Four generations of RICHARDSONs 1917

Four generations of RICHARDSONs 1917
William Richardson, Alice Josephine Richardson Dakin, Robert Worthington Richardson, Harry Bogart Richardson
Showing posts with label So Kent postmaster. Show all posts
Showing posts with label So Kent postmaster. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

South Kent in 1874

Here is a piece of an 1874 map showing the store and post office next to the depot for the Housatonic Rail Road.  The post office and general store were in a house.  SO, was Miss Fanton renting a room from Edward DAKIN?  Edward DAKIN bought the house where the store was located, we think in 1872.

It looks like the label for the building is
"Miss E. Fanton & E. Dakin
Store & P.O."
I don't think it is two buildings (one with Miss E Fanton & E Dakin and the other with the store) since there seems to be a line from the names to across the road to one dot (next to the one labeled "Depot" and there are not two dots on the east side of the road.

So, who is Miss E FANTON?
There were other FANTONs in So. Kent, as well a just over the town line in Gaylordsville.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Edward DAKIN, First Postmaster, South Kent, Connecticut

My great grandfather, Edward DAKIN was postmaster of the So Kent CT post office, I think from 1872 through 1882.
I went back and was reading the post office application paperwork for So. Kent CT.

My reading of the documents:
•23 August 1872, Edward Dakin applies for a new post office to be called South Kent. It is to be located in Kent, Litchfield County, Connecticut. The mail is currently on the Bridgeport CT to Pittsfield MA route arriving 6 days/week. It will be on the Housatonic RR (4 rods away). It is 3 miles from Gaylordsville and 4 miles from Kent, and 2 miles from the Housatonic River. It would serve 300 persons.
Edward Dakin signs it on 31 August 1872 and
Burritt Eaton, postmaster of Kent verifies the application.
•21 April 1884, George Hufcut Sain (?) applies for a new post office at Bulls Bridge. The nearest post office is So Kent which is 2.5 miles away and on the other side is Webotuck NY (2.5 miles). It is near the Housatonic RR (2.75 miles from Mervinsville station where mail is delivered) and the Housatonic River and will serve 130 people. 
It is signed by W. C. Camp, Webotuck NY
Along with the application is a map showing the locations of the Kent, South Kent, Gaylordsville and Webotuck Postoffices.
• 25 August 1898, Fred Chase, responds to the Post Office Dep’t topographer about relative positions of post offices in the area.