Lawrence Tremper, Postmaster
Facts and Events
Lawrence Tremper was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Revolutionary War Pension Information
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 5, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
- Tremper, Lawrence - entered service in Rhinebeck [Dutchess County], New York, where resided, as lieutenant of Virginia militia; moved near end of Revolutionary War to Albany, New York, where entered service in New York regiment; moved soon after Revolutionary War to Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia, where he was postmaster for many years; died there 1/15/1841, leaving no widow or children; administrator of soldier's estate James F. Patterson applied for penion there in 1844 & granted pension due soldier; William Kinney made affidavit there then, per County Justice of the Peace Porterfield A. Heiskell & County Clerk of Court Jefferson Kinney. F-S7754, R2412.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - APRIL 16, 1793. - (264) William Wheeler, aged 11 years 27th February last, to be bound to Lawrence Trimper.
- From "Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871", Waddell"
- [Page 337]: Some time between 1785 and 1790, several persons came to Staunton from different places, all of whom were prominent and influential in their day, and some of whom reared large families. We refer to John Wayt (the senior of that name), Joseph Cowan, Andrew Barry, Peter Heiskell, Michael Garber, Lawrence Tremper, and a school teacher named Clarke.
- [Page 338]: Lawrence Tremper was born in New York and married there. During the war he was a Lieutenant in the Continental army. He was by trade a leather-breeches [sic, britches] maker. During the administration of John Adams he was appointed postmaster of Staunton, and held the office continually till his death in 1841. He also retailed drugs, patent medicines, and candy.
- [Page 417]: Lawrence Tremper, the postmaster, was one of the eccentric men of the time. He was long a childless widower, and for many years there was no one with him in his dwelling except for his colored servant, a mulatto named Remus, and the wife of the latter. He was generally surly and unaccommodating, at least the children who went on errands to the post office thought so; and only now and then he relaxed into a smile, or gave expression to a good-humored remark. Nobody ever thought of complaining of him to the department. He had been appointed in the Administration of Washington - it was so generally supposed, but he was appointed during the administration of John Adams, - that gave a sort of sancity to his right of possession, and the postoffice was conceded to him as his private property, to do as he pleased with it. Remus was his prominent assistant in the office as well as in all domestic affairs. Strange to say, Mr. Tremper seemed to feel no pride in the fact that he had been a Revolutionary soldier. He never took part in Fourth of July celebrations, and was unknown in street processions, except of the Masonic fraternity.