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Charles Varney, 25, born in Sandwich, New Hampshire to David and Patience Varney, married Abby C. Taft, 17, daughter of Robert and Julia A. Taft in Uxbridge, Massachusetts on November 18, 1850.

In 1860 Sturbridge, Massachusetts, C. Varney is a knife maker, 35, A.C. 26, with Susan 6, Charles 2, and Alice B. six months. They're living with R. G. Taft 66 a knife maker and J.A. 50.

At one time Charles Varney was the postmaster in Brimfield, Massachusetts.

(Charles Taft Varney was born January 22, 1858 in Oakham Massachusetts to Charles and Abby Varney. He married Visa M. Henshaw of Brookfield, Massachusetts on March 6, 1878.
Charles Taft Varney 1858-1899 is buried in Worcester County, # 135024433, with Visa M. (Henshaw) Varney 1859-1939._

Abba Caroline (Taft) Varney 1833-1863 is buried in Uxbridge, Massachusetts # 99015275.

Susan Church, age 18, died of brain congestion August 23, 1872 in Brimfield, Massachusetts.
Susie T. Varney, age 18, had married Hollis G. Church on May 2, 1872 in Brimfield, Massachusetts.
Hollis was born May 29, 1847 to Josephine A. Shaw and James S. Church.

Charles Varney, 38, a manufacturer, born at Sandwich, New Hampshire to Daniel P. and Patricia Varney (his second marriage), married Carrie A. Leland at Grafton on July 9, 1864. She was born at Grafton Massachusetts about 1832 to Royal and Margaret Leland. This is Carrie's first marriage.
Father is likely – Royal Leland dying July 9, 1861 in Grafton, widower, age 71, son of Samuel and Abigail Leland.
In 1850 Grafton, Royal is 59, Royal A. 24, Abigail T. 21, Caroline A. 20, Samuel E. 18, Anne E. 16, and Bulah M. 11. John W. is 6.

Her brother Royal dying 1864, buried in North Carolina 63678979.
Royal Leland died July 9, 1861 in Grafton, Massachusetts, age 71.

It is the Quinebaug River that formed East Brimfield, Massachusetts. In the early 19th Century, hundreds of water-powered textile mills sprang up on New England’s multitude of streams. One was the Brimfield Cotton & Woolen Manufacturing Co., which in 1815 constructed the first factory at East Brimfield. Their timing was poor, as the end of the War of 1812 meant that English textiles could pour into the country once again. The original company soon failed, but the factory building remained and was used for a variety of other industrial purposes, among them Varney’s shoe-pegging machines.

In 1880 Clay County, Nebraska, Charles Varney is 54, born in New Hampshire, with Carrie 48 in Massachusetts. Alice B. is 20, a teacher, Edward W. is 12, and Frank is 8, all three born inMassachusetts. They have two hired men.

In 1885 Clay County, Charles is farming, 59, Carrie 54, Edward W. 17, and Frank L. 14.

1886 Phillips County, Colorado "[It was] in 1886 that the thought came to us, that, although we were beyond the screech of the locomotive. . . and twenty-two miles from our nearest post office. . . we should celebrate in as becoming [proper] manner as possible the Fourth of July. . . . The word was silently sent along the line, that at the Varney homestead, a fitting celebration would be held. . . . How the news was carried, unless assisted by the prairie dogs, sand lizards and rattle snakes, I cannot guess, but I do know that every human inhabitant in all that section came to this most enjoyable convocation [gathering]. . . ."

November 1887 Holyoke "L.A. Varney has put in a stock of groceries and intends to keep a stock on hand to accommodate all in need of such articles."
Holyoke April 20, 1888 "For firstclass oats, millet, cane or seed corn, either in wholesale or retail quantities, call on C. Varney at Sergeant, Adland & Co."
June 15, 1888 "C. Varney dealer in German millet, oats, corn and cane seed, has removed from Adland & Blakely's to Baxter avenue, in his new quarters."
August 24, 1888 "Ed Varney, of 6-46 (about 25 miles southwest of Holyoke) is spending the week with his father, C.C. Varney, of this city."
September 28, 1888 "Ed Varney and his uncle A.L. Varney were the guests of C. Varney Tuesday.

November 9, 1888 "C. Varney will sell at public auction on Saturday November 17, horses, a fine jack, cattle, farming implements, blacksmith tools and many other articles at his farm on n-w 1/4 5 5-46.  His terms are easy, and it will be a good opportunity to buy.  Mr. Varney will move his family to Holyoke."   THIS FARM WAS IN YUMA COUNTY

February 1, 1889 "FOR SALE - One fine Kentucky Jack also a pair of mules, wagon and harness.  C Varney

March 22, 1889 "C. Varney moved his dwelling house to west Holyoke Wednesday.

