Estate Body Slob – Animal Mill

Body Slob is estate 12 in St. Croix’s King Quarter, although it is also appropriately called Gibbs. An animal mill appeared only on the 1760s variants of the Beck maps.

Estate 12 was cultivated in sugar by 1750s, however, no structures appear on the manuscript map in 1750 or the two printed Beck maps. The 1766 and 1767 annotated and manuscript copies of Beck all include an animal mill in estate 12, while neither of the 1770 maps nor the Küffner map. From the 1799 Oxholm map and all subsequent maps, no structures appear in estate 12.

The 1750 manuscript map attributed ownership of estate 12 to Peter Markue’s heirs. The 1766 and 1767 annotated and manuscript copies of Beck all attribute ownership to Williamm Gibbs’ heirs, with spelling variation. The 1770 annotated Beck map attributes ownership to Martin Heiliger, with the name by the 1790 maps to Martin Meyer Heiliger.

McGuire geographic dictionary of the Virgin Islands (p.178, 79) does not include estate 12 in its description of Estate Slob, nor does it include it in the description of Fredensborg. Estate 12 is named as Gibbs, a name that has gone out of usage.

Historic Maps of Body Slob

Snippet of the U.S. Geological Service topographic map 1982 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The 1982 USGS topographic map shows no ruins in the area of estate 12.
Snippet of the U.S. Geological Service topographic map of 1958featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The 1958 USGS topographic map shows no ruins in the area of estate 12.
Snippet of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey topographic map of 1920 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The 1921 USCGS topographic map shows no structures in the area of estate 12.
Snippet of the Danish Atlantic Islands Association map of 1907 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The 1907 map indicates no settlement in the area of estate 12.
Snippet of the Parsons map of 1856 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
Parsons’ 1856 map depicts no structures in the area of estate 12.
Snippet of the Oxholm map of 1799 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
Oxholm’s 1799 map shows no structures, topographic features, or a name in estate 12.
Snippet of the Janssen map of 1791 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The 1791 manuscript map after Beck by Janssen attributes ownership to Martin Meyer Heyliger.
Snippet of the Mühlenfels map of 1790 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The 1790 manuscript map after Beck by Mühlenfels attributes ownership to Martin Meyer Heyliger.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of c.1770 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The c.1770 annotated Beck map added no information from the printed maps.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of 1770 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The 1770 annotated Beck map did not add an animal mill but attributed ownership to Marin Heiliger.
Snippet of the undated annotated Beck map featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The undated annotated Beck map of depicts an animal mill in estate 12 and attributes ownership to William Gibbs.
Snippet of the Küffner map of 1767 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
Küffner’s 1767 manuscript copy of Beck’s map depicts a settlement near estate 12 with no ownership attribution.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of 1767 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The annotated Beck map of 1767 depicts an animal mill in estate 12 and attributes ownership to William Gibbs.
Snippet of the Zöllner manuscript copy of Beck from 1766 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The Zöllner manuscript copy of Beck from 1766 depicts an animal mill in estate 12 and attributes ownership to William Gibbs heirs.
Snippet of the 1766 unsigned Beck manuscript copy featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The 1766 unsigned Beck manuscript copy depicts an animal mill in estate 12 and attributes ownership to William Gibbs heirs.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of 1766 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The annotated Beck map of 1766 depicts an animal mill in estate 12 and attributes ownership to William Gibbs.
Snippet of the Beck map printed circa 1757 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
Neither of the Beck printings indicated sugar manufacturing machinery in estate 12.
Snippet of the Beck map printed in 1754 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
Neither of the Beck printings indicated sugar manufacturing machinery in estate 12.
Snippet of the Cronenberg and von Jaegersberg map of 1750 featuring King Quarter estate #12, currently named Body Slob.
The 1750 map indicates sugar cultivation but no structures at estate 12. Ownership attributed to Peter Markue heirs.