Abbot Postal History
Piscataquis County, Maine

a project of
V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 111 - Shawmut, Maine  04975
info@vfthomas.com

(updated 7 June 2021)


Thank you for the contributions to this page from James Husson and from the Strout family collection.



During the history of the town of Abbot, there have been four post offices.

Briefly, the history of these four is as follows:
1. Abbot (1) post office opened on 3 September 1825 and closed on 15 December 1912.
2. Abbot Village post office was established on 27 July 1861 and was renamed on 1 January 1999 as Abbot (2) post office, which is still operating.
3. Cole post office opened on 19 July 1893 and closed on 15 May 1903.
4. Number Seven post office opened in 1825(?) and closed in 1827(?). Research is needed


In 1914, there was only one post office in Abbot: Abbot Village. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)

      
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Postmarks from the town of Abbot include:
Abbot (1)
Abbot (2)
Abbot Village
Cole
Number Seven



Abbot (1)


1825 September 3:    Abbot (1) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1855:
   Postmaster: Charles W. Flint (source: The Maine Register for the year 1855.)

1912 December 15:
   Abbot (1) post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Abbot (2)


1999 January 1:
   The former Abbot Village post office was renamed as Abbot (2) post office. (source: Rarity Guide Update Group. 2020.)

1999 July 20:
   Shelley G. Knowlton appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2000 January 1:
   Shelley G. Knowlton appointed Postmaster.

2020:
   Abbot (2) post office. 1 West Road; Abbot, Maine  04406. Lat./Long.: N 45°10′43″ x W 69°27′10″.
      
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today:
   Abbot (2) post office is still in operation.


Abbot Village


1861 July 27:
   Abbot Village post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1916 March 1:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter. The horizontal bars to the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm apart on center.
      
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date?:
   David H. Buxton appointed Postmaster.

1939 December 11:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
      
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1940 January 31:
   Hope Buxton appointed Acting Postmaster.

1940 September 20:
   Hope Buxton appointed Postmaster. Her name changed by marriage to Hope B. Myhr on 8 September 1946.

1949 February 11:
   Ruby C. Stone appointed Acting Postmaster.

1949 August 3 through 1950 August 9:
   The circular postmark is approximately 29 mm in diameter. The elliptical cancellation to the right of the circle is approximately 25 mm tall and is composed of 9 equally spaced horizontal bars.
         
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1950 May 9:
   Joseph P. Morse appointed Postmaster.

1961 June 23:
   Erroll E. Grant appointed Acting Postmaster.

1962 September 28:
   Erroll Grant appointed Postmaster.

1980 June 6:
   Barbara E. Trafton appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1980 July 12:
   Barbara E. Trafton appointed Postmaster.

1992 September 28:
   Shelley G. Knowlton appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1994 February 5:
   James A. Chapman appointed Postmaster.

1999 January 1:
   Abbot Village post office was renamed as Abbot (2) post office. ((source: Rarity Guide Update Group. 2020.)