Duke,or should I say cousin ,My Grandmother Alice Lilly Mauk Venters purchased 200 acres of the family farm
on or around 1960.Her son" my uncle" Joe Venters, sold the property to cover her ongoing medical care 30 years later.I was last at the farm 1977,we went to camp out and stay in the old smoke house that we roofed and made into a cabin. every summer the family would stay on the farm for 3 to 5 weeks, we cut the weeds up to the graveyard clear brush right fallen tombstones ... When Lilly bought the farm there hadn't been anyone living on it for 20/30 years. The barn had fallen in also the kitchen and porch on the house,she had a frame placed under the house to try and save it but it was too far gone to save. Grandfather Coleman pulled the chimneys down so they wouldn't fall on someone they were very unstable after weathering +- 200 years. The well was hand dug and she hired some cousins to muck it out that first summer then we built a well box around it . The cold water would keep milk butter etc. for a week, power had never been brought onto the property, when she wanted to bring power lines in the utility co. quoted a price of $10,000 dollars a pole. There was a blacksmith shop with a steam engine for power and a forge,but this and the grain mill were long since gone by 1960, The mill was water powered at the head of open fork at the falls. The mauks had chiseled out timber holes in the sandstone to dam-up Gimlet creek to power the water wheel, they also had cut a race into the sandstone for the water to push the wheel a long ago flood pushed it over the falls into open fork,,,the millstone was still there the last time I visited about thirty feet down the falls on a ledge.The family historian joe venters passed away a few years ago , I have a complete copy of his work researching the family from my venters cousins. I looked up the name you were researching on a query, the form I emailed you[onthemauk website ] can get a photo copy of his social security application that has his father and mother listed after 1934.
this and federal censes records can help you track down family history
Between olive hill and grayson in elliot county the army corps. of engineers built a dam called grayson reservoir, when they filled it,,around 1970,,, the water backed up onto the farm at open fork, This was six hundred feet down a gorge,impressive to see,Gimlet creek flows through the center of the farm to grayson reservoir,, the cemetery is on top of a mountain there. the old homestead is across the creek onthe side of the other hill. There are other mauks on the web that are more knowledgeable than I to assist in your research best wishes chris lowe