W. W. Shepperd

First Postmaster of the Town of Montgomery

&

First Postmaster of Montgomery County, Texas

    W. W. Shepperd was the first Postmaster of Montgomery, Texas.  At least one record in the Post Office Papers proves that Shepperd was a Republic of Texas Postmaster at his store in eastern Washington County as early as May 17, 1837. This was one and a half months before the founding of the town of Montogmery in July 1837 and almost six months before the founding of the County of Montgomery in December of 1837.  W. W. Shepperd's store was also the first the first post office in the town of Montgomery and in Montgomery County.

Telegraph and Texas Register, November 18, 1837

 

On November 18, 1837, almost a month before Montgomery County was created, the Post Master General of the Republic of Texas, Robert Barr, requested sealed proposals to carry the mail on the different mail routes throughout the Republic.  Two of these mail routes included W. W. Shepperd's Store:  Route No. 1. "From Houston to New Cincinnati, via Shepherds store" and Route No. 14. "From Shepherds to La Bahia Crossing on the Colorado."  This advertisement also appeared in the December 9, 1837 and the December 30, 1837 editions of the Telegraph and Texas Register.

 

 

Route No. 1 via Shepherd's Store

 

 

General Post Office

Houston 

Sealed proposals will be received at Houston until the 20th of December next, for carrying the mails from the 1st January, to the 31st December, 1838; on the following routes, via:

 

No. 1.   From Houston to New Cincinnati, via Shepherds store, 100 miles; weekly.  Leave Houston on Monday 8 A M, and arrive at New Cincinnati on Wednesday at 8 P M.  Leave New Cincinnati on Thursday 8 A M, and arrive at Houston on Saturday at 8 P M.

 

Route No. 14 - From Shepherds Store to La Bahia Crossing

 

No. 14.  From Shepherds to La Bahia Crossing on the Colorado, via McGuffin’s, Fantharp’s, Washington, Independence, Mitchell’s, 110 miles; weekly.  Leave Shepherds on Wednesday 12 A M, and arrive at La Bahia Crossing on Saturday 8 PM.  Leave La Bahia Crossing on Sunday 8 AM, and arrive  Shepherds on Tuesday 8 P M. 

 

Robert Barr - Post Master General

 

 

Bond and security will be required of each contractor, and the names of persons intended to be given will be sent with the proposals.

R. Barr, Post Master General.

Houston, October 25, 1837.                                              98-tf

 

   See Telegraph and Texas Register, November 18, 1837.  Robert Barr prepared this notice on October 25, 1837. Even though the town of Montgomery was founded in July of 1837, Barr is still referring to the post office located in the Lake Creek Settlement as Shepherds Store. When Barr makes his request for sealed proposals for 1839, he will refer to the post office as Montgomery.

 

Post Office Papers No. 50

   On December 10, 1837, G. Brightman received compensation from Robert Barr, the Post Master General of the Republic of Texas, "for transporting mail from Houston to Shepherds Store.”  This was three months after W. W. Shepperd founded the Town of Montgomery in July 1837 and just four days before Montgomery County was created on December 14, 1837.

 

Transporting Mail from Houston to Shepherd's Store 

 

 

RECEIPT OF G. BRIGHTMAN

TO ROBERT BARR

 

Recd of R. Barr  Eighty Dollars for transporting the mail from

Houston to Shepherds Store              Houston   Dec. 10th  1837

G. Brightman

 

Receipt 76

 

Recpt.    G. Brightman   $80.00   Decr 10, 37    76

 

 

Post Office Papers No. 74

 

Route No. 14 - Shepherds to La Bahia - 1838

 

RECEIPT OF D. LAUGHLIN

TO ROBERT BARR

 

Received of R. Barr  P.M. Genl.   Five hundred dollars in full for first quarter pay for carrying the mail on route No. 14 from Shepherd to La Bahia Crossings.

Houston    Apr. 11, 1838

$500.

Receipt 166{

 

D. Laughlin  rect.  for 500$   apr. 3    166

 

 

     See p. 60, Texas Post Office Papers 1836-1839, Compiled and Edited from the Manuscripts in the Texas State Archives by James M. Day.1836 – 1839. 

 

 

Post Office Papers No. 55

 

 

[Scan No. 55 here]

 

 

LIST OF POST OFFICES

No. 55

 

Date Comm   Post Office          County                   Post Master              Remarks

 

[18]37

May 17           Montgomery      Montgomery         W. W. Shepperd        W. W. S.

                                                                                                                          Resigned

[18]40

April 5              Montgomery     Montgomery        C B Stewart                  

 1840

 

   See p. 70, Texas Post Office Papers 1836-1839, Compiled and Edited from the Manuscripts in the Texas State Archives by James M. Day.1836 – 1839.  W. W. Shepperd was the Post Master of Montgomery from 1837 to 1840 when his son-in-law, C. B. Stewart took over as Post Master in April when W. W. Shepperd resigned.  W. W. Shepperd resigned as Post Master shortly after selling his interest in the town of Montgomery and the courthouse to James McCown.  Shepperd was Post Master for almost 4 years.

 

[Scan and transcribe PM Barr's payment to Jacob H. Shepperd for carrying mail Montogmery, October 26th 1838 here]

 

 

 

Post Office Papers No. 69

ACCOUNTS OF POST OFFICES

July 1838 - JANY, 1841

 

MONTGOMERY POST OFFICE

DR.

[Finish scan and transcription of No. 69]

 

   This record is reporting the revenue taken in by the Montgomery Post Office.  The first Postmaster reporting is W. W. Shepperd.  Beginning in April of 1840, Shepperd's son-in-law, C. B. Stewart, became the second Postmaster of Montgomery, Texas.

 

 

 

Post Office Papers No. 78 and No. 79

 

 

Post Office Papers No. 188

 

[Feb. 27, 1839?]

 

Post Offices and Names of Post Masters

 

Name of Office             County                         Post Masters            

 

Montgomery                 Montgomery               W. W. Shepperd