is English in origin, from the Norman personal name Gervase, composed of
the Germanic element gari, ger spear + a second element
of uncertain meaning and original form. The name was borne by a saint, martyred
under the Roman Emperor Domitian, who became one of the patrons of Milan. The
Jarvis surname was also spelled Gervais, Gervays and Gervis, and was first found
in Mobonnaiss and Vallee, in Brettagne (the ancient name for Brittany), and arrived
in England with William, Duke of Normandy, in 1066. The family then settled in
Cornwall. The Coat of Arms is a red chevron on a silver shield between three black
sea shells. The Crest features a Lion's head charged with a fleur de lis.
family line can be traced back to STEPHEN JARVIS (1625 - 05 Aug 1693). Stephan
was born in England, possibly Stafford County, and as part of the great Puritan
emigration, sailed to America on the ship "Primrose."
parents are unknown, although on the 28th of September in 1630, there was a JOHN
JARVIS listed as a witness in an inquiry concerning the death of Austin Bratcher
[MBCR 1:78] in Essex County, Massachusetts, so he could possibly have been a relation.
John was marked as absent, indicating he may already have left New England or
was dead; and is not seen in any other record.
in in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. Although his ancestry in England is
unknown, but he was probably a Puritan. Stephen married MARY
PORTER of Salem, around 1650, and they raised a family together:
OF STEPHEN JARVIS AND MARY PORTER
JARVIS was born in 1651 in Salem, Massachusetts.|
JARVIS, JR., was born in 1655 in Huntington, Long Island Co., NY. Spouse unknown.
Children were: Stephen III (b. 2 Jun 1683); Abraham (b. 26 Apr 1685/86); Jebush
and Epenetus (Eliphalet?) JARVIS.|
JARVIS was born about 1657 in Huntington, NY. He signed a will on 25 Apr 1707.
proved at New York 2 June 1709; recorded in Liber 7 p.533 of New York Wills. He
died in 1709. |
JARVIS was born about 1660 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. He died about 1741
in Huntington, Long Island, NY.|
JARVIS was born in 1661/62 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. |
JARVIS was born in 1662/63 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. She died on 25 Dec
1723. Family listed below.|
JARVIS was born in 1669. He died in 1732. He was a bricklayer.|
and Mary moved to New York with the rest of the Porter family, around 1658. (Mary's
dad was fined and then run out of town by the Puritans after joining the Quakers.)
the 30th of November in 1666, New York Governor General Richard Nichols granted
a patent for the Town of Huntington, which stretched "between the Sound and
the ocean," and the Porter and Jarvis families settled there. The families
were active members of the Quaker community in Huntington, however religious intolerance
continued, and the land was not ideal for farming. So, all except Stephen and
Mary apparently moved on to friendlier country in New Jersey. There's no evidence
that Stephen was or wasn't a Quaker.
In the New York Tax
Roll of 1675 in Huntington, Suffolk County, Stephen Jarvis was taxed for: "00
horses; 02 3 yrs; 01 2 yrs; 00 yearlings; 02 oxen; 03 cows; 03 3 yrs; 01 2 yrs;
01 yearlings; 00 sheep; 05 swine; 05 vessells; 16 land and meadow."
signed a will on 10 Mar 1691/92, which was proved in Brookhaven, New York on the
16th of April in 1694. He died on the 5th of August in 1693. But not before he
had a daughter, EUNICE JARVIS (1660 - 1700), in Huntington, Long Island County,
on the Jarvis Family:
Jarvis Family, compiled by George A. Jarvis, George Murray Jarvis and William
Jarvis Wetmore. Published by Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company of Hartford
The Hemrick and Allied Families by Grace H. Jarvis.
of Inhabitants of Colonial New York, excerpted from The Documentary History
of the State of New-York. Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.,
Baltimore, 1849 and 1979
Page: p63: A List of ye Estate of ye Towne of Huntington
for the Yeare 1675
Page: p150: A List of the Ratable Estate of ye Town of
Huntington taken in ye Yeer 1683