Kansas History and Heritage Project- Marshall County

Marshall County Biographies


Charles H. Tarvin, one of the well-known and successful men of Marysville township, Marshall county, was born in Kentucky on November 9, 1863, being the son of G. W. and Anna S. (Hicks) Tarvin.

G. W. and Anna S. Tarvin were born in Kentucky, he on September 14, 1824, and she on July 25, 1828. They received their education in the common schools of that state and were reared on the farm. After their marriage they established their home on a farm, and there Mr. Tarvin engaged in agricultural work until April, 1865, when the family immigrated to Kansas. Here he bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in Marysville township, Marshall county, and engaged in general farming and stock raising until the time of his death on December 11, 1905, his wife survived him until April 15, 1915. They were good Christian people and were devout members of the United Brethren church, of which Mr. Tarvin was a minister for over fifteen years. He always took much interest in local affairs and lived a progressive life. He was identified with the Republican party and served his township for a number of years as a justice of the peace.

G. W. and Anna S. Tarvin were married in their Kentucky home on October 14, 1850, and there they lived for fifteen years, when they and their family came to Kansas. They were the parents of seven children as follow: L. S., who is a minister at Mankato, Kansas; Mattie H. Randolph resides at Marysville, Kansas, where her husband is city clerk; Willie G. died at the age of two years; John M. resides at Blue Rapids, Kansas, where he is a well-known and successful stockman; Charles H., the subject of this sketch; Sallie H. and George W., now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Tarvin hail much to do with the moral and social development of the communities in which they lived and were held in the highest regard and esteem. Their lives were devoted to their family and the good that they might do among the people of their home district. They were strong advocates of the best schools and the moral training of the voting, and their influence had much to do with the high standard of living in the township.

Charles H. Tarvin was but two years of age, when his parents left their home in Kentucky and came to Kansas, and located in Marysville township, where he grew to manhood on the home farm, and received his education in the local schools. At the age of sixteen years, he started out for himself, and for five years he worked as a farm hand in the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He then returned to Marshall county and rented the farm of his father for two years. He then purchased forty acres of the place, on which he lived for twenty years. At that time his father died and Mr. Tarvin came into control of the home place, where he has since lived. He now owns three hundred and twenty acres of excellent land, which is well improved. He does little of the active work on the farm, but rents the place to his son, and devotes his time to his extensive interests in the buying and the selling of stock.

In 1889 Charles H. Tarvin was united in marriage to Cora C. Tays, the daughter of Dr. R. L. and Laura (Barnes) Tays. Doctor Tays was born in North Carolina on October 25, 1850, and was reared on a farm in that state and received his elementary education in the local schools. He later studied medicine and was engaged in the practice from the time he was twenty-one years of age until the time of his death on April 30, 1916. He practiced for some years in the state of Missouri and in 1883 came to Kansas, locating in Herkimer, where he died. He was a man of pleasing qualities and made many friends. He was a member of the Masonic order and became a past master. Politically, he was identified with the Republican party and served his county as coroner for some years. Mrs. Tays was a native of Missouri and grew to womanhood on the home farm and received her education in the local schools. She was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church and took much interest in all church work, and she and Doctor Tays were prominent in the social life of the community for many years. Her death occurred in 1878, where the family was living at the time. They were the parents of three children as follow: Cora, the wife of Charles H. Tarvin; William Lee, in the United States army and one that died in infancy.

Cora (Tays) Tarvin was born in the state of Missouri on December 18, 1872, and received her education in the common schools. Mr. and Mrs. Tarvin are the parents of six children as follow: Earl D., born on November 17, 1889, and is now an electrician at Marysville; Tays R., January 15, 1891; Monarie, February 13, 1892; Merle G., April 12, 1896; one that died in infancy and Teddie McKinley, January 25, 1900. The children are all at home with the exception of the first named.

Mr. and Mrs. Tarvin are prominent members of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which they have long been members. They take much interest in moral and social development of their community and are held in the highest regard and esteem by all who know them.

Politically, Charles H. Tarvin is identified with the Republican party and is one of the progressive and prominent men of that organization in Marshall county. He served for eight years as township trustee of Marysville township, and his official life was one of honor and respect. He is a man of much ability and the affairs of the township were conducted in a most business-like and practical manner.

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