From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 411, West Point Township, White County, Indiana
"JARVIS DURYEA was born in Suffolk County, New York, December 8, 1828, and is one of the ten children of JARVIS and RHODA (WOOD) DURYEA; the names of the children were WITMAN, RULUF, ANN, STEPHEN, JARVIS, THOMAS, DANIEL, JOHN, GEORGE and SUSAN; the last two are deceased. The father of our subject was born on Long Island, New York, where he was killed by accident; he was a farmer. When our subject was eight years old, he removed with his parents to Brooklyn, where he lived two years, thence back to Suffolk County and remained eight years; he then engaged in the coasting trade, and afterward learned the ship-building. In 1857, he came to Chicago and worked seven years, afterward removing to Kankakee (Illinois) for eight years. During the war (Civil War), he assisted in making gunboats in Missouri, and in 1872 came to his present location. On October 11, 1854, he was married to MARY E. WOOLSEY, by whom he had five children - ELLA, THEODORE, GEORGIANNE, MARY and ETHEL, the first and last being dead. MR. DURYEA has 272 acres of rolling, productive land; he also raises cattle and hogs; his farm is finely improved with good dwelling house, wind mill, stables and fencing. MR. DURYEA is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a worthy and respected citizen."