cover side exhibits a Barrington Centre postmark.
The Barrington Centre Post Office,
(Barrington Township, Bristol County)
was established on April 19, 1866
under Postmaster Levi Staples. The post
office was disestablished on April 30,
1912 and the name changed to the
Barrington Post Office.
Post Office was established on
May 12, 1810 under Postmaster Joshua
Kennicott. the post office was closed on
October 27, 1898 and mail was handled through
the Barrington Centre Post Office until
April 30, 1912 when the Barrington Post office
was reestablished under Postmaster Charles
Cover was originally sent to Reverend Samuel. B. Shaw
at the Barrington Centre Post Office in
Barrington, Rhode Island. it was sent in an embossed envelope
The Reverend Shaw evidently was short of envelopes, a common
occurrence of the times. Mr. Shaw turned
the envelope by slitting it open on three sides and then
resealing it with his enclosures and then placed a strip of
three Washington 3 cent, pale-green stamps,
(Scott #136 - issued 1870)
on the turned cover. This was triple the normal
first class rate set in March 1863
and indicates that the cover and its contents weighed between
1 and 11/2 ounces,
(3 cents for each
1/2 ounce or portion thereof).
The cover was
sent to Robinson Colborn, Esq at the
Treasury Department in Washington, DC. Reverend Shaw
included a note on the inside of the cover stating,
"Excuse the envelope I
had no new ones large enough. I am 9 miles from the city."
Barrington Census of 1870 lists a Samuel
B. Shaw as a Clergyman living in that town with
his wife Caroline F. Shaw and two children;
Anna L and Abby G. He is listed on
the 1850 Lanesborough, Berkshire County,
Massachusetts Census as an
Episcopal Clergyman. In the 1850 census
there are 5 children listed as
living at home; Caroline, Ellen,
Emily, Edward, and Abby.
He is also listed on the 1860 Lanesborough Census
as still residing in that town, thus he must have been
posted to the Episcopal Church in Barrington
sometime between 1860 and 1870.
Reverend Shaw is listed as being born both in
Rhode Island and Massachusetts in 1800.
(Portions of Bristol
County were originally a part of the state of Massachusetts
before transfer to Rhode Island.)
1936 Tercentenary First Day of
Issue Cover with Barrington Town Cancel