Capt. Thomas T. N. Jarvis
(June 22, 1805 - )
Capt. THOMAS T. N. JARVIS, was the son of LANCELOT and
LYDIA JARVIS, and was born in Amenia, Duchess county, N. Y.,
June 22, 1805. He had only common school privileges of education,
which terminated when he was but twelve years of age, when by
the reverses of his father's circumstances, the care and hope of the
family fell upon him, and rested upon him for most of his life. His
keen energies awakened him to the most hopeful measures of life,
and when fifteen years of age, secured certain privileges that offered
of a fine speculation, he mounted on horseback, borrowed $25, to
meet expenses and started on a journey of two hundred miles to
Canastota, and there entered into a contract for the purchase of the
present site of Canastota, a reservation of 329 acres in which he
secured an interest that proved a grand investment for a home and
the fortune for his parents and family. His business qualifications
and energies secured him the confidence of the people. He arose
in the military from corporal by regular grades up to captain in the
militia; was deputy sheriff three years, coroner of the county six
years, and superintendent on the Erie canal two years. He married
for his first wife, Miss CORDELIA HOBART, by whom he had four
children, CHARLES, HOWLAND B., HENRY CLAY and CLARISSA.
His second wife was Miss EMILY WILBUR, by whom he had two
daughters, HARRIET E. and FLORENCE.
From the rectitude of his habits of life he commanded the respect
and confidence of those who knew him, identified himself with
the active friends of schools and the cause of education, and on the
side of human freedom whenever the subject of slavery called for
consideration and action. He is at the time of this sketch one of the
oldest inhabitants of Canastota, and remembered as worthy of
being called a neighbor in the true sense of the term from the earliest
day of his residence here.
The pastime of his latter days has been occupied in the cultivation
of flowers, a garden of which beautifies the surroundings of his
residence, erected by him in 1838, an engraving which may be seen
on another page and which is commendable commentary upon his
good taste and worthy of emulation.
In 1875 his public spirit and liberality prompted him to erect a
beautiful, spacious morgue dedicating it to the public and locating
it at a commanding point within and near the entrance of Mount
Pleasant Cemetery of Canastota as a gratuitous permanent gift.
From "History of Chenango and Madison Counties, NY" starting on page 738.
Transcribed by Sandy Goodspeed
Date: Thursday, April 06, 2000 10:15 AM
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