List of Letters Remaining Unclaimed in the Post Office

as reported in the Charleston, Coles County Newspapers
©2000-2006, Transcribed by Kimberly Torp

The early newspaper printed the names of people who had letters at the Charleston Post Office who for some reason did not pick them up or weren't deliverable. I'm not familiar enough with the way the postal system worked back in the old days but researcher Janet says: "On a tour of an old "grocery store"/post office in Springfield, IL, we were informed that the RECEIVER of the letter had to pay to pick it up, unlike today, where the postage is sent by the sender."

It's a list of names from very early Coles county time so that's good enough for me to want to place it here! Use your browser's Find function to search for names, which are in the original order as printed in the newspaper. Spellings are as in the original - I've added punctuation (the comma between the last name and the first name) for reading ease. Please be advised that the original of this was hard to read, so you are advised to check all information with the original microfilm for yourself.


1841

Remaining in the Post Office at Coles C.H. on the 1st of July 1841; which if not taken out in three months, will be sent to the General Post-office as dead letters (Published in the Charleston Courier on Saturday July 10, 1841):

A
Adams, Mrs. Matilda Andrews, Truman E.
Alford, Moses Allison, Dr. R.H. (2)
Austin, Benjamin Aperson, John
Alden, Mrs. Deborah Ashly, John
Austin, Nathan (2) Adkins, Gowin
B
Balch, Emmett Barker, Richhard
Balch, Alfred (2) Burch, Mr.
Brewster, Elisha C. Barrick, John
Barker, John B. Blakeny, Wm.
Bundell, Isaac Baldwin, John C.
C
Carver, Richard Crusan, John W.
Carver, Mrs. Henry Camper, G.W.
Connelly, John Clem, Samuel
Caldwell, Daniel  
D
Dunn, Benjamin and Wm. Dawks, Robert
Dickson, Edmond Durham, Wm.
Dickson, R.S. Duty, Wm.
E
Ellis, John Ewing, Wm
Edington, John  
F
Ford, Ely Frost, Susan
F??, Henry Fowler, Joseph
G
Gifford Hix Gray, Robert
Gilliam, Josiah R. Goodwin, W.W. jun
H
Hutchason, L.R. Hensley, Andrew
Hoskins, James F Hannah, John
Hermer, Daniel H. Hutton, John
Hoots, Josiah Hamp, Frederick
Hare, Wm Haughn, Henry
Hodgeman, S.A. Hawley, Joseph
I & J
Ingrum, Arthur Johnson, Zachariah
Ingrum, Montgomery Jeffries Wm. or Thos.
Jacobs, Adam (2)  
K
Kellogg, George Kemper, Sarah
Kemper, Charles H. Kelly, James
L
Linder, Lavler esq (2) Larue, Jacob
Land, Benjamin Lester, Samuel
Letner, Adam  
M
Megahan, Wm Moore, Robert
Merrell, John Marshall, Thomas A. (2)
Myres, James Marshall, Miss Ellen
Martin, James Mitchell, Daniel
Miner, James Monfort, Israel
N
Newport, R.M. Parker N
Ourer G  
R
Ross, Benjamin C. Rolson, James F.
Rundell, Isaac Roberts, James
Rawlings, Michael Rogers, John
S
Shepler, Philip Shipp, John
Shane, Hiram Stewart, George
Sconce, Thomas Shores, Anthony K.
T
Tucker, Hiram Tipton, Janathan
Trew, E.W.  
V
Veach, J.B. Vaughn, Charles E.
W
Wade, Joseph or Wm Wright, Thomas J.
Wilson, Miss Nancy Williams, Wm
Wilson, Henry Walker, James W
Wilson, Marcus John Waltrip
Wishard, B.R. White, B.W.
Wilson, George (2) Wankiesa, Mr.

H.C. Dunbar, P.M.


