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  • ID: I1142
  • _UID: E15BC5136CDC48AF95F1326AD2D4752DBDF5
  • Name: Rachel Varney
  • Reference Number: 1143
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 1632 in Barbadoes, West Indies 1
  • Death: 15 FEB 1707 in Gloucester, Essex, MA 2 3
  • Note: 4

    Her three husbands - not all great choices!
    1. Thomas Cooke had been a troublesome character (accused of drunkeness),
    but her next husband appears to have been worse.
    2. Soon Rachel Cook married a second and more unpleasant husband and apparently with her eyes open, for on March 26, 1650, Joseph Langton had been fined for excessive drinking. Langton was presented in 1652 for 'evil usage of a little child of his wife,' little John Cook, lying on straw with but a piece of sail-cloth to cover it in his cradle, having been beaten to keep him quiet. The court ordered the baby to be placed in the care of his Varney grandparents. There is no record of Joseph after 1652 - he may have deserted his family. (A Joseph Langton is found in Newtown, Long Island in 1656 as the ?companion? of Hannah Bradish. This may be the same man.)
    3.Apparently Rachel reverted to the name Cook after the divorce of Langton and as Rachel Cook she was married to her third husband, William Vinson, the stern moralist, on June 10, 1661.

    Rachel Vinson was imprisoned for witchcraftPage: Vol IV, I-L
  • Change Date: 7 AUG 2015

    Father: William Varney b: 1608 in England
    Mother: Bridgett b: 1611 in England

    Marriage 1 Thomas Cooke
    • Married: 1647/48
    1. Has No Children John Cooke b: ABT 1650

    Marriage 2 Joseph Langton b: ABT 1627
    • Married: AFT 1650 5
    • Divorced: 22 MAY 1661 6
    • Note: 4

      The [Massachusetts Bay General] court record of the divorce states "in the case of Rachell Langton, or Verney, the Court judgeth it meet to declare, that she is free from her late husband, Joseph Langton."Page: Vol IV, I-L
    1. Has Children Rachel V. Langton b: ABT 1651 in Gloucester, Essex, MA
    2. Has Children Mary Langton b: ABT 1652 in Gloucester, Essex, MA

    Marriage 3 William Vinson (Vincent) b: 1610 in England
    • Married: 10 JUN 1661 in Gloucester, Essex, MA 7
    1. Has No Children Thomas Vinson b: 1 APR 1662 in Gloucester, Essex, MA
    2. Has No Children Abigail Vinson b: 28 MAY 1668 in Gloucester, Essex, MA

    1. Type: Web Site
      Title: Varney Family Website
      Publication: 2003
      Date: 17 JAN 2009
    2. Type: Book
      Title: A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register
      Author: James Savage
      Publication: Little, Brown and Co., Boston, MA, 1860, 1862
      Date: 17 JAN 2009
      Page: Vol. 4, p. 375
    3. Type: Online Database
      Title: Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (the Massachusetts Vital Records Project)
      Date: 1 MAR 2015
    4. Type: Online Database
      Title: Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635
      Date: 29 MAY 2015
    5. Type: Online Database
      Title: New England Marriages Prior to 1700
      Date: 24 MAR 2015
      Page: p. 451
    6. Type: Periodical
      Author: Editor: Robert Charles Anderson
      Periodical: Great Migration Newsletter - Great Migration Study Project
      Publication: NEHGS, Boston, MA, 2002, 2003
      Date: 17 JAN 2009
      Page: Vol. 12, Bonus Online Sketches
    7. Type: Vital Record
      Title: Vital Records of Gloucester MA to the end of 1849
      Media: CD
      Publication: Essex Institute, 1933
      Date: 26 FEB 2011
      Page: Vol. 2, p. 145, 558 (Salem Vital Records Vol. 3, p. 244 list the year a, s 1660)
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