Biography of William Vary
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


William Vary was born in the town of Berlin, Rensselaer county, N. Y., July 2, 1807. He was the son of Samuel and Esther (Thomas) Vary, the former of whom was born in Duchess county September 24, 1764, and died in Columbia county, having settled there from Rensselaer county October 9, 1833. The mother was born in Providence, R. I., April 29, 1769. They were the parents of ten children, four boys and six girls, only three of whom are now living, namely :—Mehitable, Abial T., now living in Marshall, Mich., and Deborah, the widow of the late Daniel Smith, of Wayne county, N. Y. Mr. Vary was a mill-wright by trade, but also carried on a small farm, and reared his boys in the latter occupation. They received their education at the district schools of the town in which they lived. In 1836 the widow of Samuel Vary moved with her five children, one of the number being William, to Lima, where she resided till she was eighty-three years of age, when she made her home with her daughter in Wayne county, where she died July 12, 1860. Her remains lie buried in Oak Ridge cemetery in Lima.

Calvin, William and Abial carried on the farm they had previously purchased, and which is now occupied by Burton A. Vary. They all lived together four years, and then Calvin, Hannah, Mehitable and the mother moved on to the farm now occupied by William L. Vary.

After the division of the family, Calvin, William and Abial carried on farming together several years, till the latter bought a farm in Caledonia and moved there. In the spring of 1861 he moved to Michigan, where he now resides. William Continued to work his farm until December 12, 1865, when he moved to the village of Lima.

October 12, 1833, he was married to Sarah A., daughter of Peleg and Freelove (Arnold) Thomas, of Greenbush, N. Y. She was born December 21, 1810. They had two children, viz :—Mary Jane, born December 26, 1838, and died April 11, 1867, and Burton A., born November 3, 1841, now residing on the old homestead. Mrs. Vary died January 26, 1849.

December 20, 1849, Mr. Vary married for his second wife, Mary E. Thomas, a sister of his first wife, and she died November 28, 1854.

November 5, 1857, Mr. Vary married Sarah A. Kinear, of Lima, by whom he had one son—William L., born May 12, 1860. Mr. Vary was the architect of his own fortune. Without the aid of inherited wealth or social prestige, he made his way from poverty to affluence, and to a high position as one of the prominent agricultutists of his town. His greatest pride and enjoyment was in his well-ordered farm and the associations and comforts of his delightful home and the society of his many friends. He died September 14, 1873.

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