Elizabeth Polhemus

Brief Life History of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Polhemus was born on 19 May 1786, in Harlingen, Montgomery Township, Somerset, New Jersey, United States, her father, Daniel Polhemeus, was 40 and her mother, Cornelia Van Vechten, was 39. She married Peter Garretson on 9 December 1807, in Harlingen, Montgomery Township, Somerset, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in New Jersey, United States in 1870. She died on 19 July 1871, in Hillsborough, Hillsborough Township, Somerset, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Hillsborough Reformed Church Cemetery, Millstone, Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, British Colonial America.

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Peter Garretson
Elizabeth Polhemus
Marriage: 9 December 1807
John Shureman Garretson
Magdalen Garretson
Corneila Ann Garretson
Sarah Garretson

Sources (2)

  • Elizabeth Garretson in household of Peter A Dumont, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Elizabeth Polhemus Garretson, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1787 · New Jersey Plan

"Also referred to as the Small State Plan, the New Jersey Plan was an important piece of legislation that William Paterson presented during the Constitutional Convention. The plan was created because states with smaller populations were concerned about their representation in the United States government. The New Jersey plan proposed, among other things, that each state would have one equal vote. This was in contrast to the Virginia Plan, which suggested that appointment for Congress should be proportional to state population. The Connecticut Compromise merged the two plans, allowing for two ""houses"" of congress: one with proportional representation, and the other with equal power from each state (as the New Jersey Plan had suggested)."

1787 · The Making of the U.S. Constitution.

The Philadelphia Convention was intended to be the first meeting to establish the first system of government under the Articles of Confederation. From this Convention, the Constitution of the United States was made and then put into place making it one of the major events in all American History.


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

Dutch: Latinized form of Polheim, a habitational name from a place in southern Germany or Switzerland.

History: Johann Theodore Polheim, otherwise known as Johannes Theodorus Polhemus, was a 17th-century Lutheran minister, probably of German-Swiss origin. His earliest pastorates were probably in the Palatinate. In the early 1630s he was pastor at Meppel in the province of Overijssel, the Netherlands, then from 1637 to 1654 he was a pastor in the Dutch settlement in Brazil. When that settlement failed in 1656, he came to Amersfoort, New Netherland, as its first Dominie.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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