Jim Wheat's POSTMASTERS & POST OFFICES OF TEXAS, 1846 - 1930

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~ GLOSSARY ~

Note: Counties within parentheses following the name
of the post office; e.g., "ROADVILLE (Anderson, Houston)"
designate the lineage of that post office. That is, Roadville
was originally located in Anderson County, but was
changed
to Houston County. (usually a result of county boundary
changes)

To discern the complete lineage of such a post office, search
all counties listed in the parentheses.

 

The date appearing after the postmaster's name is the
date that he or she was appointed.

 

Acting postmaster

Served temporarily, or for another postmaster.

 

Ad int (Ad interim)

Refers to the tenure of an acting postmaster who serves
until the regular
postmaster returns from military service.

 

[Apparently re-established], etc.

Omissions by postal clerks are fairly common in the original
postal registers -- especially in regard to the
re-establishment
date of a post office.

Bracketed entries reflect the compiler's speculations on
these omissions.

 

Cg'd (Changed)

The name of the post office was changed, or its site was
moved to another location,
though in some instances, when
a name change occurred, the post office location
was also
changed.

Example: "Elizabeth," in Denton County was changed
to
"Roanoke," but the records do not indicate that Roanoke
was, in fact, located
approximately 3 miles southeast of
Elizabeth.

 

(C)

Later commissioned. Notation in the postal registers
that a postmaster
was com-missioned was not begun
until late 1889.

 

(CSA)

Confederate States of America.

 

Ed. / Ed'n.

Edward./Edwin

 

Mod. Eff. [Modified Effective]

Presumably indicates that an extension to continue
service at the post office
was issued by the Post Office
Department.

 

Order / Appointment rescinded

An order of the Postmaster General establishing or
discontinuing a post office, or
appointment
of a postmaster which was later rescinded by
the Postmaster General.

 

Papers to... / Mail to...

When an office was discontinued, the mail formerly
under its jurisdiction was
sent to a nearby, and probably
the nearest, post office.

 

"(see also...)" entries indicate that the name of the
post office
was changed. Check the previous name(s)
for a
complete lineage of the post office.

Example: "SAN PEDRO (Houston) (see also AUGUSTA)"

 

Suspended

Apparently the same as "discontinued."

 

(X)

Not commissioned.

 

[1] or [2]

Indicates a post ofice that appears to have no
connection to the other
indentically-named post office.

Example:

VINEYARD [1] (Jack)

White, Jas. K., 26 Jly 1882

...

VINEYARD [2] (Jack) (see also SEBREE)

Hopper, Jas. T., 16 Jun 1915

...


Sources:

Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832 - Sept. 30, 1971;
National Archives microfilm M841, NNEB-20 (reels 1 - 3)

 

Pickett Papers, Confederate States of America, Volumes 98 - 99;
Library of Congress microfilm, reel 52