STANLEY VARO and SHEILA WARNER
Stanley is a contact I made in 2003 and it turns out that despite not having the Y in his name he is related to me from William Vayro and Esther Lye onwards. Ancestry as follows
Stanley Varo is married to Sheila Warner, His brother Raymond Varo married Elaine Raynor
Father George Varo, born 23 Jan 1908, died 22 July 1980 and married 24 Dec 1932 to
Mother Annie Watmuff, born 24 Nov 1910, died 10 Aug 1987
FAMILY TREE showing STANLEY VARO and JOHN RENNISON ANCESTRY LINKS
In a letter his brother Raymond wrote to the WENSLEYDALE ADVERTISER he asked if any of the readers could give him any information about his ancestors Varo and Vayro who lived in the Masham and Coverdale area in Wensleydale.
Their grandfather Edward was apprenticed to Abbotts of Ripon as a cabinetmaker in 1884. He was born in Hexham and christened Edward. Their Great Grandfather John was a groom at Street House, Sandhoe. Having moved from Low Ellington somewhere around the time of his marriage to June Wilton at Wath in 1866.
John had a brother Edward who was christened in 1827 at Healey, and another brother George who was probably born in 1834. George worked at Spelderbanks in his early life and is reported to have named a racehorse "Ellington". It is said that he was the only person present at the birth of the foal and it was born with a caul over its head. I understand that this prevents the foal from breathing, and that George removed the obstruction. In gratitude the owner allowed George to name the foal and he thought of his birthplace Ellington. In 1856 the horse won the Derby in the slowest recorded time.
Thomas Varo the Great Great Grandfather is buried in Masham churchyard in Dec 1834 in a grave approximately 10 yards from the church door. The puzzle is that although the church records quote Thomas Vayro as a labourer, his tombstone is of polished granite,
not at all in keeping with his lowly status. Why this expensive tombstone? And why such an early death in a family that was poor yet noted for its longevity. Was he killed by accident or did he work for a wealthy and considerate employer.
FAMILY NETWORK of THOMAS VARO and CATHERINE SPENCE
Below STANLEY VARO and JOHN RENNISON VAYRO 2009
Thomas Vayro or Varo had a sister Mary (married George Conn) and four brothers. James born 1796, was a farmer in Ellingstring in 1828, he later moved to Angram Cote.
He had a son William born 1825 whom after his marriage to Elizabeth lived and worked at Moor End farm.
To return to the great, great, grandfather Thomas. I believe that he lived in the bungalow cottage at the side of the main Masham to Middleham road at Low Ellington. He married Catherine Spence at Masham church in Jan 1825.
She is buried in the churchyard in a separate plot at the east end of the church. The last record of her existence is in the 1861 Census returns where she is recorded to be 65 years of age, a pauper, and living with her son Edward age 34.
Edward is believed to have married and had a son John born circa 1867 a daughter Catherine and another son Thomas born 1869 at High Ellington. John worked for a time at Snape Castle before moving to Bradford to work as an insurance agent. He later moved to Kirby Malzeard as manager of a dairy. He died in 1943 and is buried at Well. The man who inscribed the tombstone mistakenly inscribed the date as 20 Feb 1942.Records show that the family have lived in West Scrafton, Horsehouses, Hindlethwaite area.