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Tilman Ferdinand Jarvis, Sr. & Louisa David (Jarvis) Jarvis
January 17, 1842 - May 24, 1888 April 1, 1857 - December 16, 1931
Tilman Ferdinand Jarvis, Sr. was the son of Jonathan Jarvis (c.1810-c.1878) and Elizabeth Sawyer (c. 1812-1903). Tilman married 5 times: 1st (1865) to Hattie Jane McGowan (c.1844-c.1866); 2nd to Mary Frances Bridgman; 3rd to Dorcas Elizabeth Bridgman; 4th to Mary Ann Holiday; and 5th to Louisa David Jarvis. During the Civil War, Tilman enlisted in 1861 as a Private in Company H, 33rd Regiment, NCST. He was wounded and disabled at Sharpsburg, Virginia. Louisa David Jarvis was the daughter of Levi Leonadas Jarvis and Rhoda Farrow. Tilman Ferdinand Jarvis, Sr. and his 5th wife, Louisa David Jarvis, are buried in the T.F. Jarvis, Sr. Cemetery on Farrow Road in Swan Quarter Township. They had two children:
- Louise Blanche Jarvis (click on link for her photo and information)
- Tilman Benjamin Jarvis was born one month after his father's death on June 29, 1888 and died November 19, 1970. Local lore passed down several generations has it that Tilman Benjamin Jarvis held a special power. As the tale goes, because he was born after the death of his father, he had the power to blow the breath of life or healing into the mouth of one suffering from throat or respiratory ailments. Tilman Benjamin Jarvis was married to Elsie Mae Sterling and they were the parents of Rhoda Aurora Jarvis (Aug. 16, 1924 - Aug. 29, 1986) and Benjamin Garth Jarvis (Feb. 1932 - May 12, 1983). Tilman Benjamin Jarvis is buried in Soule Cemetery in Hyde County.
(Photo of Tilman Ferdinand Jarvis and information submitted by Ellen Williams. Photo of Louisa David Jarvis submitted by Louise McLeod.)
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