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February 25, 2016 / Joanne Yeck

For Sale: Fallsburg Mills

Buckingham_Fallsburg Creek Map

Fallsburg Creek, in Buckingham County, flows into the James River, just downstream from Goosby Island. Above it is Mill Creek. Click image to enlarge.


In 1829, Fallsburg Mills, located on the James River, in Buckingham County, was advertised for sale in Richmond’s Enquirer. In 1821, Edmund Anderson and his wife had transferred the property to Fleming Turner and James Brown, then a surviving trustee of the exchange. An auction of the property was set for March of 1829 and the advertisement described the property as simply 318 acres attached to “said Mills.” Presumably the advertisement was so brief because the property was so well-known.

If the auction was held, it was unsuccessful. Thus, in July of 1830, James Brown and George Booker, Trustees, placed a new and much more thorough advertisement in the Enquirer:

TRUST SALE. – By virtue of the deed of trust executed to us by George Woodson, which deed is duly recorded in the clerk’s office of the county court of Buckingham, we shall, for purposes in said deed expressed, and at the request of the creditors of Edmund Anderson, proceed to sell, for cash, on the premises, on Thursday, 22 July next, if fair, if not the first fair day thereafter, that valuable and well known property called the


With 318 acres of good land attached thereto. This property is situated on James River in the county of Buckingham, about one mile above Warren, and has on it a large brick Manufacturing Mill, with two pair of Burrs and one of prime stones for grinding corn; a good brick dwelling-house, a brick store and a lumber house, with several wooden dwelling-houses and other valuable improvements, such as, the barn, tobacco houses, stables, &c. Acting as trustees, we shall convey to the purchaser or purchasers, the title vested in us by the deed aforesaid, which, however, is believed to be good.

The above property is to be sold subject to a prior lien thereon created by deed of trust executed by Edmund Anderson to James Brown, Jr. and Fleming Turner, trustees, to secure the payment of a debt, whereof a balance of about $2,000 remains unpaid.


June 25.

Coming Next: Fallsburg Mills: Part II


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  1. Robert Tapscott / Mar 1 2016 6:20 pm


    I have read your book, At a Place Called Buckingham, and found it a valuable resource when writing my own book, Henry the Immigrant. Unfortunately I published the second and final edition before I saw your exceedingly interesting postings on Buckingham County. Your recent posts on Fallsburg Mills are of particular interest since one of the Tapscotts in my book, George Tapscott Jr., who died around 1826, was said, by one of his descendants, Clayton Allen Tapscott, to have been “Killed at Fallsburg.” The reason for the use of the word “killed” is unknown (but intriguing) and Clayton is long since dead, source of his claim dying with him. For many years (despite my publications and blogs), family historians have assumed that Fallsburg was Fallsburg, Kentucky, not realizing that there was a Fallsburg near George’s residence in Buckingham County. You may be interested in my post of 1 Mar 2016 at, which mentions your book.

    Bob Tapscott

    • Joanne Yeck / Mar 2 2016 10:05 am

      Bob – Many thanks for posting your information about George Tapscott, Jr. and for sharing the link to your Tapscott blog. Other Slate River Ramblings readers can no doubt benefit from your knowledge about the family. Thanks, too, for your kind words about my book and blog.

      About George Tapscott’s death — There were accidents at mills that resulted in someone being “killed.” One such death occurred at Williams Mill in Buckingham County.

      See this post:


  2. buckctyva / Feb 25 2016 11:12 am

    My 4th GGF, George William Tapscott is supposed to have drowned in the river at Fallsburg in 1828. Unfortunately, I have no further details.


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