founded by the Treman and McLallen families. Abner
Treman Sr. was born in 1761 in Columbia County, between the Hudson
and the Massachusetts border. He married Mary McLallen in
the Berkshire town of Alford,
Massachusetts in 1785.
served with distinction during several campaigns through the
Revolutionary War, including the notorious Sullivan campaign, which
inaugurated the effort to drive the Iroquois tribes out of central New
York. Treman, achieved the rank of captain by the end of the war in
1781. He was awarded
acres of land west of Cayuga Lake. In 1792 he and his
went west to settle the land. Treman built and operated a saw
and his 19-year-old brother-in-law, John McLallen, built and operated a
The site of the tavern, once called 'Shin Hollow', is just down the
hill from McLallen House, where
a supermarket now stands.
name of the settlement was "McLallen's Tavern", but when Treman applied
to the Federal government for a post office he requested the name
Village". As often happened in the 18th and 19th century, the
of inconsistent spelling and really bad handwriting conspired against
and the settlement was given the name "Trumansburg". Mr.
didn't take this personally and served as postmaster for several years.
Short History of Trumansburg
Walk Around Trumansburg (June 16, 2004)
are three McLallen homesteads still standing along McLallen, Washington
Streets. McLallen House Bed & Breakfast is not one of
The house at 30 McLallen Street was built for the Biggs family on a
carved out of the McLallen property. Joseph Hunt Biggs was a
partner of William McLallen (a son of John McLallen). See "The
more information about the Biggs family.