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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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Thornton Jarvis, farmer and stock-trader of Jefferson County, Mo., was born in Fleming County, Ky., in 1806, and is the fourth of ten children born to Daniel and Martha (Thompson) Jarvis, who lived for many years in Kentucky, but spent the last of their days in Indiana. Thornton was reared in Kentucky, and received little or no educational advantages. In 1826 he came West, landed in St. Louis when it was a mere village, and soon came to Jefferson County, where he paid $150 for eighty acres of land in Joachim Township, and here lived until 1883. He then removed to Hillsboro. He came to Jefferson County with very little means, but by labor and good management is now, perhaps, the heaviest taxpayer in the county. At an early day he spent a number of years hauling lead, with an ox team, from Sandy Mines to Herculaneum. He has spent a successful career of sixty-two years in the county, and is a prominent and enterprising citizen. He has been twice married, the first time a few years after he came to Jefferson County, to Miss Martha Gaiter, who died of cholera, in 1849. In 1851 he married Miss Mary Ann, daughter of Landen and Elizabeth Williams. Mr. Williams was born in South Carolina, and when young came at an early day to Jefferson County, where he was married, and where he passed a useful and enterprising life. Mrs. Williams was born in Missouri. To Mr. Jarvis and wife seven children were born, four now living; Daniel, Dora (wife of Joseph J. Hoeken), Izella (wife of O. H. Donnell) and Charles T. The two sons are living on the old homestead farm, and are in flourishing circumstances. All the children have had good educational advantages. Mr. Jarvis is a Democrat in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Gen. Jackson, in 1828. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Jarvis is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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