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Boone County, MO
4.1 Henry Varvel. Henry was born around 1780 in southwestern Pennsylvania, (presumably) the son of John Varvel. John and his brother Philip had brought their families from Washington county, PA to Woodford county, KY around the year 1790, the same year that county was created from it's parent county Fayette. The first records of Henry in Woodford county come from the tax lists for the years 1796 and 1797, where Henry is marked as being age 16-21. He married a girl named Sarah Castile, daughter of John Casteel, in Woodford on Sept 26, 1801. Interestingly, the Castile's had come to Woodford from the same Pennsylvania township where the Varvel's lived. Henry and Sarah raised their family in Woodford, and Henry is listed in Woodford's tax lists for almost every year between 1801 and 1824. The land that they lived on by 1824 was owned by a man named William Steele, who wrote in his will that year his desire to leave the farm and land "where Henry Varvel lives" to his granddaughter. Henry died shortly after this, and his wife and children soon left Woodford behind for Missouri.
Children of Henry Varvel and Sarah Castile
Name Birth Death Spouse / Marriage
Isaac 11-17-1799 10-1-1877 in Holt Co 1. Mary (Polly) Pulliam on 3-20-1821 2. Elizabeth Pulliam around 1835-1837 3. Parthenia Lampkins in 1851
William S. c1804 >1880 Eliza Cooper on 2-15-1825 Nusenia Guinn 12-13-1853 in Saline Co., MO
James 1802-1805 1835 in Boone Co
Mahala 1802-1810 William Johnson
Martin 1-4-1807 10-8-1875 in Holt Co Mary Wharton c1841
Nancy 1811-1820 Joseph Lampkins
Archibald 1810-1815 c1841 in Boone Co Sarah Ann Morris
The first record of any Varvel in Missouri yet to be found is a land patent granted to Sally Varvel, who purchased 80 acres of land in Boone County on October 28, 18271, providing her signature on the land patent on May 1, 18282. "Sally" was a common nickname for Sarah in those days and this was undoubtedly Sarah (Castile) Varvel, Henry's widow. Sarah left Woodford with her six sons and three daughters for the newly formed State after Henry (apparently) died in 1825. The land she settled (part of Township 48, Range 14, Section 8) was situated along the Missouri River, near where is now Rocheport, MO, amidst neighbors who had arrived no more than a few years earlier themselves. The Census records indicate that by 1830 three independent Varvel households had been established in Boone County: The first, headed by Sarah, consisted of two adult sons 20-29 (James and Martin), a son 15-19 (Archibald), a son 10-14 (Samuel), and a daughter 10-14 (Agnes). The other two, headed by the oldest brothers Isaac and William, are discussed below. By 1840, 2 males 20-29 (probably James and Martin) and 1 female (Agnes) were still living with Sarah. Shortly after this, Sarah (and her son Martin) sold their land, and Martin acquired new land from his new father-in-law. Sarah may have gone to live with Martin and Mary at their new home, and she probably died sometime between 1842-1850.
4.3 The children of Henry and Sarah
Isaac. Isaac was the eldest son of Henry Varvel, born on 11-17-1799 in Woodford County. Since Henry and Sarah were not married until 1801, Isaac may have been the son of an unknown first wife. At the age of 21, Isaac married a girl named Mary ("Polly") Pulliam on 3-21-1821 (the marriage bond was signed 3-20-18214). Isaac first appeared in the tax lists of Woodford County that year, and his name is also found there for 1822, 1823, and 1824. A land transaction recorded on 9-23-1824 listed Isaac and Polly among the sellers of a tract of land in Woodford County along Buck Run, a branch of the Kentucky River, part of Edward Holeman's 1000 acres next to Joseph Endicott and William Steele.5 The other sellers were Polly's parents, William and Elizabeth Pulliam, her brother William Jr. (of Missouri), and her sister Malinda and husband Joseph Ramsford (of Indiana). William and Elizabeth moved to Boone County immediately following this sale, and purchased approximately 240 acres on 10-25-1824 almost directly adjacent to the tract that Sarah would settle 3 years later. Their son, William Jr., purchased a quarter section nearby on the same day.1 The fact that Isaac was involved with the sale of land in 1824 and that his name is last seen on Woodford's tax lists that same year suggests that Isaac and Polly may have followed the Pulliams to Boone County, three years before the rest of the Varvel family.