1843

Remaining in the Post Office at Coles C.H., Coles Co., on the 1st of January [1843]; which if not taken out in three months, will be sent to the General Post-office as dead letters (Published in the Charleston Courier on Wednesday January 11, 1843):

A L
Nathan Austin (2) Saml Luster
Wm Austin Sigles Luster
Thos Afflick James Larue
R.H. Allison Nicholas Lemings
Wm. R. Anglin Abraham Lemmon
Robt Ashby M
James Anderson Thos A Marshall (5)
B Saml Mitchell
James Bell (2) B Monroe
Da? Barham (2) F.L. Moore
John Bensley Valentine Mcgahen
EM Baker John Morton
Miss Christiana Bovell Pattor Maxey
Charles Ballow O
Thos Barker Jonathan C. Overly (2)
Allen Barnett P
John Beals Allen Patterson
John L. Balsh Mansfield Patterson
Miss M.M. Barrick Wm. J. Porter
Wm. Briant John Prince
Joseph Brewer R
C Nathan Rica (2)
John Cisney S.H. Rankin
Wm Collom John Rook
O.J. Chesnut Saml Read
Thos A Clements S
James Curry Henry Smith
Clark Circuit Court Miss Margaret Sperry
Coles Cty Isaac Shafer
D Elizabeth Simmons
Seth Duel John Sanford
Abraham Downs H.H. Shepherd
Sarah Dowdle Thos Sconce
JM Duncan James H. Sheen
Daniel Dyer G.W. Smith
Prescilla Doty James M. Smith
E Hiam Stapleton
John Eddington Jacob Sease
Harrison Ewing Lawrence Steele
F Zar Sturdevant or C. Bennington
Wm Ferguson Seth Starbuck
G Christian Sousley
James C Gray T
Charles G Gow Henry Treash
H V
Robt Highland Sam Vestil
Joseph Handby John Vanness
G.K. Harris D. Vanderan
Henry Horn John Vanmetre
Abraham Horning W
I Jos C. Wheeler
Jonathan Ingram James Welsh
J L. Wilhite
Beverly James Edmund Wade
JD Johnston Rebecca Woodall
Abner Johnston or Henry Fuller JF Whitney
L G.W. Weeks (2)
Geo Linder Y
  R.M. Young
  John Young
Persons calling for any of the above letters, will please say they are advertised. E. Roach, P.M. Jan. 1, 1843


1845

Remaining in the Post Office at Charleston, Coles County, Illinois, on the 1st day of April, 1845, and if not taken out within 3 months, will be sent to the General Post Office as Dead Letters. Persons calling for letters will please say if Advertised. [Published in the Republican on April 18, 1845]


A K
Nathan Aldrid 2 Edward Kearns
William Austin 2 John R. Kirkland
B Miss F. Keller
Stephen Buvelle L
Jesse Beal Asa Leavitt
Wm. Beavers Sam'l Lester
Levi Beals 2 Miss Mary Lowry
Miron Bard U.F. Linder 2
David Brown Mrs. Lilyana Linder
Nelson Berry M N
James Bell Samuel Martin or Geo. M'Daniel
Nathaniel Barnes Aaron Moore
C Peter Maxcy
Philip Curtis 2 W. Newman
James Cobun O
Roderick Cartright 2 Elijah Orchard
William Clayton P
Andrew Cross Clark D. Powell
James Clark Matthew Powell
--? Conley Walter Palerson
Jeremiah Cooper Miss Marg. A. Perkins
James Cinley (?) R
John D. Caldwell James Runolds
David Carter David S. Rankin
D John Richerson
Thos Dallis (?) S
John Dempsey Wm. Smith, Jr
Amos Dunham (Dunnam?) Addison Sturdevant
E Levi L. Smith
Joseph Eaton Sam'l Swisher
Samuel B. Fairbanks Michael Iverdol
David Farris G.M. Stone
Henry Fuller Stephen Sergent
Jas. A. Fisher Freeman Shores
G William Skinner
Alexander Grant Wm. Stone
Jesse Gifford Jerod Smith
Anson Gaston T
J.A. or G.N. (?) Gray Wm. W. Thompson
Jacob Guier Daniel Tucker
Andrew Gwinn Wm. Toler
H Nathan Thresher
John or James Hutton Reuben Tuttle
Solomon Heaton V
Ransom or Randle Haddock John Veach
James W. H. Sam'l. Vanmeter
John Hackett W Z
I J Jackson Wade
John C. Ingrum W.A.T. Wade
Lewis Jordan or Joseph Glenn Wm. Woodson
Wm. Jeffries 2 William Wooton
Willie Jones E. Workman
Wm. B. Johnston Baret Waters
  Horace N. Wiley
  Martin Zimmerman
Persons calling for any of the above letters, will please say they were advertised. E. Roach, P.M. April 4th, 1845

