The history of the Garretson Family in American began in 1660 with the emigration of Gerrit Gerritse and wife and son. Peter Garretson was Gerrit’s grandson and he is the one who purchased the homestead from Daniel Daniellse in 1719. The house was built shortly after.
Six generation of the Garretson family resided on the farm until the death of Mary Garretson Brocker in 1950. Her widower, Feenix Brocker, remained at the homestead and continued farming until 1974.