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Nathaniel Garrow

Born 1780, died 1841.

I Am Yours Respectfully, N Garrow. The signature of Nathaniel Garrow in a letter he wrote as Sheriff of Cayuga County, 
in 1822

From the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress:
GARROW, Nathaniel, a Representative from New York; born in Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass., April 25, 1780; attended the public schools; followed the sea; moved to Auburn, N.Y., in 1796; appointed justice of the peace in 1809; sheriff of Cayuga County 1815-1819 and 1821-1825; elected to the Twentieth Congress (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1829); United States marshal of the northern district of New York from February 1837 to March 1841; died in Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y., March 3, 1841; interment in the family burying ground on his estate; reinterment in Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, N.Y.

From "The History of Cayuga County 1789-1879":
The first Directors of the Cayuga County National Back when it incorporated March 14th, 1833 were Geo. B. Throop, Nathaniel Garrow, John Seymour, Robert Muir, Eleazer Hills, Isaac S. Miller, Levi Lewis, Stephen Van Anden, Rowland Day, Peter Yawger, Wm. H. Noble, Sherman Beardsley. and Charles Pardee. Nathaniel Garrow was elected the first President and served until 1840.

Other information:
Nathaniel Garrow came to Auburn in 1796. He made a living as a wood chopper and a fur trader. His older brother, John, born July 5, 1772, also came to Auburn where he died January 16, 1802.
Nathaniel married Amarillas (Amarilous) Dunning, who was born 8/17/1785 and died in 3/18/1842 in Berrien Springs, MI.
They had three children: daughters Adeline Eliza Garrow, Henrietta Hallett Garrow and son John Garrow.
Adeline (2/9/1807 - 10/18/1830) married Arthur Merritt (9/10/1804 - 10/18/1834) on October 12th 1827. Henrietta (1802-1829) married Truman James McMaster in March of 1823.
John (8/6/1804 - 2/17/1882) married Mary Seymour on September 12th, 1828 and was warden of Auburn Prison 1836-1837.

Nathaniel Garrow was involved in numerous businesses about Auburn, such as the Auburn Tool Company with his son-in-law T.J. McMaster. He was also a founder of The Bank of Auburn (The National Bank of Auburn) in 1816.

The Garrow plot is located in the Fort Alleghan Section, just south of Logan's Monument.


Also buried at the Garrow lot:
Front row left to right: Henrietta McMaster (Nathaniel's oldest daughter), Mary Garrow (his mother), Nathaniel, Amarillas Garrow (his wife), unknown, unknown, Arthur Merritt (his son-in-law), and Adeline Merritt (his youngest daughter).
Back row left to right: Arthur D. Merritt (1848-1943), Eliza Hodson Merritt (1850-1927), Cornelia A Merritt (1852-1927), Adeline C Merritt (1828-1909), and George Merritt (1823-1917).

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