John and Matilda "Varrens" are in the 1860 Federal Census of Holmes Co., OH--Berlin Twp. 8-29-1850 p. 357: John 41 b. PA Matilda 41 b. PA Jacob 17 b. PA Richard 15 b. OH Mary 12 b. OH Margaret A. 10 b. OH George 6 b. OH Stephen 3 b. OH
John is a brother to Joseph Sr. who also lived in Holmes Co., OH--Berlin Twp.Joseph, Sr. was b. abt. 1799 PA and m. Rebecca.John and Joseph, Sr. were the sons of Jacob and Mary Stauffer Varns/Varnes from Fayette Co. PA--Dunbar Twp.Jacob and Mary had 10 children.
There is an interesting biographical sketch about John's grandson, John W., in the 1891 History of Harrison Co., IA which can be accessed through their county genealogical home page, I believe.The sketch includes info about John W.'s father, George, and grandfather, John.
I have a copy of Jacob Varnes' will which I found in Salt Lake City.Since several of us are researching this line, I'm considering adding it to the Fayette Co., PA page.