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George S. Varnes was the son of Ezra Doty Varnes (1834 PA - 1914 IL) and Barbara Jane Kepner (1835 PA - ??).My husband's great-great-grandfather was Samuel Kepner, brother of Jane.They were two of the eight children of Jacob Kepner and Mary Magdaline Groninger who came from Juniata Co., PA to Carroll Co., IN about 1837.
Ezra and Jane were married 20 July 1858 in Delphi, Carroll Co., IN and moved shortly after that to Illinois where they lived in Peoria Co. and Fulton Co.I have census data regarding this family from 1860 - 1930.They had ten children, two died in infancy, with eight listed in censuses.
If you have any interest in sharing Varnes data and receiving Kepner info, please contact me.Have Kepners back to 1500's in Germany.We want to plan a Kepner reunion for summer of 2005 or 2006 in Indiana.