EARLY OHIO POSTAL ROUTES
by WILLIAM D. OVERMAN
Director, Library and Archives
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio
Editor's Note: Considerable interest has been indicated in
Dr. Overman's article on "Early Ohio Postal Routes," published
in the January-March 1946 issue of the Quarterly (pp. 21-29).
Particularly philatelists who specialize in early stampless covers
have expressed appreciation for the article. It has been sug-
gested that the publication of the postal routes established in Ohio
between 1812 and 1823 would be useful. The following list is
included as a supplement to Dr. Overman's previous article.
Act of May 11, 181230
Gallipolis to Chillicothe.
From New Lisbon (Lisbon). by Wayne Courthouse, Rich-
land Courthouse, and Knox Courthouse, returning by Coshocton
Courthouse and Canton, to New Lisbon.
From Chillicothe, by Fayette Courthouse, Green Courthouse.
and Dayton, to Easton, returning from (Green Courthouse, by
Clinton Courthouse and Greenfield, to Chillicothe.
From Urbana to Springfield.
From Gallipolis to Athens.
From Huron to Danbury.
Act of 181431
Steubenville, Faucettstown, to New Lisbon.
New Lisbon, Salem, to Columbiana.
31 Ibid., 1813-14, 2841.
30 Annals of Congress, 1811-12, 2294-5.
402 OHIO ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL QUARTERLY
Springfield to Troy.
Zanesville to Coshocton.
Urbana to Springfield.
Canton, Springfield, Suffield, Talmadge, and Stow, to Cleve-
Portsmouth to Vanceburg, Ky.
Urbana to Troy.
Chillicothe, Lebanon, to Cincinnati.
Athens, Lancaster, to Columbus.
Cadiz, Freeport, White Eyes Plains, Coshocton, Mt. Vernon,
Clinton, to Fredericktown.
Steubenville, Faucettstown, Fulkstown, Achor, Fairhill,
Columbiana, Salem, Grissels, Sandy Stone, Thompson's Salt
Works, Lower Salt Works, to Steubenville.
Columbus, Washington, to Newmarket.
Columbus, London, to Xenia.
Act of 181532
Zanesville to Coshocton.
Wheeling, Va., Stephen Scott's at the mouth of Fishing
Creek, to Marietta.
Delaware, Norton, Upper Sandusky, Lower Sandusky, to
Lebanon to Hamilton.
Act of 181733
St. Clairsville, Harrisville, Cadiz, Flushing, Morristown,
Belmont, Barnesville, Woodsfield, Dillon's on Capteen Creek, to
Dayton to Monroe.
Columbus to Granville.
London, Springfield, to Dayton.
32 Ibid., 1814-15, 1931.
33 Ibid., 1816-17, 1302.
OHIO POSTAL ROUTES 403
Newark, New Lebanon, to Lancaster.
Cincinnati, by Carson's, Ingersol's Ferry, or town of Miami,
Clarke's store, Harrison, to Brookville, Ind.
Act of 181834
Meadville, Pa., to Kinsman.
Marietta, Brown's Mills, and Oliver's Settlement, to Lan-
Lancaster, Royaltown, Circleville, to Washington (C. H.).
Marietta, Belpre, Wilkesville, Jackson (C. H.), Piketon, to
New Salem, Rumley, New Hagerstown, Leesburgh, New
Philadelphia, Paintville, to Wooster.
Columbus, Mt. Vernon, Loudonville, Wooster, Harrisville,
Delaware, Oxford, Florida, Lexington, to Mansfield.
Hamilton, Jacksonborough, to New Lexington.
Coshocton to Newark.
Troy to Dark (Darke Co.) Courthouse.
Granville, Johnstown, Sunbury, Berkshire, to Worthington.
Warren, Parkman, Burton, Chardon, Painesville.
Warren, Newton, Canton.
Youngstown to New Bedford, Pa.
Ravenna to Burton.
Stow, Medina Courthouse, to Huron Courthouse.
Brookfield to Mercer, Pa.
Marietta, Toulman's, Lexington, to Woodsfield.
West Union, by mouth of Brush Creek and Sandy Spring,
to Vanceburgh, Ky.
