Johannes De Garmo


Johannes De Garmo was born in April 1694. He was a middle child in the large family of Pierre and Caatje Vanderheyden De Garmo. He grew up in a fur trader's home in the third ward.

In October 1719, he married Albany native Egbertie Visscher at the Albany Dutch church. By 1726, four children had been christened in Albany where he was a frequent baptism sponsor.

This De Garmo family also lived in the third ward on what became Steuben Street where Johannes was an Albany mainstay for more than forty years. He also bought and sold lots along Foxes Creek.

In 1718, he was appointed constable in the third ward. In 1719, he was named high constable. In 1737, he was appointed firemaster for the second ward.

In 1715, he was a member of an Albany militia company. In 1720 and 1742, his name appeared on lists of Albany freeholders. In 1756, he was identified as a shoemaker and an Albany householder.

Except for witnessing a will in 1731 and in 1756, his name thus far is otherwise missing from the community record.

Johannes De Garmo died in 1764 and was buried by his wife in the church in June. He had just passed his seventieth birthday.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Johannes De Garmo is CAP biography number 814. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 5/25/07; updated 4/10/11