History of George Jarvis |
Sailor, pioneer, temple builder . . .
Birthplace of George Jarvis, Harlow, Essex, England. Picture taken in 1977
George's Certificate of Citizenship
The St. George Temple under construction. Because of his
background with ropes and rigging aboard ship, George was in
charge of Scaffolding.
The St. George Temple.
Online book with Jarvis Family information:
Ellen Raye Cottam Brown, a descendant of Brigham and Mary
Forsyth Jarvis has written an exceptional book about her
ancestors. It includes much material about our Jarvis family
which is not available on this web site. Because the link
address where it can be found keeps changing, the easiest way
to find it is probably to Google for "Biographies and
Autobiographies of Heber Charles and Asineth Jarvis Cottam
and Their Ancestors" and either view it online or download
the PDF file for off line viewing.
Thomas Jarvis & Elizabeth Billings are on page 249; William
Prior Jr. and Catherine McEwan, p. 253; George Jarvis, p. 201;
Ann Prior, p. 211; Brigham Jarvis, p. 95; and Asineth
Jarvis, p. 46.
Link to online blog with Jarvis Family information:
Blog containing a lot of information about the George
and Ann Prior Jarvis family
Amy Thirot has an ongoing blog where she regularly posts
biographies, stories, photos, etc. from her family tree,
which includes the Margaret and Charles Godfrey Defriez
Link to online copy of Margaret Overson's book,
George Jarvis and Joseph George De Friez Genealogy
This is a PDF containing images of Margaret Overson's privately
published book George Jarvis and Joseph George De Friez
Genealogy which has been unavailable for several years.
Creating this book was a monumental work on Margaret Overson's
part. It is unfortunate that the quality of the book is uneven.
I have been told that parts are very good, while I have had some
family members comment on inaccuracies that bothered them. Use
with care. [Comment: I found it necessary to play with my PDF
reader's View options in order to display it decently for
reading. Also, it is quite large and can take a while to
download, so once you have downloaded the PDF, it might be a
good idea to save a copy on your local computer]
From England to Deseret
A series of stories of the travels of the George
and Ann Prior Jarvis Family from the time they left England
until they arrived in the Promised Land of Deseret.
Life in early St. George
Interview with Doug Alder telling some interesting facts about early St. George
In the 1861 October General Conference a call was made for
pioneers to settle Dixie or St. George, Utah Southern
Territory. George volunteered to take his family and be
among the first to go.
Life in early St. George was very hard.
In "Great Basin Kingdom", Leonard Arringron says:
"Acute shortages of food and feed, sickness, and back breaking
labor affected all of the settlers. The combination of poor
soil, unruly rivers, distance from source of supply and
market, and dreary landscape was enough to try the faith of
J. Golden Kimball, a Mormon leader from the last century
known for his blunt and humorous manner was quoted as
I don't know how the people of St. George can stand
the heat, the indians, the snakes and the flooding Virgin River.
If I had a house in St. George and a house in hell, I'd rent
out the one in St. George and move straight to hell.
Southern Utah scene. St. George may have looked somewhat like
this in the early days of the settlement.
George and Ann's Home in St. George.
George and Ann's Home in St. George (porch removed).
Plat of St. George, Washington County, Utah in pioneer
times. The Jarvis family plot is shown in yellow. Clicking on the
small image to the left will bring up the large image which is
intended to be large enough to allow the small printing on the
lots to be read. Some browsers may automatically scale the image to
fit the screen. If so, clicking in the image should restore it to full
size, allowing you to scroll through it. For the full size map go to
the family PicasaWeb site.
Approximately the same area of St. George today. Courtesy of
A time line
of happenings in Southern Utah.
Want full size, full resolution copies of photos from this
In an effort to minimize both space on the server and image
download times, photos on this web site have been specifically
configured for web viewing. Unfortunately, that means that they
end up configured for the lowest common denominator. Full size,
full resolution (or resolution at least as good as that originally
submitted) photos may be found and downloaded from
addition, submitted photos that didn't quite fit into the web
site--particularly all the photos of the Brigham Young Jarvis
line that have been collected by Ellen Raye Cottam Brown--have
been, or are in the process of being added to the Picasa site.
Sources for photos
Undoubtedly, multiple copies of these photos have been
around the family for years, hiding in various scrapbooks. Some
of the photos were, I'm sure, taken from Margaret Jarvis
Overson's book George Jarvis and Joseph George DeFriez
Genealogy (Mesa, Arizona: 1957) or from copies of the photos
used in her book. The best that I can do is credit and thank
those who furnished the pictures used here. Some photos were
received from more than one source and with differing quality
and/or resolution. Only the one actually used is referenced.
Amy Thiriot furnished the picture of George and Ann with George
sitting, the picture of George's parents, the double picture
of Ann, and the copy of the immigration record.
Ellen Raye Cottam Brown furnished the picture of George and Ann
with George standing, the Jarvis and Prior coats of arms, and
the picture of the Jarvis home with the porch removed.
The copy of the St. George Pioneer plat was obtained from the LDS
Genealogical Library in Salt Lake by David Cottam Osborn.
Other pictures used throughout the web site were furnished by
Danelle Curtis, Mike Jarvis, Sandra Raymond Jarvis, Yvonne Jarvis,
and were taken from the David Milne web site.
When some of those who submitted pictures early on indicated
that they didn't particularly care if their names were mentioned,
I got careless and didn't try to attribute pictures. I'm now going
back through my files and digging out who sent what. Proper
attribution will be added as it develops. [mwj]