From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
Israel Jarvis was born in Canada in 1844, and when he was three years of age his parents moved to Vermont, and from there in the fall of 1859 to Steuben County, Ind., and located in Salem Township. In the fall of 1867 his parents moved to Kansas where they have since lived. Israel Jarvis received the greater part of his education in Vermont. He was reared on a farm and after coming to Indiana assisted his father in clearing and improving a pioneer farm. In 1875 he came to Jackson Township and bought the farm where he now lives, of Harvey Leeves, on section 33. It contains 210 acres of choice land, and his residence and farm buildings are comfortable and commodious. He was married to Eunice Wiggins, a native of Pleasant Township, Steuben County, born in July, 1852, a daughter of John Wiggins, and early settler of Pleasant Township. Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis have four children -- Luella, Ada, Essie E. and Judson. Mrs. Jarvis had two brothers, Nathan and Endress, who were soldiers in the war of the Rebellion. Both lived to return, but the former was accidentally killed in Lagrange County, Ind., in February, 1876. The latter lives on the old homestead in Pleasant Township. A brother of Mr. Jarvis, Clement, was a member of the One Hundredth Indiana Infantry in the war of the Rebellion.
Submitted by Kim Davoli