David Melson

Picturing the Past 151: Cortner's Mill

Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 7:52 AM
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  • I do not know the history of the mill, but did go up there in a wagon with my grandfather and father in probably the 40's with corn from the farm in Haley to get ground. Was at that time an all day trip.

    -- Posted by mary337 on Tue, Mar 20, 2012, at 1:14 PM
  • There used to be a little history writeup on the restaurant's menu. And I brought one home, since I'm kin to those Cortners -- but I can't find it. (That was about 1996.) That 1870-ish map of the county that was in the Sesquicentennial edition of the T-G shows George Cortner's residence -- don't know if the mill was there. Matthias Cortner was the Bedford Co. pioneer, in that family.

    -- Posted by razyn on Thu, Mar 22, 2012, at 1:20 PM
  • If you have the Bedford County Tennessee Family History Book take a look on page 258 under George A. Cortner. There is a long story about the mill with lots of dates and former names.It was known as Troxler Mill, Huffman Mill, Stephens Mill, Goslin Mill,and The Alexander and Justice Mill. Justice died and Alexander sold to Phillip R. Wilhoite who then sold half interest to George Cortner in 1886. The story continues with how they made the mill more efficient. The concrete dam was built in 1916.

    -- Posted by Cal t on Thu, Mar 22, 2012, at 5:04 PM
  • The man in the photo would be Anrew Johnson Cortner, the son of George A. Cortner and great-grandson of Matthias Cortner. My mother was a Cortner but I'm descended from a different son of Matthias than A.J. was. The Cortners did not start the mill but were the last to operate it as a mill as far as I know. Matthias came to Bedford County in about 1820 from North Carolina. Matthias's father George Cortner died in 1819. The Cortners are descendents of German ancestors like many of the Huffmans, Troxlers, Kellers around this area. There is a book of Cortner family genealogy in the Shelbyville library called "A Winow to the Past" by Neal Cotner. It is well researched.

    -- Posted by cortnerkin on Sun, Apr 22, 2012, at 3:04 AM
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