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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Daniel L. Jarvis, farmer and stock-dealer of Jefferson County, Mo., was born in 1853, the eldest of seven children, four living, born to Thornton and Mary Ann (Williams) Jarvis, whose history appears in another part of this work. Daniel L. was educated in the common schools, and for six months was a student in McKendree College, at Lebanon, Ill; for about a year was a disciple of Blackstone under Judge J. J. Williams, and at the same time assisted him as clerk of probate. He then engaged in the mercantile business with Cornelius Marsden, but discontinued that business after a period of eighteen months. He returned to farm life, and in 1877 was married to Rosetta, daughter of William H. and Perlina Hensley. Mrs. Jarvis was born in Jefferson County, and became the mother of four children: Claude T., Norvill W., Edith and Daniel Orin. Soon after his marriage Mr. Jarvis settled on a part of his father’s old farm, and is now the owner of 500 acres, 260 acres of which were given him by his father; 340 acres are under cultivation. He takes quite an interest in stock-raising, and is extensively engaged in raising cattle and horses. From 1877 to 1882 he was notary public, and in connection with farming is running a general merchandise store. On the establishment of a post office, where he resides, the same was named “Jarvis” in his honor. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the A. O. U. W., is a Democrat in politics, and an ardent advocate of the temperance movement. His wife belongs to the Baptist Church. Rev. William Hudson Hensley, father of Mrs. Jarvis, was born in the “Old Dominion,” in 1820. When about six years old he came with his parents, Flemming and Jane (Milton) Hensley, to Jefferson County, Mo. He afterward resided ten years in St. Louis County, but then returned to Jefferson County, where he has since resided. He is a farmer, and preaches in Jefferson, Washington and Franklin Counties. In 1842 he married A. P., daughter of Lucius and Jane Hollinsbeck, who were natives of Vermont and Virginia, respectively. They were married in Virginia, and came to Jefferson County, Mo., about 1838. Of their thirteen children, five are living, all of whom are members of the Baptist Church.

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