6/7/1796 Wife Jere Early, Sons Benjamin, John, Alexander, Robert, James and daughter Elizabeth.

1792, Sep 6 Elizabeth Hunter & John Vernon Rockbridge Co
1792, Sep 6 Isabella Hunter & William Hall Rockbridge Co
1790, Sep 7 Jean Hunter & Abraham Chase Rockbridge Co
1792, Oct 25Mary Huntewr & David Kingen Rockbridge Co
1811, Oct 8 Pamelia Hunter & Samuel C Burks Rockbridge Co

Was there a double wedding ceremony with sisters Elizabeth & Isabella Hunter Sep 6, 1792 and aws our John a groom?????

Will of a John Hunter filed 6/7/1796 Campbell Co, VA---possible brother?

William Hunter B1775/Dapr 25, 1822 in Pickens,SC married Ann Anderson. brother?

Augusta Co,VA Order Book 1, p167—John Hunter relinquishes his right to quality of mother’s estate who died intestate in Linenburg Co, Va to his younger brother William Hunter.

John Hunter B1718 Lunenburg Co/D1774 Augusta Co had brother William—their parents were Robert Hunter (born late 1600’s) & Elizabeth Semple.

BOTETOURT,VA county formed from AUGUSTA & ROCKBRIDGE counties in 1770.
Cabell County-->Logan--->Mingo County.

1778 JOHN VERNOR on Tithable Rockbridge County, Virginia. {No Hunters listed}.
1779 Augusta Co, VA Delinquents “JOHN VARNER, not found”
1783 Tax List Rockbridge Co, VA JOHN VERNER 1 free white male / 0 slaves >16 / 0 slaves 12-16 / 2 horses / 3 cows
1796 Rockbridge Co, VA Delinquents “JOHN VERNOR, Botetourt”
1799 Bedford Co Tax List JOHN VARNER
May 28, 1742. Foreigners imported in the "Snow Catharine"
- Gladman, Commander.

Johannes Brucker
David Bischoff
Michel Miesch ?
Henry Almers
Nathanael Seidel
Jacob Lischy a
George Wiessener *
Matheus Wittgie
Georg Kast
Georg Emder
Georg Schneider
Joseph Moller
Friederich Post b
Gottlieb Petzold
John Adolph Meyer
Johan Brandmuller
Paul Daniel Bryzelius
Heinrich Joachim Sensemann
Michael Tannenberger
Johan Georg Hardtner
Johann Philip Mauerer
Johann Leonhart Schnell
Christian Werner <-------************
Joh. Christoph Heyne
Johan Georg Heydecker
Johann Reinhard Rona
Johann Michael Huber.

 From original German signature unless marked with *
 * From name written by clerk
 ? Original German signature difficult to decipher
 a This was the Rev. Jacob Lischy, a Moravian minister, who officiated for several years as a German Reformed minister in York, Pa.
 b Post was an unassuming, honest German, a Moravian. In 1743 he accompanied the missionaries Pyrlaus and Senseman to Shekomeko, an Indian village bordering on Connecticut, where he married a baptized Indian woman. Having preached the Gospel among the Indians for several years, he was maltreated by being arrested at Albany and imprisoned in New York. After his liberation, he returned to Europe, 1749. He afterwards returned to Pennsylvania, and while at Bethlehem was prevailed upon, 1758, to carry a message from the Government to the Delaware, Shawanese and Mingo Indians in the West.

Source: A Collection of upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and other Immigrants in Pennsylvania From 1727 to 1776; Prof. I. Daniel Rupp, Second Revised Edition, 1876, Philadelphia.

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