OLD PLYMOUTH . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: May 01, 2020
Webpage updated: May 01, 2020

        

WHO WAS WHO IN OLD PLYMOUTH  /  POSTAL SERVICE IN OLD PLYMOUTH TO 1839

Miss MARY RIVERS (1737-1833)

In 1794 a Miss Mary Rivers was appointed as the first Post Mistress of the General Post Office, Plymouth.  In 1795 she was renting a property in Bilbury Street, Plymouth, from Mr Jonathon Julian.

She was still renting the property, by now known as number 12 Bilbury Street, in 1833, the year that she passed away.  It's yearly value was given as 18.

Miss Mary Rivers, spinster, died, possibly of the cholera, and was buried at the Ancient Parish Church of Saint Mary, Plympton, on September 20th 1833.  She was said to be 96 years of age, indicating she was  born in 1737.  She had served as Plymouth's Post Mistress for 39 years although the local Councillors and businessmen knew full well that it was her Clerk, Mr Charles Markes (1789-1854), who was really running the Plymouth General Post Office.