Jacob Korn’s 1807 Millstone Hill tract

Jacob Korn is credited with the first gristmill in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA. His “mill and sawmill” are identified in the 1805 Southampton Township tax list that is documented on page 578 of the 1884 book “History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties Pennsylvania”. Jacob and Michael owned various properties in Allegany County, MD and the portion of Bedford County, PA that would become Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA. Jacob was first assessed in Bedford County in 1791, and in 1813, Jacob had a residence in Cumberland, MD near his brother Henry, and was listed as a blacksmith. One of the Maryland tracts that Jacob Korn owned was the 44-1/4 acre “Millstone Hill” tract on Piney Mountain. This tract was located just south of present-day Barrelville, MD, and straddles Millstone Run. Jacob had “Millstone Hill” surveyed in 1807 and paid for it in 1808. There, an easily identifiable type of quartz conglomerate stone is found that was used to make at least one surviving local millstone – the one used by the nearby Arnold’s mill. Presumably, Korn used stone from the same location for his own gristmill. Click here to see an 1842 map that shows the location of the Millstone Hill tract. (Photos below courtesy of Mr. Francis Bridges.)


This 2011 figure shows the type of stone found on Millstone Hill.


This 2011 figure shows one partially finished millstone that was found on Millstone Hill.


This 2011 figure shows another partially finished millstone that was found on Millstone Hill.


This 2011 figure shows a rock that was being prepared for blasting on Millstone Hill.


This 2011 figure shows a rock that has been blasted loose on Millstone Hill.


This 2011 figure shows a smooth building stone that was cut, then abandoned on Millstone Hill.

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