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
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.
General Post Office
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.
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.
Bond and security will be
required of each contractor, and the names of persons intended to be given will be sent with the
R. Barr, Post Master General.
Houston, October 25,
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.
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
Recpt. G. Brightman $80.00 Decr 10,
Post Office Papers No. 74
RECEIPT OF D. LAUGHLIN
TO ROBERT BARR
Received of R. Barr P.M. Genl. Five hundred
dollars in full for first quarter pay for carrying the mail on route No. 14 from Shepherd to La Bahia
Houston Apr. 11, 1838
D. Laughlin rect. for 500$ apr. 3
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 –
Post Office Papers No. 55
[Scan No. 55 here]
LIST OF POST OFFICES
Date Comm Post Office
May 17 Montgomery
Shepperd W. W.
April 5 Montgomery
Montgomery C B Stewart
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
[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