Historical records matching Asaph "Ace" Alsup
About Asaph "Ace" Alsup
Alsup Mill is on Fall Creek near the Rutherford County Line between Lebanon and Murfreesboro, near Cedar Forest. The mill and dam were built by pioneer Asaph Alsup about 1808. His millstones were brought from a quarry at Goose Creek in Macon County on a wagon pulled by a yoke of oxen. Asaph ground more corn than was needed for meal by the settlers around him. Enterprising poineer that he was, he made the excess into sour mash and distilled whiskey from it. He fed the slop or stillhouse feed to hogs. About 1815 he drove a big bunchg of them, fat and fine, to Alabama, returning with a pocketful of money and a wife.
Alsup Mill has served the community many years and at this time Mr. Rice Jones, who operated the mill at one time for over a quarter of a century, is still grinding delicious Corn Meal the old time way with old time flavor
Stone Ground, Whole Grain, by Water Power
Information from biography provided by Fred Alsup
"In September 1816 Asaph had begun to build a grist mill on Fall Creek of Stones River. This mill is in south part of Wilson Co., TN and still stands. You can reach the mill by taking Highway 231 south from Lebanon and just after crossing the Wilson and Rutherford County line, turn and go east on Alsup Mill Road. On the 1850 Wilson Co., TN Agricultural Census, Asaph had 150 acres improved land and 850 acres unimproved with value of $6,000. The value of farm implements was $100. He had 9 horses, 5 mules, 8 milk cows, 4 oxen, 32 other cattle and 80 swine with value of livestock of $1250. His farm produce was 1500 bushel of corn, 200 bushels of oats, 30 bushels of irish potatoes, 50 bushels sweet potatoes, 250 pounds of butter and 8 tons of hay. On the 1850 Slave Schedule he owned one male 38, one female 34, one male 24, one male 21, one female 22, one female 12, one female 7, one male 7, one male 5, and one female 1. In 1860 he had one male 48, one female 40, one male 30, one female 17, one female 16, one male 14, one male 12, one female 10, one female 7, one female 3 and one female 1. Asaph married twice but only had children by his first wife, Mary Hill. He had however other children that lived with him and supported by him. In September 1811 he traveled to Winder, Georgia to visitrelatives and friends. The family he visited was that of Elijah Beam. Beam invited him to stay at his home where he met the two Beam daughters, Dorcas and Mary. After he returned to Tennessee one of the daughters bore him a son on 1 July 1812 and was named Elijah Beam Alsup. At the age of 18, Elijah came to Wilson Co., TN to live with Asaph on the family farm. In the spring of 1813, Asaph would often visit Abigail McKnight and on 29 Dec 1813 she bore him a son named Gideon McKnight Alsup, and later Gideon moved into the Asaph home. Asaph also had two daughters by unknown woman or women. Asaph was drafted on Sept. 1814 into military service during the War of 1812 and served in Captain Ezekiel Bass/ Company of Major Woodfolk's 3rd Battalion of Tennessee Militia during the campaign against the Greek Indians. He entered the service as a Private but was promoted to corporal on 2 Dec, 1814. The court found for Henry Wright, at the June Term of Wilson County Court, that Henry lost nearly the whole of his right ear in fight with Asaph on the 15th of April 1817."
Asaph "Ace" Alsup's Timeline
March 4, 1789
Fairfield, South Carolina, United States
Wilson, Tennessee, United States
January 30, 1835
July 7, 1871
Wilson, Tennessee, United States