12 Jan 1807: Nicholas Doll to Frederick Doll, etc. Deed Book Q, pages 47-48
Deed of Gift from Nicholas Doll to Frederick Doll, etc.
Whereas, the following persons, Viz., Nicholas Doll, Frederick Doll, George Copp, Jacob Copp, John Copp, John Altdoerfer, George Altdoerfer, Jacob Hawn, John Hawn, Daniel Soxman, Jacob Huddle, Daniel Huddle, (River) George Shaver and Adam Seibert have formed themselves into a society for the purpose of building and keeping in repair a school house, and whereas such a school house has actually been built on the land of Nicholas Doll, aforementioned, the above named fourteen persons have agreed and do hereby agree as follows: viz., 1st. that said schoolhouse shall be only for the purposes of keeping school therein and occasionally for divine service, but shall not be rented or made use of for any other purpose. 2ndly., that the said school house shall be kept in repair by the above named members of this society or their successors. 3rdly., that they shall all have an equal share as well in the expenses of keeping it in repair as in the benefit thereof. 4thly., that no school master shall be taken in service without the consent of the majority of the members of the said society.
NOW, know all men by these presents that I, Nicholas Doll, of the County of Shenandoah, State of Va., for and in considerations of the laudable purpose for which said House has been built and for the further consideration of one dollar to me in hand paid by Frederick Doll, George Copp, Jacob Copp, John Copp, John Altdoerfer, George Altdoerfer, Jacob Hawn, John Hawn, Daniel Soxman, Jacob Huddle, Daniel Huddle, (River) George Shaver and Adam Seibert (members of the society for the purpose above mentioned) at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents, (the receipts whereof is hereby acknowledged) have given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said society and their successors a certain piece or lot of land lying and being in the aforesaid county of Shenandoah, it being the same lot of land on which the said school house is built and is bounded as follows:
Beginning at a White Oak Corner, to John Altdoerfer, then with his line No. 124 E., 16 poles, near a pine and white oak, then S. 124, 16 poles to a stone on line of Michael Hamman, Dec'd., then with his line No. 55, 10 poles to the beginning, contains about one acre.
To have and to hold the said land unto the said society and their successors for the only use and purpose above mentioned forever ----
In Witness the said Nicholas Doll has set his hand and seal this 12th day of January, 1807.
Delivered to George Altdoerfer, December 28, 1811
Old citizens described this schoolhouse as built of logs and weather boarded. A wide hinged shelf along the wall for writing, and long benches without backs for seating. A few crude desks, and very stern, strict school-masters.Historical Significance
This was one of the oldest schools in Shenandoah County. It was used as a church and school. A place of many gatherings; people rode horseback for many miles to gather at Copps School House. The land was given by Nicholas Doll. After the Civil War, this school house was torn down and part of the material was used in building the dwelling house of Israel Saum, at Saumsville. This was said to be about 1875.
Valley Pike Cemetery at this same site has many old sunken graves without markers. Some graves have fieldstone markers.
Source: Virginia W.P.A. Historical Inventory Project, 1937
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