Jacob De Garmo


Jacob De Garmo was born in November 1732. He was the first child born to Albany natives Jellis and Rachel Evertsen De Garmo. He grew up in a shoemaker's home in the first ward.

In May 1758, he married Fytie Becker at the Albany Dutch church. By 1775, five children had been christened in Albany where he was a pewholder and occasional baptism sponsor.

He also was a shoemaker (sometimes called a "cordwainer") who lived in the first ward. In 1755, he was appointed constable and high constable. In 1767, his name appeared on the roster of an Albany militia company.

In October 1756, he witnessed the will of Pieter Bogardus. In 1773, he witnessed the will of his neighbor, Isaac Hogan.

During the 1770s, Jacob De Garmo was a lieutenant in the Fourteenth Regiment of the Albany County militia. Later, he was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Third Regiment. In July 1777, he was paid for services by the Albany Committee. By the end of the War for Independence, he may have re-located to eastern Albany County where a Jacob De Garmo was listed on the census for Pittstown in 1790.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jacob De Garmo is CAP biography number 807. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 2/20/07