Towns with Manuscript Postal Markings

List maintained by Greg Stone

Manuscript postal markings were, usually, the first markings used in a town and, therefore, are much sought after by collectors. When a town was new or small the Postmaster would write in cursive the name of the town and the date the letter was postmarked and the rate (cost) to send the letter. In addition a notation of “Paid” would be added to those letters that were prepaid by the sender. As the outgoing letter volume for a town increased, they would acquire a circular datemarking device (CDS) and the manuscript cancels would not be used unless an emergency arose.

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List of Cities
(Burnips Corners)(Caselton)(Detroit)(Elba)(Fawn River)
(Jefferson)(Monroe)(Otsego)(Summerfield)(West) Rives3 Rivers
4 TownsAbroniaAbscotaAdaAdams Adamsville
AddisonAdrianAdventureAkronAlaiedonAlamo
AlaskaAlbanyAlbionAlbion (5)AlembicAlgansee
AlgodonAlgomaAlgonacAlgonquinAlleganAllen Creek
AllisAlmiraAlpineAltoAltonAmber
AmboyAndoverAnn ArborAnn ArbourAnnArbourAntrim
Antrim CityAppletonArenacArgentineArgyleArkdale
ArlandArlingtonArmadaArmada MTArvonAshland
AshleyAshleyvilleAssyriaAthensAtlasAtwood
AuburnAugustaAusterlitzAustinAustin's LakeAvon
AvondaleAyrBad RiverBaileyBainbridgeBakers
Bald MountainBaldwin CityBaldwins MillsBall CreekBall(d) MountainBaraga
BarnardBarryBarryvilleBase LakeBataviaBates
BathBattle CreekBay SettlementBear Lake Bear Lake MillsBeaver
Beaver IslandBedfordBeechBeldenBell BranchBell(e)vue
Belle RiverBellevilleBellevueBelmontBengalBennett's Corners
BenningtonBenonaBentonBenzoniaBerlinBerrien
Berrien SpBerrien SpringsBerrien SprsBerrien SpsBertrandBerville
BethelBig BeaverBig CreekBig PrairieBig SpringBirch Run
BirdBirminghamBismarkBlack RiverBlackberry RidgeBlendon
BlissBlissfieldBlookfieldBloomer CentreBloomfieldBlooming Valley
Blumfield Bonds MillsBorodinoBostonBostwick LakeBowne
Boyne FallsBradleyBradyBranchBranch C.H.Brandon
BravoBreedsvilleBrestBrethrenBrick TavernBridgeport
Bridgeport CentreBridgetonBridgevilleBridgewaterBrightonBristol
Bristol (7)BristolvilleBronsonBronson Pr Bronson PrairieBronson's Prairie
BrooklynBrooksideBrownstownBruceBuchananBuck Creek
BucklinBucksBuelBuena VistaBur(nips) Cor(ners)Burgess
BurlingtonBurnsBurt LakeBushnell CentreButlerByers
ByronByron CentreC(opper) HarborCadyCaledoniaCalifornia
CalvinCambria (Mills)Cambria MillsCambridgeCamdenCampbell
Campbells CornersCanandaiguaCanbyCannonsburgCantonCapac
CarlisleCarltonCarp LakeCarp RiverCascadeCasco
CasevilleCassCass BridgeCassapolisCassopolisCassville
CastletonCatoCatvilleCayugaCedar Cedar Creek
Cedar LakeCedar RunCentreCentreportCentrevilleCeresco
ChadwickCharlestonCharlesworthCharlevoixCharlotteChase
CheboyganChelseaChesaningCheshireChesterChickaming
ChinaChubbs Cor(ners)Chubbs CornersChurchs CornersClaireClam Lake
ClarenceClarendonClarionClarkstonClayClay Bank
