THE OLD WATER MILL OF NESTORVILLE
Submitted by Louise Righman

      Some information and news about the burning of the building that replaced the old water mill at Nestorville. This building was built by Fred Shaw, Jink Righman, Clifford Righman with myself, Louise Righman, carrying water for the men to drink, this was in 1948. The building had the old stone burrs and much of the other workable parts used were in the building the old books I have preserved. Most of the people in this area have their name in the books for each person who had grain ground were listed, along with their location. The books also contain names of people who owed for grinding and information for tax purposes.

      At this last electric mill, the last person to have grain ground was George Shaffer, and Louise Righman did the grinding. Since this was hard work for a woman, the mill was sold by Rosa Righman to William and Willard Marsh. This makes Louise Righman the last miller of Nestorville.

      The Righman property came down from Jessie L. Righman and Anna Mary Elizabeth Stemple. He was born in Hardy County, October 9, 1822, and was killed in the coal mines on his property in 1878. He was married to Anna Elizabeth Stemple in 1840. They had 11 children. He belonged to the Home Guard in the Civil War and was buried in the Righman Cemetery at Nestorville, land which he donated for a cemetery and is now used by the Nestorville Church. This cemetery has several descendants of the Righman, Marsh, and Nestor families here. Jessie Righman donated property and helped build the Nestorville School where several from this area attended. It is now the Nestorville Senior Center and also is used as a community building. The old Methodist Church also was donated in part, by Jessie L. Righman. The home site is now occupied by the Righman family. He built a new home on this property in 1986. The first water mill was a sawmill and grist mill located by my home near Righman Ford. An old log home stood close by where Sarah Marsh Righman (mother of A. J. Righman) had a weaving loom to make cloth. This log house is said to have been occupied by Bill Nestor. Lilacs still grow near the site. There was an old stone burr that Grandpa Righman said was covered with grass and soil. My son, Glenn, and I removed it and I now have it near my driveway. This cut stone is very heavy and has been there for many years. This mill was watered powered and built by Abe Nestor or his son, Bill Nestor, in 1840.

      The next water mill was located near where Glenn Righman now lives. This was an overshot mill. The water wheel was constructed with compartments that filled with water at the top of the wheel. The weight of the water actually turned the wheel, which was about 20 feet in diameter. It operated on a shaft hewn from an oak tree. The shaft was about 40 feet long. The wheel, shafts and cogs where all made of wood and the grinding burrs were made of stone. The mill race for water enter the creek was dug by Abraham Nestor. This grist mill was destroyed by a tornado in 1948.

      The electric mill was operated by Albert Jinkens Righman until 1963. After the electrical works were sold by Rosa Righman, I remodeled the building making an apartment, which I rent. The last tenant was Robert Davis



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