1846

Remaining in the Post Office at Charleston, Coles County, Illinois, on the 1st day of April, 1846, and if not taken out within 3 months, will be sent to the General Post Office as Dead Letters. [Published in the Charleston Republican on April 17, 1846]

Alderson, R.H. 3 Hayes Seelye
Austin, Wm. sen Heder, Jonathan N.
Alexander, Alfred Jones, Wiley
Atkins, Cynthia Jones, D.G.
Barnes, Esoa (?) 2 Jones, Sarah W.
Bates, Ansel Johns, Jeremiah
Bates, Timothy 2 Kelly, Joshua
Baugher, George 2 Klay, Nathan
Brandenburg, Sol Kingwood, Rebecca
Brandenburg, Charles Leslie, Slenor (?)
Brown, Rev. Wm. Lovei, Robert
Brown, J.S. Lishbrooks, George
Bole, Thomas Land, Oliver
Beals, David or Caleb Leman (Loman, Laman?), Jackson
Beals, Oliver Lewis, Joseph 2
Barham, Daniel Maxey, Peter 3
Bovell, John McCord, Rachel
Baker, Barton W. Martin, James
Bounds, Thomas Martin, William
Bealding, Charles Miller, Wm.
Baker, Jackson or Mr. Cunningham Moore, Robert
Conery, Amberis McAlister, S.H.
Carver, Henry Mackey, John
Cory, Wm. C. Mildward, John
Clements, Charles Main, Mecum
  Mitchell, Milo
Calhoun, John Morrison, James H.
Caldwell, John McKelny, Patrick
Carpenter Gilbert Newman, Alexander
Collins, James Northcut, J.H.
Clark, James Owing, Nat or Sam or Ben
Cash, Isaiah Patterson, Hugh N.
Dewey, Charles Pray, John
Dunn, William Ryon, Wilson
Dow, Wm. Rodgers, S.E.
Durkey, James Shoots, John
Dixon, Elizabeth School, George
Donaldson, Mary J. Stephens, Richard
Darier, Gideon Sheak, Nicholas
Ellingsworth Stephen or Sarah Smith, Harrison
Eagle, J.W. Smith, George
Ewing,Mary Jane Smith, James
Faris, David Tucker, Allen N.
Fitzpatrick, Sam'l 2 Trimble, Hyram
Ford, Decatur Thompson, Fred J.
French, Mr. Veach, John
Fausk (?), Henry Welsh, Reuben
Grewell, Isaac White, Wm. B.
Glass, Margaret Weed, Messrs E. & J.
Glen, Joseph Willis, John
Gilpen, William Wells, Hugh
Hart, Miles Williams, J.W.
Huston, John West, Wm.
Hawkins, John W. Waters, Mahlen 2
Huntson, James Yarnell, Rebecca
Hawkins, Lavina Zigler, Jacob
Persons calling for any of the above letters, will please say they were advertised. E. Roach, P.M. April 1, 1846


1848

Remaining in the Post Office at Charleston, Coles County, Illinois, on the 1st day of April, 1848, and if not taken out within 3 months, will be sent to the General Post Office as Dead Letters. Persons calling for letters will please say if Advertised. [Published in the Illinois Globe on April 8, 1848]

