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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SM-6
Corporate Name: Archibald H. Ramsour
Local Name:
Owner Name: Archibald H. Ramsour
Location: Six miles east of Tyler
County: Smith
Years in Operation: 6 years
Start Year: 1846
End Year: 1851
Decades: 1840-1849,1850-1859
Period of Operation: Middle part of 1840s to before the Civil War
Town: East of Tyler
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: According to Dr. Woldert, Archibald Ramsour operated a sawmill east of Tyler on 200 acres on the west end of the Isaac Renfroe League. His mill was used for local consumption. Much of his lumber, all sold direct at the mill, was used in building houses in Tyler. The carpenters had to season the lumber before building. Seasoning would have been either by air-drying or by using an Arkansas smoke kiln. Smith County Deed Records note in 1851 that A. Hosea Ramsour and Richard B. Tutt gave a deed of trust to Wilson G. Tutt, from Rusk County, to erect a saw and grist mill on 1107 acres located about six miles east of Tyler. Hose Ramsour operated a sawmill in Rusk County himself.
Research Date: MCJ 04-16-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson