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.
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.
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.