Munson Jarvis1

M, #8411

Child of Munson Jarvis

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 125.

Ralph Munson Jarvis1

M, #8410
     Ralph Munson Jarvis was the son of Munson Jarvis.1

Child of Ralph Munson Jarvis

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 125.

Robert Ashby Jarvis1

M, #2221, b. 10 August 1902, d. 1 October 1969
     Robert Ashby Jarvis was born on 10 August 1902 in New York City.2,3 He was the son of Herbert Cherriman Jarvis and Eleanor Susan Hutchings.4 Robert Ashby Jarvis married firstly Claudia Clara Sewell, daughter of Stephen St. Albans Sewell and Clara Priscilla Lepper, on 10 October 1925 in St. Mark's Church, Toronto, Ontario, where the transcription gives her name as Claudia Mary.2,5,6 Robert Ashby Jarvis and Claudia Clara Sewell were divorced in 1939.1 Robert Ashby Jarvis married secondly Margaret Mary Wallace.3 Robert Ashby Jarvis died on 1 October 1969 at the age of 67.3

Citations

  1. [S5] William Darcy McKeough, McKeough Family Tree.
  2. [S232] Ancestry.com, Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801-1928.
  3. [S460] MI, "http://www.canadianheadstones.com/on/view.php?id=278267. Mount Pleasant+, Toronto Cemetery York (incl. Toronto) Co./Reg./Dist., Ontario."
  4. [S232] Ancestry.com, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/…
  5. [S89] Family Search, Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927.
  6. [S205] Newspaper, The Ottawa Journal, 5 October 1925.

Lt. Colonel Robert Edward Colborne Jarvis1

M, #8468, b. 4 March 1842
     Lt. Colonel Robert Edward Colborne Jarvis was born on 4 March 1842.1 He was the son of William Botsford Jarvis and Mary Boyles Powell.1 He entered the army in the 100th Prince of Wales' Royal Canadian Regiment (later the Leinster Regiment), he exchanged into 67th, in which he was Captain; was attached to Staff College at Sandhurst. Served with the Red Cross Ambulance Corps throughout the Franco- Prussian War, and was awarded by the French Government, in recognition of his services at that time, one of only two gold crosses made. He was also in Lord Roberts' staff through the Afghan War and took part in the celebrated march through the Khyber Pass. He retired as Lt. Colonel.1

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 126.

Samuel Jarvis1

M, #19343, b. 1720, d. 1783
     Samuel Jarvis was born in 1720. He married Martha Seymour. Samuel Jarvis died in 1783. He was Town Clerk of Stamford, Conn., 1760-1775. He and his sons were Royalists during the Revolutionary war.2

Child of Samuel Jarvis and Martha Seymour

Citations

  1. [S456] [J.H. Beers & Co. ], Biographical record of York, p. 211.
  2. [S487] Herbert George Todd, Armory and Lineages of Canada, p. 57.

Samuel Peters Jarvis1

M, #8429, b. 9 February 1869
     Samuel Peters Jarvis was born on 9 February 1869.1 He was the son of Charles Frederick Jarvis and Mary Ann Graham.1

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 126.

Samuel Peters Jarvis1

M, #19346, b. 24 July 1903, d. 11 December 1970
     Samuel Peters Jarvis was born on 24 July 1903 in Oakville, Ontario.1 He was the son of Edward Æmilius Jarvis and Elizabeth Margaret Harriet Augusta Irving.1 Samuel Peters Jarvis married Lyle Eda Mary Lunness.2 Samuel Peters Jarvis died on 11 December 1970 in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 67.3

Citations

  1. [S456] [J.H. Beers & Co. ], Biographical record of York, p. 211.
  2. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 60342211."
  3. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 60730889."

