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February 15, 2016 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Mills: Baber Mill

SRR_Baber Mill Site_1964-1965

SRR_Baber Mill_1964-1965

Baber Mill, c. 1965, Courtesy Bernard Baber

Mills are always a favorite subject at Slate River Ramblings. And, like so many in Buckingham County, Baber Mill is no longer standing.

Thanks to Bernard Baber, great-grandson of C.S.A. veteran and mill owner Robert Lindsay Baber, here is a look at the ruins and site of Baber Mill as it existed c. 1965.

This map shows the approximate location of the once productive mill.

Baber Mill_edited-1

For more on the mill and the Baber family, enter Baber in the search box to the right and enjoy the results!

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  1. Joanne Yeck / Feb 16 2016 1:58 pm

    Yes. Henry St. George Harris’ land lay to the east of Baber Mill. It was the former John M. Harris property. At this time, his cousin, Norborne Harris was living closer to the mill.

  2. buckctyva / Feb 15 2016 10:24 pm

    Not only his neighbors, but men from throughout the James River and Slate River districts signed this appeal to keep R L Baber’s services during the war, excusing him from service. History tells us it did not prevail, for Robert Baber served valiantly for the 4th Va Calvary.

    To the Honorable, Jas. A Seddon, Secretary of War,

    We the undersigned neighbors and patrons of Baber Mills in the County of Buckingham & State of Va would respectfully represent that R. L. Baber having had his claim for exemption before the Board for this county refused & believing it was occasioned by his claim not being properly represented before the Board of exemptions.

    Would respectfully ask that he be detailed or exempted for the following reasons. He is the owner of a grist & saw mill & has been giving them his constant personal attention for the last four years and in the event of his being taken away, said mills would be necessarily stopped. He has been doing the grinding & sawing for his neighborhood now almost exclusively for the last four years and that he has been furnishing the families of soldiers at his will with meal for the last two years at prices stipulated by the county court. His former application was as miller only.

    We would further represent that the said Baber has a farm & three hands attached to his mills & generally produces a good deal of forage, etc for the government. And we further represent that he has a large family consisting of a wife and eight children, the oldest boy being only 13 years old. Should the prayer of your petitioners be granted, the said Baber is perfectly willing to cover notes bonds with sufficient sureties to furnish the provisions & his satisfaction to the Government & soldiers families as the law directs, as is duty bound will serve.

    P.M. Jones L Bolling
    J.R. Agee John R Layne
    F N Maxey Marcellus Layne
    Wm H Smith Ths Ferguson
    Thos A Norvell Thos C. Tapscott
    Joseph S. Moon Walter L Hamner
    Jas. F. Hamner Eliza C. Tapscott
    John H, Tapscott Hen. S. Layne
    Jno. W. Brown H. St.Geo Harris
    Norborne E Harris Geo W Maxey
    William Dameron Saml H Duncan
    ____ ? P. R. Gantt
    Geo. Baber M W Brown
    Thomas Baber David Benton (Burton?)

    We would state that R.L. Baber has been furnishing us with saddle tree timber for Cavalry Saddles and has agreed to furnish us with all that we may want, therefore we would respectively ask that he be detailed.

    Brown, Venable & Co.
    Gov. Contractor for Ordinance Defense
    Howardsville, Va
    May 19, 1864

    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 16 2016 8:33 am

      Great document. Thanks!

      • Mary Hitselberger / Feb 16 2016 1:40 pm

        Henry St,Geeorge Harris signed the document. Thanks

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