March 15, 1889 "Albert Turney and family, from Washington County, came up Saturday and remained over Sunday with father Varney.  Mr. Turney is one of the leading republicans in the new county of Yuma."
Alice claimed in 5 n 46 - so she must be C.C.'s daughter

Edward W. Varney married Jessie G. Visscher in Phillips County on February 6, 1894.

State Herald, Holyoke, CO, 28 Jan 1898
DEATH NOTICE - At his home in Holyoke, Colorado Wednesday, January 26, Charles Varney. The deceased had been suffering for several years from asthma which, at his advanced age of life had, for a few years, so affected his lungs as to be telling very seriously upon his physical constitution causing him to gradually become weaker till Friday, January 21, when he was taken to his bed from which he never arose. The funeral services were conducted from the home, Rev. Abbott preaching the sermon after which many sympathizing friends accompanied the remains to the Holyoke cemetery.

State Herald, Holyoke, CO, 4 Feb 1898 OBITUARY - Charles Varney was born in Sandwich, New Hampshire, September 19th 1825, and died at his home in Holyoke, Colorado, January 20th 1898. He was educated at the Friends Boarding School at Providence, Rhode Island.
Early in life he exhibited the traits of character which gave him his success in business in later years. At the age of 18 he began the manufacture of shoes at Lynn, Massachusettes, in which business he was quite successful. He removed his business from Lynn to Uxbridge, Massachusetts, where in 1850 he was united in marriage with Miss Abby Taft. Three children were born to them, Susan T., Charles T., and Mrs. Alice B. Turney of Yuma, Colorado. In 1863 his wife died.
In 1864 he was united in marriage with Carrie A. Leland who survives her husband. To them were born two sons Edward Wellington and Frank Leland who survive their father, Edward W. and family residing at Edgemont, South Dakota, and Frank L. with his mother at Holyoke, Colorado.
Soon after his second marriage he moved to East Brimfield, Massachusetts, where he engaged very extensively in the manufacturing of shoe machinery. He invented and secured a patent on the first shoe pegging machine used and in the manufacture of this and other shoe machinery he built up a very extensive and profitable business. His large sales rooms were in the city of Boston and when the great Boston fire occurred he was a heavy loser from the fire.
In 1878 he decided to come west and located near Hastings, Nebraska, where he purchased a fine tract of land and engaged quite extensively in the stock business. In 1886 he came to Colorado and secured land in Yuma County where he resided till he removed his family to Holyoke.
In 1888 he opened a flour and feed store in Holyoke and soon after added to this business the handling of coal in which business he was engaged till a few years before his death when failing health made it impossible for him to longer engage in active business.
His parents were members of the Quaker church and his early religious training was in that faith to which he adhered during life. He was a man of remarkable energy and enterprise as shown by his most successful business career while a resident of Massachusetts. When he became a resident of Holyoke, although advanced in years and a sufferer from poor health, he took rank as one of the most active and enterprising businessmen of the new western town and, even when poor health had rendered him unable to longer engage in active business, he did not lose interest in the success of the business of the town and county and was always pleased to counsel and advise others in what he believed would bring business success. He had a large acquaintance and his uniformly courteous and fair treatment of all with whom he had business relations made for him many friends who deeply sympathize with the family in their bereavement.

In 1900 Denver, Frank L. Varney is a clerk in the Surveyer General, born September 1871 in Massachusetts, single. Carrie A., his mother born August 1830 in Massachusetts, is a music teacher, widowed.

In 1910 Denver, Carrie is the head of the household, widowed, with "Frank D.", her son also widowed. Grandson Edward 11 is with them.
State Herald, Holyoke, CO, 29 Nov 1912

