Location: In Grassy Gap; six miles northwest of Wise; half-mile south of Big Laurel.
Date: About 1830.
Owners: Arthur Wheatley; Frank Kilgore; Campbell Gardner.
Description: Story and half hewn log house. Lean-to kitchen at back. Faced southwest. Clapboard roof. Porch in front. Chimney at north end. Window in the south end.
History: Arthur (Arter) Wheatley was son of
William Wheatley and a brother of John (Jackie) Wheatley who settled on
Grassy Branch two miles east of Grassy Gap. He was born in Scott Co., VA
and married a daughter
Source of Information: Frank Kilgore, Clarinda
The Jackie Wheatley Mill
Location: Four miles northwest of Wise, one mile west of US 23; two hundred yards south of State Road 626; on Rocky Fork of Guest River.
Date: About 1830.
Owners: John (Jackie) Wheatley
Description: Small mill of the undershot wheel type; operated by water power and served surrounding settlers.
History: About 1830, John (Jackie) Wheatley
came from Scott Co. and bought several hundred acres of land lying on the
main Rocky Fork and Greasy Branch, a tributary. There was no mill in this
section, the settlers depending on hand mills and mortars to prepare their
meal for bread. Wheatley built the first mill in this section on Rocky
Fork. Four miles northwest of Wise. A small stream entered the river near
his mill, spreading over a bottom, which hindered the settlers in reaching
the mill. Wheatley dug a deep ditch about five hundred yards through the
bottom to form a channel for the stream and afford a dry road for his customers.
Source of Information: Patton Kilgore and
The John Wheatley Home
Location: Four miles northwest of Wise, three hundred yards off US 23 on state road No. 626.
Date: About 1830
Owners: John Wheatley bought of Commonwealth. Sold to his son-in-law, James Hamilton. Hamilton's widow sold to Felix Creech and Creech sold to the Virginia Coal & Iron Company.
Description: The original house stood about a hundred yards west of the present structure, and was one- story, hewn log building. Two rooms. Facing the north. Clapboard roof.
History: John Wheatley came from Scott Co.,
VA. He sold or gave this tract of about 1000 acres to his son-in-law, James
Hamilton. Hamilton was killed by Samuel Tyree Salyers at Norton in 1863
Source of Information: L. E. Carter, E. J. Bond
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