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Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio
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Publ: Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company,
1895.

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  EMANUEL JARVIS - At this juncture we enter a brief narrative touching the life history of one who is recognized as one of the substantial and representative farmers of Union county, and who holds a tribute of honor and esteem accorded by those who recognize honest worth of character.  He is a native of the Buckeye State, having been born in Belmont county on the 3d of March, 1830.  His father, Philip Jarvis, was born in Maryland, and was a son of John, a representative of a prominent old family of that State.
     Philip Jarvis was a lad of thirteen years when his father came to Belmont county, this State, and located on a farm, which laid along the banks of the Stillwater river, being one of the early settlers in that locality.  Philip was reared to the work incidental to clearing and cultivating the farm, and while still a young man he aided in the work of building and cultivating the farm, and while still a young man he aided in the work of building the old National turnpike road.  On one occasion, as may be noted as significant of one of the phases of early pioneer life, he drove a six-horse team, attached to a huge "Pennsylvania wagon," from his home to Baltimore and thence on to Washington, District of Columbia, transporting a load of hogsheads of tobacco.  Returning, he brought a load of goods from Baltimore, the same comprising supplies of all sorts, - necessary furnishings and provisions which could not be otherwise obtained in the pioneer locality.
     In Belmont county Philip Jarvis was united in  marriage to Mary Foreman, daughter of Andrew Foreman, of stanch old Irish stock.  After his marriage he settled, in 1831, on a claim of land which he had entered in Guernsey county, Ohio, the same being entirely unreclaimed.  Here he and his devoted wife took up their abode in a primitive log cabin in the forest, and, in order to render the little home accessible, Mr. Jarvis cut a road through the woods and thus opened the way of approach.  This section of Guernsey county subsequently became a part of Noble county.  In 1869 Philip Jarvis and family removed to Indiana, and there he remained until his death, at the advanced age of eighty-three years, his wife having passed away at the age of sixty-eight.  In addition to following the vocation of farmer, he had been ordained preacher in the Christian Church, and was a zealous worker in the cause of the Master for more than two score years.  In politics he was a supporter of the Republican party.
     Philip and Mary J. Jarvis became the parents of the following named children: Emanuel; John; Margaret J.; Ann; Maria; Malinda; Andrew; Isabelle; William, deceased; Philip, Jr., deceased; and Susan deceased in infancy.
     Our subject, Emanuel Jarvis, grew up on the farm and early became inured to its sturdy business; incidentally learning the valuable lessons of honesty and consecutive industry.  He was grated such educational privileges as were afforded by the schools of the district and to-day he can vividly recall the old log school-house, with its blazing fireplace, its slab benches and its windows provided with oil paper in lieu of glass.  Not a pretentious institute of learning was the early pioneer school, but from its precincts has issued many a man who has attained eminence in the world.
     At the age of twenty-two years our subject joined heart and hand with Miss Lettice Lynch, who was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, but who, at the age of twelve years, came with her parents to Guernsey county.  Her parents were Matthias and Elizabeth (House) Lynch, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania.  After their marriage Emanuel and Lettice Jarvis resided on the former's paternal homestead for one year and then removed to Monroe county, where they remained for two years, going thence to Noble county, where they purchased fifty acres of land and continued their residence upon the same for five years.  Then they disposed of the place and Mr. Jarvis then effected the purchase of the old homestead of his father, which continued his place of abode until 1871, when he came to Paris township, Union county, where he purchased a valuable tract of 228 acres, known as the old Josiah Marshall farm, the same being located three miles northwest of the county seat, Marysville.  By subsequent accessions, Mr. Jarvis has increased the area of his landed estate to 508 acres, and the place is unmistakably one of the most thoroughly improved and most valuable in this section of the State.  The present fine improvements of permanent order have all been made by our subject since he came into possession, and include a fine, commodious residence of modern architecture, erected in 1884, at a cost of $3,400, - a home which betokens the taste and refinement of its occupants, and which cannot fail to attract admiring attention.  Other improvements include barns, - one of which is 36 x 60 feet in dimensions, with brick basement, - and a model wind engine, which furnishes water for domestic and farm purposes, and which is an essential equipment by reason of the fact that Mr. Jarvis is an extensive stock-raiser, having on his farm at the present time a fine herd of cattle, besides other fine grades of improved horses, sheep and hogs.  Additional water privilege is afforded by Mill creek, which flows through the eastern part of the farm.
     Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis have six children of whom four are living at the present time, namely: Mary E., wife of William Stubbs, who assists in the cultivation of our subject's magnificent farm; Amanda Melissa is the invalid wife of Daniel Griffin Bellville, of Paris Township; Philip Cornelius; and John W.,  who married Miss Addie Belle Shirk, and who assists in the management and operation of the parental acres.  Two children died in infancy.
     The tender grace of a devoted companionship which had continued for a period of forty-two years was rudely dispelled by the hand of death, to whom inexorable summons the beloved wife of our subject gave heed on the 21st day of March, 1894, thus entailing to Mr. Jarvis the greatest deprivation and bereavement of his life.  Mrs. Jarvis was a true, noble, Christian woman, and there must remain to those bereft the consolation of the thought that never was there one more fit for translation into the beauties of the life eternal.
     In his religious adherency our subject is a zealous member of the Church of Christ, and has held official preferment as Trustee of his church, and is at the present time an Elder in the same.  In politics he follows in the footsteps of his honored father and supports the principles of the Democratic party.  A man who has attained marked success in life by his own efforts, who has ever been just and charitable in his dealings with his fellow men, Mr. Jarvis is well entitled to the prominence which is his, as one of the leading agriculturists of the county, and as one of its most honored citizens.
~ Page 471 - Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio - Illustrated - Publ: Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895.
  CHARLES M. JONES

Source: History Union County, Ohio - Publ. by B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind. - 1915 - Page 615

  EVAN T. JONES

Source: History Union County, Ohio - Publ. by B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind. - 1915 - Page 828

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