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 MillsCambridgeCampbell Campbells CornersCanandaigua
CanbyCannonsburgCantonCapacCarlisleCarlton
Carp LakeCarp RiverCascadeCascoCasevilleCass
Cass BridgeCassapolisCassopolisCassvilleCastletonCato
CatvilleCayugaCedar Cedar CreekCedar LakeCedar Run
CentreCentreportCentrevilleCerescoChadwickCharleston
CharlesworthCharlevoixCharlotteChaseCheboyganChelsea
ChesaningCheshireChesterChickamingChinaChubbs Cor(ners)
Chubbs CornersChurchs CornersClaireClam LakeClarenceClarendon
ClarionClarkstonClayClay BankClay Bank(s)Clay Banks
ClaytonCleonCliffordCliftonClimax (Prairie)Climax Pr
Climax PrairieClintonClioClydeClyde MillsCob moo sa
CobmoosaCodys MillsCohoctahColdwaterColfaxCollinsville
ColonColumbiaColumbia LakeColumbiavilleColumbusCommerce
ComstockConcordConstantineConvisConvis CentreConway
CooperCoopersvilleCopper HarborCorinthCornellCorning
CortlandCortland CenterCorunnaCot(t)re(ll)villeCottrellvilleCranbrook
CrapoCrawfordCrockery CreekCrystalCrystal LakeCuba
CulverCutcheonCutlers CornersDallasDanbyDavisburgh
DavisonvilleDaytonDearbornvilleDecaturDeer CreekDeer Lick
DeerfieldDelhi CentreDelhi MillsDeltaDeltonDena
DenmarkDentons MillDesmendDesmondDetDetroit
Detroit MTDewittDexterDiscoDixboroDover
DowagiacDrayton PlainsDrentheDrummond IslandDrydenDubuques Mines
DunbarDuncanDundeeDuplainDurhamDushville
E BloomfieldE(ast) GoldenEagleEagle HarborEagle LakeEagle River
EamesEast BellevueEast DoverEast FarmingtonEast MarionEast Muskegon
East OgdenEast ParisEast RaisinvilleEast SaginawEast ThetfordEast Walton
EastmansvilleEastonEaton RapidsEau ClaireEckfordEcorse
EdenEdenvilleEdgelEdwardsburghElbaElgin
Elk GroveElk RapidsElklandElm Elm HallElmira
EmpireEnglishvilleEnterpriseEpsportErieEsconawba
EssexEtnaExeterFair GroveFair HavenFairfield
FairviewFallasburgFarmers CreekFarmingtonFaroweFawn River
FayetteFelt'sFentonvilleFerrisFillmoreFinkton
Flat RiverFlemingFlintFlint RiverFlorenceFlorida
FlowerfieldFlushingForest CityForest HomeForestvilleFork
Fort DesMoinesFort GratiotFort PleasantFort SnellingFort WilkinsFort Winnebago
Four TownsFrancisco(ville) FranciscosFranciscovilleFrankenmuthFrankfort
FranklinFraserFredoniaFreedomFremontFrenchtown
Frenchtown River RaiFrontierFultonFyfe LakeGaines CentreGaines Station
GainesvilleGalesburghGalienGamblesvilleGangesGates
GelosterGenaGeneseeGenesee VillageGenesee VilleGeneva
GenoaGibraltarGibsonGidleys (Station)Gidleys StationGilead
GirardGladwinGlendaleGlenwoodGoldingGoodland
GoodrichGoodwinsvilleGraafschapGraceGrand BlancGrand Cakalin
Grand HavenGrand JunctionGrand LedgeGrand RapidsGrand TraverseGrandville
GrantGrass LakeGratiots GroveGrattanGravel RunGreen Bay
Green OakGreenbushGreenlandGreenvilleGreenwoodGroveland
Gull LakeHadleyHamburgHamburg VillageHamiltonHampton
HanoverHarrisonHarrisvilleHartfordHartlandHartwells
HartwellvilleHarveyHaslerHastingsHavanaHazel Green
HelenaHethertonHickory CornersHickvilleHighlandHilliards
HillsdaleHollandHomerHookerHoopertownHope
HopkinsHoughtonHowardsvilleHowellHudsonHunters Creek
