The Beverly Allen School Town Lots: A Timeline for the Early Years 1876-1909

William Jackson and Andrew Graves listed as taxpayers below were men of color who lived in West Point, VA. Research continues about the various locations of each building that was used in town for the education of African American children. Oral history is invaluable, but digitized records and the discovery of the “burned” King William County records open doors previously closed for documentation.  We will continue to update this timeline as additional information is discovered.  We encourage everyone to contribute their knowledge and sources to the community narrative.  

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Timeline

1885-1908  King William County Land Book Lots 1036 and 1037

YearTaxpayer Lot 1036Taxpayer Lot 1037
1885Richard McDonald of New Brunswick, New Jersey (no building)Richard McDonald of New Brunswick, New Jersey (no building
1886Richard McDonald (no building)Richard McDonald (no building
1887William Jackson (no building, notes in tax record say from Richard McDonald and wife by deed)Peter H. Adams (no building)
1888William Jackson (building value $150) Andrew Graves (no building) 
1889William Jackson (building value $150)Andrew Graves (no building)
1890William Jackson (building value $775)Andrew Graves (no building)
1891William Jackson (building value $775)Andrew Graves (no building)
1892William Jackson (building value $775)Andrew Graves (no building)
1893William Jackson (building value $775)Andrew Graves (no building)
1894William Jackson (building value $775)Andrew Graves (no building)
1895William Jackson (building value $775)Andrew Graves (no building)
1896William Jackson (building value $100) Lot 1036Andrew Graves (no building)
1897William Jackson (building value $100) Lot 1036Andrew Graves (no building)
1898William Jackson (building value $100) Lot 1036Andrew Graves (no building)
1899William Jackson (building value $100) Lot 1036Andrew Graves (no building)
1900William Jackson (building value $100) Lot 1036Andrew Graves (no building)
1901William Jackson (building value $100) Andrew Graves (no building)
1902William Jackson (building value $100) Andrew Graves (no building)
1903William Jackson (building value $100) Andrew Graves is no longer listed in the land book; lot 1037 not listed
1904William Jackson (building value $100) R and J.L. Bland (no building, lot value $60)
1905William Jackson (building value $100) R and J.L. Bland (no building, lot value $60)
1906William Jackson (building is gone, lot value is $60)R and J.L. Bland own lot 1037 on 13th and lots 936 and 937 on 12th; all lots listed on same line with building value of $550
1907William Jackson (no building, lot value $60)R and J.L. Bland own lot 1037 on 13th and lots 936 and 937 on 12th; all lots listed on same line with building value of $550
1908W.E. Jackson (no building, lot value $60)R and J.L. Bland own lot 1037 on 13th and lots 936 and 937 on 12th; all lots listed on same line with building value of $550
1909W.E. Jackson (no building, lot value $60)R and J.L. Bland own lot 1037 on 13th and lots 936 and 937 on 12th; all lots listed on same line with building value of $550

1876-1884 King William County Land Book Lots 1036 and 1037

1876Charles L. Pearson owns “all unsold lots in the town” which were transferred to him from the West Point Land Company; lot 1041 is owned by Frances Page. Nine freedmen families were on the former “Taylor Farm” in this area after the Civil War and worked as sharecroppers. Early maps and other evidence suggest this is the same land where the previous plantation slave quarters were located (research continues). 
1877John Whitbeck of West Point owned 140 lots which the land book notes indicate were transferred from Charles L Pearson by deed; he also owned lots 160 and 161 (no buildings). John Woodbridge of New Brunswick, NJ owned 138 lots; Richard McDonald and John Woodbridge owned 142 lots together (notes say from CL Pearson). 
1878Richard McDonald and John Woodbridge of New Brunswick, NJ owned many lots (none listed by  lot number, just total and no buildings on those lots); B.L. Hutchinson of Trenton, NJ owned lots 1035, 1038, 1039 and 1040 which indicate from J. Whitbeck by deed.
1879Richard McDonald owned 68 lots and John Woodbridge of New Brunswick, NJ owned 212 lots
1880Richard McDonald of New Brunswick, NJ owned 68 lots (no buildings); John Woodbridge owned 210 lots
1881Richard McDonald owns many lots; note in tax record says lots 1036 and 1037 from John Woodbridge by deed; John Woodbridge is listed in the tax record the same year with his residence as New Brunswick. He owned 172 lots including 666, 667, 668, 671, 672, and 677 from R. McDonald
1882Richard McDonald of New Jersey owned 68 lots (no building is valued and no lot numbers are listed); he also owned 144 lots with John Woodbridge (note says from Charles L Pearson by deed). 
1883Richard McDonald owned 66 town lots; he also owned another 141 lots with John Woodbridge
1884Richard McDonald of New Jersey owned many lots but the lot numbers are not listed, only the total

 

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