Thornton Jarvis, farmer and stock trader of Jefferson County, Mo., was born in Fleming County, Ky., in 1806, and is the fourth of ten children born to Daniel and Martha (Thompson) Jarvis, who lived for many years in Kentucky, but spent the last of their days in Indiana. Thornton was reared in Kentucky, and received little or no educational advantages. In 1826 he came West, landed in St. Louis when it was a mere village, and soon came to Jefferson County, where he paid $150 for eighty acres of land in Joachim Township, and here lived until 1883. He then removed
to Hillsboro. He came to Jefferson County with very little means, but
by labor and good management is now, perhaps, the heaviest taxpayer in
the county. At an early day he spent a number of years hauling lead with an ox team from Sandy Mines to Herculaneum. He has spent a very successful career of sixty two years in the county, and is a prominent and enterprising citizen. He has been twice married, the first time a few years after he came to Jefferson County, to Miss Martha Gaiter, who died of cholera, in 1849. In 1851 he married Miss Mary Ann, daughter of Landen and Elizabeth Williams. Mr. Williams was born in South Carolina,
and when young came at an early day to Jefferson County, where he was
married, and where he passed a useful and enterprising life. Mrs. Williams was born in Missouri. To Mr. Jarvis and wife seven children were born, four now living: Daniel, Dora (wife of Joseph J. Hoeken), Izella (wife of O. H. Donnell) and Charles T. The two sons are living on the old homestead farm, and are in flourishing circumstances. All the children have had good educational advantages. Mr. Jarvis is a Democrat in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Gen. Jackson, in 1828. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Jarvis is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.