Colonel Samuel Peters Jarvis1,2

M, #8271, b. 15 November 1792, d. 6 September 1857
     Colonel Samuel Peters Jarvis was born on 15 November 1792 in Newark (Niagra-on-the-Lake), Canada.2,3 He was the son of William Jarvis and Hannah Owen Peters.4 Colonel Samuel Peters Jarvis married Mary Boyles Powell, daughter of Chief Justice William Dummer Powell and Anne Murray, on 29 October 1818 in York, Ontario, in the evening (1 Oct. 1818 being the date of the marriage bond). The service was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Strachan.5 Colonel Samuel Peters Jarvis died on 6 September 1857 in Toronto at the age of 64.2,3

Col. Samuel Peters Jarvis. who was second of the name, the first having died in youth, born Newark, Upper Canada. He was noted, even when quite young, having been adopted as a Missisaga Indian; he was a famous shot. He practised law; was Clerk of the Crown in Chancery; and Chief Superintendent of Indian affairs. He served in the war of 1812, and was present at the taking of Detroit (medal and clasp) and at the battles of Queenston Heights, Lundy's Lane, and Stony Creek. After Stony Creek he was in command of the escort of the captured American General Winfield Scott, he saved the latter from being killed by the Indians. During the Rebellion of 1837, he raised and commanded another regiment of Queens Rangers, and was present at the affair of Montgomery's Tavern, and at the cutting out of the "Caroline" on the Niagara River. He was Judge Advocate in the trial of the Fenian prisoner General Sutherland. As a youth he shot a son of Surveyor General Ridout in a duel, near the N. W. corner of Yonge and College Sts, Toronto, but was exonerated on the field. He attacked William L. Mackenzie's printing office and threw the type into Toronto Bay, because of an article in the latter's paper on the "Family Compact," in which the female members of his family were introduced. Jarvis Street was named after him. He had five sons and four daughters.6

Children of Colonel Samuel Peters Jarvis and Mary Boyles Powell

Citations

  1. [S82] John Bernard Burke, Colonial Gentry, p. 635.
  2. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 124.
  3. [S58] Various Editors, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, JARVIS, SAMUEL PETERS.
  4. [S456] [J.H. Beers & Co. ], Biographical record of York, p. 211.
  5. [S117] The Times Newspaper, Thursday, Dec 03, 1818.
  6. [S487] Herbert George Todd, Armory and Lineages of Canada, p. 57.
  7. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 125.
  8. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 126.

Major-General Samuel Peters Jarvis C.M.G.1

M, #8381, b. 23 August 1820, d. March 1905
     Major-General Samuel Peters Jarvis C.M.G. was born on 23 August 1820.1 He was the son of Colonel Samuel Peters Jarvis and Mary Boyles Powell.1 Major-General Samuel Peters Jarvis C.M.G. married Reneé Wilson on 16 February 1850.1 Samuel's death was registered in the quarter ending March 1905 in the Axbridge, Somerset, registration district; s.p.2

General Samuel Peters Jarvis was educated for the law, but, owing to his being instrumental in saving the life of Lord Morpeth, while bathing in the Georgian Bay, he obtained through the latter, and by the help of Lord Wellington, a commission as Ensign in the Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment, but later exchanged to the 82d at Halifax, and served with it through the Indian Mutiny, He was at the Relief of Lucknow and many other engagements (medal, clasp, and brevet majority); was sometime Adjutant of the Staff college at Sandhurst. Retired from his regiment and accepted appointment as Assistant Adjutant General of the Militia in Canada with rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In the first Riel Rebellion he took command of the Ontario Battalion, and was in supreme command until the arrival of Lord Wolseley; was Commandant of the garrison at Fort Garry until the withdrawal of troops from Manitoba, when he was created a C.M.G. and gazetted, 1875, Colonel in the Imperial Army; in 1878 was sent on a special service to South Africa and was in command of the Colonial troops in the Kaffir War (medal and clasp); later retired with rank of Major General.3

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 124.
  2. [S120] Free BMD.
  3. [S487] Herbert George Todd, Armory and Lineages of Canada, p. 58.

Sarah Harriett Jarvis1

F, #8509, b. 4 May 1836, d. 4 July 1897
     Sarah Harriett Jarvis was born on 4 May 1836 in Toronto, Ontario.2 She was the daughter of William Botsford Jarvis and Mary Boyles Powell.1 Sarah Harriett Jarvis married Lewis William Ord, son of Major Robert Hutchison Ord R.A., K.H. and Elizabeth Blagrave, on 24 June 1854 in Cathedral of St. James, Toronto.1 Sarah Harriett Jarvis died on 4 July 1897 in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 61.2

Children of Sarah Harriett Jarvis and Lewis William Ord

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 134.
  2. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 74507302."
  3. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 135.

