Garret Van Blarcom

Birth: 1780 · Paramus, Bergen, New Jersey
Death: 2 Dec 1834 · Sussex, New Jersey

Garret Van Blarcom, son of Samuel Van Blarcom and Sueke Quackenbush, was baptized November 19, 1780 in Paramus. He most likely lived in the Ponds (now Oakland) area of Franklin Township, New Jersey.

Garret moved to Sussex County in about 1820. He married Mary DeGraw and the two had four children; Samuel, William, Susan (m Lewis L. Conklin of Paterson, New Jersey) and Mary A (m. J.F. Dunn from Belle Plain, Iowa).

Garret was a mason by trade, but a farmer in practice. He also served in the War of 1812.

In 1834, Garret fell from a haymow, breaking his back. This injury would eventually lead to his death. On his deathbed he summoned his sons and neighbors around him and most earnestly counseled them to seek religion and lead holy lives. He and his wife were devoted Christians and members of the North Church.

Garret Van Blarcom's will was filed on December 16, 1834, and named his wife Mary and son Samuel as executors. Witnesses listed were Elias L'Hommedieu, Jame B. Case, and George Buckley. He is buried at North Hardyston Cemetery, Hamburg, Sussex, New Jersey. An inscription on his headstone reads "Blessed are the dead which die in the lord."