Monday, November 26, 2018

Otonia Mill in the Alleghany Mountains #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

A Landmark Site Helps Locate the Old Family Homeplace

octonia stoneOctonia Mill was located .4 of a mile NW of Route 637 and 1.7 miles NW of the intersection of Route 1001 in Greene County, Virginia. There is a real issue trying to zero in on those ancestors who migrated into the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountains of Virginia. For one thing, the boundaries frequently changed, especially as part of the region went into Kentucky and West Virginia. People lived far apart and curvy mountain trails and runs were prevalent. Here is how I found the elusive Edward Franklyn of Augusta/Orange/Botetourt/Greene Counties. That same region where he resided fell into four different counties, Greene being the last county. An excellent vehicle to research are deed records, including land grants, because land was so important to early settlers that documents were recorded at the court house. Another source are Minute Records and Orders of the Court. In this example, I found an order to clear a road from Piney Mountain Run, " Edward Franklyn being also surveyor of the lower part of the said road from Octonia Mill to the said Piney Mountain. (1736)" Octonia stone was gathered in the region and milled. The work order stated that "your petitioner (John Cleveland) lives four miles above the Piney Mountain Run and Laurence ... more ...

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