Sidney Berdoe Jarvis1

M, #8418, b. 6 November 1854, d. 2 February 1868
     Sidney Berdoe Jarvis was born on 6 November 1854.1 He was the son of George Murray Jarvis and Elizabeth Arnold Jarvis.1 Sidney Berdoe Jarvis died on 2 February 1868 at the age of 13.1

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 125.

Stephen Jarvis1

M, #8292
     Stephen Jarvis married Amelia Glover.1

Child of Stephen Jarvis and Amelia Glover

Citations

  1. [S58] Various Editors, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. IX p. 411.

William Jarvis1

M, #19342, b. 1756, d. 1817
     William Jarvis was born in 1756 in Stamford, Connecticut.1 He was the son of Samuel Jarvis and Martha Seymour.1 William Jarvis married Hannah Owen Peters, daughter of Rev. Samuel Peters D.D., in 1785.2 William Jarvis died in 1817 in York, Ontario.

William (Mr. Secretary) Jarvis, the founder of the family in Upper Canada. He served as cornet in the first (American) Regiment or Queens Rangers Dragoons under Lieut. Col. John Graves Simcoe; he was wounded at Brandywine. On the withdrawal of the British troops from the American Colonies, he went to England, and took a commission in the Army; in 1792 was appointed Secretary and Registrar of Upper Canada - hence his appellation. He and his family sailed in the troopship Henicker to Sorel, Quebec, and were nearly wrecked. He settled at the new capital, Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake). He was Grand Master Mason; all the early Masonic warrants in Ontario bear his signature and are known as the "Jarvis Warrants."2

Child of William Jarvis and Hannah Owen Peters

Citations

  1. [S456] [J.H. Beers & Co. ], Biographical record of York, p. 211.
  2. [S487] Herbert George Todd, Armory and Lineages of Canada, p. 57.

Hon. William Jarvis1

M, #13745
     Hon. William Jarvis married Mary Pepperrell Sparhawk, daughter of Nathaniel Sparhawk and Elizabeth Bartlett, in March 1808.1

Citations

  1. [S170] Unknown author, Genealogy of the Sparhawk family, p. 34.

William Botsford Jarvis1

M, #8264, b. 4 May 1799, d. 26 July 1864
     William Botsford Jarvis. Sheriff of the Home District. He was born on 4 May 1799 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.2 He was the son of Stephen Jarvis and Amelia Glover.2 William Botsford Jarvis married Mary Boyles Powell, daughter of William Dummer Powell and Sarah Stevenson, on 22 November 1828 in York at the residence of Samuel P. Jarvis.2 William Botsford Jarvis died on 26 July 1864 in Toronto, Canada West, at the age of 65.2

Children of William Botsford Jarvis and Mary Boyles Powell

Citations

  1. [S82] John Bernard Burke, Colonial Gentry, p. 635.
  2. [S58] Various Editors, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. IX p. 411.
  3. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 126.
  4. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 134.

William Dummer Jarvis1

M, #8458, b. 4 August 1834
     William Dummer Jarvis was born on 4 August 1834.1 He was the son of William Botsford Jarvis and Mary Boyles Powell.1 He was a lieutenant, 12th Regt., afterwards Lt. Colonel, 12th York Ranger. He lived for some time in Toronto and then moved to Manitoba, where he was an inspector in the N.W. Mounted Police.1 William Dummer Jarvis married Margaret Ranney, daughter of William Parker Ranney.1

Children of William Dummer Jarvis and Margaret Ranney

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 126.

William Dummer Powell Jarvis1

M, #8382, b. 17 December 1821, d. 1900
     William Dummer Powell Jarvis was born on 17 December 1821 in Toronto.1,2 He was the son of Colonel Samuel Peters Jarvis and Mary Boyles Powell.1 William Dummer Powell Jarvis married Diana Irving, daughter of Hon. Jacob Æmilius Irving, on 3 October 1850 in Bonshaw, near Newmarket.1 William Dummer Powell Jarvis died in 1900 (citing a commemorative window plaque in St. James' Cathedral, Toronto.)3

Children of William Dummer Powell Jarvis and Diana Irving

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 124.
  2. [S456] [J.H. Beers & Co. ], Biographical record of York, p. 211.
  3. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 75817329."
  4. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 125.