Isaac and Polly had four daughters: Matilda, Sarah, Elizabeth (named after Polly's sister), and Permelia. On 8-23-1830 Isaac received $12.75 from the estate of a late friend Asais Aranzi for attending to him while he was sick and keeping his horse.11 On 8-9-1831 Polly purchased an eighth section of land (80 acres) adjacent to Sarah Varvel's. It is not clear why her name is on the deed and not her husband Isaac, possibly suggesting that the land was a gift from her father. Polly died soon after this (cause unknown), and Isaac married her younger sister Elizabeth "Betsy" Pulliam. Isaac and Elizabeth had three children - two sons, Jefferson and Isaac Henry, and another daughter, Cynthia A. William Pulliam Sr. died in 1832, dividing his land among his children. Isaac and Elizabeth sold their share to one of her brothers, Richard Pulliam, on 6-15-1838.6
On 10-5-1840 Isaac and Elizabeth sold the 80 acre tract that Polly had bought in 1831 plus 40 acres of adjoining land to a man named Fountain Bradley. 7 Curiously, on 12-31-1847 Isaac sells the same plot of land to a man named Moses U Payne.8 It appears that the ownership rights were shared between Isaac and his oldest daughters (daughters of Polly). Isaac sold his share for $100, with the understanding that $200 more would be paid to his daughters Elizabeth and Permelia when they became of age. On the same day, Isaac's oldest daughter Matilda (then married to Thomas Milton Again) sold her share of the tract for $50 (Isaac also sold 17,500 bricks in a kiln on the property to Payne for an additional $61.25, and sold the kiln itself to a man named Reuben Elliot9 ). In 1847, Sarah sold her share, and a short time later Elizabeth (Betsy), sold her third for $100, and Payne finally took control of the property on July 14, 1853. The 40 acres of adjoining land were also sold again, this time to a man named Robert Thomas (12-30-1847). 10 Sometime before 1850 (probably 1846 or 1847) Elizabeth died, and Isaac buried his second wife.
Children of Isaac Varvel and Mary "Polly" Pulliam (1), Elizabeth "Betsy" Pulliam (2), Parthenia Nancy Lambkins (3)
Marriage Name Gender Born Died
1 Matilda Varvell F 1824, KY (married Thomas Milton Again of Boone Co)
1 Sarah Varvell F 1827
1 Elizabeth (Betsy) Varvell F 1830, Boone Co
1 Permelia Varvell F 1833, Rocheport, Boone Co
2 Jefferson Varvell M July 15 1838, Boone Co buried: April 1901, Boone Co
2 Isaac Henry Varvell M April 10, 1842, Boone Co June 5 1908, Elwood, Doniphan Co., KS
2 Cynthia Varvell F 1846, Boone Co.
3 Nancy E. F Oct 23, 1853
3 Washington M Feb 2, 1856 1907
3 Melinda F Mar 8, 1868
William S. William was born around 1804, and was probably Henry's second oldest son. He apparently shared Henry's middle name, Stile or Steele. On 2-15-1825 William married a girl named Eliza Cooper in nearby Henry County. It's not yet clear where she came from, but a man named Lewis Endicott provided surety for her and William's marriage bond. Interestingly, the sale of William Pulliam's property along Buck Run in Woodford County in 1824 indicated that it was bounded by the properties of William Steele and a Joseph Endicott. Since Henry and his family (presumably including William) are known to have lived on a part of William Steele's land in 1824 (from William Steele's will), William and Lewis may have been neighbors, and its possible that Eliza had a link to Endicott family (In one of my grandfather's notes her last name is given as Endicott, and I don't believe he knew about the marriage bond). In any case, William and Eliza lived in Woodford County after they were married, as William is listed on the local tax lists from 1826 (1 horse) and 1827 (3 horses). They presumably left for Boone County along with William's mother and other siblings in October of 1827.
