Michael Tremper1

#1503, (1 March 1798 - 2 January 1870)
RelationshipGreat-granduncle of Nelle Belle Bridges
Father*Daniel Tremper1 (1770 - 1845)
Mother*Ariette Kieffer1 (c 1773 - 1841)

Family 1

Susan _____
Child 1.James Tremper+10 (1823 - 1876)

Family 2

Elizabeth Wood b. 1809, d. 1889
He was a farmer.2 
Birth*1 March 1798He was born on 1 March 1798 at New YorkG.1 
Baptism22 April 1798He was baptized on 22 April 1798 at Old Dutch Church, Kingston, Ulster Co., New YorkG.3 
1800He appeared on the census of 1800 in the household of Daniel Tremper at Kingston, Ulster Co., New YorkG; (neis. John Tremper (26-44), fam. 9227; Lawrence Keefer (45+), fam. 9243.)4
circa 1805He removed with Daniel Tremper and Ariette Kieffer to Chaumont, Lyme Town, Jefferson Co., New YorkG, circa 1805 with brother John and families.5,6,7 
1810He appeared on the census of 1810 in the household of Daniel Tremper and Ariette Kieffer at Brownville, Jefferson Co., New YorkG; (neis. Britton, Livingworth, Smith, Paver, Abel Tremper.)8
between 1810 and 1814He removed with Daniel Tremper and Ariette Kieffer between 1810 and 1814 with all children from New York to Ohio. Daniel's sister, Catherine, and her family also came to Ohio at or about the same time.9 
Marriage*circa 1821He married Susan _____ circa 1821.10,11 
Marriage*29 July 1855He married Elizabeth Wood on 29 July 1855 at Spencer Co., IndianaG.12 
15 June 1860He and Elizabeth Wood appeared on the census of 15 June 1860 at Grandview P.O., Hammond Twp., Spencer Co., IndianaG.2 
12 August 1870He and Elizabeth Wood appeared on the census of 12 August 1870 at Grandview P.O., Hammond Twp., Spencer Co., IndianaG; (2 children of Elizabeth's 1st marriage.)13 
Death*2 January 1870He died on 2 January 1870 at Spencer Co., IndianaG, at age 71; (only poss.)14 


  1. [S368] Frank Munsell and Thomas P. Hughes, compilers, American Ancestry, twelve volumes (Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1887-1899), XI:61, "Mar. 1, 1798."
  2. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Michael (60), b. NY, farmer; Elizabeth (51), b. KY.
  3. [S221] Roswell Randall Hoes, compiler, Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York (New York: De Vinne Press, 1891), p. 458, rec. 9552; no witnesses named.
  4. [S269] 1800 U.S. Federal Census. M (26-44) [Daniel]; F (26-44) [Ariette]; m (16-25) [____]; 2 m (<10) [Michael, James]; 3 f (<10) [Elizabeth, Catherine, Margaret],.
  5. [S209] John A. Haddock, The Growth of a Century: as illustrated in the history of Jefferson County, New York, from 1793 to 1894 (Philadelphia: Sherman and Co., 1894),
    Jonas Smith and Henry A. Delemater were the first settlers in the town. They came from Ulster county. New York, as agents for LeRay, with several others, among whom were Timothy Soper, with his brothers James and David R., M. Esselstyu and Peter Pratt. They came in a boat by way of Oswego, in 1801. sailing into Chaumont Bay, named on old maps "Nivernois" bay, after the Duke de Nivernois, a French nobleman. It was also called " Hungry Bay." They ascended Chaumont Bay about two and a half miles and began a settlement on the north bank of the stream, at what is now known as "Old Town Spring." They built a double log house for a store and dwelling, and also a frame building, but the location was found to be inconvenient and unhealthy, and it was abandoned. In 1808 they established themselves where the present village of Chaumont stands, which was surveyed into a town-plot the same season. During that year Smith & Delemater erected a saw-mill on the site of the Copely mill ; a warehouse was built, and Luther Britton opened the first tavern where the Elliott House stood, and later occupied the old Coffeen House, a stone structure which is yet standing on the north side of the bay, in a good state of preservation. Afterward Samuel Britton opened a tavern, but finally removed to the shore of the St. Lawrence river, opposite Linda's island. Before settling in Chaumont he traded the lot on which the court-house in Watertown now stands for a barrel of whisky.
    Several families from Ulster county located here at this time, and for a year or two the settlement flourished ; but in 1806 Smith & Delemater failed, lake fevers were prevalent, several deaths took place, and the growth of the village received a check. The first death was that of Timothy Soper, who was drowned in 1803. In 1805 a vessel was begun by a New Yorker by the name of Jones, who died before it was finished. Nancy Smith opened a school that year, being the first teacher in Chaumont. Delemater cleared the first land on Point Salubrious, so named by LeRay because of its freedom from malaria, in 1803, on a farm afterward owned by Harry Horton, who settled there in 1810. The first actual settler on the Point was James Horton, in 1806. Its freedom from sickness and the importance of its fishing interests, promoted its rapid settlement.
    By 1805 Daniel and John Tremper had settled on the Point and Henry Thomas had opened a store of goods at Chaumont. Other early settlers on the Point were Silas Taft, Stephen Fisher, David and Joseph Rider.
  6. [S237] William H. Horton, editor, Geographical Gazetteer of Jefferson County, N.Y 1684–1890 (Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse Journal Company, 1890), p. 557: "In 1805 James Horton moved the families of Daniel and John Tremper to the Chaumont settlement, and the next year came with his own family from Colchester, Delaware County, and located on Point Salubrious, where he was the first permanent settler. The Tremper's were tanners, in which business they engaged soon after locating here."
  7. [S581] Jere. Coughlin, compiler, Jefferson County Centennial 1905 (Watertown, N.Y.: Hungerford-Holbrook Co., 1905), "In 1805 [James] LeRay made very liberal offers to mechanics to settle in Chaumont and in Feb. of the same year John M. Tremper and Daniel Tremper, brothers, tanners by trade came here led by these inducements. James Horton, who was relied upon as a wagoner in going to and from distant markets, brought the Tremper families with his ox team from Kingston N.Y. to their new home."
  8. [S238] 1810 U.S. Federal Census. Daniel (26-44); Ariette (26-44); 2 m (10-15) [Michael and James], m (<10) [John Lawrence or Johnston]; 2 f (10-15) [Catherine and Margaret], 2 f (<10) [Leah and Anna Maria].
  9. [S520] VWH, In NY 1810 census; son William b. OH 1814 (need OH rec. for Anna Maria and Daniel).
  10. [S122] J. Douglas Leith and Priscilla (Tremper) Leith, "Daniel Tremper Pioneer Family of Jefferson County NY", 2011 (Auburndale, MA), online http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/tremper.htm
  11. [S368] Frank Munsell and Thomas P. Hughes, American Ancestry, XI:61, "m. Susan."
  12. [S648] Indiana Marriages 1811-1959/2007/2019 (index and images), online FamilySearch.org, Spencer Co. Marriage Record Vol. 3, p. 478. Michael Tremper and Elizabeth Hammond [sic], lic. issued 26 Jul 1855, marr. 29 Jul 1855 by Michael Prosser.
  13. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. Michael (72), farmer, b. NY; Elizabeth (60), b. KY, real estate value $5,000.
  14. [S1628] FindAGrave.com, online findagrave.com, No image or source; his wife Elizabeth is buried here. Narrative: Michael Tremper, b. NY 1 Mar 1798, d. Spencer Co. IN 2 Jan 1870. Memorial 210507614, created by Dana Palmer.