Ashmore, H.P. Anderson, J.G.
Ashby, J. Anderson, H.B.
Arbuchee E, Miss Adams, Elizabeth
Ashby, Ancis Mrs. Anderson,Wm
Ashmore, A.K. Brim, W.S.
Beners, Wm Bitner, Simon
Bethris, E or E Ri [sic] Beckum, John
Beals, Oliver Bully, Franklin
Black, M.A. Mrs Brooks, M.A. Mrs
Barnes, Enoch Bailey, Miss J.
Bouls, Stephen Black, David
B?sick, J.A. Mr Baker, Mathew
Curtis, Philip Carney, Silas
Craig, Isaac N. Carpenter, A.
Collins, A?? Clayton, J.C.
Calhoon, Maria Mrs. Cutlor, Mr. John
Carter, Levi Cutler, Franklin
Cayton, Miss J. Calhoon, Eliza
Carver, E.A. Caruthers, James C.
Clerk John S. Carpenter, John
Cartmel, E.W. Drolinger & Caruther (2)
Durant, John (2) Dill, J.C.
Droke or Druke, Wm [sic] Drolinger, Hiram
Davidson, Isaac Gilky, Wallingsford
Edmun, Thomas Etherington, Wm
Etherington, John Ewing, Wm
Evinger, Mis Suciada Ervin, John
Evans, R.K. Ferris, Syman
Ferrell, J.J. Fitchpatrick, Samuel
Flemmons, Wm Fox, Elizabeth Miss
Fewell, H. Frost or Frostin, A.
Frost , Wm Fudge, Cornelius
Fanceher, Thomas H Faris, A.R.A.
Faris, Thomas J. Gilbert, Orison
Gray, J.C. Gamble, Samuel
Gutherie, Green G. Grant, Mis Ann
Garrison, Peter Huston, John
Hall, R.P. Huffman, Rebecca
Hays, Seelye Hoots, David
Hatheway, Luther Hybman, Samuel
Hammond, John Harris, Alfred
Harrison, Wm Hicks, Sally Miss
Hulen, J.V. Hiser, Miss Maria
Hencock, David or D. S. Watson
Jones, James E. Jones, Maldon
Jefferis, Wm Johnston, Doc'r J.T.
Jackson, Mr. Kellar, F.V.
Leitch, Wm Larimer, Wm
Lowery, Elizabeth Mrs. Lytle, Thos
Lanman, Joseph Sen Montgomery, A.
M'Neal, Ben Mitchell, David
M'Intire, Horanee J M'Alister, Wm. F.
Moore, Mrs. S. Mitchell, John D.
Munson, Thos Miller, Peter
Myers, James Maxey (or Mazey?) Peter
Miller, Isaiah M'Clelland, Rob't
Mitchell, T.C. Moore, Robert
Monfort, Mrs. Martha M'Moris, John
Neel or Nett, Henry [sic] Owings, James
Oliver, Rowland W. Petty, Mrs. Mary
Price, Edward jr Palmer, C.H. Rev
Philps, James Phelps, Josiah
Prichard, David Price, Leroy S.
Rundells, John Russel, Love Z.
Ro?zel, Miss Lavira Rimmer, Mrs. Mary
Rayburn, John Randall, W.H.H.
Randall, Miss M. Rawls, Andrew
Robertson, Aquilla T. Spangher, Philip
Smith, Wm. Springville, P.
Smith, ? (possibly James) S?ores, Anthony K.
Skeel, Mrs. Esther Taber, James C
Threldkeld, Thomas Thomas, Hosen
Trimble, Hiram Uh?cl???er, Ma??
Vanwinkle I. or J. [sic] Vanwinkle, Harrison
Vail, John Vanfleet, Doc't M.N.
Waters, Thos. W. Watson, James
Woodson, Wm. A. or Andrew [sic] Williams, Ephraim
Wilson, Eli Wilkinson, John E.
Wilson, Henry Woods, Mrs. Mary
Wicker, Andrew Wilson, Harvey
Weaver, David Werse, John
Woods, John White, Silas
White, Bartholomew Wears or weerr, John [sic]
Young, William York, Mrs. Lydia
Zimmerman, Martin  
J.I. Brown, P.M. April 8, 1848


1851

List of Letters

REMAINING in the Post Office in Charleston, Ill, June 30th, 1851. Persons calling for letters will please say they are advertised. Two cents is taxed on each for advertising.

Anglen, E.J. Murphy, Jas
Allen, Miss Sarah Miller & Jones
Barrett, David McGee, S.
Barker, C.F. Moore, S.
Brien, J.O. Miller, A.
Bruster, J. Morgan, N.R.
Brown, Wm. Maddock, J.
Boarden, P. Nealie, Jas
Black, J. Osborn, J. & ??
Bowser, D. Phips, Ely
Bell, T. Price, David
Byam, D.L. Poter, Silas
Constable, C.H. Quin, Wm.
Chardwell, G.W. Roberts, Miss M.
Culliper, I. or W. Runnels, B.F.
Davis, Dr. Rion, Miss. M.
Dill, M.M. Rice, M.
Doke, J.M. Rigsby, Miss Mary J.
Dean, Dr. Stephen, T.
Easton, R. Stump, B.
Easton, W. Sawyer, Jas.
Foster, Miss S.L. Smith, Wm.
Fancher, F.L. Stephens, A.
Freeman, G.W. Sanford, A.
Foster, R. Sumner, E.
Fenmore, W.G. Smith, S.
Gleen, Wm. Stephens, R.
Ganawny, Wm. Shepherd, E.
Grace, John Tarbb, C.S.
Hetzer, H. Trimble, Hiram
Harris, C. Vanard, M.W.
Hoots, Miss Sophia Vail, S.L.
Hardin, John Veach, J.
Hawkins, W.B. Woods, E.
Harris, Geo. Wood, C.W.
Hess, Mary Ann Wells, I.
Hart, Moses Workman, E.
Huffman, S. Walker, J.
Hous, Jas. Wells, J.
Lette, Jas. Wright, J.
McNitt, A. Woolever, David
R.S. Mills, P.M., August 2, 1851


