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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Selecting a town will bring up the list of the known manuscript postal markings from that town. If the letter that you are interested in is in the erniesmichigan.com archives you can select the link and you will be taken to a list of letters from your letter’s date. You would then select the letter that you want to view. When you are done viewing all that you would like to know about that letter, you can follow the link back to the list of manuscript towns, and continue your selections. If additional manuscript cancels are known by collectors, please notify Greg Stone directly or through erniesmichigan@gmail.com

List of Cities
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(Monroe)(Otsego)(Summerfield)(West) Rives3 Rivers4 Towns
AbroniaAbscotaAdaAdams AdamsvilleAddison
AdrianAdventureAkronAlaiedonAlamoAlaska
AlbanyAlbionAlbion (5)AlembicAlganseeAlgodon
AlgomaAlgonacAlgonquinAlleganAllen CreekAllis
AlmiraAlpineAltoAltonAmberAmboy
AndoverAnn ArborAnn ArbourAnnArbourAntrimAntrim City
AppletonArenacArgentineArgyleArkdaleArland
ArlingtonArmadaArmada MTArvonAshlandAshley
AshleyvilleAssyriaAthensAtlasAtwoodAuburn
AugustaAusterlitzAustinAustin's LakeAvonAvondale
AyrBad RiverBaileyBainbridgeBakersBald Mountain
Baldwin CityBaldwins MillsBall CreekBall(d) MountainBaragaBarnard
BarryBarryvilleBase LakeBataviaBatesBath
Battle CreekBay SettlementBear Lake Bear Lake MillsBeaver Beaver Island
BedfordBeechBeldenBell BranchBell(e)vueBelle River
BellevilleBellevueBelmontBengalBennett's CornersBennington
BenonaBentonBenzoniaBerlinBerrienBerrien Sp
Berrien SpringsBerrien SprsBerrien SpsBertrandBervilleBethel
Big BeaverBig CreekBig PrairieBig SpringBirch RunBird
BirminghamBismarkBlack RiverBlackberry RidgeBlendonBliss
BlissfieldBlookfieldBloomer CentreBloomfieldBlooming ValleyBlumfield
Bonds MillsBorodinoBostonBostwick LakeBowneBoyne Falls
BradleyBradyBranchBranch C.H.BrandonBravo
BreedsvilleBrestBrethrenBrick TavernBridgeportBridgeport Centre
BridgetonBridgevilleBridgewaterBrightonBristolBristol (7)
BristolvilleBronsonBronson Pr Bronson PrairieBronson's PrairieBrooklyn
BrooksideBrownstownBruceBuchananBuck CreekBucklin
BucksBuelBuena VistaBur(nips) Cor(ners)BurgessBurlington
BurnsBurt LakeBushnell CentreButlerByersByron
Byron CentreC(opper) HarborCadyCaledoniaCaliforniaCalvin
Cambria (Mills)Cambria MillsCambridgeCamdenCampbell Campbells Corners
CanandaiguaCanbyCannonsburgCantonCapacCarlisle
CarltonCarp LakeCarp RiverCascadeCascoCaseville
CassCass BridgeCassapolisCassopolisCassvilleCastleton
CatoCatvilleCayugaCedar Cedar CreekCedar Lake
Cedar RunCentreCentreportCentrevilleCerescoChadwick
CharlestonCharlesworthCharlevoixCharlotteChaseCheboygan
ChelseaChesaningCheshireChesterChickamingChina
Chubbs Cor(ners)Chubbs CornersChurchs CornersClaireClam LakeClarence
