Updated May 28, 2012

PLANTERSVILLE POST OFFICE

This information was abstracted by me from a journal in private collection.  The entries are in the handwriting of Josephus Gregory.  I have not had a chance to research the Federal Post Office Records to determine if they include names of postmasters or other post office information during the Civil War. - JoLee Gregory Spears 7 Feb 2000

 

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"Persons Indebted to P.office Plantersville"

 

Postage accounts 1858

 

(Postage was 3 cents.  S. A. Bruce appears most frequently, with one letter to Ed Goody over which is written, "Ladies book.")

Notes re cash rec'd are signed by J. Gregory [Josephus Gregory]

 

Samuel A. Bruce

     Including postage to Weekly Dispatch and to Petersons? Magazine

     To Godey's L. Book & Religious Herald

     To 1 Plow point 31 cents

     To Postage on Deguareatype [sic]

E. R. Smithson

     Including postage on Ex [Examiner?] 3 1/4 cents per quarter

G. A. Bruce

     Including postage on Dispatch 3 1/4 cents per quarter

John C. Thompson

     Including forwarding letter to Drakes Branch

J. F. L. Gregory

Joseph E. Marable

     Including postage on Christian Advocate; Weekly Examiner; Richmond Whig

Daniel E. Gunn

Robert Saunders

     Including postage on Dispatch & Ledger 3 1/4 plus 6 1/2 cents per quarter

G. T. Knight

     Including postage for Weekly Dispatch

James L. Thompson

Ed R. Smithson

David Thompson

     Including postage on R [looks like Rl] Herald 3 1/4 cents per quarter

John B. Barnes

     Including postage on Semi Weekly Dispatch and on Harps Magazine

Russelville Herald to John Williams from Ky.  Postage 1st quarter 1859.

David Knight pr J. C. Thompson

David H. Knight

     Including postage on Dispatch & Religious Herald 6 1/2 cents per quarter; to S. Farmer

George C. Ellis

     Including postage on Weekly Examiner & Christian  Intelligencer 6 1/2 cents per quarter

George T. Knight

     Including postage on Dispatch 3 1/4 cents per quarter

Williamm T. Couch 2 letters from Alum Springs

     Including postage on Herald 3 1/4 cents qr & Dispatch 3 1/4 cents & Richmond Whig & Semi Weekly Dispatch

Dr. Marable

     Including postage on Ex &C Advocate 6 1/2 cents per quarter

A.A. Lee [probably Ann Adele Lee, same as "Del" below]

Paul Wilson

     Including postage on Chrs Intelligencer  3 1/4 cents per quarter & S. Farmer 6 1/2 cents per quarter & Va ____? [Index?]

Del Lee

John C. Thompson

     To postage on N.York Ledger  7 1/2 cents per quarter

     To postage charged on letter sent to this office 2 cents

     To Forwarding letter to Drakes branch 3 cents

John W. Burns

     Including postage on Weekly Dispatch  3 1/4 cents per quarter

Joseph F. Ellis

     Including postage on Semi W. Dispatch and Weekly Ex and Herald

Alexander J. Watson

     Including postage on Semi Weekly Examiner and Weekly Dispatch

Dr John S. Bayne

     Including postage on Semi W. Dispatch

G. L. Bayne

     Including postage on Weekly Whig; [another entry referred to as ] Richmond Whig; Ponola Star; Southern Farmer

Clement Thompson

     Including postage on Semi Weekly Ex and S. Farmer

Hartwell Marable

     "To postage on Brother Jonathan (out of the state)"

 

[Was this a periodical?  M.C.? Burns was charged with the same.]

See James L. Marable's response to "Brother Jonathan" question.

Wm Pearson

     Including postage on Religious Herald; Poor? Jonathan.

Miss Ann E. Saunders

     Including postage on Godey's L. Book (7 1/2 cents per quarter)

Mrs Nancy Lipscomb

Ann E. Lipscomb

David A. Thompson

     Including postage on Weekly Dispatch; Religious Herald

Newman B. Ashworth for Daughter Bettie

      Including N.Paper not named

Additional names beginning 1860:

Wm Ashworth To Postage on letter for Dispatch

     Including postage for Dispatch (1861 Feby)

W. A. Knight

David H. Knight

Sherwood W. Knight

     3 cents for Mr. Green (stamp lost from letter)

Dr Saml Saunders

     Included Postage to McNamarra well digger 3 cents

Robert Burns to postage on letter to W. S. Deupree

 

 

 

 

PART 2

 

After the onset of the War Between the States the United States mail service continued until June 1, 1861, at which time the letter rate increased from 3-cents to 5-cents, within the Confederate States, double the rate if over 500 miles or exceeding half-ounce weight.  The following July 29 an act was passed allowing soldiers to send mail without prepayment, the postage to be collected upon delivery.

 

Cited here are items found in the Plantersville PO Account Book that exemplify the above June 1861 Act.

 

G. C. Ellis

     Aug 23 To postage on Soldiers letter 5 cents

     Sep 13 To postage on letter to Ark 10 cents

Wm T. Couch

     Aug 27 To Postage on letter from soldier 5 cents

David Thompson

     Nov 30 To Postage on letter from soldier 5 cents

R. E. Burns

     Sep 13, Oct 1, Oct 15 Postage on letters from soldier 5 cents each

 

 

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1862

On July 1, 1862, letter rate increased from 5 cents to 10 cents

 

Likely there were other letters from soldiers among the many accounts, but were not clearly designated as such so are not listed here.

