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
(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 LakeAustins Lake
AvonAvondaleAyrBad RiverBaileyBainbridge
BakersBald MountainBaldwin CityBaldwins MillsBall CreekBall(d) Mountain
BaragaBarnardBarryBarryvilleBase LakeBatavia
BatesBathBattle CreekBay SettlementBear Lake Bear Lake Mills
Beaver Beaver IslandBedfordBeechBeldenBell Branch
Bell(e)vueBelle RiverBellevilleBellevueBelmontBengal
Bennett's CornersBenningtonBenonaBentonBenzoniaBerlin
BerrienBerrien SpBerrien SpringsBerrien SprsBerrien SpsBertrand
BervilleBethelBig BeaverBig CreekBig PrairieBig Spring
Birch RunBirdBirminghamBismarkBlack RiverBlackberry Ridge
BlendonBlissBlissfieldBlookfieldBloomer CentreBloomfield
Blooming ValleyBlumfield Bonds MillsBorodinoBostonBostwick Lake
BowneBoyne FallsBradleyBradyBranchBranch C.H.
BrandonBravoBreedsvilleBrestBrethrenBrick Tavern
BridgeportBridgeport CentreBridgetonBridgevilleBridgewaterBrighton
BristolBristol (7)BristolvilleBronsonBronson Pr Bronson Prairie
Bronson's PrairieBrooklynBrooksideBrownstownBruceBuchanan
Buck CreekBucklinBucksBuelBuena VistaBur(nips) Cor(ners)
BurgessBurlingtonBurnsBurt LakeBush(nell) CentreButler
ByersByronByron CentreC(opper) HarborCadyCaledonia
CaliforniaCalvinCambria (Mills)Cambria MillsCambridgeCamden
Campbell Campbells CornersCanandaiguaCanbyCannonsburgCanton
CapacCarlisleCarltonCarp LakeCarp RiverCascade
CascoCasevilleCassCass BridgeCassapolisCassopolis
CassvilleCastletonCatoCatvilleCayugaCedar
Cedar CreekCedar ForksCedar LakeCedar RunCentreCentreport
CentrevilleCerescoChadwickCharlestonCharlesworthCharlevoix
CharlotteChaseCheboyganChelseaChesaningCheshire
ChesterChickamingChinaChubbs Cor(ners)Chubbs CornersChurchs Corners
ClaireClam LakeClarenceClarendonClarionClarkston
ClayClay BankClay Bank(s)Clay BanksClaytonCleon
CliffordCliftonClimax (Prairie)Climax Pr Climax PrairieClinton
ClioClydeClyde MillsCob moo saCobmoosaCodys Mills
CohoctahColdwaterColfaxCollinsvilleColonColumbia
Columbia LakeColumbiavilleColumbusCommerceComstockConcord
ConstantineConvisConvis CentreConwayCooperCoopersville
Copper HarborCorinthCornellCorningCortlandCortland Center
CorunnaCot(t)re(ll)villeCottrellvilleCranbrookCrapoCrawford
Crockery CreekCrystalCrystal LakeCubaCulverCutcheon
Cutlers CornersDallasDanbyDavisburghDavisonvilleDayton
DearbornvilleDecaturDeer CreekDeer LickDeerfieldDelhi Centre
Delhi MillsDeltaDeltonDenaDenmarkDentons Mill
DenverDesmondDetroitDevils LakeDewittDexter
DiscoDixboroDoverDowagiacDrayton PlainsDrenthe
Drummond IslandDrydenDubuques MinesDunbarDuncanDundee
DuplainDurhamDushvilleE BloomfieldE(ast) GoldenEagle
Eagle HarborEagle LakeEagle RiverEamesEast BellevueEast Dover
East FarmingtonEast MarionEast MuskegonEast OgdenEast ParisEast Raisinville
East SaginawEast ThetfordEast WaltonEastmansvilleEastonEaton Rapids
Eau ClaireEckfordEcorseEdenEdenvilleEdgel
EdgewoodEdnaEdwardsburghElbaElginElk Grove
Elk RapidsElklandElm Elm HallElmiraEmpire
EnglishvilleEnterpriseEpsportErieEsconawbaEssex
EtnaExeterFair GroveFair HavenFairfieldFairview
FallasburgFarmers CreekFarmingtonFaroweFawn RiverFayette
Felt'sFentonvilleFerrisFillmoreFinktonFlat River
FlemingFlintFlint RiverFlorenceFloridaFlowerfield
FlushingFordneyForest CityForest HomeForestvilleFork
