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 Joseph Mantonya

Joseph Mantonya

Death 19 Feb 1851 (aged 70)
Burial Milfordton, Knox County, Ohio, USA
Plot Row 4
Memorial ID 53435067 · View Source
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Built the first water-powered grist mill in 1802, as noted on the metal plate attached to the center of the millstone (see photos). No further information is provided.

A large grindstone wheel sits beside this grave. The copper plate covers the center hole through which a drive shaft would have been fitted. Water would have turned a mill wheel to power the shaft, causing the grindstone to turn. Joseph's mill ran by power from one of the streams that feeds the North Fork of the Licking River. This grindstone wheel is in the center of the photo on the main page for this cemetery, and his tombstone is to its immediate left.

A much smaller grindstone, cut from a single piece of flint, rested by the grave as recently as 1995. Vandalism and theft have damaged this remote cemetery which is now more secure. Such stones are frequently placed in yards throughout the region as decoration.

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  • Added: 8 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53435067
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Mantonya (14 Jan 1781–19 Feb 1851), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53435067, citing Hall Knox Cemetery, Milfordton, Knox County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by JanisCJ (contributor 47095198) .