age = 44
Date of birth from Isaac VanMeter and Rebecca Cunningham VanMeter Family Bible. Old Fields Church Cemetery Records, Hardy County, West Virgina (as reported at www.vanmetre.com) gives year of birth as 1808, and year of death as 1867 (Garrett, son of Jacob VanMeter and Tabitha Inskeep is the only Garrett VanMeter who is born and dies with anywhere near this lifetime span). U.S. Census records for 1850 (which lists age as 44) and for 1860 (which lists age as 54) indicate that birth year is 1806.
1850 U.S. Census for Virginia, Hardy County, District 23 (Roll M432_950, p 13: Garret VanMeter, Jr., age 44 M Farmer value of real property $40,000, born VA; Elizabeth I., age 37 F born VA; Solomon, age 17 M Farmer, born VA; Jacob, age 15 M, born VA; Joseph, age 14 M, born VA; Charles W., age 12 M, born VA; Wm. C., age 10 M, born VA; Isaac N., age 8 M, born VA; Ann R., age 6 F, born VA; Tabitha I, age 3 F, born VA; Garret S., age 1 M, born VA.
1860 U.S. Census for Virginia, Hardy County: Garrett VanMeter, age 54 M Farmer, born VA; Elizabeth, age 46 F, born VA; Solomon, age 27 M, born VA; William. C., age 20 M, born VA; Isaac N., age 18 M, born VA; Ann R., age 16 F, born VA; Tabitha I, age 13 F, born VA; Garrett S., age 11 M, born VA; Abraham, age 9 M, born VA; Sallie, age 7 F, born VA; Mary M, age 2 F, born VA.
Benjamin F. VanMeter, Genealogies and Biographical Sketches, p. 140 (Louisville, 1901): "Garrett Van Meter, sixth son of Colonel Jacob and his wife Tabitha, was born near old Fort Pleasant, April 20, 1806, and inherited a part of the old Fort Pleasant tract of land handed down to him from his father's estate. He married Miss Elizabeth Cunningham of Hardy County, Virginia (now West Virginia), and reared a worthy family of nine children [LBV note: Garrett and Elizabeth had twelve children, but apparently only nine lived to be adults]. He died August 10, 1865, having lived to the age of fifty-nine years, and left a widow and nine children to survive him. he spent his life on a part of the estate where he was born. he was a quiet, unassuming, honest farmer; for many years a worthy member of the Methodist church, and lived and died a Christian gentleman. After his death the Virginia homestead was sold, and the widow with most of her family removed to a large and very valuable tract of several thousand acres of land in Piatt County, Illinois, near Mansfield, of which his estate was possessed at the time of his death. There the widow died in 1892, leaving nine children to survive her.
"The children of Garrett and his wife, Elizabeth, were: Solomon, who married Miss Jemima J. Parsons, of West Virginia; Jacob, who married Miss Anna Harness, of West Virginia; William C., who married Miss Margaret Chambers, of West Virginia; Rebecca, who married Rev. Mr. Crews, a Methodist minister; Isaac Newton; Tabitha; Charles W.; Sallie, who married Mr. Cunningham, of West Virginia; and garrett. Nearly all of the above-named sons who were old enough for military service at the time of the last war were soldiers in the Southern army; nearly all bear honorable scars received in that unpleasantness, but all yet survive, and are all farmers in West Virginia or in the West."