1853

Remaining in the Post Office at Charleston, Coles County, Illinois, on the 1st day of September, 1853, and if not taken out by the 1st of October next, will be sent to the Dead Letter Office. Persons calling for any of the following letters will please say they are "Advertised." N.B. Newspapers remaining on hand in the Office for some time, and if not taken out by the subscribers, will be sold for the postage. (Published in the Charleston Courier on Thursday September 1, 1853):

Ashmore, Jno N. Ashmore, A.K.
Beekman, S. Beel, Moses (2)
Bates, Jno Baily, Henry
Bruster, Thomas Berry, Robert
Corbin, Richard Cross, James
Connelly, John Cowan, W.C. (3)
Collins, P.J. Donica, Tho. M.
Decker, Thos Dawson, Daniel
Davis, Henry Dunn, Wm.
Eppstein, E. Farris, David
Foote, J.S. Furgason, A and J.
Graves, Irel Grosshart, A.
Hoots and Jones Hutchason, B.M.
Hight, John Hunter, John
Hays, James Haseny, John
Heddings, John Hipp, George W.
Huffon, Saml Hammond J. or J.W. (sic)
Haslaw Hostteter, John
Hughes, James Healy, G.H.
Hammond, J. Hutton E.
Jones, Daniel G.  
Kelly, Wm. Kearns, Patrick
Lemmon, Nick Lewis, Wm
Lofland, Sam H. McGuire, W.P.
Martin, R.C. Mitchell, G.M.
Mitchell, Jos. D. Miller, John
Neal, Joseph T. Towers, James
Reynolds, T.J. Ray, Solomon
Randolph, Nat Salisbury, C.W.
Smoot, Samuel Sims, Willis
Sutherland, J. Templeton, H.
Selring, A.S. (2) Springer, Janua
Smith, Mr. Troxell, Ed.
Taylor, Robert Southworth, A.D.
White, John Wright, B.G.
Wilson, Wm Wood, Rev. J.W.
Wilson, Geb Z. Wilson, Henry
Williams, Wm Walters, Jose
Wilson, Alfred Williams, Daniel
Wright, Benj. Worley, Harvey
J.I. Brown, P.M. Sep. 1, 1853


1864

List of Letters Remaining un-claimed in the Post Office at Charleston, State of Illinois, on the 26th day of May, A.D. 1864. To obtain any of these Letters, the applicant must call for Advertised Letters giving the date of this List and pay one cent for advertising. If not called for within one month they will be sent to the Dead Letter office. D.C. AMBLER, P.M.

LADIES' LIST

Clark, Mary E. McCormac, Miss M.
Dudley, Emma Pulliam, Mrs. E. 2
Duncan, Mary Ann Sergenr, Mrs. A.
Gray, Jenny Strain, Amanda H.?
Love, Sarah E.  

GENTLEMEN'S LIST

Atchison, Wm. S. Gregg, James C.
Bailey, D.A. Freel, John
Barhger, Samuel J. Hunt Ormand
Briant, N. Hiatt, B.
Bales, Asbury Mann, H.A.
Carner, Severn McNeal, Joseph
Corhorn, J.W. McCormick, C.
Cowles, Hiram McCormick, James
Com, Marion McLeod, Alex.
Coleman, Edwin McNanny, John
Dyer, Charles E. Nickles, Wm. F. & Co.
Devore, W.P.C. Philo, D.
Davis, G.  

The Plain Dealer, May 26, 1864


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