Act of 181935
Worthington to Urbana.
34 Ibid., 1817-18, 2577.
35 Ibid., 1818-19, 2515, 2519.
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Dresden, Washington Cross Roads, West Bedford, Darling's,
Berkshire, Delaware, to Urbana.
Ravenna, Rootstown, Randolph, to Canton.
Newark to Mt. Vernon.
Urbana to the county seat of Logan County.
Columbus, Urbana, Piqua, Greenville.
Troy, Piqua, St. Mary's, Fort Wayne, Ind., Fort Defiance,
to Fort Meigs.
Zanesville, Plainfield, White Eyes Plains (on the east side of
Wellsburg, Va., by Philipsburg and Smithfield, to Cadiz.
New Lexington to Greenville.
Coshocton, Mechanicstown, Millersburg, to Wooster.
Piqua to Hardin, Shelby Co.
Hamilton, Oxford, Dover, Eaton, New Paris, Greenville.
Cadiz to Rumby.
Act of May 13, 182036
Coshocton to Wooster.
Neville to Bethel.
Marietta to Woodsfield (via Regnier's Mills in town of
Feestown, Bethel, Williamsburg, Lebanon, Ridgeville, to
Lebanon, Springborough, Ridgeville, to Xenia.
West Union, Decatur, Ripley, Bridgewater, Bethel, Newton,
Greenville to Winchester, Ind.
Irville to Mt. Vernon.
Piketon, by Robert Bennett's and Asa Boynton's, to Burling-
ton, on the north side of the Ohio River.
Norwalk to Lower Sandusky.
36 Ibid., 1819-20, 2595-6.
OHIO POSTAL ROUTES 405
Act of March 3, 182137
Washington (C. H.) to Cincinnati.
Lancaster to Washington (C. H.).
Lebanon, Monroe, to Hamilton.
Washington, Pa., Wellsburg, Va., Steubenville, New Salem,
New Philadelphia, Wooster, Norwalk, to Lower Sandusky.
Canton, New Portage, Norton, Wadsworth, to Medina.
Lancaster, Circleville, to Chillicothe.
Granville, Worthington, to Dublin.
Urbana, Troy, Granville (probably Greenville) in Darke Co.
Dover (Tuscarawas Co.), Shanesville, Berlin, Millersburg
Dresden (Muskingum Co.), via West Carlisle, to Mansfield.
Aurelius, via Duck Creek Salt Works in Morgan County,
Senecaville, to Guernsey Salt Works and Washington (Guernsey
Act of May 8, 182138
Mouth of Little Scioto to Piketon.
Bellefontaine, Fort McArthur, Fort Findlay, to foot of the
rapids of the Miami of the Lake.
Columbus, Marysville, Zanesfield, to Bellefontaine.
Norton (Delaware Co.), Claredon, Buayners (probably
Bucyrus), to Sandusky.
Mouth of Little Scioto to Portsmouth.
Cleveland, Newburg, Hudson, Ravenna, Palmyra, Ellsworth,
Canfield, Boardman, Poland, Petersburg, Greensburg, to Beaver-
Columbus to Sunbury, through Harrison and Ravenna town-
37 Ibid., 1820-21, 1823, 1827.
38 Ibid., 1821-22, 2638, 2642.
406 OHIO ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL QUARTERLY
Columbus, Springfield, Dayton, Eaton, to Indianapolis, Ind.,
thence to Vandalia, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo.
West Union to Cincinnati, through Georgetown, instead of
Augusta, Ky., by Lewis, Felicity, Chilo, Neville, Pointopolis,
New Richmond, Newtown, to Cincinnnati.
Act of March 182339
Chillicothe, through Wilmington and Lebanon, to Cincinnati.
Dayton, Union (Montgomery Co.), Milton (Miami Co.),
Williamsburg (Clermont Co.) to Lebanon, altered to pass
through Goshen, Hopkinsville, and Deerfield.
Lancaster, Circleville, Washington (C. H.), Wilmington,
Lebanon, to Cincinnati.
Lebanon to Hamilton (Continued).
Indianapolis, Ind., to Anderson's town, via Wm. Conner's,
once in two weeks.
39 Ibid., 1822-23, 1390, 1393.