The house at LaVallee plantation, Goochland Co VA, where Thomas Miller lived.
Source: "Goochland Yesterday & Today" by Cece Bullard
According to the Library of Virginia Website, my ancestor THOMAS MILLER (b March 20, 1754 Goochland Co VA, married CONSTANCE MASSIE) was a prominent figure in Goochland Co VA. He was an attorney, deputy sheriff, and sheriff of Goochland, as well as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Apparently there is a large file of THOMAS MILLER's papers available at the Library of Virginia, including his estate records and large amounts of correspondence and financial records.
As I do not live on the east coast, I have never had the opportunity to look at this file. However, a couple of years ago, a fellow researcher, Max Miller, sent me copies of THOMAS MILLER's original will and estate papers. The writing was extremely tiny, but I managed to decipher and transcribe the will. I put the estate inventory away, however, because it was a daunting 20 pages long and the tiny print barely legible. I did note that in the 1810 census there were at least 44 slaves living at LaVallee.
Recently I pulled out the estate inventory, and using a scanner, enlarged the writing enough to transcribe the estate inventory. I was shocked to find that THOMAS MILLER, at the end of his life in 1819, owned seven different large plantations in Goochland, Spotsylvania and King William County, Virginia--and that over a hundred slaves are named in the estate inventory.
The plantations were: LaVallee (where THOMAS MILLER lived), Woodville, Slab City (?) and Byrd, all in Goochland; Wormley House and Manskin (Manakin?) Lodge in King William County, and Prospect Hill in Spotsylvania County.
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