Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-68
Location: LH-68

(Description ID: 594782)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Garvin/Day Families


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

The collection includes the correspondence and miscellaneous family papers of 1st Lt. John Garvin (1848-1894) of Fremont, Ohio.

Biographical Sketch
John Garvin was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania in 1848, the fourteenth and youngest child of Henry and Catherine Omwake Garvin. The Garvin family migrated to Ohio in 1850, living in the Tiffin area three years before moving to Fremont, Ohio. At the age of sixteen, Garvin enlisted in the 169th ONG, serving during the last months of the Civil War. Shortly after, he was appointed to the U. S. Naval Academy by U.S. Congressman, Ralph P. Buckland. Although initially unhappy at Annapolis, Garvin eventually rose to the rank of second lieutenant. After graduation, Garvin continued to serve with the U.S. Navy for the remainder of his life. Garvin sailed throughout the world, stopping in Mexico, Egypt, China, Japan, and Central America. In 1876, he married Maude Edgerton, daughter of Chester Edgerton of Fremont, Ohio. Their four children were Hugh, Edgerton, Fanny, and Christina. Lt. Garvin later taught mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy. He died in Fremont, Ohio in 1894. Jacob Garvin, older brother of John, remained in Fremont where he worked as a bookkeeper in the office of Flavel S. White.

Scope and Content
The collection consists primarily of the correspondence of Lt. John Garvin directed to his older brother and sister-in-law Jacob and Mary Coffin Garvin of Fremont, Ohio between the years 1865 and 1886. The letters were written during the course of Garvin's naval career. Also included are scattered correspondence belonging to Mary Coffin Garvin and other family members, calling cards, miscellaneous social invitations, announcements, Garvin genealogical data, and unidentified photographs.

The earliest letters of John Garvin are photocopies. The originals were donated to the U.S. Naval Academy. The material was probably preserved by the Jacob Garvin family who had one daughter, Lola (1872-1959), who married Harry Day (1871-1956). Day was a well-known nurseryman, banker, and businessman. He served as the Treasurer for the state of Ohio from 1922-1926. He became a Republican candidate for governor in 1926. Additional material on Harry Day is available in the Harry S. Day Collection LH-75. The Garvin Biographical File includes additional family data. A photograph of Lt. John Garvin was transferred to the Portrait File.

Ac. 1671, 1921
1/4 linear ft.

1. Correspondence from Lt. John Garvin (1865-1886)
2. Correspondence to Mary Coffin Garvin (1868-1874)
3. Unidentified Photographs
4. Wedding Invitations (1865-1911)
5. General Invitations (1864-1901)
6. Miscellaneous Printed Material
7. Garvin family genealogical data