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Pierre (Villeroy) Degarmeaux[1]
Male Abt 1659 - 1741


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  • Birth  Abt 1659  Brittany, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    AFN  18VX-P8D 
    Died  Mar 1741  Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  6 Mar 1741  Dutch Reformed Churchyard, , Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I10508  default
    Last Modified  22 Aug 2006 

    Family  Catharina Or Catrina (Caatje) van der Hayden,   b. 1661-1664, Beverwyck, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1705, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1682  Fort Orange, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Peter (Villeroy) de Garmo,   b. Abt 1683, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >2. Anna (Villeroy) de Garmo,   c. 15 Oct 1684, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1747, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Maria (Villeroy) de Garmo,   c. 23 May 1686, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1725, New York City, New York Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Jacobus (Villeroy) de Garmo,   c. 29 Mar 1689, Albany Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1746, Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Angie Or Agnietje de Garmo,   c. 20 Mar 1692, Albany, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1772, Coxsackie, Greene Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Johannes de Garmo,   c. 6 Apr 1694, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >7. Mathiew Or Mattheus de Garmo,   c. 1 Jun 1696, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1740, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Dirk de Garmo,   c. 2 Oct 1698, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1744, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Abraham de Garmo,   b. 3 Apr 1702, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >10. Jillis Or Gellis de Garmo,   c. 22 Mar 1704, Albany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1779, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  13 Apr 2007 
    Family ID  F4100  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Mich. Pub. A Vol 5 p 74
      Pearson Gen of the First Settlers of Albany NY p 121, 39
      NY Census 1790
      Munsell - Collections on the Hist of Albany, NY
      Family Search family id 8822584
      Family Tree Maker CD New Netherland Vital Rec 1600's
      p 1525
      Desc of Pierre de Garmo of Albany, NY by O.T. MacArthur
      Bill De Garmo billde@kcisp.net ancestry.com

      ch in this fam from Coll on Hist of Albany - except Peter

      Albany Dutch Reformed Ch Burials of Men
      http://www.rootsweb.com/~nycoloni/chbur.html
      10 ch in fam--only Johannes, Matthew and Jellis were
      in Albany. Rest spread out in region.

      Villeroy by Stefan Bielinski
      DeGarmo, De Garmeaulx, De Charmau, alias Villeroy
      DeGarmeaulx, alias Villeroy, Pierre, "Peter the Frenchman".

      In 1682, Pierre De Garmo signed a contract for the purchase of Samuel Wilson's house and lot in Albany. He was identified as "a French vagabond" and was known as "Viela Roy" or "Villeroy." By that time, he had married Albany native Catharina Vanderheyden and had begun a family. He was the father of at least ten children, most of whom were baptized in the Albany Dutch church - where his wife was a member.
      Trading for furs from a base of opertions near Saratoga, the Frenchman Villeroy experienced more than his share of difficulties and appeared frequently before the Albany court. Recognized as a "merchant," he was fined for illegal trading, accused of taking "a considerable sum of money," was the subject of a complaint from the governor of Canada, later was under suspicion of being a French agent and, for a time, was held in custody. Many Frenchmen were similarly suspected in seventeenth century Albany.
      Villeroy weathered these difficulties. By the end of the century, he was known as Pieter De Garmo and had established his family in Albany. Identified as of French ethnicity in a home with his wife and seven children on the census of householders in 1697, De Garmo could not take the loyality oath tendered to all residents in 1699 because he was a "papist." He did, however, join Albany's "loyal protestants" in a petition to the royal governor in 1701. Settling into a modest home near the northern edge of the Albany stockade, De Garmo bolstered sagging trade opportunities by working as a laborer.
      In 1719, he purchased some land along Foxes Creek and, a few months later, an additional lot at the foot of Gallows Hill . He seems to have moved his family across town for, in 1720 , his name appeared on a list of qualified Albany voters living in the first ward .
      Patriarch of one of colonial Albany's first French families, Pierre De Garmo died in March 1741 and was buried from the Albany Dutch church. The children of Pierre and Catharina established themselves in Albany and throughout the region. The De Garmo family maintained a small but steady presence in Albany throughout the eighteenth century.

      His wife was Caatje Vander Heyden sister of Dirk V.D.H.
      from Coll on Hist of Albany & Gen of 1st Settlers in Albany p 39
      *Papist was a 17th century derrogative term identifying a Roman
      Catholic, or someone of French ancestry, or a supporter of French
      interests in America, or a person who did not support the Protestant
      Reformation. This term ceased by 1750's.

      The De Garmos of early Albany trace their origins to the marriage of
      "French vagabond" Pierre De Garmo and Albany native Catharina
      Vanderheyden who set up housekeeping on Albany's north side during
      the early 1680's. Their 10 children spread out in the region and beyond.
      Three sons (Johannes, Matthew, and Jellis) had early Albany lives. The
      family maintained a limited but constant presence in the city of Albany thru
      the end of the 18th century.
      Patriarch of one of colonial Albany's first French families.

      d 6 Mar 1739/40 a/c Stray Leaves, a James fam on WebFerret
      www.nysm.nysed.gov/albanybios/vd/cavdh5675.html
      Trading for furs from a base of opertions near Saratoga, the Frenchman
      Villeroy experienced more than his share of difficulties and appeared
      frequently before the Albany court. Recognized as a "merchant," he was
      fined for illegal trading, accused of taking "a considerable sum of money,"
      was the subject of a complaint from the governor of Canada, later was under
      suspicion of being a French agent and, for a time, was held in custody. Many
      Frenchmen were similarly suspect in seventeenth century Albany.
      Villeroy weathered these difficulties. By the end of the century, he was known as
      Pieter De Garmo and had established his family in Albany.
      Also 173. 1697 Cen of Albany: Pieter Villeroy (F.)...................1-1-7 men, women, children

      Descendants of Pierre De Garmo of Albany, New York, compiled by Mrs. John Wood MacArthur of Toronto, Canada. In it she speaks of Pierre De Garmeaux alias Pierre Villeroy. Later she refers to "Villeroy, alias Pierre de Garmo, escaped from Canada leaving some debts behind." This is my source for the name Villeroy being the original surname of Pierre, or "Peter the Frenchman". She makes the conclusion "that the DeGarmo family in America is all one. " This compilation also indicates that Pierre (Peter) was still using the surname Villeroy as late as 1689, and indicates that he changed his name some time between that date and 1692 (surname and 1692 date taken from the baptismal record of Agniet who was the daughter of Pieter De Garmeau and Caatje Vander Heyden. She further opines that "The name DeGarmeau may have been taken from the region in France from which he came." I assume that Olive MacArthur and Mrs. John Wood MacArthur are one in the same. In her compilation she uses Villeroy for an alias of DeGarmeaux, but she also uses DeGarmeaux as an alias for Villeroy. Since DeGarmo seems to be the latest rendering of Peter's surname, I feel that he changed it from Villeroy and not the other way around. So I maintain that if any searching is done in France it should be on the Villeroy/Villeroi name and in particular around Janze or this "parish" of Garmeaux you spoke of in your first message. By the way, please tell me your source for that information, ie that there was a parish name Garmeaux near Janze France. Did you find it on the maps you spoke of? George -- George L. Pierce Jr.

      Because of the similarity of the name, perhaps research should be conducted in France in the province of Lyon, around Villeurbanne. Villeroy is very similar.

  • Sources 
    1. [S415] Ancestral File (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998).