Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Early Grist Mill

Stice Grist Mill and Stice Shoals Dam
North Carolina 1778

"All is grist for the mill."
This was a popular proverb used by our early settlers, making profit from their land when they settled on the best spots of a stream. Grist mills were used to grind up grain into flour. Presently, we use the type of mill, i.e. flour mills, corn mill, etc.

Charles (Carl) Stice, abt. 1745 -1801, originally the German spelling Steiss, was granted the right by the Tryon County Court in North Carolina to build a “grist mill” on his land in 1778 (October 1778 Minutes of Tryon Co. Court Records). This family continued the tradition of settling and building mills on streams, as Peter Stice did in 1835 in Shelby County, when he migrated west to Missouri. Unfortunately, the latter was not deemed successful.

The original Charles Stice mill, later owned by the Duke Power, carries the name Stice Shoals Dam but still exists on the First Broad River, Cleveland County, NC, (county names have changed).

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  1. The last picture is my home county.

  2. This is my original ancestor. The very first Stice to come to america

  3. Dear Anonymous,
    This is my original Stice ancestor too! I recently found this info about the mill and am excited to learn more. I would love to compare notes. I live in another state so it's not easy to gather information sometimes from so far away.

  4. Thank you, Kathleen, for these wonderful images. I only learned of this link to my ancestor yesterday. What a great find. I'm indebted to you for posting them.

    1. Please drop me an email for your contact information and I will be sure to connect you with the other Stice researchers.

  5. Just stumbled across this wonderful information. Charles Stice was my 5th great grandfather. Thank you for posting this information.

  6. Jessica Bisch-PollardMay 16, 2018 at 10:32 PM

    Charles Carl Stice was my 5th great grandfather.

  7. This was my 5th great grand father also. A few years ago my wife and made a motorcycle trip there. We stopped at dam's caretaker's house and I showed my drivers license and told them who I was. The wife sent me down to talk to her husband and he was very nice and let me walk around and take pictures.
    David Stice

  8. Thank you for posting this, great information for descendents of Charles Stice!

  9. He is my grandfather

  10. He is my 5th Great Grandfather through Agness Stice March. Hope to visit on this trip. Thank you for the photos.