Clay Bank(s)Clay BanksClaytonCleonCliffordClifton
Climax (Prairie)Climax Pr Climax PrairieClintonClioClyde
Clyde MillsCob moo saCobmoosaCodys MillsCohoctahColdwater
ColfaxCollinsvilleColonColumbiaColumbia LakeColumbiaville
ColumbusCommerceComstockConcordConstantineConvis
Convis CentreConwayCooperCoopersvilleCopper HarborCorinth
CornellCorningCortlandCortland CenterCorunnaCot(t)re(ll)ville
CottrellvilleCranbrookCrapoCrawfordCrockery CreekCrystal
Crystal LakeCubaCulverCutcheonCutlers CornersDallas
DanbyDavisburghDavisonvilleDaytonDearbornvilleDecatur
Deer CreekDeer LickDeerfieldDelhi CentreDelhi MillsDelta
DeltonDenaDenmarkDentons MillDesmendDesmond
DetDetroitDetroit MTDewittDexterDisco
DixboroDoverDowagiacDrayton PlainsDrentheDrummond Island
DrydenDubuques MinesDunbarDuncanDundeeDuplain
DurhamDushvilleE BloomfieldE(ast) GoldenEagleEagle Harbor
Eagle LakeEagle RiverEamesEast BellevueEast DoverEast Farmington
East MarionEast MuskegonEast OgdenEast ParisEast RaisinvilleEast Saginaw
East ThetfordEast WaltonEastmansvilleEastonEaton RapidsEau Claire
EckfordEcorseEdenEdenvilleEdgelEdwardsburgh
ElbaElginElk GroveElk RapidsElklandElm
Elm HallElmiraEmpireEnglishvilleEnterpriseEpsport
ErieEsconawbaEssexEtnaExeterFair Grove
Fair HavenFairfieldFairviewFallasburgFarmers CreekFarmington
FaroweFawn RiverFayetteFelt'sFentonvilleFerris
FillmoreFinktonFlat RiverFlemingFlintFlint River
FlorenceFloridaFlowerfieldFlushingForest CityForest Home
ForestvilleForkFort DesMoinesFort GratiotFort PleasantFort Snelling
Fort WilkinsFort WinnebagoFour TownsFrancisco(ville) FranciscosFranciscoville
FrankenmuthFrankfortFranklinFraserFredoniaFreedom
FremontFrenchtownFrenchtown River RaiFrontierFultonFyfe Lake
Gaines CentreGaines StationGainesvilleGalesburghGalienGamblesville
GangesGatesGelosterGenaGeneseeGenesee Village
Genesee VilleGenevaGenoaGibraltarGibsonGidleys (Station)
Gidleys StationGileadGirardGladwinGlendaleGlenwood
GoldingGoodlandGoodrichGoodwinsvilleGraafschapGrace
Grand BlancGrand CakalinGrand HavenGrand JunctionGrand LedgeGrand Rapids
Grand TraverseGrandvilleGrantGrass LakeGratiots GroveGrattan
Gravel RunGreen BayGreen OakGreenbushGreenlandGreenville
GreenwoodGrovelandGull LakeHadleyHamburgHamburg Village
HamiltonHamptonHanoverHarrisonHarrisvilleHartford
HartlandHartwellsHartwellvilleHarveyHaslerHastings
HavanaHazel GreenHelenaHethertonHickory CornersHickville
HighlandHilliardsHillsdaleHollandHomerHooker
HoopertownHopeHopkinsHoughtonHowardsvilleHowell
HudsonHunters CreekHuronIdaImlayIndex
Indian CreekInghamInglesideInwoodIoniaIron Creek
IrvingIrvingtonIshpemingJacksonJacksonopolisJacksons Mills
JamestownJayJeddoJeffersonJeffersonvilleJenisonville
JerseyJohnstownJonesvilleJoscoJoyfieldKalamazoo
KearsleyKedronKedzies GroveKeelersvilleKelloggsvilleKellys Corners
KendallKensingtonKentKewawenon BayKeweenaw BayKey Stone
KeystoneKidzies GroveKinderhookKings MillKipps CornersKossuth
