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Charles Tackett

Born c.1780 - Died 1834

Charles Tackett (c.1780-1834) was the son of William Tackett, Jr. (c.1751-after 1830) of Prince William County and his wife, Frances Reno (c.1750-1796:99).  In addition to operating Tackett’s Mills on the upper reaches of Aquia Run in Stafford County, Virginia, Charles also taught school and kept a hotel there.  He married Ann Nancy Barber (born 1801).  In 1817 Charles, along with his brother-in-law, William Barber (1787-1881), started the Mill Farm Seminary school at Tackett’s Mills.  In 1830 Charles paid taxes on 19 enslaved people.  Tackett’s Mills was the center of the community in that part of Stafford.  It not only ground grain, the mill could also saw lumber and there was a store and post office adjoining.  Charles was a magistrate in Stafford from at least 1830 to 1834.