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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.