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Hopewell, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

City Point's Wiseman Family

Four Centuries: City Point, Virginia 1613 A.D.

City Point's Wiseman Family Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 8, 2020
1. City Point's Wiseman Family Marker
The Yankee Soldier met Miss Wiseman at the town well – and married her after the war.

The Wiseman family had settled in City Point many years before Mary Catherine Wiseman married Frederick Belch in 1865. He was a Yankee soldier bivouacked along the waterfront during the Civil War. A granddaughter said, "The town well was next door to grandmother's home which was on the bluff overlooking the James River, and one day he and my grandmother met there." Belch was mustered out in his hometown of Philadelphia. He returned to City Point soon after and married Miss Wiseman. Fred Belch got a job as the keeper of the lights on the James. Of the couple's six children, five settled in City Point. Their sons worked on the river as lamplighter, river steamer captain, and harbormaster.

Nearby are three family homes – 500, 501, 505 Prince Henry Avenue.

Mary Catherine Wiseman, wife of Frederick Belch, a former Union soldier under General Grant at City Point.

The home on the right (505 Prince Henry Avenue) is the Belch House (circa 1832 as it looked before it was
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"modernized." Family tradition identifies this as the house being used to shelter wounded soldiers prior to June, 1864.

Henry Sherman's circa 1912 house (449 Prince Henry Avenue) stands approximately on the site of City Point's first Freedmen School, sanctioned by the Federal government just after the Civil War for the education of freed slaves. Residences and businesses lined Main Street, one of two central commercial streets, the other being the waterfront.

William Arnold stands at the end of Main Street (Prince Henry Avenue). In the background is the City Point House. Immediately behind Mr. Arnold is 505 Prince Henry Avenue. An early 19th century school house, is thought to be City Point's first institution for private education. It was later the residence of Edward Comer, whose son, Charles, was a courier with General J.E.B. Stuart.

500 Prince Henry Avenue (circa 1912) was owned by Willie belch, a river steamer captain. In the background is the 1914 Du Pont laundry plant.

Erected 2013 by City of Hopewell, Commonwealth of Virginia.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducationSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1864.
Location. 37° 18.843′ N, 77° 
City Point's Wiseman Family Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 8, 2020
2. City Point's Wiseman Family Marker
16.425′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Pelham Street and Prince Henry Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Pelham Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Prince Henry Ave, Hopewell VA 23860, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Women At City Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Taverns (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops (about 400 feet away); Dr. Peter Eppes House (about 700 feet away); One Soldier, One Family, One War (about 700 feet away); Quartermaster Repair Shops (about 700 feet away); Clearing the Way (about 700 feet away); Historic City Point (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hopewell.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Old Marker At This Location also titled "City Point’s Wiseman Family".
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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May. 22, 2024