Generations Past

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors and no slave who has not had a king among his.
 ----Helen Keller

The Varneys

Varney family 

This picture is of some of the descendants of Lewis Varney and Betsy Farley who started their family on a farm in Ragland, Mingo County, West Virginia. 

Times change but the Varney family has kept to the old traditions of family reunions. In the past on what is now called Memorial Day the Varney family including aunts, uncles, cousins and other assorted kin, gathered together at the Varney Cemetery in Ragland, Mingo County, West Virginia, to decorate the graves of deceased relatives and to honor their memory. In those days this event was called Decoration Day. Flowers were cut from various yards to be used in decorating the graves. The day was filled with the singing of hymns and preaching by various ministers. This was usually an all day affair. After the ceremonies the families gathered at the residences of local kinfolk for food and fellowship.

 Although we no longer go to cemeteries to decorate graves we still enjoy getting together to renew ties and enjoy the fellowship of kinfolk.

Click Varney History for a short lesson on the Varney's by Nancy Jane Varney.


For more information on the Varneys  please go to the Thompson Directory
You will find more information and many more names.


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