HuronIdaImlayIndexIndian CreekIngham
InglesideInwoodIoniaIron CreekIrvingIrvington
IshpemingJacksonJacksonopolisJacksons MillsJamestownJay
JeddoJeffersonJeffersonvilleJenisonvilleJerseyJohnstown
JonesvilleJoscoJoyfieldKalamazooKearsleyKedron
Kedzies GroveKeelersvilleKelloggsvilleKellys CornersKendallKensington
KentKewawenon BayKeweenaw BayKey StoneKeystoneKidzies Grove
KinderhookKings MillKipps CornersKossuthLa GrangeLafayette
LaingsburghLakeLake CityLake ElizabethLake HarborLake Mill
Lake RidgeLakevilleLakewoodLambertvilleLamotteLanesville
LapeerLaphamvilleLasalleLathropLawrenceLee
LeesburgLeesvilleLeightonLemontLenoxLeoni
LeonidasLeRoyLeslieLeveringLexingtonLiberty
LimaLindenLisbonLitchfieldLittle Prairie RondeLivingston
LivoniaLivonia CentreLockeLockportLocks StationLockwood
LodiLondonLong RapidsLooks CornersLoomisvilleLowell
LucerneLynnLyonLyonsMackinacMacks Place
MacombMaconMadisonMahopacMallets CreekMalton
MancelonaManchesterManhattanManisteeManliusMaple
Maple GroveMaple RapidsMaple ValleyMapletonMaplewoodMarble
MarengoMarillaMarine CityMarionMarquetteMarshall
Marshall Mic TMarshvilleMartinMartinsvilleMasonMason Centre
MastodonMathertonMattawanMattisonMayMayfield
McDonaldMcIvorMeads MillsMearsMecostaMedina
MelvilleMemphisMendonMenomineeMenomineevilleMere
MeridianMetamoraMich CentreMichamMichiganMichigan Centre
MiddleburgMiddleburyMiddlevilleMilanMilfordMillburg
MillettMillingtonMillwaukeeMiloMiltonMilwaukee
Mineral PointModel CityMolineMonguagoMonroeMonroe Centre
Mont LakeMontereyMontgomeryMontroseMontrose Sta Montrose Station
MonuagoMorenciMorganMorganvilleMorleyMorrice
MortonMoscowMoshervilleMottvilleMoulin RougeMoundville
Mount ClemensMount VernonMt ClemensMt MorrisMt PleasantMt Vernon
Mud CreekMuirMundyMuskegonN West MinesN(orth) Bradley
N(orth) VernonNankinNapoleonNashvilleNavarinoNebraska
NeebishNelsonNew BaltimoreNew BuffaloNew CanandaiguaNew Casco
New EraNew HavenNew Haven CentreNew LothropNew Stony CreekNewberg
NewcombNewmanNewportNewtonNilesNo Farmington
No ShadeNoble CentreNorth AdamsNorth AdrianNorth CannonNorth Dorr
North FarmingtonNorth LakeNorth MarshallNorth PlainsNorth RaisinvilleNorth Shade
North StarNorth UnityNorthamptonNorthfieldNorthfield ChurchNorthville
NorvellNorwoodNottawaNottawa(y)NottawayNovesta
NoviNW MinesOakOak GroveOak HillOakfield
OakfordOaklandOakvilleOceola Oceola CentreOgemaw
Olive CenterOlivet OmenaOneidaOnondagaOntonagon
OportoOrangeOrangeville Orangeville MillsOre CreekOrion
OrtonvilleOsbornOtiscoOtisvilleOtsegoOtsego Lake
Ottawa LakeOtter CreekOttoOveriselOviattOvid
Ovid CentreOwassoOwossoOxfordP(leasant) ValleyPaint Creek
PalmerPalmyraPaloParadiseParisPark
ParkvilleParshallvillePartelloPatterson MillsPatterson's MillsPavilion
Paw PawPayePeach BeltPennPere CheneyPere Marquette
PeruPewamoPiercevillePinckneyPine GrovePine Grove Mills
Pine LakePine PlainPine RiverPine RunPinnebogPipestone
PittsburghPittsfieldPittsfordPlainfieldPlainvillePlainwell
Plank RoadPlattePlattevillePleasant Pleasant ViewPleasanton
PlymouthPogwatigue M.T.PokagonPolktonPompeiPonama
