|Watermills of Camden County - By William Farr - Chapter K|
KAY’S FULLING and GRISTMILL see Wards Fulling & Gristmill
KAY’S (FRANCIS) SAWMILL (at Barclay Farm) (John Kay’s Sawmill)
Francis Kay was assessed by Waterford Township for 437 acres and a sawmill for the years 1779 through 1782. His will, proved 1789 (1668 H), gave to his son John the so-called 100-acre tract (actually 140 acres) and 60 acres of adjoining homestead land (with the dwelling and a sawmill) to total 200 acres (which would rule out House Run as the millstream), as well as the “privilege of water for the use of the mill seven months in the year.” It may be that son John had the use of the mill in 1784 since a sawmill was assessed to a John Jr. in that year.
The “privilege of water,” which was apparently a burden on Samuel’s land, is unclear. It is uncertain whether the mill was on a stream coming down to the North Branch or was on the branch itself.
Francis’s son John died intestate in 1807 (2653 H). His 614 acres of land were divided among his children by court-appointed commissioners (report dated 11 April 1808, Glo Co Surr Div Bk No. 1, p. 24). Clement provides a composite copy of the several tracts (Maps and Drafts, Vol. 11, pp. 43-44), from which it appears that the subject tract (the most easterly portion of decedent’s holdings) was divided among Rebecca Kay Shivers, Samuel Kay and Ann Kay. No mention is made of the sawmill, nor has any evidence or mention of its existence past Francis’s will turned up. An 1803 survey of the tract (Warrants & Surveys, No. 281) inexplicably contains an identification “Map of Land John Kay purchased of Isaac Kay Jr.”
Rebecca and Ann sold their lots to brother Samuel (Woodbury N-498 and N-496). Samuel sold all three lots to Joseph Thorne 29 January 1816 (Woodbury AA-206), and he lost the single tract of 157 acres (Maps and Drafts, Vol. 1, p. 30) to Joseph W. Cooper by Sheriff’s deed, 3 March 1826 (Woodbury QQ-28).
KAYS (JOHN) SAWMILL (near Haddonfield)
Except for being in Waterford Township, the assessments do not fix the location of the land or otherwise identify it. See EVANS MILLS. John Kay Sr. was apparently the one who died in 1785 (1507 H), owning sawmills in Gloucester Township. Junior was probably his son, who died intestate in 1802 (2382 H), or he may have been the one who died intestate in 1807 (2635 H).
KAY’S (JOHN) GRISTMILL (near Tunersville) see CHEESMAN’S (PETER) GRISTMILL
KAY’S (JOSEPH) SAWMILL
KAY’S SAWMILL see BATES’ SAWMILL
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