My husband's earliest known Tarves/Tarvis was James who married Barbara Milne about 1810 in Scotland.Their (only?) child was William Bruce Tarves who moved to Northern Ireland and married Isabella Menagh (who already had a son Robert-listed as Robert Tarves on the 1871 census.The offspring of William and Isabella (3 sons named William, James and John) were listed as all being born in Ireland.(The Menagh family was from Bangor, Co. Down, N. Ireland)As William was born in 1855, James in 1864 and John in 1866).William B. Tarves died on Dec. 12, 1883 in Ashburn. Ontario.Isabella died in Sept. of 1912.
My husband is descended from William Tarves born in 1855.His wife was Elizabeth Swinson and they had 10 or 11 children (I can't recall all their names off the top of my head.My husband is descended from their daughter, Gertrude Eleanor who was his great grandmother.(She married Gordon Edward Petre.)John Tarvis (used a different spelling) apparently married and had a son named Fred Tarvis and 3 daughters-a Kate, a Rosamond and another one (listed as unknown on the sheet I have).