Thought I'd send you this photo for your site.
It is of William Thomas Vary Sr. and son William Thomas Vary Jr.
William Thos. Sr. is the son of Samuel Vary and Hannah Thomas Vary.
Wm. Sr. was born in Stephentown 28 Dec 1773 and died 7 Oct 1848 in Sparta, Elgin Co., Ontario, Canada. He was a pioneer at heart and packed up his young family around 1805 and crossed NY State by wagon to eventually settle what is now known as VARYSBURG, Wyoming Co. NY. He was a surveyor and millwright and built the first saw and grist mill there. About 1820, the pioneering bug caught him again and he and his growing children and families moved up into the Canadian wilderness to build a home in the fledgling settlement that came to be known at a meeting at Wm.'s home as SPARTA. William was well known everywhere he settled in the intricate gingerbreading trim he hand carved for his homes that he built.
His son Wm. Jr. was born in 1794 also in Stephentown. He was married, widowed and married again to Canadian girls. He fathered 8 children, half who remained in Canada and the other half returning to the States. Although we are unsure of where Wm. Jr. died, his will was filed in 1855 in Dewitt, Clinton Co., IL where two of his sons resided.
Know all men by their presents that we Samuel Verry of Stephentown in
County of Albany & Phillip Miller of Beekman Patten in Dutchess County,
in the State of New York are held and then firmly bound unto Ebz.
Sherriff of the County of Hartford in the State of Conneticut in New
England, in the (penal??) sum of five hundred pounds lawful money to
which payment to be made & delivered to the said. Samuel Verry &
Miller, do---------bound over for one----- -------unto they are by
with------& unto his --------& ----in that which (sum?) of foresaid.
witness whereof we have here unto set over house & lands this (9th or
day of Oct. Anno Domini 1777
The conditions of the obligation is such that prisoner, wereas the above
bound Samuel Verry is now prisoner turned over to the State of New York
being charged of being ----------to the United States of America
& -------for (loyal?) before house proper Court of Judication in county
of ------. Now of the said Samuel Verry continue and remain a free &
faithful prisoner & not depart nor abscond himself but will appear
called for by the said Sherriff or form prejudice th---- & abide this
judgement of ---------County before whom he may be stayed. There his
obligations to be null & void. Otherwise to remain in full force
& ---------------the law.
signature & date or (Signed Sealed & delivered)
in presence of
Samuel Vary gravestone
In Memory of Samuel Vary
Who departed this life
December 22nd 1807
In his 60th year
"Go home dear friends,
Lament no more.
I am not lost,
But gone before!"
of Hannah, wife
of Samuel Vary
who departed this life
December the 15th, 1824"
Vary Epitaphs in Stephentown Cemeteries
(As found in "Epitaphs in the Only Stephentown on Earth" by Elizabeth W. McClave
Benjamin G. Vary
"Sleep on sweet babe
Ane take thy rest
God called thee home
He thought it best"
Clark S. Vary
"He sleeps in Jesus"
Lavina M. Vary
"Look at this as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so you soon will be
Prepare for death and follow me"
"The once lov'd form now cold and dead
Each mournful thought employs
And nature weeps, her comforts fled
And wither'd all her joys"
"Look aloft the spirits risen
Death cannot the soul imprison
Tis in Heaven that spirits swell
Sorrows though invissible"
Willet A. Vary
"Go home dear friends lament no more
I am not lost but gone before"