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February 29, 2016 / Joanne Yeck

Fallsburg Mills: Part II

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In 1831, Thomas M. Bondurant, one of Buckingham County’s wealthiest citizens and publisher of Richmond’s Whig, purchased Fallsburg Mills with his partner, William Lewis. In 1834, Bondurant purchased the nearby tan yard from Thomas Miller. Within a little over a decade, the complex was again advertised for sale. This advertisement ran in the Whig in 1846:



For Sale

THE advertiser proposes to sell, for manufacturing purposes, his property in Buckingham County, Va., known as FALLSBURG MILLS. It consists of a substantially built Brick Mill, 50 feet square and four stories high; — there are also on the Mill Lot four other brick buildings, which are admirably suited for the families of operatives. Attached to the same property, there are 650 acres of good Farming Land, which will be sold in conjunction with the buildings, if desired, or separately.

LOCATION. – The property above described is about 90 miles from the city of Richmond, on the James River, from which stream there can be obtained, along with the set property, water-power sufficient to carry on a number of additional Mills or Factories. The Canal is also within a short distance of Fallsburg Mills, through which channel the Richmond market is easily reached.

As there are no Manufactories of Cotton or Wool in the section of country immediately in the vicinity of Buckingham, a rare opportunity is now afforded to enterprising gentlemen for the establishment of Factories.

The author of the above property would be willing to take a liberal portion of Stock in a Company that might be formed for manufacturing purposes; and he would make the terms of sale moderate.

Address THOMAS M. BONDURANT, the owner, Buckingham Court house, Va. Or ROBERT H. GALLAHER, of the Richmond Whig.

January 16, ’46.

Bondurant continued to advertise over the next two years. In 1848, Bondurant described the property as at Goodby’s falls, eighty-six miles above Richmond, within a few hundred yards of the canal. He mentioned the Millhouse, the four brick dwelling houses, as well as a “Tan Yard and Bark Mill.” Clearly, the property was a small and varied industrial center.

In 1859, the Virginia House of Delegates passed: “An act to incorporate the Fallsburg woolen, cotton, iron and leather manufacturing company in the county of Buckingham.” Of course, Virginia was on the verge of entering the Civil War. Was the industrial complex at Fallsburg successfully expanded?

It is unclear from the tax records whether or not T. M. Bondurant sold this property before his death in 1862.

If a Slate River Ramblings Reader knows more about the development of industries at Fallsburg Mills, please comment.


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  1. Roger / Feb 29 2016 4:23 pm

    Court order directing that the clerk of the court be appointed receiver of the proceeds of the land sale, to pay the costs of the suit and sale, and then disburse the remaining proceeds to the heirs in equally portions. On the opposite page of this order are a few later accounting entries, one of them a note of deposit to the account dated 12Dec1844 – this is the latest date I’ve seen in any of these court papers. {18-19}
    Court order appointing Thomas M. BONDURANT receiver (in place of William S. DAVIS) to disburse the sum of $256.97 to the heirs {9-10}

    This is from Powhattan County concerning a court case involving the Radfords. I don’t know if he fits here or not. My interest has been the Radfords and their connection to the Rakes.


    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 29 2016 5:55 pm

      Roger, Thanks for adding this to the Bondurant conversation. Perhaps a Slate River Ramblings reader can comment about the Radford and Rankes families. Joanne

  2. Joanne Yeck / Feb 29 2016 12:55 pm

    Dave, My records show that Thomas Moseley Bondurant was the son of William and Judith Anne (Moseley) Bondurant. Can another Slate River Ramblings reader comment? Joanne

  3. Dave Duncan / Feb 29 2016 12:25 pm

    I wonder if this Thomas M. Bondurant was the son of Thomas Miles Bondurant (d. 1822) and Rhoda Agee. John Noah Duncan, brother of my gggg-grandfather, Jacob Duncan, married Anne Bondurant about 1797 in Buckingham Co., Va. Anne was the daughter of Thomas and Rhoda.

    • Bob Flood / Feb 29 2016 12:47 pm

      My 4th gg father’s (Benjamin Flood) brother, Moses Flood married Molly Bondurant on June 30, 1791 in Buckingham County. Molly was the daughter of Thomas and Rhoda Agee Bondurant. Molly was born on May 30, 1771 in Buckingham County and died on September 7, 1840. I also have Duncan’s in my line. Benjamin Flood married Hannah Duncan, daughter of Jesse Duncan in July 1816 while in Shelby County, Kentucky.

      • Joanne Yeck / Feb 29 2016 1:09 pm

        Bob, Thanks for adding to the Bondurant family information. Joanne


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