1856 Bill of Lading for Goods Purchased by J.K. Applebee
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1856 Bill of Lading for Goods Purchased by J.K. Applebee

Unfortunately we can't decipher what goods arrived in Oakville Harbour for "Squire" Applebee of Postville. Note the spelling of "Appelbe" on this bill. (The search for the 1851 Census has the name as "Appellie" but the ledger itself clearly shows the spelling "Appelbe". Our donor points out that while the postage charge is in Halifax Currency, ie £-s-p (pounds, shillings, pence), the invoice itself is made up in dollars and cents. For more information on what "Halifax Currency" was, see the text linked to this record. The following excerpt from the "Early Ward 5" history written by Michelle Knoll tells about Mail Service in Trafalgar Township, and James Applebe's role as Postmaster of Postville. (Note: Postville had originally been called "Post's Corners".) The Mail: In 1816 a stage coach service was started along Dundas between York (Toronto) and Dundas. The stage stopped at Post's Corners. The driver of the coach put the mail bags under his seat or on top of the coach. The coaches were adorned with the King's Coat of Arms. Upon reaching a post office the driver blew a blast on his horn and threw the mailbag off the stage. The postmaster emptied the bag, took out what was addressed to his district and put the rest back, along with outgoing mail from his office. At Post's Corners there was a twenty minute delay while the horses were changed over. The receiver paid for the letters when they arrived and because of the cost some pioneers were unable to get their mail. A letter from England would take about 6 months to arrive in Halton Co. The Trafalgar Post office was opened in 1822 at 9th line in the store kept by Henry Proudfoot. It was the first post office in Halton County and the only post office between York and Dundas. The office was later moved to Post's Corners with the opening of 7th line (Trafalgar Rd. ) to the north. It was located on the north west corner of Trafalgar and Dundas. Additional Info: Library Archives Canada lists Alexander Proudfoot as Postmaster in 1832 through 1854 when J.L Beggar took over. James Appelbe also held the post. In 1833 the mail was delivered along the Lakeshore and Duncan McColl was the post-boy on horseback who for years carried the mail up to Post's Corners Post Office. In about 1908 Jim Curry of Milton started a rural mail service and delivered to people's homes.