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Hello, I am the g.g.g. grandson of Isaac A. Varnes and his first wife, who was actually Sarah Jane Kerlin. They married in Juniata County, PA and headed west before settling in Peoria County, not far from where Ezra Dotty Varnes Sr. settled, son of Isaac and Jane Arnold Varnes. This Isaac did have six children with his first wife before moving to Kansas with his second wife. His children were William Kerlin Varnes, James Madison Varnes, Mary Ellen Varnes (married to George B. Abbott), Franky Varnes, Charles Oran Varnes, and John Arnold Varnes. William and James both passed away before getting married or having families of their own. Mary moved to Kansas to the same area as her father. Franky, passed away at the age of 2, and Charles Oran (C.O.) and John Arnold stayed in central Illinois. Charles Oran was my g.g. grandfather.
I have copies of the family bible pages where it records the births and deaths of the children, as well as Isaac and Sarah. Isaac was within the 1860 Census in Indiana, and in 1870/1880 in central Illinois. In 1850, he is listed as a J. Varnes living with M. Varnes in the J.P. Shitz household. I have the divorce records for Isaac A. and Sarah Jane, as well as some letters from Charles Oran back to his mother when he attended the funeral in Kansas for his father. I have more information regarding dates of birth, death, etc. As well as documents to support it.
He is commonly mistaken for Isaac that stayed in Pennsylvania, and was a son of Isaac and Jane Arnold Varnes, but he would have actually been a cousin to that Isaac.