William Jenkins Sarvis was born on January 21, 1826 in Horry County, SC. He was married to Mary Ann "Polly" Todd (December 1, 1833 - May 21, 1906). They lived in the Hulls Island section of Horry County, near Longs, SC where he was a farmer. At the age of 36 he was 6 ft. 2 in. tall, light complexion with blue eyes and gray hair.
Initially 2 Corporal in Company C, 10th SC Infantry at White's Bridge (Camp Marion) on July 19, 1861, age 35. Present on existent rolls until discharged disability (chronic rheumatism) March 20, 1862 . Reenlisted in Company B, Tucker's Cavalry on on May 22, 1863 at Georgetown and was on that roster when it became Company F, 7th SC Cavalry. Present May - September 16, 1863; on detail to arrest deserters and conscripts in Horry District September 16 - October 1863; present November 1863 - February1864; present March - August 13, 1864; at Jackson Hospital (diarrhea and rheumatism) August 13 - 25, 1864; sick furlough to Nichols Depot August 25 - October 20, 1864; AWOL October 31, 1864. No further record.
In 1880, William and Mary were living in Bayboro, Horry County, South Carolina. Their children: Elizabeth, Nancy, Samuel, John, James, Kiszie, William, Louie and Filden.
William died on May 1, 1892, he's buried at Dorman Cemetery, Horry County, SC.
Photographs taken by Melissa Davis.