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SHASTEEN GENEALOGY
Houston
, TX
 — Updated Jan 2008
Ray@Shasteen.com
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CIVIL WAR ERA MAPS — AMHERST CO., VA

 

Overview of Amherst County from 1860's map— Otter Creek on left, Pedlar Mills down and to the right, and Amherst CH (Court House) toward the center bottom
Note that all these maps seem to be a bit incorrectly oriented in comparison to modern day maps, particularly north south relationship of Amherst to Pedlar Mills to Otter Creek intersection with the James River.
This map is followed by
Otter Creek to Pedlar Mills Close up, then Pedlar Mills to Amherst C. H. (Courthouse) Close up, then four Present Day Area Maps, then an 1863 map of the area used for researching the James Sharstead 1748 and 1751 deeds.
Source: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650, no copyright issues to my knowledge — http://memory.loc.gov/  — [Map of Nelson and Amherst counties, Va.] / Lt. C.S. Dwight.

Otter Creek to Pedlar Mills Close up — South from Otter Creek note Davis (east of south tip of Big Island) — Due west from Pedlar Mills note Ellis, then just south and in between, Col Davis
My best guess is the land sold Shasteen to Ellis on both sides of Otter Creek would have been where this map indicates Scott on the north side of Otter Creek and north of Davis on the south side of Otter Creek

Pedlar Mills to Amherst C. H. (Courthouse) Close up

 


Present Day Area Maps courtesy of Google Map

Note this closest in map shows the present day Otter Creek running into the James River beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway and present day Otter Lake (See present day county maps for clarifications)

Note scale - It is about 3500 feet or about .65 mile from the river bank to the east side of the "Otter Lake," which appears to be more of a pond
 

Present day maps courtesy of Google Map

This map shows the terrain near the creek. In all likelihood, the Shasteen property was probably between Otter Lake and James River. For them to have had property on both sides of Otter Creek to take advantage of the creek for their mill, that is the logical conclusion. Whatever land had been cleared in 1790-1810 could have grown back substantially between then and now. It is not inconceivable that the property actually abutted the James River and was very near the present day visitors center shown on the above map (I only know it is a visitors center because of my visit to the area.  (Purely conjecture on my part.)

Note scale - It is about 1.2 miles from the south side of the "Otter Lake" to the dam on the James River just south of the south end of Big Island

Present day maps courtesy of Google Map

• Pedlar Mills is about directly east from where Otter Creek enters the James River north of Big Island and based on the scale of the map, that appears to be about 6 miles.

• The dam just south of Big Island and the city of Waugh south on 501 from Big Island in relation to the Otter Creek to Pedlar Mills Close up map that shows the dam just south of Big Island and Waugh's Ferry. Based on the scale of this map it is about 5.25 miles from Pedlar Mills to the indication below of Waugh approximately where the Ferry was located on the 1863 map above.

• See the road map below for a correlation between the 1863 map path from Pedlar Mills to Waugh Ferry with the current day path.

The road south out of present day Pedlar Mills is Bufflao Springs turnpike, which on the 1863 map was called Lynchburg Buffalo Springs Road.

Also, if you to east from present day Pedlar Mills towards Amherst, you still pass through Crawford Gap.
 

Present day maps courtesy of Google Map

• Note the road Monors Branch out of Pedlar Mills west which crosses 130 and becomes Waugh Ferry Rd.

Compare this to the 1863 map above Otter Creek to Pedlar Mills Close up for Ferry Road to Waugh's Ferry

1863 map of the area, focusing on north and east side of Tobacco Row Mountains regarding the 1748 (Both sides Buffalo River near Blue Mountains) and 1751 (Huff's Creek East side of Tobacco Row Mountains - this creek drains into the Buffalo River ) James Sharstead deeds.

Deeds have been requested from Amherst County Court System.
Source: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650, no copyright issues to my knowledge — http://memory.loc.gov/  — [Map of Nelson Co. and part of the counties of Albemarle, Amherst, Augusta, Fluvanna and Louisa, Va.]
Confederate States of America. Army. Dept. of Northern Virginia. Chief Engineer's Office. —  CREATED/PUBLISHED — [S.l. : Chief Engineer's Office, D.N.V., 1863].
Note: These maps overlap some as a result of the manner in which I acquired and enlarged them.



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Believe Pedlar Mills is just not shown on this map, but is located above the above marker about where the river forks, horizontal with the space between "Engineer" and "Bureau" on line one of the text in the left column.

 

 

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