Biography of Benjamin F. Jarvis
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Jervis, Benjamin Franklin, son of Timothy and Phoebes Bloomfield Jervis, was born at Rome, Oneida county, July 2, 1816. Hewaseducatedat the Grosvenor Academy in Rome. At the age of seventeen he engaged as clerk in the hardware store kept by Jas. Sayre & Co. at Utica. In 1834 he was appointed clerk in the Bank of Rome. In 1836 he received appointment in the Albany City Bank. His heath failing he accepted the place of teller in the Madison County Bank at Cazenovia, N. Y. remaining there about two years. These places were tilled with satisfaction to himself and to his employers. At the suggestion and under the advice of his oldest brother, John B. Jervis, he engaged in mercantile and milling business at Rome, Aunsville and New York City, about twelve years. In 1856 he was appointed cashier of the Bank of Cazenovia and held this appointment about fifteen years, at the end of which time the affairs of the hank were in very satisfactory condition. He was then elected president. Soon after this the bank suffered heavy losses from the failure of parties to whom large consignments had been made and from the fire at Chicago which nearly destroyed the city and in which the bank held large amount of property, making this portion of his experience distressingly unfortunate. From Cazenovia he went to Toledo, Ohio, and engaged as auditor of the Toledo, Ann Adbor and North Michigan Railway Co. He remained with that company fourteen years, acting in the capacity of auditor and treasurer and secretary, the last two years being as secretary and located in New York City, which office he resigned in 1891 and removed to Ithaca. He was married in 1840 to Miss Louise M. Chandler, of Cazenovia, who died at Toledo, July 3, 1879. From this marriage there was one son, John Bloomfield, Second, who died March 10, 1869, aged nineteen years. Hem was again married on November 28, 1882, to Miss Martha Marsh, daughter of the late Doctor Richard and Rebecca Jacques Marsh, of Rahway, N. J. The Jervis family arc of French descent, dating back in this country to the seventeenth century.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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