Joseph and Martha Jarvis had lived in Shelby Township, Jefferson County since they married in 1852. They bought and sold and moved to various farms, all within a few miles of each other.Continue reading
Harvey Jarvis died around 1881. He was age 78.
Sarah Robinson Jarvis died around 1883. She was 80.
Let’s look back at their interesting lives. We’ll also see what happened with their long term care arrangement.Continue reading
Harvey and Sarah Jarvis moved a few miles north into Ripley County. But there’s a bit more to the story.Continue reading
The decade after the war was the Reconstruction era. But that optimistic term defied the reality that there were both winners and losers.
Two generations of Jarvis families were living in southeast Indiana. How did they fare?Continue reading
The Civil War ended on May 9, 1865. The country was about to enter a period of prosperity and expansion.
But before we go forward, let’s take a look back at where we’ve been.Continue reading
South Carolina seceded from the Union in December 1860. It demanded that the U.S. Army leave Charleston.
When that didn’t happen, the South Carolina militia bombarded U.S. troops in Fort Sumter on April 12 and 13, 1861.
The American Civil War had begun.Continue reading
Indiana had become an agricultural and commercial success, with a population over 1.3 million. Like other northern states, Indiana’s interests and politics were at odds with the southern states.
By 1860, things were at a turning point.Continue reading
Margaret Thompson Jarvis (5G) died on March 1, 1853. She was age 90. She led a pioneering life.Continue reading
Joseph R. Jarvis married Martha Ann Buchanan on November 20, 1852. Joseph was age 22, Martha 17.Continue reading
By the middle of the nineteenth century the pioneer era was nearly over. Hoosiers had cleared and planted most of Indiana’s land. Those who could afford it had built and moved into brick homes. Stores were built, and the new hoosiers bought shoes, underwear, and many other items.
A cookbook published in New Albany in 1851 is suggestive of this emerging way of life in Indiana. It contains recipes for oysters and lemon punch.Hoosiers and the American Story