Rhode Island Stamp Issues
and Covers 1846 to 1900
May 12, 1856 Cover to B. R. Aubrey & Son - Providence, RI
From Hiscox and Pierce - Allenton, Rhode Island
Scott Number 11 - Brownish Carmine Variety - Split Lower Frameline
described in Chase - Page 69
(Scroll Down for History and Background information)
1856 May 12 Allenton Cancel
Split Lower Frame Line
Hiscox & Pierce Docketing
The 3 cent Imperforate Washington,
(Scott Nr. 11) issue has several
varieties including colors,
cracked or worn
double transfers and
both Perf 11 and Perf
12.5. The stamp on this cover and shown at right
with a blowup of the split frame below is listed in
"The 3c stamp of
U.S. 1851-57 Issue" by Carroll
Chase The Brownish-Carmen
variety was issued in 1851-52 and again in
1856. This is the 1856 variety.
The cover was sent and canceled from Allenton,
Rhode Island. The Allenton Post Office,
Kingstown Township, Washington County) was established
on February 18, 1850 under Postmaster William
The post office
was disestablished and consolidated
with the Wickford Post Office
under the name of "North Kingstown"
on November 15, 1957.
I believe the addressee is B. R.
Aubrey & Son, however the penmanship is poor and the name
could also be B. R. Abury & Son.
I have found records of both Aubreys
and Aburys in Rhode
Island, but nothing to lead me directly to a possible match.
The Hiscox of Hiscox
& Pierce is most likely Thomas
Jefferson Hiscox listed on the 1850
census for North Kingstown,
RI and born in 1801.
The second half of the firm is probably Samuel Pierce
listed on the 1860 census
as living in North Kingstown and born
in 1799. Thomas Hiscox's occupation
is listed as boatman and the firm
may have been in the boat building
Postmaster William H. Allen
was born 1812 and is listed on the 1860
North Kingstown census as a Merchant.
The census lists a wife - Mary
W, two sons - Samuel
D and William W, and
another female residing with the family named Lucy E.
(Possibly the sister of Mary).