Varner & Houck of North Carolina

Updated September 13, 2000

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My genealogical research includes the Houcks of Burke/Catawba/Caldwell Counties of NC, plus the related families of Fleming, Nelson, Setzer, Link, and Lowdermilk; it includes the Varners of the Davidson/Randolph County area and the related families of Hoover, Plummer, Finch, and Williams.

Family Photos

  • Finch Monument in Plummer Graveyard (134 KB)
    This monument is in the family cemetery on the Plummer homeplace, where Philemon and Eliza Plummer and a few slaves are buried. We do not know if Pettis Finch is buried there, nor do we know his exact relationship to Eliza.
  • James Milton & Dora Plummer Varner (32 KB)
    Milton & Dora in the Kerr Street house on their 50th wedding anniversary.
  • John & Julia Hoover Plummer Family c. 1893 (67 KB)
    (Front L-R): Frank Stammie, John Richardson (father), Julia Hoover Plummer (mother) holding Clifford "Tip" on her lap; Janey's husband Orpheus "Orph" Kearns, & Janey. (Back,L-R): Maggie Lee, Alson Lindsay "Doc", Kerney Philemon, Julia Roanna "Rosie", Mary El "Dora", and John Charles "Charlie".
  • Houck's Chapel (55 KB)
    Houck's Chapel in Catawba County, NC,was founded by the REverend William Kelley Hou(c)k. He preached his last sermon there at age 92.
  • Kelley and Nina Nelson Houk & Family, about 1896 (278 KB)
    Pictured front, left to right: Oscar Nelson, Elmer Lee, Edward Jerome, Bessie Mae (m. Daves); WIlliam Kelley Houk with Nell Elizabeth (m. Setzer)Grace (m.Hoyle)& Nina with William Dewey on her lap.
  • Leander Houk Descendants at a reunion c.1914 (50 KB)
    The elders in front are Anna Catherine Link Houk and her brother John Madison Link. Beginning with the gentleman on the far right and moving left are: Julius A. Poovey, The Reverend Kelley Houk, Martha Houk Poovey ("Aunt Matt"), John Marion Houk, Robert George Powell (the tall one)Robert Caldwell Houk, Henry Lafayette "Fate" Houk, Franklin Clay Houk (standing behind Fate),Mary Houk Powell (in light coat), Laura Houk Curlee, Annie Houk LaFevre,may be Lloyd Powell behind her, William Augustus "Gus" LaFevere (the tall man), Nina Nelson Houk (wife of Kelley), and the young girl holding the child in front is probably Bessie Poovey.(Identification by Jerome C. "Syd" Houk and Mabel Houk Deal)
  • Lillian Varner & friend Billy Eagle 1922 (67 KB)
    This picture was taken in Advance N.C. Lillian "Cricket" was the youngest daughter of Dora Plummer and Milton Varner. She married William Edward Houck of Morganton, NC.
  • Anna Catherine Link (46 KB)
    This photo of Anna Catherine was made c. 1914. She was the wife of Leander Hou(c)k and daughter of Aaron Link and Elizabeth Cole Phifer. She is buried at old Jones Grove (now Abernathy) cemetery in Rutherford College, NC. Leander's grave was moved there also when a road was cut through the old homeplace in Caldwell County.
  • Milton & Dora Varner with Youngest Grandchild (40 KB)
    The Varners with daughter Cricket's child, Susan Varner Houck. The photo was made at the house on Kerr street, Concord, N.C., in the late 1950's.
  • Eliza (Elizabeth) Finch (51 KB)
    Eliza Finch of Randolph Co., NC, in the early 1870's. She was the wife of Philemon Plummer. The girls are the daughters of their son, John Richardson Plummer and his wife Julia Ann Hoover. On the left is Corinna Jane "Janey", who married Orpheus "Orph" Kearns, and on the right is Mary El Dora "Dora" who married James Milton Varner. The Plummers lived off Hannersville Road near Lexington, and are buried on the homeplace which remains in the Plummer family. This picture was copied from a tintype.
  • Daughters of Bertha Fleming & E.J. Houck (47 KB)
    Four of Bertha and Romey's daughters pose on the lawn about 1926. Left to right: Betty Jo (m. Orders), Myrtle Elizabeth (m. Wilson) holding Mary Lee (m. Pollard), and Lena Juanita.
  • Andrew and Julia WIlliams Varner Family (40 KB)
    This photo was retouched from a badly damaged tintype. Left to right: John Albert Varner, father Andrew Van Buren Varner, Samuel L. Varner, Julia Anne Williams, and James Milton Varner. Probably made in the late 1870's.
  • E.J. & Bertha Houck Family Christmas, late 1950's (57 KB)
    Photo taken Christmas Day in the late 1950's. Left to right around table: Lynn Lamkin, Dwight Hames, Ruth Lamkin, Mary Lee Houck, Cricket & Bud Houck, Bertha & Romey Houck, Archie Lamkin, Betty Jo & Harry Orders. The 3 children in front are Lee Orders, Susan Houck, and Larry Lamkin.
  • Children of Leander Houck, Anna Catherine Link (74 KB)
    Taken c. 1914. Front: (left to right):Mary Alice Houk (Powell), Martha E. Houk (Poovey), Anna Catherine Link Houck (mother), Laura Houck (Curlee), Anna Dora Houk (LaFevre). (Back) John Marion Houk, Robert Caldwell Houk, Henry Lafayette "Fate" Houk, Franklin Clay "Frank" Houk, and William Kelley Houk.
  • The dam on Plummer's Creek (40 KB)
    This dam of stones was made by slaves on the Plummer farm. Every winter the creek (a tributary of the Uwharrie) was dammed and the fields allowed to flood. When the water froze, the ice was cut into blocks and put into a deep pit in the ground and covered with sawdust. When typhoid fever hit, the ice was used to help bring down the fever of the victims.
  • Milton and Dora Plummer Varner Family (54 KB)
    This photo was taken in the 1940's at the house on Kerr Street, Concord, NC. (Front, L-R): Mary Lillian "Cricket" (Houck), Ruby Eldora (Ward), Sally Edna (Scott); (2nd row): Julia Frances (Cranford), Roy Van Varner, John Wesley Varner, Clara Mae (Faircloth). (Back): The Rev. James Milton Varner, Dora Plummer Varner, and Robert Milton Varner.

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