Estate Sempills – Animal Mill

Sempills is estate 24 in St. Croix’s Northside A Quarter. Based on appearances on historic maps, the animal mill was likely built between 1770-1794.

During the French period, a settlement is indicated near the location of estate Sempills, attributing ownership to Poupel. No settlement is indicated on the 1750 Danish survey. None of the annotated and manuscript copies of the Beck map show an animal mill in estate 24. Oxholm’s 1799 map shows an animal mill at Sempills. Subsequent maps show no structures and only the 1920s topographic sheets has the name Sempill.

All the Beck map variants attribute ownership to Thomas Dunbavin in the north of estate 24 and Peter Bleuw in the south. By 1790, ownership attributed to Durant.

McGuire geographic dictionary of the Virgin Islands (p.176) identify this as an Old Estate.

Historic Maps of Sempills

Snippet of the U.S. Geological Service topographic map of 1982 featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The 1982 USGS topographic map shows no ruins in the area of Sempills.
Snippet of the U.S. Geological Service topographic map of 1958 featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The 1958 USGS topographic map shows no ruins in the area of Sempills.
Snippet of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey topographic map of 1920 featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The 1920 USCGS topographic map shows no structures at Sempill.
Snippet of the Danish Atlantic Islands Association map of 1907 featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The 1907 map indicates no settlement in the area of Sempills.
Snippet of the Parsons map of 1856 featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
Parsons’ 1856 map makes no mention of Sempills.
Snippet of the Oxholm map of 1799 featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
Oxholm’s 1799 map shows an animal mill at Sempills.
Snippet of the Janssen map of 1791 featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The 1791 manuscript map after Beck by Janssen attributes ownership to Durant.
Snippet of the Mühlenfels map of 1790 featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The 1790 manuscript map after Beck by Mühlenfels attributes ownership to Durant.
Snippet of the circa 1770 annotated Beck map featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The c.1770 annotated Beck map shows no animal mill in estate 24 and attributes ownership to Thomas Dunbavin in the north and Peter Bleuw in the south.
Snippet of the 1770 annotated Beck map featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The 1770 annotated Beck map shows no animal mill in estate 24 and attributes ownership to Thomas Dunbavin in the north and Peter Bleuw in the south.
Snippet of the undated annotated Beck map featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The undated annotated Beck map shows no animal mill in estate 24 and attributes ownership to Thomas Dunbavin in the north and Peter Bleuw in the south.
Snippet of the Küffner map of 1767 featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
Küffner’s 1767 manuscript copy of Beck’s map depicts a settlement in the area of Semphills.
Snippet of the 1767 annotated Beck map featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The 1767 annotated Beck map shows no animal mill in estate 24 and attributes ownership to Thomas Dunbavin in the north and Peter Bleuw in the south.
Snippet of the 1766 Zollner manuscript copy of the Beck map featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The 1766 Zollner manuscript copy of the Beck map shows no animal mill in estate 24 and attributes ownership to Thomas Dunbavin in the north and Peter Bleuw in the south.
Snippet of the 1766 unsigned manuscript copy of the Beck map featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The 1766 unsigned manuscript copy of the Beck map shows no animal mill in estate 24 and attributes ownership to Thomas Dunbavin in the north and Peter Bleuw in the south.
Snippet of the 1766 annotated Beck map featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The 1766 annotated Beck map shows no animal mill in estate 24 and attributes ownership to Thomas Dunbavin in the north and Peter Bleuw in the south.
Snippet of the Beck map printed circa 1757 featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
Neither of the Beck printings depict any sugar machinery.
Snippet of the Beck map printed in 1754 featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
Neither of the Beck printings depict any sugar machinery.
Snippet of the Cronenberg and von Jaegersberg map of 1750 featuring Northside A quarter estate #24, currently named Sempills.
The 1750 map indicates no cultivation and attributes no ownership.