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
NeebishNelsonNelsonvilleNew 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
OakfieldOakfordOaklandOakleyOakvilleOceola
Oceola CentreOgemawOlive CenterOlivet OmenaOneida
OnondagaOntonagonOportoOrangeOrangeville Orangeville Mills
Ore CreekOregonOrionOrtonvilleOsbornOtisco
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
RankinRansomRavennaRawsonvilleRayRay Centre
RaynoldReadingRed BridgeRedfordRenwickReserve
Rice CreekRichfieldRichlandRichland CenterRichmondRichmond Corners
RichmondvilleRidersRidgewayRileyRives JunctionRoberts Landing
RobinsonRochesterRollinRomeRomeoRomulus
Ronald CentreRoot RiverRootvilleRoseRose LakeRoseville
RossRound LakeRoxanaRoyal OakRoyal Oak M.T.Royalton
RubyRural ValeRustfordS LyonSaganawSaginaw
Saint LouisSalemSalineSalt RiverSamariaSammons Landing
SandstoneSanfordSaranacSatterlee MillsSaugatuckSault Ste Marie
Saut de Ste MarieSaut Ste MarieSawyerSchafferSchoolcraftScio
Scipio Scipio CentreScottsvilleSearsSebastopolSebawaing
SebewaSedanSenecaSharonSheboyganShelby
SheridanShermanSherwoodShiawasseeSidneySilver Creek
Six CornersSlocums GroveSmithfieldSmiths CornersSmithvilleSmyrna
So BostonSo GenoaSo LyonSo NankinSo PlymouthSo Riley
SodusSolonSomersetSomerset MillsSonomaSouth Assyria
South BoardmanSouth BostonSouth CamdenSouth CassSouth HavenSouth Jackson
South NankinSouth PlymouthSouthfieldSovaSparta 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.Union HomeUnionville
UptonUraniaUticaVan DecarVassarVergennes
Vermont(VT)villeVermontvilleVernonVeronaVerona MillsVevay
VictorViennaViolaVistulaVoliniaVolney
Vt villeVt villleW(est) LeroyW(hite)F(ish) P(oin)WacedahWacousta
WahjamegaWakeshmaWalesWalled LakeWalshWalton
WanicottWarrenWasepiWashingtonWaterburgWaterford
Waterford CentreWaterlooWatertownWatervlietWatrousvilleWatson Co's
WaverlyWaylandWayneWebsterWeesawWellsville
West BerlinWest BloomfieldWest BranchWest ClimaxWest DelhiWest Farmington
West HavenWest LeroyWest NoviWest OgdenWest RivesWest Sumpter
West TroyWest WindsorWestfieldWestonWestphaliaWexford
WheatfieldWheatland Wheatland centerWheatland MT WheelerWheelerville
WhiteWhite CloudWhite LakeWhite OakWhite PigeonWhite River
White RockWhite SwanWhite WaterWhitefordWhiteford CentreWhiteford Ctr
Whites StationWhitesburgWhitesvilleWhitewoodWhitmanvilleWhitmore Lake
WhitneyvilleWilliamsto(w)nWilliamstownWindsorWinfieldWiota
WisnerWolf CreekWoodbridgeWoodlins MillsWoods CornerWoodstock
WordenWorthWyandotteYankee SpringsYnouskiYork
YorkvilleYpsilantiZeeland

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