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 ForksCedar LakeCedar RunCentreCentreportCentreville
CerescoChadwickCharlestonCharlesworthCharlevoixCharlotte
ChaseCheboyganChelseaChesaningCheshireChester
ChickamingChinaChubbs Cor(ners)Chubbs CornersChurchs CornersClaire
Clam LakeClarenceClarendonClarionClarkstonClay
Clay BankClay Bank(s)Clay BanksClaytonCleonClifford
CliftonClimax (Prairie)Climax Pr Climax PrairieClintonClio
ClydeClyde MillsCob moo saCobmoosaCodys MillsCohoctah
ColdwaterColfaxCollinsvilleColonColumbiaColumbia Lake
ColumbiavilleColumbusCommerceComstockConcordConstantine
ConvisConvis CentreConwayCooperCoopersvilleCopper Harbor
CorinthCornellCorningCortlandCortland CenterCorunna
Cot(t)re(ll)villeCottrellvilleCranbrookCrapoCrawfordCrockery Creek
CrystalCrystal LakeCubaCulverCutcheonCutlers Corners
DallasDanbyDavisburghDavisonvilleDaytonDearbornville
DecaturDeer CreekDeer LickDeerfieldDelhi CentreDelhi Mills
DeltaDeltonDenaDenmarkDentons MillDenver
DesmondDetDetroitDetroit MTDevils LakeDewitt
DexterDiscoDixboroDoverDowagiacDrayton Plains
DrentheDrummond IslandDrydenDubuques MinesDunbarDuncan
DundeeDuplainDurhamDushvilleE BloomfieldE(ast) Golden
EagleEagle HarborEagle LakeEagle RiverEamesEast Bellevue
East DoverEast FarmingtonEast MarionEast MuskegonEast OgdenEast Paris
East RaisinvilleEast SaginawEast ThetfordEast WaltonEastmansvilleEaston
Eaton RapidsEau ClaireEckfordEcorseEdenEdenville
EdgelEdgewoodEdnaEdwardsburghElbaElgin
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
OakfordOaklandOakleyOakvilleOceola 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 PlymouthSouthfield
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.Union HomeUnionvilleUptonUraniaUtica
Van DecarVassarVergennesVermont(VT)villeVermontvilleVernon
VeronaVerona MillsVevayVictorViennaViola
VistulaVoliniaVolneyVt villleW(est) LeroyW(hite)F(ish) P(oin)
WacedahWacoustaWahjamegaWakeshmaWalesWalled Lake
WalshWanicottWarrenWasepiWashingtonWaterburg
WaterfordWaterford CentreWaterlooWatertownWatervlietWatrousville
Watson Co'sWaverlyWaylandWayneWebsterWeesaw
WellsvilleWest BerlinWest BloomfieldWest BranchWest ClimaxWest Delhi
West FarmingtonWest HavenWest LeroyWest NoviWest OgdenWest Rives
West SumpterWest TroyWest WindsorWestfieldWestonWestphalia
WexfordWheatfieldWheatland Wheatland centerWheatland MT Wheeler
WheelervilleWhiteWhite CloudWhite LakeWhite OakWhite Pigeon
White RiverWhite RockWhite SwanWhite WaterWhitefordWhiteford Centre
Whiteford CtrWhites StationWhitesburgWhitesvilleWhitewoodWhitmanville
Whitmore LakeWhitneyvilleWilliamsto(w)nWilliamstownWindsorWinfield
WiotaWisnerWolf CreekWoodbridgeWoodlins MillsWoods Corner
WoodstockWordenWorthWyandotteYankee SpringsYnouski
York YorkvilleYpsilantiZeeland

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