Nathan Jarman (1841-1928)
Nathan “Deacon” Jarman came here to be only the third white family in this new settlement. He married James Bartlett’s daughter (the cobbler and abolitionist) and moved to Bear River to help Andrew Porter carve a new community out of the wilderness.
He was appointed the Assistant Poor Commissioner for the township. He also was a real estate agent and a city councilman in addition to farming.
Although he worked with Andrew Porter, a Presbyterian missionary, Mr. Jarman was a charter member of a new Baptist church which eventually became what is now Parr Memorial Baptist Church.
He began the Antrim Lime Company with his two sons, David and Will, which was just across the street from the cemetery. Greenwood Cemetery now owns the house that was built by David Jarman.