ClarendonClarionClarkstonClayClay BankClay Bank(s)
Clay BanksClaytonCleonCliffordCliftonClimax (Prairie)
Climax Pr Climax PrairieClintonClioClydeClyde Mills
Cob moo saCobmoosaCodys MillsCohoctahColdwaterColfax
CollinsvilleColonColumbiaColumbia LakeColumbiavilleColumbus
CommerceComstockConcordConstantineConvisConvis Centre
ConwayCooperCoopersvilleCopper HarborCorinthCornell
CorningCortlandCortland CenterCorunnaCot(t)re(ll)villeCottrellville
CranbrookCrapoCrawfordCrockery CreekCrystalCrystal Lake
CubaCulverCutcheonCutlers CornersDallasDanby
DavisburghDavisonvilleDaytonDearbornvilleDecaturDeer Creek
Deer LickDeerfieldDelhi CentreDelhi MillsDeltaDelton
DenaDenmarkDentons MillDesmendDesmondDet
DetroitDetroit MTDewittDexterDiscoDixboro
DoverDowagiacDrayton PlainsDrentheDrummond IslandDryden
Dubuques MinesDunbarDuncanDundeeDuplainDurham
DushvilleE BloomfieldE(ast) GoldenEagleEagle HarborEagle Lake
Eagle RiverEamesEast BellevueEast DoverEast FarmingtonEast Marion
East MuskegonEast OgdenEast ParisEast RaisinvilleEast SaginawEast Thetford
East WaltonEastmansvilleEastonEaton RapidsEau ClaireEckford
EcorseEdenEdenvilleEdgelEdwardsburghElba
ElginElk GroveElk RapidsElklandElm Elm Hall
ElmiraEmpireEnglishvilleEnterpriseEpsportErie
EsconawbaEssexEtnaExeterFair GroveFair Haven
FairfieldFairviewFallasburgFarmers CreekFarmingtonFarowe
Fawn RiverFayetteFelt'sFentonvilleFerrisFillmore
FinktonFlat RiverFlemingFlintFlint RiverFlorence
FloridaFlowerfieldFlushingForest CityForest HomeForestville
ForkFort DesMoinesFort GratiotFort PleasantFort SnellingFort Wilkins
Fort WinnebagoFour TownsFrancisco(ville) FranciscosFranciscovilleFrankenmuth
FrankfortFranklinFraserFredoniaFreedomFremont
FrenchtownFrenchtown River RaiFrontierFultonFyfe LakeGaines Centre
Gaines StationGainesvilleGalesburghGalienGamblesvilleGanges
GatesGelosterGenaGeneseeGenesee VillageGenesee Ville
GenevaGenoaGibraltarGibsonGidleys (Station)Gidleys Station
GileadGirardGladwinGlendaleGlenwoodGolding
GoodlandGoodrichGoodwinsvilleGraafschapGraceGrand Blanc
Grand CakalinGrand HavenGrand JunctionGrand LedgeGrand RapidsGrand Traverse
GrandvilleGrantGrass LakeGratiots GroveGrattanGravel Run
Green BayGreen OakGreenbushGreenlandGreenvilleGreenwood
GrovelandGull LakeHadleyHamburgHamburg VillageHamilton
HamptonHanoverHarrisonHarrisvilleHartfordHartland
HartwellsHartwellvilleHarveyHaslerHastingsHavana
Hazel GreenHelenaHethertonHickory CornersHickvilleHighland
HilliardsHillsdaleHollandHomerHookerHoopertown
HopeHopkinsHoughtonHowardsvilleHowellHudson
Hunters CreekHuronIdaImlayIndexIndian Creek
InghamInglesideInwoodIoniaIron CreekIrving
IrvingtonIshpemingJacksonJacksonopolisJacksons MillsJamestown
JayJeddoJeffersonJeffersonvilleJenisonvilleJersey
JohnstownJonesvilleJoscoJoyfieldKalamazooKearsley
KedronKedzies GroveKeelersvilleKelloggsvilleKellys CornersKendall
KensingtonKentKewawenon BayKeweenaw BayKey StoneKeystone
