Estate Bog of Allen – Animal Mill

Bog of Allen is estate 10 in St. Croix’s Prince Quarter. Based on appearances on historic maps, the animal mill was likely built in the mid 1750s.

The first appearance of settlement in Bog of Allen is the second printing of the Beck map in the mid 1750s. All the later variants of the Beck map included an animal mill, as does the 1799 Oxholm map at the bog of Allen. None of the subsequent maps indicate ruins identifiable as an animal mill.

Ownership attribution on the Beck variants uniformly name Augustin Pentheny, with minor spelling variations. In the 1790s, maps attribute ownership to Penthony.

McGuire geographic dictionary of the Virgin Islands (p.25, 37, 144, 139) notes how the name of estate 10 has varied, including Allendale, Bog of Allen, and Pentheny. By 1856, the estate became part of Old Pye in Bushby Plantation.

Historic Maps of Bog of Allen

Snippet of the 1982 USGS topographic map featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The 1982 USGS topographic map shows no indication of ruins at Allendale.
Snippet of the 1958 USGS topographic map featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The 1958 USGS topographic map shows no indication of ruins at Allendale.
Snippet of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey topographic map of 1920 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The 1920 USCGS topographic sheet shows no ruins identifiable as an animal mill at Bog of Allen.
Snippet of the Danish Atlantic Islands Association map of 1907 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The 1907 map identifies an estate at Bog of Allen.
Snippet of the Parsons map of 1856 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
Parsons’ 1856 map depicts structures but no animal mill at Bog of Allen.
Snippet of the Oxholm map of 1799 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
Oxholm’s 1799 map shows an animal mill east of the stream and north and west of the road at the bog of Allen.
Snippet of the Janssen map of 1791 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The 1791 manuscript map after Beck by Janssen attributes ownership to Penthony.
Snippet of the Mühlenfels map of 1790featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The 1790 manuscript map after Beck by Mühlenfels attributes ownership to Penthony.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of c.1770 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The annotated Beck map of c.1770 places an animal mill in the south of estate 10 east of the stream and attributes ownership to Augustin Pentheny.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of 1770 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The annotated Beck map of 1770 places an animal mill in the south of estate 10 east of the stream and attributes ownership to Augustin Pentheny.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of c.1767 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The undated annotated Beck map of places an animal mill in the south of estate 10 east of the stream and attributes ownership to Augustin Pentheny.
Snippet of the Küffner map of 1767 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
Küffner’s 1767 manuscript copy of Beck’s map depicts a settlement but no sugar mill and attributes no ownership in the area of Bog of Allen.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of 1767 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The annotated Beck map of 1767 places an animal mill in the south of estate 10 east of the stream and attributes ownership to Augustin Pentheny.
Snippet of the Zöllner manuscript copy of Beck from 1766 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The Zöllner manuscript copy of Beck from 1766 places an animal mill in the south of estate 10 east of the stream and attributes ownership to Augustin Pentheny.
Snippet of the 1766 unsigned Beck manuscript copy featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The 1766 unsigned Beck manuscript copy places an animal mill in the south of estate 10 east of the stream and attributes ownership to Augustin Pentheny.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of 1766 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The annotated Beck map of 1766 places an animal mill in the south of estate 10 east of the stream and attributes ownership to Augustin Pentheny.
Snippet of the Beck map printed circa 1757 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The second Beck printing shows an animal mill to the east of the stream in estate 10.
Snippet of the Beck map printed in 1754 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The first Beck printing does not show a sugar mill icon in estate 10.
Snippet of the Cronenberg and von Jaegersberg map of 1750 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #10, currently named Bog of Allen.
The 1750 map by Cronenberg and von Jægersberg indicates no cultivation in and makes no ownership attribution in estate 10.