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Edward Armistead Semple (1842-1910) and his maps

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.

1892
http://www.loc.gov/item/2012586256/

1902
http://www.loc.gov/item/2011588010/

Edward also surveyed and created a plan of the property of the Hampton Normal And Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) in 1876
http://www.davidrumsey.com/maps1137.html

Edward is buried in historic St. John’s Cemetery in downtown Hampton.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=semple&GSfn=e&GSmn=a&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=8174237&df=all&

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.