 

1862 Accounts:

 

Ed R. Smithson

J. F. Ellis

S. A. Bruce

    Feb 11, 18 & 28 were letters from soldier 10 cents each

    Nov 12, 19 & Dec 3 postage on letters "recd" (assume soldier) 10 cents each

C. J. Thompson

     Jun 10 Postage on letter to Wattsboro 5 cents

     Feb 11, 18 & 28 at least there were letters from soldier at 10 cents each.  (Others in Mar & Apr may have been also but the ditto is not sure)

Wm Pearson

J. B. Barnes

     Feb 14 & 18 postage on letters from soldier 10 cents each

P. Wilson

A. J. Watson

Wm. W. Phillips

Wm T. Couch

     "Apl 8 Postage on letter from Haleyburg" 5 cents

     Sep 6 Postage on letter from soldier 10 cents

D. H. Knight

G. C. Ellis

John C. Thompson

Ed F. Ellis

J. E. Marable

     Feb 11 postage on letter from soldier 5 cents

C. J. Burns

     Feb 11 postage on letter from soldier 5 cents

Mrs. Joseph E. Marable

Allen A. Burwell

Capt D. J. Bigger

R. E. Burns

J. L. Thompson

     Aug 20, 23 & 27 postage on "Recd" (assume the were soldiers)  10 cents each

     Dec "Letter written by me to J.L.T. 20 cents"

     Dec 31 "letter written Capt Elam 10 cents

J. W. Burns

Dr. Saunders

Wyatt Newcomb

D. H. Knight

D. Thompson

Joseph F. Ellis

J.B. Barnes

 

 

PART 3

 

1863 Accounts

 

Again, its is assumed letters marked "Recd" as opposed to "Sent" are listed here as likely letters from soldiers.  There may be others in these accounts, but were less obvious.

 

David Thompson

     Apr 1 Recd, postage 10 cents

E. R. Smithson

A. J. Watson

S. A. Bruce

     Jan 3, 10, 17, 24 & 28 Recd, postage 10 cents each

     Feb 7, 14, & 21 Recd postage 10 cents each

     Mar 14 Recd, postage 10 cents

     Apr 4 Recd, postage 10 cents

     May 2 Recd, postage 10 cents

     Jun 27 Recd, postage 10 cents

     Jul 7, 31 Recd, postage 10 cents each

     Aug 7, 21 28 25 Recd, postage 10 cents each

     Oct 9, 23, 30 Recd, postage 10 cents each

     Nov 6 & 27 Letters Recd postage 10 cents each

J. L. Thompson

J. B. Barnes

     Oct 23 2 letters Recd 20 cents

     Nov 13 1 letter Recd 10 cents

J. C. Thompson

David Thompson

A. Rutledge

P. Wilson

    Apr 18 1 letter Recd 10 cents

J. E. Marable

R. E. Burns

M. A. Lacy

G. C. Ellis

S. W. Knight

D. J. Bigger

     Aug 7 2 letters Recd 10 cents

C. J. Thompson

G. T. Knight

Ed Newcomb

Mrs Newcomb

John Thompson

     Sep 4 postage on letter Recd 10 cents

E. F. Ellis

P. Wilson

 

 

PART 4

 

1864

 

All accounts will be listed.  It will be noted if postage was paid on one or more letters received.  Interpreting the dittos make an accurate count difficult.

 

S. A. Bruce

     Paid postage on letters received

C. J. Thompson

     Paid postage on letters received

R. E. Burns

     Paid postage on letter received

Ed Newcomb

     Paid postage on letter received

W. T. Couch

     Paid postage on letter received

E. R. Smithson

W. E. Phillips

     Paid postage on letter received

Paul Wilson

     Paid postage on letters received

S. E. Lee

     Paid postage on letter received

     Included postage on letter for Mrs. Tucker

Mrs. E. B. Boswell

Miss S. Boswell

Capt D. J. Bigger

     Paid postage on letter received

Mrs. M. J? Newcomb

Ed Newcomb

R. M. Garland

Dr. J. Marable

John T. Eubank

Nancy Lipscomb

W. J. Watson

     Paid postage on letter received

Martha Lucy  [Lacy?]

A. J. Watson

C. J. Burns

     Paid postage on letter received

J. L. Thompson

     Paid postage on letter received

Wm Pearson

Dr. J. E. Marable

John Williams

     Paid postage on letter received

Bob Phillips

     Paid postage on letter received

J. Hazelwood

E. W. Newcomb

Parks Ashworth

P. H. Bohannan

     Paid postage on letter received

Robt D. Phillips

James McAlister

Wm T. Smithson

     Paid postage on letters received

G. T. Knight

     Paid postage on letter received

D. H. Knight

     Paid postage on letter received

S. W. Knight

David Thompson

Dr. Saunders

     Paid postage on letter received

Giles T. Crutcher

     Paid postage on letter received

J. F. Ellis

     Paid postage on letter received

Dr. H. Davis

G. T. Crutcher

     Paid postage on letter received

 

 

Names of accounts for January through Apr 1 1865

 

Wm T. Smithson

J. F. Ellis

Doct H. Davis

G. T. Crutcher

J. L. Thompson

S. A. Bruce

W. Tucker

E. F. Ellis

R. M. Garland

S. E. Lee

Louise Harris

Capt D. J. Bigger

C. J. Thompson

Paul Wilson

D. H. Knight

W. J. Watson

S. W. Knight

J. A. Rutledge

E. F. Ellis

Charles Hudson

Cephus White

David Thompson

Geo T. Knight

John Williams

Emily P. Townsend

J. Hazelwood

J. Harris

 

Data abstracted by JoLee Gregory Spears, personal collection