Carrie A. Leland was born August 16, 1830 in Grafton, Massachusetts and died November 22, 1912, at her home in Denver.
Her early life was spent in the state of her birth where she secured a good literary and musical education and spent several years as a successful teacher.
In 1864, at Uxbridge, Massachusetts, she was united in marriage with Charles Varney. To them were born two children, Edward Wellington and Frank Leland. Edward died January 26, 1902, and Frank survives his mother, and makes his home in Denver.
Soon after their marriage, they moved to East Brimfield where Mr. Varney engaged extensively in the manufacture of shoes in which business he was very successful and soon had large business interests in Boston where he met heavy loss in the great Boston fire. In 1878, the family came west and located at Hastings, Nebraska, where they remained till 1886 when they came to Colorado and located on a homestead in what is now Phillips County. Two years later, they became residents of Holyoke where Mr. Varney engaged in business.
On January 26, 1898, Mr. Varney died and not long after his death, Mrs. Varney and her son Frank moved to Denver where she had her home at the time of her death.
Early in life she made a public profession of religion and united with the Congregationalist church and lived a consistant Christian life. On coming to Holyoke, she attended services and was an active worker in the Methodist church and Sunday school up to the time of the organization of the Presbyterian church with which she united. On taking up her residence in Denver, she became a member of Trinity Methodist church of which church she was a member at the time of death.
Frank Varney accompanied the remains to Holyoke for burial on Monday November 25. The burial services were conducted by Dr. James R. Hill of the Presbyterian church assisted by Rev. W.D. Waller of the Methodist church. A large number of the early residents of our town accompanied the body to the cemetery where it was laid to rest by the graves of her husband and her son, Edward.
Another of the good women of the early days of our town has passed to her reward. She was a refined and accomplished woman and her cheery and hopeful disposition made friends of all who made her acquaintance. She was ever ready to take part in any good work in church, Sunday school, or social circle and counted as nothing any sacrifice of personal comfort occasioned thereby. She was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. She was one of the good women of the early days of our town whose influence for good will remain for life with all who were privileged to associate with her.


Edward is still in Phillips County in 1900, born July 1867, married five years to Jessie G. Dec 1874 in Kentucky. Glenna C. was born Nov 1895 in Colorado, Edward W. June 8198 in South Dakota. Edward is a boot and shoe repairman.
February 9, 1900 "C. M. Tribbett of Yuma has bought the lunch and pool room business for some time past conducted by E. W. Varney in Holyoke. Mr. Tribbett also purchased from F. L. Varney the lot and building in which the business has been conducted. - Holyoke Herald "

State Herald, Holyoke, Colorado, January 31, 1902

Edward W. Varney was born July 14, 1867 at East Brimfield, Massachusetts and died at Denver, Colorado on Thursday, January 23, 1902. With his parents he came to Colorado in 1886 from Nebraska to which state they had moved in 1879.
He was for some time in the employ of the B & M RR Co. on Holdrege and Cheyenne line and afterwards on the Black Hills line. On February 6, 1895 in Holyoke he was united in marriage with Miss Jessie G. Visscher who survives him. To them were born two children Carrie Glen and Edward Walker now 5 and 7 years old.
During special services held by Dr. Coltman at Holyoke about 8 years ago he made a profession of religion and was received into church membership.
After leaving Holyoke in 1901 he moved his family to Breckenridge, Colorado, where he secured employment with the Gold Pan Mining and Engineers' Supplies Co, and was in the employ of this company when he received the injury which resulted in his death. He had gone out from the shops where he was working to help take down a large derrick and they were engaged at this when a cable supporting a heavy timber broke and in falling the heavy cable struck him breaking several ribs and injuring his lungs and heart. He was cared for at Breckenridge by his employers for six days when he was attacked with pneumonia and they removed him to St. Anthony's Hospital in Denver where he was under the care of three able physicians but lived only two days after reaching the hospital.
The body was brought to Holyoke accompanied by the widow Mrs. Jessie Varney, the mother Mrs. C. Varney and the brother Frank. Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian Church on Sunday, January 26, Rev. Parker preaching the funeral sermon and the remains were laid to rest in the Holyoke cemetery near the grave of his father.
The deceased was well known to the people of Holyoke and county and his cheerful generous-hearted disposition had made him many friends. Death is sad enough come at whatever age it may but it always seems double sad when it come to the young and especially to a young man with a wife and little ones dependent upon him. The widow and her little fatherless children, the mother and the brother each have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends in Holyoke in their sorrow.

In 1910 Jessie is married to Fritz Loehr, 42 in Fremont County, Colorado. Glen Varney is 14, Edward 12, and Herman Loehr is 3.

Jessie G. Loehr is buried in Fremont County 1874-1954 # 114134837.
So is daughter Glenn C. Gotschall 1895-1979 # 114668926.

E.W. Varney, age 24, married Leora Johnson in Carbon County Utah on December 18, 1922.

Edward was living with mother Jessie and Fritz in 1920, and in 1930 Jessie is widowed, and Edward is married to Leora 24, with Vernon 6, Frank L. 4, Merle L. 2,a nd Melrose H. eight months.
Sister Glenn C. Gotschall 34 and her husband James P. 37 are also there.

