William varley

In July of 1850, William Varley Sr., was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. On February 24, 1861, also in Chesterfield, he was married to Mary Ellen MacDuff. She had been baptized into the Church in February of 1850. Records of the Chesterfield Branch of the Church show that an Immigration Certificate was granted to William on April 4, 1861. With his wife an mother, Maria, they came to America and , with the Warren Handcart Company, crossed the plains, arriving in Salt Lake City in September of 1861. As to what happened to William's father, Thomas, and the reasons why he did not accompany his wife and son to America, remains a real genealogical question; he just seems to have disappeared after 1855. Maria is buried in the Honeyville, Utah cemetery.

The William Varley, Sr. family settled in the Bountiful area, just north of Salt Lake City. Records indicate that they were members of the North Kanyon Ward, which, upon it's division in June of 1877, they became members of the South Bountiful Ward. All of their children were born in this area. William farmed a bit in Bountiful, but his primary interests and talents were in mining, and specifically in the processing of lime and quarrying. William's father, Thomas, had been a mine laborer in England. William was not a practicer of polygamy. He did not keep nor leave a journal or diary.


Sometime after 1881, the family relocated to the North Salt Lake area, presumably so that William could be close to his work. The 1888 Salt Lake "Gazeteer" listed: "VARLEY & EVERHILL: (William V. and T.J.E.), lime and cement dealers at 50 South West Temple." The 1890 Salt Lake City Directory listed the same firm, but with office at 40 West 1st South, with "works and quarry at the County Road, north of the Warm Springs". William's residence was at 245 West 5th North. From 1891 until 1895, William was still in the lime manufacturing and contracting business, but with a new partner: Henry S. Joseph, and with William's three oldest sons; William Jr., John, and Charles A. as employees. Their offices were at 47 South West Temple, with phone number 227. Their lime kiln and quarry was still north of the Warm Springs.

In 1895, Thomas was a teamster for his father. He was eighteen years old and was boarding at 239 West 5th North. Evidently, William had an interest or ownership in two adjacent homes on 5th North. In 1901, Thomas joined up with his father as WM. VARLEY & SONS, presumably in the lime producing business.




Utah since Statehood: Historical and Biographical

Edited by Noble Warrum

Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1919

Volume 2, Page 394

Bishop William Varley is closely identified with the material and moral development of the community in which he makes his home. He is now bishop of Vineyard, to which office he was called in September 1913. His farming interests are represented in seventy-five acres of excellent land, which he most carefully and systematically cultivates. Mr. Varley is a native son of Utah, his birth having occurred at Bountiful, Davis county, on the 11th of December, 1861, his parents being William and Mary Ellen (McDuff) Varley, both of whom were natives of Chesterfield, England. They were married in that country a short time prior to their emigration to the new world and In September, 1861, they arrived in Utah, having traveled across the plains with Captain Warren's company. The father was a coal miner of England and after reaching Utah he homesteaded land In Davis County at Bountiful and became one of the substantial citizens of that community. Not only did he engage in tilling the soil but devoted some of his time to lime burning and the quarrying of stone. He thus contributed to the agricultural and industrial development of the section in which he lived and was also a factor in its moral progress, serving as assistant superintendent of the Hot Springs Sunday school of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also as ward teacher and as school trustee. He died November 23, 1908, having for more than three years survived his wife, who died in January, 1905. William Varley was the eldest of their ten children, eight of whom are yet living, the others being John, Charles A., Nellie, Maria, Thomas, Franklin M. and Catharine.

After acquiring a common school education William Varley concentrated his efforts and attention upon the work of the fields upon his father's farm and also worked in connection with the operation of the stone quarry and the limekiln until 1892. In that year he removed to the farm at Vineyard upon which he now resides, having purchased the property the previous year. He has seventy-five acres and is conducting the place as a dairy farm, keeping twenty-one cows, which are high grade Holsteins. He has a cement cow barn, also a large hay barn, and he has an extensive tract of good hay land. He also raises sugar beets. Upon the place are good buildings, all of which have been erected by Mr. Varley and stand as monuments to his enterprise and diligence in business affairs. He is likewise a director of the Union Canal Company and a stockholder in the Union Dairy Company.

In October 1886, Mr. Varley was married to Miss Harriet Parkin, a daughter of William J. and Eliza (Foulds) Parkin, both of whom were natives of England and became pioneer residents of Bountiful, Utah. For forty-five years her father conducted a market peddler's wagon, making one trip each week to Park City. He was thus engaged until the fall of 1918, when he retired from peddling and spent his remaining days in the enjoyment of well-earned rest. His death, however, occurred in February 1919. He was president of the high priests at South Bountiful, was also Sunday school superintendent, ward teacher and school trustee and in addition to his activities for the church and his peddling business he engaged in farming, thus leading a life of great activity and usefulness.

To Mr. and Mrs. Varley have been born eight children. Eliza Irene became the wife of William Wright, who died leaving three children, Zella V., Wilma and William Hyrum. She afterward married Benjamin Wright, a brother of her first husband, and they have one child, Leland, who is living at Twin Falls, Idaho, with his parents. Florence is the wife of Allen Duke, a resident of Lindon, Utah county, and they have five children: Paul, Lavelle, Gordon, Helen and Don William. Sarah married Erwin Hooley and they reside at Lindon. Ethelene F., a graduate of the Relief Society of the Bishop's building of the Latter-day Saints' University at Salt Lake City, is now a nurse in the capital and from April, 1916, until April, 1918, was on a mission to the southern states, her duties covering Florida, South Carolina, Georgia Tennessee and Ohio. Zipporah is the wife of Horace Prestwich, of Salt Lake, and they have two children, Gene and Lamar. Vanza G., Lowell, and Beulah are all at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Varley are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in 1903 he went on a mission to Portland, Oregon, where he labored for two years, presiding there for one month prior to being recalled to become counselor to the bishop of Vineyard. Later he was the first counselor to the bishop, thus serving until September 1913, when he was made bishop of Vineyard. He is also a director and the secretary and treasurer of Amusement Hall, which was built in 1914, and as bishop he was the main factor in carrying the project through to successful completion. His wife is the first counselor to the president of the Relief Society at Vineyard. In politics Mr. Varley is a republican but while he keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day and is vitally interested in all that has to do with the political integrity and progress of the country he has never sought or desired office. His career has been one of activity and usefulness, crowned with success in the up building of his fortunes, while his sterling characteristics throughout his entire life have commanded for him the confidence and respect of all.