Kidzies GroveKinderhookKings MillKipps CornersKossuthLa Grange
LafayetteLaingsburghLakeLake CityLake ElizabethLake Harbor
Lake MillLake RidgeLakevilleLakewoodLambertvilleLamotte
LanesvilleLapeerLaphamvilleLasalleLathropLawrence
LeeLeesburgLeesvilleLeightonLemontLenox
LeoniLeonidasLeRoyLeslieLeveringLexington
LibertyLimaLindenLisbonLitchfieldLittle Prairie Ronde
LivingstonLivoniaLivonia CentreLockeLockportLocks Station
LockwoodLodiLondonLong RapidsLooks CornersLoomisville
LowellLucerneLynnLyonLyonsMackinac
Macks PlaceMacombMaconMadisonMahopacMallets Creek
MaltonMancelonaManchesterManhattanManisteeManlius
MapleMaple GroveMaple RapidsMaple ValleyMapletonMaplewood
MarbleMarengoMarillaMarine CityMarionMarquette
MarshallMarshall Mic TMarshvilleMartinMartinsvilleMason
Mason CentreMastodonMathertonMattawanMattisonMay
MayfieldMcDonaldMcIvorMeads MillsMearsMecosta
MedinaMelvilleMemphisMendonMenomineeMenomineeville
MereMeridianMetamoraMich CentreMichamMichigan
Michigan CentreMiddleburgMiddleburyMiddlevilleMilanMilford
MillburgMillettMillingtonMillwaukeeMiloMilton
MilwaukeeMineral PointModel CityMolineMonguagoMonroe
Monroe CentreMont LakeMontereyMontgomeryMontroseMontrose Sta
Montrose StationMonuagoMorenciMorganMorganvilleMorley
MorriceMortonMoscowMoshervilleMottvilleMoulin Rouge
MoundvilleMount ClemensMount VernonMt ClemensMt MorrisMt Pleasant
Mt VernonMud CreekMuirMundyMuskegonN West Mines
N(orth) BradleyN(orth) VernonNankinNapoleonNashvilleNavarino
NebraskaNeebishNelsonNew BaltimoreNew BuffaloNew Canandaigua
New CascoNew EraNew HavenNew Haven CentreNew LothropNew Stony Creek
NewbergNewcombNewmanNewportNewtonNiles
No FarmingtonNo ShadeNoble CentreNorth AdamsNorth AdrianNorth Cannon
North DorrNorth FarmingtonNorth LakeNorth MarshallNorth PlainsNorth Raisinville
North ShadeNorth StarNorth UnityNorthamptonNorthfieldNorthfield Church
NorthvilleNorvellNorwoodNottawaNottawa(y)Nottaway
NovestaNoviNW MinesOakOak GroveOak Hill
OakfieldOakfordOaklandOakvilleOceola Oceola Centre
OgemawOlive CenterOlivet OmenaOneidaOnondaga
OntonagonOportoOrangeOrangeville Orangeville MillsOre Creek
OrionOrtonvilleOsbornOtiscoOtisvilleOtsego
Otsego LakeOttawa LakeOtter CreekOttoOveriselOviatt
OvidOvid CentreOwassoOwossoOxfordP(leasant) Valley
Paint CreekPalmerPalmyraPaloParadiseParis
ParkParkvilleParshallvillePartelloPatterson MillsPatterson's Mills
PavilionPaw PawPayePeach BeltPennPere Cheney
Pere MarquettePeruPewamoPiercevillePinckneyPine Grove
Pine Grove MillsPine LakePine PlainPine RiverPine RunPinnebog
PipestonePittsburghPittsfieldPittsfordPlainfieldPlainville
PlainwellPlank RoadPlattePlattevillePleasant Pleasant View
PleasantonPlymouthPogwatigue M.T.PokagonPolktonPompei
PonamaPontiacPoolPort AustinPort HopePort Huron
Port LawrencePortage Portage EntryPortlandPrairie Du ChienPrairie Ronde
Prairie RoundProctorPulaskiQuimbyQuincyRabbitt River
