Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans: Richard Franklin Jarvis

Richard Franklin Jarvis (1845-1943) - He looks very serious!
Description in his compiled military service record:  fair complexion, light brown hair, hazel eyes, 5'9".

His Civil War timeline:
  • 15 Mar 1864 Enrolled at age 18 in Co. E, 54th N.C. Infantry
  • 16 May 1864 Wounded - gunshot in arm by comrade (accident) at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia
  • 14 Aug 1864 While on furlough to recover from gunshot wound, married Martha Ann "Mat" Pardue (1845-1934)
  • 25 Mar 1865 Captured at Petersburg, Va. and taken as P.O.W. to Point Lookout, Md.
  • 28 Jun 1865 Released from Point Lookout, Md. on taking oath of allegiance to the U.S.

He died on 23 Feb 1943 at age 97.  He was the last Confederate veteran in Wilkes County, N.C.
  1. Compiled service record, R. F. Jarvis; Civil War Soldiers - Confederate - NC, U.S. Civil War; 109; digital images, "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of North Carolina," Fold3 ( : accessed 19 Oct 2012).
  2. Wilkes County, North Carolina, Marriage Bonds 1778-1868, folder Holloway-Kilby, Jarvis-Pardew, 1864; North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh.
  3. "AGED MINISTER DIED TUESDAY," (North Wilkesboro) Journal-Patriot, 25 Feb 1943, p. 1, col. 3.


  1. This my relative through my grandmaw, Ruth Jarvis Austin. Would love to see anything you have on the family as I'm traveling the genealogy trail, hit and miss. I live in Lenoir..would love to talk sometime.

    Cindy Hedrick Day.

  2. RFJarvis had a son named thomas Buman Jarvis .Buman was my grand dad

  3. This is my father in law's great granddad. I see you reference the obituary. Do you have a copy of that obituary you can share on Ancestry?

  4. This was my great-great-great grandfather. My mother told me stories of seeing him and his long white beard.

    An interesting triva: RF's grandson (son of James Ransom Jarvis) was noted businessman/lobbyist/politician Howard Jarvis (1903-1986), author of California’s infamous “Prop 13” tax amendment. He had a cameo appearance in the 1980 movie “Airplane!”.

  5. Richard F Jarvis is my great grandfather. Thomas Buman Jarvis was my grandfather..Basil Jarvis was my dad's name.. Shady Grove Baptist Church close to Kerr Scott dam and lake in North Wilkesboro NC..616 acres were homesteaded by the Jarvis clan and 400 acres were taken by the US government through Imminent Domain for the lake and dam..!