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De Garmo Jones

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De Garmo Jones November 11, 1787 – November 14, 1846 was a businessman, state senator, and mayor of Detroit


De Garmo Jones was born in 1787 in Albany, New York;1 the first name of his father is unknown but his mother was Rachel De Garmo, daughter of a prominent Albany family2 He served as a sutler during the War of 1812,2 during which time he passed though Detroit3 In March, 1818, Jones married Catherine Annin2 The couple immediately moved to Detroit, arriving in 18194 De Garmo and Catherine Annin Jones had seven children,2 of which three survived them: Matilda Cass Jones born 1833, married Augustus Porter Thompson, De Garmo Jones born 1835, married Caroline Sauger, and Alice Kercheval Jones born 1838, married Albert M Steele4

De Garmo Jones purchased a farm near the city of Detroit, located between what is now Third Avenue and the alley east of Fourth Street5 Over time, Jones increased the value of the farm, making him and his heirs wealthy1 Jones had a diverse portfolio of business interests: he was one of the first stockholders in the Bank of Michigan, one of the first directors of the Detroit and St Joseph Railroad later the Michigan Central Railroad, and developed copper mines near Lake Superior3 He also owned interests in shipping, warehousing, and construction companies, and built the first capitol building on the state of Michigan1

Jones was a member of the Whig Party,3 and served several times as an alderman of the city of Detroit 1827, 1830, and 1838,3 and was elected mayor in 1839 He also served as Adjutant-General of the state of Michigan in 1829 and as a state senator in 1840-18411 His contemporary George C Bates said of him:

Sudden and quick in quarrel, with a temper requiring a curb bit, Mr Jones was a sort of western Vanderbilt, with a great big head, enlarged views, interesting industry, who saw far ahead into the future, and had he lived longer, would have cut deeper and deeper into the tablet of time his career, for he was a most public spirited, enterprising, go ahead man6

De Garmo Jones died on November 14, 1846,1 leaving an estate valued at $250,0002 His wife Catherine died in 1865, leaving an estate valued at $500,0002

Political offices
Preceded by
Asher B Bates
Mayor of Detroit
Succeeded by
Zina Pitcher


  1. ^ a b c d e Silas Farmer 1889, THE HISTORY OF DETROIT AND MICHIGAN, p 1031 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Neil Carothers 1960, "Deming and Jones Families in Early Detroit", Magazine of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 23, pp 141–146 
  3. ^ a b c d Stephen D Bingham 1888, Early history of Michigan: with biographies of state officers, members of Congress, judges and legislators, Thorp & Godfrey, state printers, p 380 
  4. ^ a b William Stocking; Gordon K Miller 1922, Clarence Monroe Burton, ed, The city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922, Volume 2, The S J Clarke publishing company, p 1381 
  5. ^ Cass Farm MPS from the National Park Service
  6. ^ George C Bates 1894, "By-Gones of Detroit", Historical collections, 22, Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society, p 338  Originally published in the Detroit Free Press, 1877-1878

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