Tag Archives: Hampton

Sherwood Plantation

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.

George Booker
Ann Massenburg Booker
Richard Booker
Mollie Booker Von Schilling
James Darling
Frank Darling

The Sherwood Cemetery still exists on Langley Air Force Base.

George Washington Fields

Through my work on the free website findagrave.com, I get emails every day from people thanking me for adding entries to the website or photographing their loved ones tombstone. Sometimes they ask me if I can do some additional research for them, which I’m always very happy to do. Sometimes I get requests to use my photos in various ways, either on ancestry.com or in a publication of some sort. I had a request a few years back to use 3 of my photos in a book entitled “The Indomitable George Washington Fields: From Slave to Attorney”. The author sent me a link to the online copy, and I think it’s a fascinating read. I thought I’d share here.

My pictures appear on pages 33, 91, and 116. I’m very happy when doing something that I love comes back to help create something like this. Our area really is rooted in history, and it’s fascinating to learn about it.

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.



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.

1800’s Hampton

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.

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