DeBusk Mill in Washington County, Virginia
This is thought to be the original mill that Elijah
DeBusk built circa 1800 in Washington County, Virginia.
Elijah settled on 200 acres of land on Rush
Creek and with the help of his relatives
built a grist mill sometime around 1800-10.
This mill is mentioned when Elijah deeded
his property to his sons Palser and Isaac
in 1822. The dividing line for the two properties
ran through the center of the mill. The mill
remained in the DeBusk family until Christopher
DeBusk sold the mill to William Meek Widener
in 1870. In the mid 1970's the mill was still
standing. The millstones were imported from France and it is said that
they were ultimately used for coffee tables.
The picture above was taken of Doris Marguerite
Miller Schnur when she visited Washington
County, Virginia in the 1970's. Doris did
a lot of research on the DeBusk families.
In 1995 Shirley Widener Crump took the work
compiled by Doris and published it in a book
"DeBusk Families of Washington and Russell
Counties, Virginia". Doris was the granddaughter
of Isaac DeBusk and Elizabeth "Betsy"
Catron. Shirley Crump was a descendant of
Elijah DeBusk and Sarah Rouse.