La GrangeLafayetteLaingsburghLakeLake CityLake Elizabeth
Lake HarborLake MillLake RidgeLakevilleLakewoodLambertville
LamotteLanesvilleLapeerLaphamvilleLasalleLathrop
LawrenceLeeLeesburgLeesvilleLeightonLemont
LenoxLeoniLeonidasLeRoyLeslieLevering
LexingtonLibertyLimaLindenLisbonLitchfield
Little Prairie RondeLivingstonLivoniaLivonia CentreLockeLockport
Locks StationLockwoodLodiLondonLong RapidsLooks Corners
LoomisvilleLowellLucerneLynnLyonLyons
MackinacMacks PlaceMacombMaconMadisonMahopac
Mallets CreekMaltonMancelonaManchesterManhattanManistee
ManliusMapleMaple GroveMaple RapidsMaple ValleyMapleton
MaplewoodMarbleMarengoMarillaMarine CityMarion
MarquetteMarshallMarshall Mic TMarshvilleMartinMartinsville
MasonMason CentreMastodonMathertonMattawanMattison
MayMayfieldMcDonaldMcIvorMeads MillsMears
MecostaMedinaMelvilleMemphisMendonMenominee
MenomineevilleMereMeridianMetamoraMich CentreMicham
MichiganMichigan CentreMiddleburgMiddleburyMiddlevilleMilan
MilfordMillburgMillettMillingtonMillwaukeeMilo
MiltonMilwaukeeMineral PointModel CityMolineMonguago
MonroeMonroe CentreMont LakeMontereyMontgomeryMontrose
Montrose Sta Montrose StationMonuagoMorenciMorganMorganville
MorleyMorriceMortonMoscowMoshervilleMottville
Moulin RougeMoundvilleMount ClemensMount VernonMt ClemensMt Morris
Mt PleasantMt VernonMud CreekMuirMundyMuskegon
N West MinesN(orth) BradleyN(orth) VernonNankinNapoleonNashville
NavarinoNebraskaNeebishNelsonNew BaltimoreNew Buffalo
New CanandaiguaNew CascoNew EraNew HavenNew Haven CentreNew Lothrop
New Stony CreekNewbergNewcombNewmanNewportNewton
NilesNo FarmingtonNo ShadeNoble CentreNorth AdamsNorth Adrian
North CannonNorth DorrNorth FarmingtonNorth LakeNorth MarshallNorth Plains
North RaisinvilleNorth ShadeNorth StarNorth UnityNorthamptonNorthfield
Northfield ChurchNorthvilleNorvellNorwoodNottawaNottawa(y)
NottawayNovestaNoviNW MinesOakOak Grove
Oak HillOakfieldOakfordOaklandOakleyOakville
Oceola Oceola CentreOgemawOlive CenterOlivet Omena
OneidaOnondagaOntonagonOportoOrangeOrangeville
Orangeville MillsOre CreekOrionOrtonvilleOsbornOtisco
OtisvilleOtsegoOtsego LakeOttawa LakeOtter CreekOtto
OveriselOviattOvidOvid CentreOwassoOwosso
OxfordP(leasant) ValleyPaint CreekPalmerPalmyraPalo
ParadiseParisParkParkvilleParshallvillePartello
Patterson MillsPatterson's MillsPavilionPaw PawPayePeach Belt
PennPere CheneyPere MarquettePeruPewamoPierceville
PinckneyPine GrovePine Grove MillsPine LakePine PlainPine River
Pine RunPinnebogPipestonePittsburghPittsfieldPittsford
PlainfieldPlainvillePlainwellPlank RoadPlattePlatteville
Pleasant Pleasant ViewPleasantonPlymouthPogwatigue M.T.Pokagon
PolktonPompeiPonamaPontiacPoolPort Austin
Port HopePort HuronPort LawrencePortage Portage EntryPortland
Prairie Du ChienPrairie RondePrairie RoundProctorPulaskiQuimby
QuincyRabbitt RiverRaisinRaisin CentreRaisin RiverRaisinville
