James B. DeArmitt is a son of John and Margaret (Gallagher) DeArmitt, who are natives of Pennsylvania, and of Irish descent. The parents were reared in Huntingdon County of their native State, and remained there until 1869, when they came to Indiana. Their marriage occurred November 27, 1856. John DeArmitt has followed farming all his life, although he began a poor man he has, by energy and economy, acquired a competency. He has a well improved farm of 100 acres where he now lives. Mr. and Mrs. DeArmitt are both members of the Catholic Church. Their son, James B., was born September 3, 1857, and received a good education in the normal school, at Danville, Ind., and in the Seminary at Roanoke. He was thus thoroughly prepared to become a teacher, an occupation he has followed nine terms in Huntington County. He is a young man of correct habits and highly esteemed in the community where he is known. John A. DeArmitt was born December 20, 1861. He received a similar education to that of his brother, and has followed the vocation of a pedagogue. The DeArmitts are all Domocrats [sic] and men well and favorably known in the north-western part of the county.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago, IL) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Jackson Township, p. 653.