The following data is extracted from Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Humbolt Township.
John Jarvis, farming and stock; P. O. Arcola; the subject of this sketch was born in Madison Co., Ky., Dec. 25, 1809; he married Miss Polly Ray, Jan. 22, 1830; she was born, same place, Aug. 9, 1802; they had eight children, two living, viz., Robert and William. He lived in Kentucky until 1830, when he came to Illinois and settled in Edgar Co., near Paris, where he lived three years; he then moved to Kentucky, where he lived eleven years; he then moved again to Illinois and settled in Edgar Co., about fourteen miles west of Paris; he lived there about nine years; he then moved to Coles Co. and settled on the Embarrass; while here his wife died; he then married Mrs. Rodman (formerly Miss Rachel Flora); she was a native of Kentucky. In 1865, they moved to the present place; in March, 1868, he lost his second wife; they had no children. June 16, 1868, he married Miss Mary Hedges; she was born in Fountain Co., Ind., Nov. 3,1848; they have three children, viz., James E., Melissa C. and Loyal. He is no office-seeker, having all he can do to attend his private business. In 1874, he moved to Nebraska and lived there three years, when he returned to his present place; he owns 287 acres in this county and 240 in Nebraska, which he has earned by his own labor and management.
Source: Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Humbolt Township