I’ve been working hard on adding birth and death certificates to the website. During my work, I came across the Von Schilling family buried in St. John’s cemetery. I kept seeing “Sherwood” listed on their tombstones and decided to do some research. The Sherwood Plantation once stood where Langley Air Force Base is now. There is a good write up about it here.
Ann Massenburg Booker
Mollie Booker Von Schilling
The Sherwood Cemetery still exists on Langley Air Force Base.
Stumbled upon this article quite by accident, but it has a educational timeline of all of Hampton’s mayors since 1887.
One of my favorite things to do while I’m researching, is to look at old maps of the area. Edward Semple was the county surveyor in Hampton after the Civil War. You can view 2 of his maps on the Library of Congress website, one created in 1892 and the other in 1902.
Edward also surveyed and created a plan of the property of the Hampton Normal And Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) in 1876
Edward is buried in historic St. John’s Cemetery in downtown Hampton.
Another interesting fact is there is a road in Hampton named after him, Semple Farm Road. When you look at the survey maps, you will see this is the property he owned at that time.
This is a very cool website about the Phoebus section of Hampton. This website has some really interesting information about the city’s great history. Check it out.
Optic views and impressions of the National soldiers’ home, South branch N. H. D. V. S., near Hampton, Virginia, as seen and described by one of its members (1910)
There was an interesting article in the paper today about renovations being done to St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Hampton, which is the only building still standing from the colonial period.
I’ve been compiling some marriage records for the city of Hampton, and found it interesting the way they referred to different areas of the city. The most common that I’ve seen is Mill Creek, Old Point, Fox Hill, Salt Ponds, and Fort Monroe. So I did a little digging to see where these areas actually were. I’ve marked them on the map for you.