In my years of researching my family history I have come across at least two ancestors who were postmasters.
Maybe this is why I took up Stamp Collecting when I was a kid.
Here is the actual listing for Orsamus Braman. He is the postmaster for Rome, Wisconsin which is in Jefferson County. It is interesting that there is also a Rome in Jefferson County, Illinois. You can also see that there is a Romeo, Illinois.
Orsamus was Postmaster during the early days of postage stamps. The first stamps in the US were issued in 1847.
This directory shows the Postmasters in July 1856 and also shows the revenue for each post office for the previous year.
The left-hand column is how much the Postmaster was paid and the right-hand column is the net revenue. Orsamus did not make much money as Postmaster he only made $28.76 for his year of work. However, this was simply a part time job to meet the needs of his small community.
I also found in a Federal Register that Orsamus turned over the title of Postmaster to Smith Tubbs on January 26, 1857. He probably just missed working with the first stamps that were perforated as they came out in 1857. Before this time they had to hand cut stamps from a larger sheet.
My other ancestor who was a Postmaster was my 2nd great-grandfather Lorenzo Dow Cochran. He was appointed as Postmaster of Powellton, Illinois on October 18, 1892. Powellton is in Hancock County just east of Nauvoo.
Lorenzo was not the Postmaster very long as he moved his family (wife and eight kids) to the Lebanon, Missouri area sometime in 1894 or 1895.
It is interesting that both of these ancestors have interesting names.
Orsamus is a very uncommon name. In the past I have searched for the origin of the name and the first instances I see are from the late 1700’s and early 1800’s in Connecticut, Vermont and New York. My Orsamus was born in 1799 in Connecticut.
Lorenzo Dow was a very popular name in the mid 1800’s, but that is a different story that needs a separate post someday.
Do you have any Postmasters in your ancestry?