By 1830, William and Eliza had 2 young daughters (<5), and had established a residence in Boone County. Unfortunately, the names of these daughters haven't been discovered, and it's not clear what happened to either of them. In the 1840 census there was one unnamed 10-14 year old girl still in the house, and the other may have died young. Over the next 20 years they had 4 sons- James M., Archibald Andrew, Thomas Hughes, and George F., and 4 more daughters - Catherine, (unknown), Emily, and Mary Ann. Sometime between 1840 and 1850, William and his family moved to Saline County, Missouri. Eliza must have died soon after 1850, as William was married to a woman named Nusenia Guinn in Saline on December 13, 1853. By 1870 they were living in Lewis Township, Holt County, MO. William died sometime after 1880.
Children of William Steele Varvel and Eliza Cooper
Name Birth Death Spouse / Marriage
James M. 8-25-1832 8-25-1878 Mahala Roberts in 1854
Catherine 3-9-1833 William Thornton / 1-1-1857
Archibald A. 3-15-1838 3-7-1873 Rebecca Frances Morris / 11-6-1856
Emily ~1842 6-13-1865 Daniel Thornton / 12-14-1857
Mary Ann 1-27-1845 5-23-1894 Daniel Thornton / 7-6-1867
Thomas Hughes ~1848
George F. ~1853 1870
James.James was born sometime between 1801 and 1805, so he may have actually been a little older than his brother William. He is listed in Woodford's tax lists for 1826 and 1827, and then headed to Boone. In 1830 he was still living with his mother and younger siblings, and it appears that he never married. James died in 1835 from an unknown cause. Records of the administration of his estate provide a complete list of his siblings and mother, though their relationships are not specified (causing some confusion for earlier researchers). Also included are lists of his possessions sold, debts collected, and other legal details.
Mahala. Mahalla was the oldest daughter of Henry and Sarah, born sometime between 1802-1810. She was married soon after moving to Boone county to a man named William Johnson on 7-1-1828.3 On 4-1-1841, William and Mahala sold the land that Sarah had purchased in 1827 to her younger brother Archibald (see below) for $50. 15
Martin. Martin was born Jan 4, 1807 in Woodford Co.12 In November, 1838 Martin, 21 years old, served in Missouri's Mounted Volunteers for six days in Captain M.E. Bryan's Company. He was paid $1.60 for his service, and also received$1.20 for clothing, $1.87 for subsistence, $2.40 for horses, and $0.62 for powder and ball ($7.70 total). However, he probably didn't participate in any of the actual combat of what became known as the Mormon War.The Mormons, led by Joe Smith, had begun construction of what was to be their global capitol in northern Missouri. Skirmishes with neighbors resulting from the belief of some of the more rowdy Mormons that they had a right to take what they wanted from the "gentiles" resulted in a calling in of the State Militia to enforce the law (and ultimately kick them out of the state). Two Regiments were raised from Boone county, though neither were involved in any of the fighting. By the time the majority of the militia arrived at their "capitol", Joe Smith had surrendered and been taken to Richmond for trial (though he later escaped).
Martin married a girl named Mary E. Wharton in Boone sometime around 1841. Mary was the daughter of Samuel and Lucy Wharton, and she had a brother and four sisters, two of whom married Lampkins. On 1-14-1842 Martin and his mother Sarah sold the land that they had been living on since coming to Boone (plus 40 acres of adjacent land) to a man named Moses U. Payne, who owned quite a bit of land in that area. 13 Around the same time Martin's new father-in-law, Samuel Wharton, sold Martin 80 acres of nearby land (that partly extended onto what was originally William Pulliam's land) for $10. 14By 1860 they lived in Holt County, where Martin died onOct 8, 1875 (buried in the Pollock cemetery).
