Biography of Samuel P. Thomper
Madison County, Ohio Biographies





SAMUEL P. THUMPER, Recorder of Madison County, London, was born in Bloomingsburg, Fayette County, Ohio, May 10, 1838. He is a son of Lewis Trumper, a native of New York, who located in Fayette County, Ohio, in 1818. He was a farmer by occupation, and died June 10, 1869, at the advanced age of eighty three years. His companion for life was Margery Boggs, a native of Pennsylvania, but reared in Highland County, Ohio. They were the parents of seven children, five of whom yet survive - Mrs. Trumper is still living, and resides with her oldest son Joseph, at Bloomingsburg, Ohio, being eighty seven years of age. Our subject is the youngest child and fourth son of this family, and remained on the farm until twenty years of age. He enjoyed the then rare blessing of a good common school education, and subsequently taught school for two years. He then took a course of study at Duff & McCoy's Commercial College at Columbus, Ohio, and afterward resumed teaching until the commencement of the civil war. He was then anxious to respond to duty's call, so resigned his position as teacher, and enlisted as a private in Company C, Capt. George B. Gardner, of the Sixtieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. A short time after enlistment, he was made Sergeant, and sub sequently Orderly Sergeant. Upon the death of the Second Lieutenant three months later, he was elected to that position by a unanimous vote of the company, and served as such till the close of the war. The Sixtieth was under Gen. Fremont, in the noted Shenandoah campaign, and in the advance brigade. Mr. Tramper was taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry, September 15, 1863, and placed in a parole camp at Annapolis. He was afterward transported by rail to Camp Douglas at Chicago, Ill., where he was honorably mustered out with the regiment at expiration of term of enlistment. Going back home, he resumed teaching for two years. He then engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1874, when he came to Madison County. He was engaged in farming for a short period, and then was engaged in teaching again for three years. In the fall of 1880, he was nominated and elected Recorder of Madison County, on the Republican ticket, for a term of three years. Mr. Tramper is a member of Lyons Post, No. 221, G. A. R., of London, and of Leanore Lodge, No. 512 (Masonic), of Midway, Ohio. He was married, May 16, 1867, to Maria L. Hidy, a native of Fayette County, Ohio. They have five children - Frank E., Lena M., Minnie L., Samuel O. and Bessie H. A very singular coincident connected with this family is that the second and fourth children were each born on their father's birthday.

From:
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois
1883


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