Sharon Indian School

In the late 1800’s, King William County grudgingly provided a one-room school building and teacher, but the school was closed when the 10-student minimum could not be met. The Upper Mattaponi children were either educated with the Pamunkey or went without schooling until the Sharon Indian School was built in 1917.

Eventually, the Tribe used donated lumber to add a lunchroom and kitchen to the school. The kitchen was staffed by the Tribe’s adults.

The county replaced the original building with an eight-room brick structure in 1952. That building stands today as the only Indian school building in the state of Virginia. The school continued operations until it was closed by integration measures in the 1960’s. The building remained off-limits until the state returned it to the Tribe in 1987 and it now serves as the Tribal Center.


  1. drew brisby
    Posted April 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone every heard of a miranda brisby? She married a Roger lewis. And is the Brisby name affiliated with the tribe. If how? Thank you in advance

  2. Violet Norris
    Posted September 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    My maternal great-grandfather was Joseph Dungee. His daughter Daisy Maria Dungee born on September 9, 1889. She married Henry Hudson Byrd. I don’t know his birth date but I believe his birth year was 1873. I believe he was Pamonky. Because of the recent removal of my grandchildren from their father; it is important that I prove and verify my native american heritage which I believe may be around 1/3 or more. How can I obtain this verification?

    • Posted October 10, 2013 at 1:00 am | Permalink

      If you are trying to qualify for ICWA I must tell you up front that my understanding of the law is this:

      3. Who is covered by ICWA?
      Indian children involved in state child custody proceedings are covered by ICWA. A person may define his or her identity as Indian but in order for ICWA to apply, the involved child must be an Indian child as defined by the law. ICWA defines an “Indian child” as “any unmarried person who is under age eighteen and is either (a) a member of an Indian tribe or (b) is eligible for membership in an Indian tribe and is the biological child of a member of an Indian tribe” (25 U.S.C. ยง 1903). Under federal law, individual tribes have the right to determine eligibility, membership, or both. However, in order for ICWA to apply, the child must be a member of or eligible for membership in a federally recognized tribe.

      Please check this website and good luck with your grandchild.

  3. Vincent Young
    Posted July 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Do you have any information in your records on a Randell Lipscomb or his mother Emily(Lipscomb/widowed name) Banks- remarried name. According to the 1880 Census he was born in 1850 and lived in Aquiton, King William County, VA. Emily was born in 1835 King William County, VA. Randell was my Great-grandfather and Emily was my Great great-grandmother.

    Any information you might have would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Deborah Dungee
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    I am married to the son of MCcauley Dungee in Michigan, Mr. Dungee attended the indian school untill the 7th grade. We have proof of him and his parents being American Indian’s. My husband is half and we are thinking our daughter is 1/4 Indian. We are looking in to things as she will be going to college in the year 2013 – 2014. We are trying to get help with tution. Is there any thing or anyone that could help with this?
    Thank You,
    Deborah Dungee

    • Cynthia Dunne
      Posted March 23, 2013 at 2:49 am | Permalink

      Hi Deborah,
      I believe your father-in-law may have been part of the Upper Mattaponi tribe. You may want to contact Chief Kenneth Adams. Check out the website

      • Casey Henshaw
        Posted May 20, 2014 at 2:29 am | Permalink

        My great grandmother was Corrine Dungee. Any knowledge of her family history or resource to find information?

        Casey Henshaw
        -daughter of Robert Henshaw
        - granddaughter to Dottie and willie Henshaw

  5. Michele Pachot
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I am trying to get some information regarding my father. I was always told that we had Mattaponi Indian in our blood lines. I was wondering how to I verfy this. He passed away 2 years ago and I am trying to carry on his legacy. If you could give me any information. His name was John Beverly Smith. He lived in Tappahannock,VA. His father was John Louis Smith and his mother was Estelle Sparks(Mattaponi Indian I believe). Thank you for any information that is available. Michele

  6. Posted November 30, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Can you please give me some directions to the Sharon Indian School? I would like to attend the Dec 12 ceremony. I am coming from Richmond.

    I am a professional oral historian with very good credentials. I would like to contact the indiviudal whois coordinating your oral history work to offer my help. Please contact me. Telephone 804-353-1711.

    Betsy Brinson, PH.D.

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