William Dummer Powell Jarvis1

M, #19344, b. 31 March 1892, d. 24 April 1915
     William Dummer Powell Jarvis was born on 31 March 1892 in Toronto, Ontario.1,2 He was the son of Edward Æmilius Jarvis and Elizabeth Margaret Harriet Augusta Irving.1 William Dummer Powell Jarvis died on 24 April 1915 in Belgium at the age of 23 whilst serving as a Lieutenant with C Coy. 3rd Bn. Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment). He has no known grave, his name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres.3

Citations

  1. [S456] [J.H. Beers & Co. ], Biographical record of York, p. 211.
  2. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 60731914."
  3. [S49] CWGC.

William George Jarvis1

M, #8430, b. 27 January 1871
     William George Jarvis was born on 27 January 1871.1 He was the son of Charles Frederick Jarvis and Mary Ann Graham.1

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 126.

William Irving Jarvis1

M, #8386, b. 26 August 1853, d. 12 February 1907
     William Irving Jarvis was born on 26 August 1853.1 He was the son of William Dummer Powell Jarvis and Diana Irving.1 William Irving Jarvis married Bertha Fowler on 17 March 1893.1 William Irving Jarvis died on 12 February 1907 in Toronto at the age of 53.2

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 124.
  2. [S232] Ancestry.com, Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1934. York, 1907.

William Reginald Jarvis1

M, #8461, b. 14 August 1862
     William Reginald Jarvis was born on 14 August 1862.1 He was the son of William Dummer Jarvis and Margaret Ranney.1

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 126.

Æmilius Irving Jarvis1

M, #8391, b. 16 February 1894, d. 27 December 1961
     Æmilius Irving Jarvis was born on 16 February 1894 in Toronto, Ontario.2 He was the son of Edward Æmilius Jarvis and Elizabeth Margaret Harriet Augusta Irving.1 Æmilius Irving Jarvis died on 27 December 1961 in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 67.3

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 125.
  2. [S456] [J.H. Beers & Co. ], Biographical record of York, p. 211.
  3. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 60726459."

Sarah Jauncey1

F, #13968
     Sarah Jauncey married Henry W. Kingsland.

Child of Sarah Jauncey and Henry W. Kingsland

Citations

  1. [S176] Cuyler Reynolds, Hudson-Mohawk memoirs.

Anna Jay1

F, #17410, b. 1849, d. 1925
     Anna Jay was born in 1849.1 She was the daughter of Hon. John Jay and Eleanor Kingsland Field.1 Anna Jay married General Hans Lothar de von Schweinitz on 18 October 1872 in St. George's, Hanover Square, London, Eight children.2 Anna Jay died in 1925 in Germany.

Citations

  1. [S322] Frederick Clifton Pierce, Field genealogy, p. 384.
  2. [S205] Newspaper, Morning Post, 19 October 1872.

Anna Maria Jay1

F, #16350, b. 1819
     Anna Maria Jay married Henry Evelyn Pierrepont.1 Anna Maria Jay was born in 1819.1 She was the daughter of Peter Augustus Jay and Mary Rutherford Clarkson.1

Child of Anna Maria Jay and Henry Evelyn Pierrepont

Citations

  1. [S250] Saint Nicholas Society, Vol. 2. p 40.

Augusta Jay1

F, #17406, b. 9 August 1844, d. 23 March 1878
     Augusta Jay was born on 9 August 1844.2 She was the daughter of Hon. John Jay and Eleanor Kingsland Field.1 Augusta Jay married Edward Randolph Robinson on 3 October 1867 three children.1 Augusta Jay died on 23 March 1878 at the age of 332 and is buried in Saint Matthew's Episcopal Churchyard, Bedford, Westchester County, New York.2

Citations

  1. [S322] Frederick Clifton Pierce, Field genealogy, p. 384.
  2. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 21825039."

Augustus Jay1

M, #6964, b. 1665, d. 1751
     Augustus Jay was born in 1665.2 He was the son of Pierre Jay.1 Augustus Jay married Ann Maria Bayard, daughter of Balthazar Bayard.1 Augustus Jay died in 1751.2

Child of Augustus Jay and Ann Maria Bayard

Citations

  1. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans.
  2. [S250] Saint Nicholas Society, Vol. 1. p 86.

