James Jarvis was born in Portsmouth, Va. in 1791. He served as an orderly sergeant in the Portsmouth Rifles, a militia company. He operated a boatbuilding yard and later inspected timbers for Gosport Navy Yard. He died at Portsmouth in 1862. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/James Jarvis.