Archive:History of Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870
Summers, Lewis Preston, History of Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870 (Richmond, VA: J. L. Hill Printing Co., 1903), as found on [Google Books].
... the first County Court for Fincastle county assembled at the Lead Mines, on New river, in the present county of Wythe, on the 5th day of January, 1773...
On the first day of the court many interesting orders were entered, several of the number being here copied as entered:
Leave was given to Francis Whitney and William Kennedy to erect mills on the properties on which they lived, on the Holston river and the waters of the Holston river.
In this connection it is worthy of notice, that at the time permission was given to Kennedy and Whitney to erect their mills, there was but one mill on the waters of the Holston, so far as the records show, to wit: the mill of Arthur Campbell at Royal Oak.