Children of Martin Varvel and Mary Wharton
Name Birth Death Spouse / Marriage
William H. ~1842 Lucinda
James M. ~1846
John Andrew ~1848 Martha Louisa Lewis, 9-18-1873
George T. 1-22-1853 8-25-1879
Jasper M. 1854
Nancy. Nancy was born sometime between 1811-1820. She was married to a man named Joseph Lampkins sometime before her brother James' death in 1835.
Archibald.Archibald was born sometime between 1810-15, as he was probably the 15-19 year old living in the household headed by his mother in the 1830 census. He married a girl who lived nearby named Sarah Ann Morris, daughter of Wilson and Frances Morris (see Morris section). Archie and Sarah are listed in the Boone County census of 1840, aged 20-29, with no children. Evidently, Archie died soon after this, as Sarah was remarried to a man named George Croce. On April 1, 1841, Archibald's brother-in-law and sister, William and Mahala Johnson, sold him the land originally purchased by Sarah Varvel on 10-25-1827 (southwest half-quarter of section 8, T48, R14 $50).15 A year later (March 9, 1842), his brother Martin sold him 20 heads of sheep, 4 horses, 1 mule, 2 milk cows, 4 calves, one wagon, five ?, 1 log chain, and 1 lot of corn for $190.16 Just a few months later on Jan 14, 1842, the same tract of land that Archibald had just bought was sold by Sarah, Martin and Mary. This may date Archie'd death to late 1841.
Samuel. Little is known about Henry's youngest son Samuel. He was probably the 10-14 year old living with his mother Sarah in the 1830 census, which means he was born sometime between 1815-1820. Also, he was probably the Samuel Varvel that served as a private in Grant's Company of Missouri Mounted Volunteers during the Florida War.17 Nothing more regarding Samuel has been found.
Agnes. I haven't found out anything about Agnes, except that she was mentioned in her brother James' will, and that she was apparently accounted for (though not named) in the Woodford Census records from 1820 (as less than 10 years old) and from 1830 in Boone (as 10-14 years old).
1 Rollins, JS (1992) The Boone Co., Missouri Land Entry Atlas of 1853. Boone County Historical Society, Columbia, MO
2 Bureau of Land Management Land Patent Reports. Obtained online at http://www.glorecords.blm.govhttp://www.glorecords.blm.gov.
3 Boone County, MO Marriage Book "A", p. 49
5 Woodford County, KY Deed Book "K", p. 386-388
6 Boone County, MO Deed Book "I", p. 338-339
7 Boone County, MO Deed Book "N", p. 124-125
8 Boone County, MO Deed Books "R", p. 403-404, and "U", p. 527-528
9 Boone County, MO Deed Book "N", p. 27
10 Boone County, MO Deed Book "Q", p. 617-619
11 Boone County Missouri Estate Files Volume 2
12 Derr, E. "Gone home, Directory of the deceased and items of interest of Holt Co., MO, 1887-1981".
13 Boone County, MO Deed Book "L", p. 362-363
14 Boone County, MO Deed Book "L", p. 456-457
15 Boone County, MO Deed Book "L", p. 66-67
16 Boone County, MO Deed Book "L", p. 496-497
17 White, VD (1994) Index to Volunteer Soldiers in Indian Wars and Disturbances 1815-1858 Vol 2. The National Historical Publishing Company, Waynesboro, TN, p. 1456
Evans, EE; Thompson, JF (1992) Wills and Administration of Boone County, Missouri 1821-1870. Genealogical Society of Central Missouri, Columbia, MO
Derr, E. "Gone home, Directory of the deceased and items of interest of Holt Co., MO, 1887-1981".
Parthenia Varvel Bible