FormanFort DesMoinesFort GratiotFort PleasantFort SnellingFort Wilkins
Fort WinnebagoFour TownsFrancisco(ville) FranciscosFranciscovilleFrankenmuth
FrankfortFranklinFraserFredoniaFreedomFremont
FrenchtownFrenchtown River RaiFrontierFultonFyfe LakeG(ran)d Junction
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
HighlandHilliardsHillsdaleHinmanHollandHomer
HookerHoopertownHopeHopkinsHoughtonHowardsville
HowellHudsonHunters CreekHuronIdaImlay
IndexIndian CreekInghamInglesideInwoodIonia
Iron CreekIrvingIrvingtonIshpemingIthacaJackson
JacksonopolisJacksons MillsJamestownJayJeddoJefferson
JeffersonvilleJenisonvilleJerseyJohnstownJonesvilleJosco
JoyfieldKalamazooKearsleyKedronKedzies GroveKeelersville
KelloggsvilleKellys CornersKendallKensingtonKentKewawenon Bay
Keweenaw BayKey StoneKeystoneKibbie(s)Kidzies GroveKinderhook
Kings MillKipps CornersKossuthLa GrangeLafayetteLaingsburgh
LakeLake CityLake ElizabethLake HarborLake MillLake Ridge
LakevilleLakewoodLambertvilleLamontLamotteLanesville
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
OregonOrionOrtonvilleOsbornOtiscoOtisville
OtsegoOtsego LakeOttawa LakeOtter CreekOttoOverisel
OviattOvidOvid CentreOwassoOwossoOxford
P(leasant) ValleyPaint CreekPalmerPalmyraPaloParadise
ParisParkParkvilleParshallvillePartelloPatterson Mills
Patterson's MillsPavilionPaw PawPayePeach BeltPenn
Pere CheneyPere MarquettePeruPewamoPiercevillePinckney
Pine GrovePine Grove MillsPine LakePine PlainPine RiverPine Run
PinnebogPipestonePittsburghPittsfieldPittsfordPlainfield
PlainvillePlainwellPlank RoadPlattePlattevillePleasant
Pleasant ViewPleasantonPlymouthPogwatigue M.T.PokagonPolkton
PompeiPonamaPontiacPoolPort AustinPort Hope
Port HuronPort LawrencePortage Portage EntryPortlandPrairie Du Chien
Prairie RondePrairie RoundProctorPulaskiQuimbyQuincy
Rabbitt RiverRaisinRaisin CentreRaisin RiverRaisinvilleRankin
RansomRavennaRawsonvilleRayRay 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 PlymouthSouthfieldSovaSparta Sparta CenterSparta Centre
Spencer MillsSpencers MillSpoorSpring ArborSpring CreekSpring Grove
Spring MillsSpringbrookSpringdaleSpringfieldSpringportSpringville
St ClairSt JamesSt JohnsSt JosephSt LouisStarits Lake
StarkSteam MillSteam Mill(s)Steeles LandingStellaStephens
SterlingStevens LandingStockbridgeStoney RunStony CreekStony P(oin)t
Stony PointStony RunStraits LakeStrasburgSturgisSummerfield
SummertonSummervilleSummitSummit CitySunSunfield
SuperiorSwainesvilleSwartz CreekSylvan SylvanusSylvester
TallmadgeTaylorsvilleTaymouthTecumsehTekonshaTerry Station
TexasThetfordThetford CentreThompsonThorntonThornville
ThorpThree RiversThumb LakeThurmanTiptonToledo
TompkinsTorch LakeTotten Traverse CityTremainvilleTroy
TruagoTuscolaTustinTylerTyroneUnadilla
UnionUnion CityUnion Dist.Union HomeUnionvilleUpton
UraniaUticaVan DecarVassarVergennesVermont(VT)ville
VermontvilleVernonVeronaVerona MillsVevayVictor
ViennaViolaVistulaVoliniaVolneyVt villle
W(est) LeroyW(hite)F(ish) P(oin)WacedahWacoustaWahjamegaWakeshma
WalesWalled LakeWalshWaltonWanicottWarren
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 LakeWhitneyvilleWilliamsto(w)n
WilliamstownWindsorWinfieldWiotaWisnerWolf Creek
WoodbridgeWoodlins MillsWoods CornerWoodstockWordenWorth
WyandotteYankee SpringsYnouskiYork YorkvilleYpsilanti
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