John De Garmo


John De Garmo was born in February 1735. He was the son of Jellis and Rachel Everts De Garmo. He grew up in a smaller family in a leatherworker's home in the first ward. His father also worked a tanning pit along Foxes Creek.

In 1758, he was chosen to be the constable in the first ward. The following June he was replaced as De Garmo was in "His Majesty's Service." Apparently, he was beginning a career in the military. In 1760, he was identified as a lieutenant in John Van Vechten's Albany company. Two years later, he was named captain for an expedition into the Indian country. In 1764, he returned to Albany with 14 Indian prisoners.

At this point, we are not convinced that he was the Johannes De Garmo named in 1763 on a list of Albany freeholders; or who signed a constitution for the Albany Sons of Liberty in 1766; or whose property was valued on subsequent assessment rolls. We are careful to not confuse him with Johannes M. De Garmo.

In December 1763, he would have been twenty-eight when he married Albany spinster Susanna Hogan. The marriage probably was childless.

In May 1764, he was named co-executor of the will filed by his in-laws.

This John De Garmo was dead by November 1774, when his widow remarried.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John De Garmo is CAP biography number 934. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 5/15/07; last updated 11/29/17