Eleanor Jay1

F, #17402, b. 16 May 1839, d. 8 June 1921
     Eleanor Jay was born on 16 May 1839.2 She was the daughter of Hon. John Jay and Eleanor Kingsland Field.1 Eleanor Jay married Henry Grafton Chapman on 23 June 1859 they had four children.1 Eleanor Jay died on 8 June 1921 at the age of 822 and is buried in Saint Matthew's Episcopal Churchyard, Bedford, Westchester County, New York.2

Citations

  1. [S322] Frederick Clifton Pierce, Field genealogy, p. 384.
  2. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 21824691."

Sir James Jay1

M, #6977, b. 27 October 1732, d. 20 October 1815
     Sir James Jay was born on 27 October 1732 in New York City.1 He was the son of Peter Jay and Mary Van Cortland.1 He studied medicine, and was associated in 1755 with the Rev. Dr. William Smith, provost of the college, academy and charitable school of Philadelphia in the province of Pennsylvania, in securing the means for the establishment of that college.

While on a visit to England in 1762, Dr. Jay represented the need for higher education in the colonies and presented the claims of, and solicited a considerable sum of money for Kings, afterward Columbia, college, which he helped also to found. He was knighted by King George III. in 1763, and on his return to New York he was instrumental in securing the passage of the New York act of attainder. He published two pamphlets relating to the collections made for the colleges in America (1771-74) and Reflections and Observations on the Gout (1772.) Sir James Jay died on 20 October 1815 in Springfield, New Jersey, at the age of 82.1

Citations

  1. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans.

John Jay1

M, #6959, b. 12 December 1745, d. 17 May 1829
     John Jay. Diplomat and statesman. He was born on 12 December 1745 in New York City.1 He was the son of Peter Jay and Mary Van Cortland.2 John Jay married Sarah Van Brugh Livingston, daughter of Governor William Livingston and Susannah French, in 1772.1 John Jay died on 17 May 1829 in Bedford, New York, at the age of 83.1,2

In 1755 he was sent to a boarding school at New Rochelle, N.Y., kept by Pastor Stoupe, of the French Huguenot church. He was graduated at King's (Columbia) College, New York City, in 1764; studied law in the office of Benjamin Kissam, and in 1768 was admitted to the bar.

Upon the receipt of the news that the Boston port-bill had passed, Jay became conspicuous as a member of the New York committee of fifty-one to correspond with the other colonies. As a member of the first Continental congress he is credited with being the author of the address prepared by the committee of three appointed by that congress in September, 1774, to the "People of Great Britain," which Jefferson declared to be "a production certainly of the finest pen in America." He was also a member of the second Continental congress which convened in Philadelphia, May 10, 1775, and he drafted the "Address to the people of Canada and of Ireland." As a member of the congress he was appointed a member of the secret committee, Nov. 29, 1775, "to correspond with friends in Great Britain, Ireland and other parts of the world." While attending this congress, his presence was requested by the New York convention, which met in New York city, May 14, 1776; adjourned to White Plains, July 9, 1776, and on Jay's motion that convention unanimously approved of the Declaration of Independence, received from congress on the eve of the adjournment of the convention. The convention, re-assembled at Harlem, was driven successively to Fishkill, Kingston, and finally to Poughkeepsie, and Jay was in daily attendance. On Aug. 1, 1776, he was made chairman of a committee of thirteen to prepare a plan for instituting and framing a form of government, which was ratified, Aug. 26, 1776, but did not receive the action of the committee until the following spring. It was discussed and adopted, April 20, 1777, only a single negative vote being cast, and it was proclaimed by the secretary in front of the court-house at Esopus, N.Y., without being submitted to the people, on account of the disturbed condition of the country. The committee provided a general election, organized a judicial system, and gave to the "Council of Safety" the supreme power to carry on the government in the interim. Jay was appointed chief justice, with Robert R. Livingston as chancellor.