In 1940 Salt Lake City, Edward is 41, Leora 34, with Vernon E. 16, Frank L. 14, Merel L. 12, Melrose H. 10, Roy C. 9, Robert G. 7, Thomas B. 6, and Ethel Joy 2.

Edward W. "Grandpa" Varney 1898-1984 is buried in Pierce County Washington # 57203987.
So is Ethel Leora Varney 1906-1982 # 57203936.


February 9, 1900 Sterling " Frank Varney of Holyoke was in the hub this morning enroute for Denver to accept a position in the surveyor-general's office. There is no office in the kingdom good enough for Frank and the Democrat is pleased at his good fortune."

In 1912 Frank L. Varney of Denver was named assistant secretary of the Republican district convention held at the Opera House in Littleton."
Frank L. Varney married Ida M. Butler on September 18, 1915, minister Joel Harper.

In 1917 Denver, Frank is a bookkeeper for Norton-Buick Auto Company, he and Ida living at 138 Pennsylvania.

Frank is in Denver in 1930, widowed, living alone, still a clerk at the court.
Frank L. Varney, dying April 9, 1938 is buried in Denver # 106232953.

Ida Butler Varney 1881-1925 is buried in Denver, # 30253990.


Ida almost certaily knew Frank's sister Alice (Varney) Turney in Akron, Colorado.

1891 Akron, Colorado
October 28, 1892 Akron Colorado.

August 26, 1892 Akron "Mrs. Reed / Rood? and daughter of Chicago are visiting Mrs. Butler."

December 1892

March 1895 the meeting of the Epworth League in Akron included recitations by Ida Butler and Matie Butler.

September 1895 Akron "Miss Matie Butler is assistant to the principal of the Fort Morgan public schools."
"Miss Matie Butler is expected home this evening from Fort Morgan to remain over Sunday with her mother."

August 1896 Akron "Miss Ida Butler reached home yesterday morning from Chicago."

Mrs. Effie Butler is a dressmaker in 1894 Akron Colorado, and W. B. Colvin is a real estate agent there.

November 1897 "Switchman John Humphrey has moved his family from McCook and lives in the building formerly occupied by Mrs. Butler."

1897 Akron "W. B. Colvin came down from Denver Monday, on business."

William B. Colvin dying May 24, 1929, is buried in Denver # 92920650.

August 1897 Akron "Miss Ida Butler accompanied Mrs. Stokes home from Denver, and will cultivate the young ideas at the Star school this winter."

September 17, 1897 "A trip to the building on Wednesday found a large force at work painting and oiling floors, arranging the hot water registers, cleaning floors and removing litter, which showed a determination to have all ready for school work at the time set.
"The assignments of teachers are as follows:
"W.W. Remington, principal; First Grade, Miss Susan Goddard; Second and Third Grades, Miss Jenni Putnam; Fourth and Fifth Grades, Miss Baker; Sixth and Seventh Grades, Miss Matie Butler; Eighth Grade, High School Miss Barbeau.
"The seats and furniture are being placed in position now, and the heating apparatus was tested and found to do the work well.
"It does one good to see the large, airy and well lighted and ventilated rooms, which have been provided for our children, giving assurance of health for them through their home school life.
"Of the instructors, Prof. Remington and Misses Goddard and Butler are now entering upon their third terms, each having proven themselves properly placed, their work speaking of itself, and we have no doubt the new ones will prove equally well fitted."

1897 Fort Morgan

March 1898
June 1898

1899 Fort Morgan

In 1900 Denver, Mrs. E. Butler born February 1858 in Michigan, widowed, is a dressmaker. Mary E. Dec 1876 and Ida M. Oct 1878, both school teachers born in Kentucky, father born in Illinois, are with her. So is boarder W.B. Colvin born October 1868 in Nebraska, a bookkeeper.

Ida M. Butler was in Denver in 1910, 28, born in Kentucky, with mother Effie J. Butler, 52 born in Michigan.
She was with E. Butler in 1900 Denver, and sister "Mary E.". In 1903 at 2449 Dunkerd Place are Effie J., Ida M. a teacher, and "Matie E." a teacher.
In 1910 Denver, Effie J. Butler is 52, Ida M. 28 a clerk in a treasurer's office, and William B. Colvin 47 a clerk in an insurane company.