PontiacPoolPort AustinPort HopePort HuronPort Lawrence
Portage Portage EntryPortlandPrairie Du ChienPrairie RondePrairie Round
ProctorPulaskiQuimbyQuincyRabbitt RiverRaisin
Raisin CentreRaisin RiverRaisinvilleRankinRavennaRawsonville
RayRay CentreRaynoldReadingRed BridgeRedford
RenwickReserveRice CreekRichfieldRichlandRichland Center
RichmondRichmond CornersRichmondvilleRidersRidgewayRiley
Rives JunctionRoberts LandingRobinsonRochesterRollinRome
RomeoRomulusRonald CentreRoot RiverRootvilleRose
Rose LakeRosevilleRossRound LakeRoxanaRoyal Oak
Royal Oak M.T.RoyaltonRubyRural ValeRustfordS Lyon
SaganawSaginawSaint LouisSalemSalineSalt River
SamariaSammons LandingSandstoneSanfordSaranacSatterlee Mills
SaugatuckSault Ste MarieSaut de Ste MarieSaut Ste MarieSawyerSchaffer
SchoolcraftScioScipio Scipio CentreScottsvilleSears
SebastopolSebawaingSebewaSedanSenecaSharon
SheboyganShelbySheridanShermanSherwoodShiawassee
SidneySilver CreekSix CornersSlocums GroveSmithfieldSmiths Corners
SmithvilleSmyrnaSo BostonSo GenoaSo LyonSo Nankin
So PlymouthSo RileySodusSolonSomersetSomerset Mills
SonomaSouth AssyriaSouth BoardmanSouth BostonSouth CamdenSouth Cass
South HavenSouth JacksonSouth NankinSouth PlymouthSouth RileySouthfield
SovaSparta Sparta CenterSparta CentreSpencer MillsSpencers Mill
SpoorSpring ArborSpring CreekSpring GroveSpring MillsSpringbrook
SpringdaleSpringfieldSpringportSpringvilleSt ClairSt James
St JohnsSt JosephSt LouisStarits LakeStarkSteam Mill
Steam Mill(s)Steeles LandingStellaStephensSterlingStevens Landing
StockbridgeStoney RunStony CreekStony P(oin)tStony PointStony Run
Straits LakeStrasburgSturgisSummerfieldSummertonSummerville
SummitSummit CitySunSunfieldSuperiorSwainesville
Swartz CreekSylvan SylvanusSylvesterTallmadgeTaylorsville
TaymouthTecumsehTekonshaTerry StationTexasThetford
Thetford CentreThompsonThorntonThornvilleThorpThree Rivers
Thumb LakeThurmanTiptonToledoTompkinsTorch Lake
Totten Traverse CityTremainvilleTroyTruagoTuscola
TustinTylerTyroneUnadillaUnionUnion City
Union Dist.UnionvilleUptonUraniaUticaVassar
VergennesVermont(VT)villeVermontvilleVernonVeronaVevay
VictorViennaViolaVistulaVoliniaVolney
Vt villleW(est) LeroyW(hite)F(ish) P(oin)WacedahWacoustaWahjamega
WakeshmaWalesWalled LakeWalshWanicottWarren
WasepiWashingtonWaterburgWaterfordWaterford CentreWaterloo
WatertownWatervlietWatrousvilleWatson Co'sWaverlyWayland
WayneWebsterWeesawWellsvilleWest BerlinWest Bloomfield
West BranchWest ClimaxWest DelhiWest FarmingtonWest HavenWest Leroy
West NoviWest OgdenWest RivesWest SumpterWest TroyWest Windsor
WestfieldWestonWestphaliaWexfordWheatfieldWheatland
Wheatland centerWheatland MT WheelerWheelervilleWhiteWhite Cloud
White LakeWhite OakWhite PigeonWhite RiverWhite RockWhite Swan
White WaterWhitefordWhiteford CentreWhiteford CtrWhites StationWhitesburg
WhitesvilleWhitewoodWhitmanvilleWhitmore LakeWhitneyvilleWilliamstown
WindsorWinfieldWiotaWisnerWolf CreekWoodbridge
Woodlins MillsWoods CornerWoodstockWordenWorthWyandotte
Yankee SpringsYnouskiYork YorkvilleYpsilantiZeeland