On the withdrawal of Vermont from the jurisdiction of New York, the presence of Jay was demanded in the Continental congress. He was elected by the legislature in October and commissioned by the governor, Nov. 18, 1778, to hold the office till March 3, 1779, and no longer. He took his seat, Dec. 7, 1778, and three days later he was elected president of congress, which position made him chief executive of the confederated states. On Sept. 28, 1779, he was elected by congress minister plenipotentiary to Spain. On his arrival, in 1780, he received no official recognition, as the government of Spain was not disposed to recognize American independence. While in Spain he was added to the commission to negotiate a treaty of peace with Great Britain, and was summoned to Paris to co-operate with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Henry Laurens. The position of the commissioners was complicated, as congress, urged by Luzerne, the French minister at Philadelphia, had modified the instructions originally given to the commissioners, and had instructed them "to make the most candid and confidential communications upon all subjects to the ministers of our generous ally, the King of France; to undertake nothing in their negotiations for peace and truce, without their knowledge and concurrence, and ultimately to govern yourselves by their advice and opinion," and on Aug. 6, 1782, matters were further complicated by the presentation of a commission to Jay and Franklin by Richard Oswald,who had already held conversations with Franklin by authority of Lord Shelburne. That commission authorized him to treat with the colonies concerning peace and this developed a difference of opinion between the commissioners. Franklin had hoped to secure the end, while Jay was disinclined to treat unless the new government was recognized. The British cabinet was unfavorable to Jay's view and negotiations were suspended. On hearing of the departure for England of a secret emissary from Vergennes under an assumed name, and after gaining knowledge of the rights to be denied, Jay, without the knowledge of Franklin, prepared a list of considerations for the British ministers, setting forth: 1. That as Britain could not conquer the United States, it was for her interest to conciliate them; 2. That the United States would not treat, except on an equal footing; 3. That it was the interest of France, but not of England, to postpone the acknowledgment of independence to a general peace; 4. That a hope of dividing the fisheries with France would be futile, as America would not make peace without them; 5. That any attempt to deprive the United States of the navigation of the Mississippi or of that river as a boundary would irritate America; and, 6. That such an attempt, if successful, would sow the seeds of war in the very treaty of peace; and he dispatched Benjamin Vaughan to England to counteract Rayneval's adverse influence. Vaughan presented the considerations, and a new commission was drafted authorizing Oswald to treat with the "United States" of America. Vaughan returned with the commission, Sept. 27, 1782, and it was presented to Oswald, Oct. 5, 1782, and this practically closed the treaty.

On his return to New York in July, 1784, Jay found that he had been chosen by congress secretary of foreign affairs, which post he held till the establishment of the Federal government in 1789, when President Washington offered him his choice of the Federal offices in his gift. He accepted that of chief justice of the U.S. supreme court, and took office in the spring of 1790. From 1784 to 1790 he was regent of the University of the State of New York. He was an unsuccessful candidate for governor of New York against George Clinton in 1792. He was sent from Paris as special envoy to Great Britain and signed the treaty of peace known as "Jay's Treaty," Nov. 19, 1794, which was denounced most bitterly by the Jefferson party. During his absence in Great Britain in the spring of 1795, he was elected governor of New York, his opponent being Robert Yates, who was supported by the Clinton party. Washington desired that he should remain in London, and offered him the position of minister resident in place of Pinckney, which offer he declined. He was notified of his election on his arrival in New York, where he was received with demonstrations of enthusiasm, and he resigned his seat as chief justice in the summer of 1795, and assumed the executive office. He was re-elected in April, 1798, and at the close of his second term he refused to accept re-nomination. He also declined the chief-justiceship of the supreme court, to which he had been appointed by President Washington and confirmed by the senate, having decided to retire from public life. The closing quarter of a century of his life was spent at his country seat in Bedford, Westchester county, N.Y. His last office was that of president of the American Bible society. He received the degree of LL.D. from Columbia and from Harvard in 1790; from Brown in 1794, and from the University of Edinburgh in 1792. His name, with thirty-six others, made up the list of "Class M, Rulers and Statesmen." eligible for a place in the Hall of Fame, New York university, and received, in October, 1900, twenty-five votes, standing fifteenth in the class, fifty-one votes being necessary to secure a place. See Life of John Jay, by his son, William Jay (1833), and by Henry B. Renwick (1841), and Life and Times of John Jay, by William Whitelock (1887).2

Children of John Jay and Sarah Van Brugh Livingston

Citations

  1. [S44] George Dangerfield, Chancellor Livingston, chart.
  2. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans.