Mary (McDonald) DeGarmo
This photo, labelled "Mary DeGarmo," is probably of Mary McDonald DeGarmo.

Wilson DeGarmo's family

Wilson DeGarmo was a grandchild of Paul De Garmo, who served with the Colonies in New York and New Jersey during the Revolutionary War. Paul DeGarmo enlisted in March 1776 in a company called the Flying Camp and was in the battles of Long Island and White Plains. He was discharged from that service and in April 1777 volunteered as an orderly sergeant in a company commanded by Col. Jason Hankinson; he was later commissioned an ensign in the company. His duties included guarding the ferry at Daniels Landing on the Delaware River. He was stationed for three months in 1779 at Fort Montgomery. (This material comes from an 1820 petition to Congress for Revolutionary War veterans benefits. See also a timeline of his Revolutionary War service.)

Family records and the Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania by J. H. Beers and Co., (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), say Paul DeGarmo immigrated to America from France although the suggestion has been made that he was born in America. He died in Washington County, Pa. Two of his sons, William (Wilson's father) and John, married and moved to Ohio.

William's wife was Mary Ellen McDonald. Wilson crossed the Mississippi River into Iowa on his 21st birthday.

Several of Wilson's cousins also fought in the Civil War. (This information is from the Colson Hall Library, Morgantown, W.Va., via Mary Ann Wilson.) They were

  • Burk DeGarmo, son of Martin and Sarah DeGarmo, private, Company H, 1st Regiment., W.Va. Light Artillery, captured at New Creek, Nov. 28, 1864
  • James DeGarmo, private, Company C, 12th Regiment, W.Va. Inf. Volunteers.
  • Thomas DeGarmo, son of Hezekiah and Hannah DeGarmo, private, Company K, 12th Regiment, W.Va. Inf. Volunteers
  • William G. DeGarmo, son of John and Pertena DeGarmo, private, Company D, 12th Regiment, W.Va. Inf. Volunteers, died at Winchester, Feb. 1863.

Paul DeGarmo
(b. July 1, 1737
 d. about 1820)


- Elisabeth
(b. about 1740
 d. about 1820)
William DeGarmo
(b. Aug. 24, 1794
 d. May 16, 1847)


- Mary Ellen McDonald
(b. 1795
 d. 1879)
According to a family history, Paul had 19 children. An Internet source identifies some of the other children as Samuel (b. 1781 d. 1837), Paul (b. about 1783), Jacob (b. 1785 d. 1842), Hezekiah (b. 1796 d. 1865), Elizabeth (b. 1799 d. 1854), Ezra (b. 1767 d. 1837), Sarah (b. 1772 d. about 1860), Peter (b. 1782), John (b. 1787 d. 1856), Rachel (b. about 1793).
Wilson DeGarmo
(b. July 15, 1833
 d. March 2, 1888)


- Louisa McNeal)
(b. 1833
 d. May 1, 1896)
William and Mary's other children were Elizabeth (b. July 1, 1815 d. Aug. 11, 1842), William Ellis (b. Feb. 27, 1818 d. 1890), Helen (married to William Darby, b. June 15, 1824 d. Aug. 17, 1847), Mary (married to William Nichols, b. 1821 d. 1899), Francis "Frank" (b. 1828 d. 1868), John (b. March 20, 1838 d. July 25, 1839) and Sarah (married to Levi Masters, b. about 1835).
Jessie May DeGarmo
(b. Jan. 19, 1868
 d. April 15, 1943)
- Jay Mills Wilson and Louisa's other children were Elizabeth Jane (b. Oct. 18, 1870 d. April 16, 1929), Charles Wilson (b. Nov. 3, 1872 d. July 14, 1936), Lutie Parmelia (married to William Weaver, b. Jan. 23, 1876) and four children who died in infancy: William Henry (b. May 10, 1861 d. Feb. 13, 1864), John Frank (b. Dec. 13, 1859 d. Nov. 14, 1860), Tom, Name unknown

Family Portrait page

Other genealogy pages: McNeals   Mills  Cochrans   McColleys

Information on this page was obtained from family records including a history written in the 1900s, a Civil War era photo album, correspondence with members of the DeGarmo discussion group on RootsWeb and funeral notices for Louisa McNeal DeGarmo and Jessie May DeGarmo. The Revolutionary War timeline and petition pages are on Mary Ann Wilson's Web site.