Mary E. Butler married Albert E. Phelps on June 12, 1907, recorded in Denver.
In 1910 Denver, Matie E. Phelps is 33, with Albert E. 39 a lumber dealer - this is his second marriage, her first.

Albert is a lumber dealer in Los Angeles in 1930, born in Iowa, with Matie 53.
Matie, born December 10, 1876 in Kentucky, died July 22, 1948 in Los Angeles County,
She's buried in Los Angeles County # 27891298.
So is Albert 1870-1947, # 27891313 saying he was born in Massachusetts, mother Esler.

Carrie C. Baer had married William H. Toshack in Mahaska County January 25, 1872.
Carrie Toshack married C.H. Phelps in Osceola, Iowa on May 1, 1879.

In 1878 Cyrus H. Phelps of Oskaloosa was elected a Grand Officer" of the Iowa Masons.

In 1880 Mahaska County, Iowa, C. H. Phelps is an agent for "Iowa M. S.", 37, with Carrie 26, Bertie 10, stepson Ernest 7, and John sone month old.

In 1885 Mahaska County, Iowa, Cyrus H. Phelps is 41 born in New York, \ a merchant in boots and ??, with Carrie E. Phelps, 31. Bert is 14, and Ernest is 4.

The building at 118 First Avenue in Oskaloosa "1889 - Miss Bobbitt, dressmaker;
    Upper, C.H. Phelps Co., Boots (E.H. Gibbs, Pres.) "

In 1890 Oskaloosa "Mr. Cyrus H. Phelps has purcahsed an interest and now become a partner in the Wells furnace company, and will take the road in the interest of teh business."

In 1891 Cyrus was granted a veterans pension.

July 22, 1892 Akron, Colorado

1893 Akron "The petition of Cyrus H. Phelps, a Past Commander of De Payen's Commandery No. 6, Oskaloosa, Iowa, now a member of Akron Commandery No* 21, for membership in this Grand Commandery, was presented and referred to Sir Knights


The Committee afterwards presented their report, and he was duly elected.

August 1897 Akron "Mrs. Lottie Phelps returned home from Denver this week.
November 25, 1898 "Bert Phelps, of Brush, was in Akron yesterday."

Albert F. Phelps and Charlotte Phelps divorced in Washington County, Colorado in 1898.
Cyrus born June 1844 in New York, widowed, and Albert August 1870 in Iowa, single, are lumber dealers in 1900 Fort Morgan.

1902 Greeley, Colorado THIS IS A DIFFERENT ONE

1903 Fort Morgan "Bert Phelps, manager of the R.M. Lumber Company yards at Brush, was a visitor in town Wednesday."

In 1904 Albert E. Phelps and Cyrus H. Phelps were members of the Fort Morgan Masonic Lodge.

Ernest Toshack might have ended up in Brooklyn, New York, dying 1922 # 174090823.

September 1927 "Prof, and Mrs. Gibson, who came to California from Boston about three months ago, and have been the guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Phelps on West Center street since their arrival, have purchased a handsome Spanish bungalow at San Clemente, where -they expect to make their permanent home."

December 13, 1929 "Funeral of William Gibson, a cousin of Albert E. Phelps of 402 West Center street, Covina, occurred last Saturday, December 7th, with the service at San Clemente and the interment with the ritual of the San Clemente Masonic lodge, at Oakdale cemetery, Covina.
Death was the result of a nervous breakdown and other complications.
Surviving are the widow and a son, Theodore Gibson, residing in Maiden, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Gibson came to Covina two years ago from Maiden, Massachusetts, spending the summer with their cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Phelps. They then went to San Clemente to make their home, Mr. Gibson serving tho new city as deputy city clerk.
Previous to coming to California his life was devoted for many years to teaching in the Maiden seminary, and other schools on the Atlantic coast. Mr. Gibson was of a kindly disposition and, during his brief residence in San Clemente, won his way into the hearts of the people of that city."

One relative
1- My dad Vernon Edward Varney
2- his dad Edward Walker Varney M Jessica Visscher
3- his dad Edward Wellington Varney
4- hid dad Charle Varney M Carrie A Leland
5- his dad Daniel Varney M Prentice Burden
6- hid dad Joseph Varney M Sarah Beede
7- his dad Samuel Varney M Mary Varney
8- his dad Ebenezer Varney M Mart Ottis
9- his dad Humphrey Varney M Esther & Sarah Starbuck
10- his dad William Varney M Bridget Knight. so where does this John Varney fall into line that you are talking about.

Thanks for any clarification you can offer.

Sue Varney Pyper



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