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Holmes Post Office

Submitted by Judith Kimball

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The Republic of Texas Post Office Department records reveal Thomas Holmes served as a Jasper County Postmaster.[1] His delivery point was called Holmes Post Office per the postmaster list dated 11 July 1837 (fig. 197).

The law during 1837 enabled any persons transporting mail for the Post Office Department to take payment in land at fifty cents per acre and pay expenses. Postal rates were 6.25 cents for the first 20 miles and rose to 12.5 cents for up to 50 miles. The rates applied to one-page letters folded over and addressed on the front.[2] Might this have been an added incentive for Thomas to become a postmaster?

Incidentally, John Bevil served as Jasper's first county postmaster. Later, the Republic of Texas Fifth Congress would create the General Post Office as a division under the State Department, and after that placed it under the United States. By 1841, four new post offices and postal routes were created in Jasper County that included Belgrade, Zavalla, San Augustine, and Jasper Mills.

Fig. 197. Thos Holmes listed as Postmaster of the Holmés (sic) Post Office, July 1837.

[1] The Texas Digital Archives, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Logbook: List of post offices and postmasters, 1837-1842, Reel 1-2700, 2018, p. 8. https://tsl.access.preservica.com/uncategorized/IO_dfefb7bc-846c-44dd-9d62-02edfe4745f4/, accessed 14 January 2022.

[2] Nance, Joseph M., "Republic of Texas," Handbook of Texas Online. https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/republic-of-texas. Accessed 3 April 2022.

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