RaisinRaisin CentreRaisin RiverRaisinvilleRankinRavenna
RawsonvilleRayRay CentreRaynoldReadingRed Bridge
RedfordRenwickReserveRice CreekRichfieldRichland
Richland CenterRichmondRichmond CornersRichmondvilleRidersRidgeway
RileyRives JunctionRoberts LandingRobinsonRochesterRollin
RomeRomeoRomulusRonald CentreRoot RiverRootville
RoseRose LakeRosevilleRossRound LakeRoxana
Royal OakRoyal Oak M.T.RoyaltonRubyRural ValeRustford
S LyonSaganawSaginawSaint LouisSalemSaline
Salt RiverSamariaSammons LandingSandstoneSanfordSaranac
Satterlee MillsSaugatuckSault Ste MarieSaut de Ste MarieSaut Ste MarieSawyer
SchafferSchoolcraftScioScipio Scipio CentreScottsville
SearsSebastopolSebawaingSebewaSedanSeneca
SharonSheboyganShelbySheridanShermanSherwood
ShiawasseeSidneySilver CreekSix CornersSlocums GroveSmithfield
Smiths CornersSmithvilleSmyrnaSo BostonSo GenoaSo Lyon
So NankinSo PlymouthSo RileySodusSolonSomerset
Somerset MillsSonomaSouth AssyriaSouth BoardmanSouth BostonSouth Camden
South CassSouth HavenSouth JacksonSouth NankinSouth PlymouthSouth Riley
SouthfieldSovaSparta Sparta CenterSparta CentreSpencer Mills
Spencers MillSpoorSpring ArborSpring CreekSpring GroveSpring Mills
SpringbrookSpringdaleSpringfieldSpringportSpringvilleSt Clair
St JamesSt JohnsSt JosephSt LouisStarits LakeStark
Steam MillSteam Mill(s)Steeles LandingStellaStephensSterling
Stevens LandingStockbridgeStoney RunStony CreekStony P(oin)tStony Point
Stony RunStraits LakeStrasburgSturgisSummerfieldSummerton
SummervilleSummitSummit CitySunSunfieldSuperior
SwainesvilleSwartz CreekSylvan SylvanusSylvesterTallmadge
TaylorsvilleTaymouthTecumsehTekonshaTerry StationTexas
ThetfordThetford CentreThompsonThorntonThornvilleThorp
Three RiversThumb LakeThurmanTiptonToledoTompkins
Torch LakeTotten Traverse CityTremainvilleTroyTruago
TuscolaTustinTylerTyroneUnadillaUnion
Union CityUnion Dist.UnionvilleUptonUraniaUtica
VassarVergennesVermont(VT)villeVermontvilleVernonVerona
VevayVictorViennaViolaVistulaVolinia
VolneyVt villleW(est) LeroyW(hite)F(ish) P(oin)WacedahWacousta
WahjamegaWakeshmaWalesWalled LakeWalshWanicott
WarrenWasepiWashingtonWaterburgWaterfordWaterford Centre
WaterlooWatertownWatervlietWatrousvilleWatson Co'sWaverly
WaylandWayneWebsterWeesawWellsvilleWest Berlin
West BloomfieldWest BranchWest ClimaxWest DelhiWest FarmingtonWest Haven
West LeroyWest NoviWest OgdenWest RivesWest SumpterWest Troy
West WindsorWestfieldWestonWestphaliaWexfordWheatfield
Wheatland Wheatland centerWheatland MT WheelerWheelervilleWhite
White CloudWhite LakeWhite OakWhite PigeonWhite RiverWhite Rock
White SwanWhite WaterWhitefordWhiteford CentreWhiteford CtrWhites Station
WhitesburgWhitesvilleWhitewoodWhitmanvilleWhitmore LakeWhitneyville
Williamsto(w)nWilliamstownWindsorWinfieldWiotaWisner
Wolf CreekWoodbridgeWoodlins MillsWoods CornerWoodstockWorden
WorthWyandotteYankee SpringsYnouskiYork Yorkville
YpsilantiZeeland