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Dungan family


Jeremiah Dungan was born in Pennsylvania in 1730. By the mid-1770s, he had moved to what became Washington County, Tennessee. Here, near the Watauga River, he built a home and mill on the banks of Brush Creek that passed through his property before entering the river. This mill remains the oldest operating mill in Tennessee, and the St. John Milling Company that operates it is the state’s oldest continuously operating business. Dungan died in 1813 and was buried on the property.

Eventually, the Dungan mill property passed to his daughter Mary and her husband, John Houston in 1816. In 1847, Houston sold the property to Henry Bashor, who was already operating his own mill. Bashor continued to operate both mills until 1866 when he sold the Dungan Mill to his nephew George Washington St. John. St. John also happened to be a descendant of Jeremiah Dungan. The mill and original Dungan stone house have remained in the St. John family to the present time.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Jeremiah Dungan Family History

 Collection — Box: J (Small Collections)
Identifier: AppMs-696
Scope and Contents The Jeremiah Dungan Family History consists of a family history book titled Jeremiah Dungan, 1730-1813, Watauga Settler by Thomas P. Dungan and photographs of Dungan’s house, grist mill, and gravesite in Washington County, Tennessee.