|Description: A small piece of paper with black ink handwriting. The paper has a family tree drawn on it, starting with Capt. Sam. Jarvis. It then traces the lines of Sam Jarvis and Stephen Jarvis. Below the family tree are two notes. The first questions the relationship between Eliza-Ann Robinson (née Jarvis) and A.M. Jarvis, daughter of Frederick Starr Jarvis. The second note refers to Secretary Jarvis, stating that it is understood that he took all the offices and salaries in sight; there is no reason to suppose that he wouldn't take Simcoe's silver plate and glassware if he got a chance. The author of the note states they are of the opinion that the recipient of the note could then claim it for [?]. |
The paper was found with a collection of Jarvis family papers. Captain Samuel Jarvis (1698-1779) and his family were from Long Island. His son, Samuel Jarvis (1720-1783) and family, were living in Connecticut but then were removed to Long Island by Revolutionists. He died of exposure while there. Stephen Jarvis (d. 1820) was Samuel's younger brother. At some point, either he moved his family or later his son left Connecticut (or Long Island) for New Brunswick. His son, Col. Stephen Jarvis (d. 1840) was married to Amelia Glover. In 1809, he moved his family to the Toronto area and settled in Merigold's Point, Clarkson. He and his family lived in the Anchorage (the administrative office for the Museums of Mississauga today). Col. Stephen's son, Frederick Starr (1787-1852) married Susan Merigold in 1816. He served as a Lt. for the head of the Wagon Department, Second Regiment, York Militia. The Jarvis' sold the Anchorage to the Skynner family in 1838. Two of Frederick Starr's children married into the Skynner family. Frederick William Jarvis (1818-1887) was the oldest son of Frederick Starr Jarvis. He married Caroline Skynner (1826-1916) in 1857. Frederick and Caroline moved into a mansion known as Woodlawn, located on the southeast corner of Wellesley and Jarvis in Toronto. Frederick William was deputy-sheriff of the Home District under his uncle, William Botsford Jarvis (1799-1856), and replaced him as sheriff in 1856. Frederick donated a portion of his property for a nursing home for the elderly and a home for the care of orphaned children. Caroline took an active role in the operation of both institutions. Both sites are now today's Wellesley Hospital in Toronto.