RankinRavennaRawsonvilleRayRay CentreRaynold
ReadingRed BridgeRedfordRenwickReserveRice Creek
RichfieldRichlandRichland CenterRichmondRichmond CornersRichmondville
RidersRidgewayRileyRives JunctionRoberts LandingRobinson
RochesterRollinRomeRomeoRomulusRonald Centre
Root RiverRootvilleRoseRose LakeRosevilleRoss
Round LakeRoxanaRoyal OakRoyal Oak M.T.RoyaltonRuby
Rural ValeRustfordS LyonSaganawSaginawSaint Louis
SalemSalineSalt RiverSamariaSammons LandingSandstone
SanfordSaranacSatterlee MillsSaugatuckSault Ste MarieSaut de Ste Marie
Saut Ste MarieSawyerSchafferSchoolcraftScioScipio
Scipio CentreScottsvilleSearsSebastopolSebawaingSebewa
SedanSenecaSharonSheboyganShelbySheridan
ShermanSherwoodShiawasseeSidneySilver CreekSix Corners
Slocums GroveSmithfieldSmiths CornersSmithvilleSmyrnaSo Boston
So GenoaSo LyonSo NankinSo PlymouthSo RileySodus
SolonSomersetSomerset MillsSonomaSouth AssyriaSouth Boardman
South BostonSouth CamdenSouth CassSouth HavenSouth JacksonSouth Nankin
South PlymouthSouth RileySouthfieldSovaSparta Sparta Center
Sparta CentreSpencer MillsSpencers MillSpoorSpring ArborSpring Creek
Spring GroveSpring MillsSpringbrookSpringdaleSpringfieldSpringport
SpringvilleSt ClairSt JamesSt JohnsSt JosephSt Louis
Starits LakeStarkSteam MillSteam Mill(s)Steeles LandingStella
StephensSterlingStevens LandingStockbridgeStoney RunStony Creek
Stony P(oin)tStony PointStony RunStraits LakeStrasburgSturgis
SummerfieldSummertonSummervilleSummitSummit CitySun
SunfieldSuperiorSwainesvilleSwartz CreekSylvan Sylvanus
SylvesterTallmadgeTaylorsvilleTaymouthTecumsehTekonsha
Terry StationTexasThetfordThetford CentreThompsonThornton
ThornvilleThorpThree RiversThumb LakeThurmanTipton
ToledoTompkinsTorch LakeTotten Traverse CityTremainville
TroyTruagoTuscolaTustinTylerTyrone
UnadillaUnionUnion CityUnion Dist.UnionvilleUpton
UraniaUticaVassarVergennesVermont(VT)villeVermontville
VernonVeronaVerona MillsVevayVictorVienna
ViolaVistulaVoliniaVolneyVt villleW(est) Leroy
W(hite)F(ish) P(oin)WacedahWacoustaWahjamegaWakeshmaWales
Walled LakeWalshWanicottWarrenWasepiWashington
WaterburgWaterfordWaterford CentreWaterlooWatertownWatervliet
WatrousvilleWatson Co'sWaverlyWaylandWayneWebster
WeesawWellsvilleWest BerlinWest BloomfieldWest BranchWest Climax
West DelhiWest FarmingtonWest HavenWest LeroyWest NoviWest Ogden
West RivesWest SumpterWest TroyWest WindsorWestfieldWeston
WestphaliaWexfordWheatfieldWheatland Wheatland centerWheatland MT
WheelerWheelervilleWhiteWhite CloudWhite LakeWhite Oak
White PigeonWhite RiverWhite RockWhite SwanWhite WaterWhiteford
Whiteford CentreWhiteford CtrWhites StationWhitesburgWhitesvilleWhitewood
WhitmanvilleWhitmore LakeWhitneyvilleWilliamsto(w)nWilliamstownWindsor
WinfieldWiotaWisnerWolf CreekWoodbridgeWoodlins Mills
Woods CornerWoodstockWordenWorthWyandotteYankee Springs
YnouskiYork YorkvilleYpsilantiZeeland

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