Seeking descendants of Josiah Jarvis/Eliza Arnold, West Virginia, ~1850-1930

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(This is a companion request to the one I just made about William Riley/Marianne Jones...)  

Searching for my mother's father... I've triangulated a group of living genetic matches back to Josiah Jarvis ( and Eliza Arnold (no profile yet) in West Virginia.  I'm starting the long process of tracking down all of their descendants to find my grandfather.  Ultimately I'm looking for someone born ~1908-1928 (probably closer to 1923 or so) who spent time in the MD/DC area in ~1948.  I've already got a good start at this on paper (really, a monster MS Word doc) based on info from Ancestry, etc., but I want to get it properly into Wikitree to make it easier to find connections.  Figured I'd mention it here in case anyone has trees that might already tie in easily.  I'm especially interested in linking this family to the Riley line through marriage (my grandfather's parents, grandparents, or great grandparents).  

Thanks in advance for any help!

WikiTree profile: Si Jarvis
in Genealogy Help by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Pilot (265k points)
Wow, that was fast.  I got really, really lucky.  I started expanding the Riley line today and pretty quickly ran across one who married someone with a surname from one of the other genetic clusters I'm tied to (Sargent).  So I followed that family and in the next generation down immediately found one who had married a Jarvis.  One of their sons matches nearly all of the vague info we had gotten from my grandmother (name, locations, sibs, sib locations, etc.), plus some other corroborating info.  We have FTDNA matches that link to each of his four sets of great grandparents.  I'm ~99% confident that I've found my mother's father.  (Now what?!  More specifically, at what point can I be confident enough to actually link to him on WikiTree?)

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by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (707k points)
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    Name: Josiah Jarvis
    Age: 49
    Birth Date: Abt 1831
    Birthplace: West Virginia
    Home in 1880: Washington, Calhoun, West Virginia, USA
    Dwelling Number: 149
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
    Marital Status: Married
    Spouse's Name: Eliza Jarvis
    Father's Birthplace: West Virginia
    Mother's Birthplace: West Virginia
    Occupation: Farmer
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Josiah Jarvis 49
    Eliza Jarvis 41
    William H. Jarvis 22
    John T. Jarvis 17
    Catharine Jarvis 16
    Charles Jarvis 11
    French Jarvis 9
    Benjamin Jarvis 6
    Anna Jarvis 5
    Mary L. Jarvis 3
    Debby Jarvis 2
    Lydia Jarvis 7/12
    James A. Jarvis 23
    Melissa Jarvis 24
    Mahalac Jarvis 1

    Source Citation

    Year: 1880; Census Place: Washington, Calhoun, West Virginia; Roll: 1401; Page: 223D; Enumeration District: 14

    by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (707k points)
    Records in Ancestry for all but Benjamin. He died age 10

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