Federal Land Records for Independence Co., Arkansas shows a Land Patent for 160 acres granted to John Varnes (no middle initial given) on November 13, 1821. This strikes me as quite early for homesteading so far west, but I don't know the history of that area. Can anybody supply any info on this John Varnes, where he came from, ancestors, descendants, where born, buried, dates, etc? Did he stay in Arkansas? Or did he move on to some other place? Pennsylvania origin or Florida origin? As in previous queries, I appreciate whatever info can be supplied and sources of info identified. Thanks. John D. Varnes P.S. Present day Independence Co.includes city of Batesville. Northern part of the state.