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Diana Mills - Slate River - Buckingham County, Va

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Diana Mills - Slate River - Buckingham County, Va

Posted: 1373609093000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fontaine, Norvell, Tapscott, Newton, Brown, Glover, Jefferson, Dunkum, Jones
I am interested in ANY information pertaining to Diana Mills in Buckingham County, Va. It sits on the Slate River, in the northern part of the county, where present day Dry Creek branches off of the river.

This mill site, was also the site of an early post office as early as 1827. The first post master was Clement R Fontaine, who owned the property. In 1835, it is documented there was 1 dwelling, 3 stores, and 12 people living at Diana Mills. Undoubtedly, the Fontaine family resided there, and accounted for most of the people.

Elder William Fontaine, Miller, has died by 1850, and his 17 year old son, William, is listed with no profession. My belief is that George N Tapscott was the overseer of this Fontaine farm, before young William was old enough to run it himself. By 1850, the Norvells are now adjacent the property, and there are father-son John Glover blacksmiths there.

By 1860, William is 27 and is the miller, with a fair amount of real estate. In 1860, merchants Newton and Brown are also present at the site. In 1865, William Fontaine sold the 62 acre site to C/E? Harrison, and others. Harrison also bought what appears to be part of the Newton's property. In 1866, they sold the property to EG Jefferson, James Dunkum, & Jones.

A post office index of 1897, stated that Diana Mills had a population of 100, attributed to the fact that there were now many more smaller farms around the site. The post office survived until 1947.

Any leads, info, photos, or old family lore would be more than appreciated!
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