Jennifer Jones

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Historical Placard: Deep Water Shoals Lighthouse May 2020 – US Army Transportation Museum

The Deep Water Shoals Lighthouse indoor placard was presented in May 2020. It is displayed in the US Army Transportation Museum in Ft. Eustis, Virginia.

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Historical Placard: Deep Water Shoals Lighthouse May 2020

The Deep Water Shoals Lighthouse indoor placard was presented in May 2020. It is displayed in the training room at the James River Reserve Fleet in Ft. Eustis, Virginia.

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Historical Placard: Piney Point Lighthouse February 2019

The Piney Point Lighthouse indoor placard was presented in February 2019. It is displayed in the Keeper’s Quarters at the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, Piney Point, Maryland.

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Historical Placard: Greenbury Point Lighthouse June 2019

Greenbury Point Lighthouse Placard

The Greenbury Point Lighthouse indoor placard was presented in June 2019. It is to be displayed at the Greenbury Point Nature Center in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Historical Placard: Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse April 2019

Greenbury Point Lighthouse Placard

The Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse indoor placard was presented on April 19, 2019. It is to be displayed in the Navy Marina Office in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Keeper Bio: Charles M. and Mary Hagelin

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Date of Service: 1862-1868 1808: Mary Jennings Hagelin is born in England. 1812: Charles M. Hagelin is born in Sweden. 1838: John H. Hagelin is born on September 12th. 1862-1868: Charles M. Hagelin is named Principal Keeper at Cove Point Lighthouse, MD. His beginning salary was $350/year. 1864-1867: John H. Hagelin, son of Keeper Charles …

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Keeper Bio: George and Sarah Thomas

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Date of Service: 1855-1859 1855: George Thomas is named Principal Keeper at Cove Point Lighthouse, MD. His salary was $350/year. 1857: Keeper Thomas dies on duty at Cove Point Lighthouse, MD. 1857-1859: Sarah Thomas, wife of George, is named Principal Keeper at Cove Point Lighthouse, MD. Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org    

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Keeper Bio: Samuel and Mrs. F. Mathews

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Date of Service: 1866 1866: Samuel Mathews is named Principal Keeper at Cherrystone Bar Lighthouse, VA., in March. He resigns 8 months later in November. His salary was $400/year. 1866: Mrs. F. Mathews, is named the First Assistant Keeper at Cherrystone Bar Lighthouse, VA., in June. She resigns 5 months later in November. Her salary …

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Keeper Bio: Henry and Carrie Richardson

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Date of Service: 1870-1873 1870-1873: Henry Richardson, born in England, is named Principal Keeper at Cape Henry Lighthouse, VA. His salary is $760/year. 1870-1872: Carrie Richardson, born in New Hampshire, is named the Second Assistant Keeper at Cape Henry Lighthouse, VA. Her salary is $400/year. Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org    

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Keeper Bio: H. and Mary Creekmore

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Date of Service: 1869-1870 1869-1870:  H. Creekmore, born in Virginia, is named Principal Keeper at Cape Henry Lighthouse, VA. His salary is $760/year. 1869-1870: Mary Creekmore, born in Virginia, is named the Second Assistant Keeper at Cape Henry Lighthouse, VA. Her salary is $400/year. Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org    

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Keeper Bio: William and Julia A. Harding

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Date of Service: 1864-1869 1828:  William Harding is born in approximately 1828, in Maryland. 1834: Julia A. is born in approximately 1834 in Maryland. 1864-1869:  William Harding is named Principal Keeper at Cape Henry Lighthouse, VA. His beginning salary is $550/year. His ending salary is $760/year. 1865-1869:  Julia A. Harding is named the First Assistant …

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Keeper Bio: Jean G. and Nancy B. Potts

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Date of Service: 1864-1872 1864: Jean G. Potts, from Germany, is appointed Principal Keeper at Cape Charles Lighthouse, VA. His beginning salary is $500/year. 1865: Nancy B. Potts, the wife of Jean G. Potts, is appointed First Assistant Keeper at Cape Charles Lighthouse, VA. Her beginning salary is $300/year. 1868:  Keeper Jean G. Potts is …

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Keeper Bio: William M. and Augusta P. Elmore

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Date of Service: 1869-1877 1833:  William M. Elmore is born in Northumberland County, VA. 1845:  Augusta P. Ashburn is born on June 9 in Virginia 1863: William M. Elmore marries Augusta P. Ashburn in Virginia. 1869-1877: William M. Elmore is named Principal Keeper at Bowlers Rock Lighthouse, VA. His beginning salary is $600/year. His ending …

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Keeper Bio: Daniel and Rosannah Tatham

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Date of Service: 1843-1849 1843: Daniel Tatham is appointed Principal Keeper in April at Bodkin Point Lighthouse, MD. His annual salary is $400/year. 1844:  Daniel Tatham passes away in July and his wife, Rosannah, is appointed Principal Keeper at Bodkin Point Lighthouse, MD. Her annual salary is $400/year. 1849: Rosannah Tatham resigns as Principal Keeper …

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Keeper Bio: John and Araminta Gray

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Date of Service: 1822-1823 1822: Bodkin Point Lighthouse, MD is constructed, and John Gray is appointed Principal Keeper in January. 1822: John Gray dies in August. William B. Barney of the fifth U.S. Naval District, recommends that his widow, Araminta, be appointed Principal Keeper. Stephen Pleasonton endorses his letter and then forwards it to President …

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Keeper Bio: Mary Caulk Smith

Date of Service: 1868 – 1872 1841: Born on August 10th in Delaware. 1867-1872: Mary’s husband, Charles H. Smith is appointed Principal Keeper for the newly constructed Assateague Lighthouse, VA., in 1867. 1868-1872: Mary C. Smith is appointed the First Assistant at Assateague Lighthouse, VA. Her annual salary is $400/year. 1908: Mary Caulk Smith dies …

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Keeper Bio: Charles Harwin Smith

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Date of Service: 1867-1872, 1874-1881, 1895-1908 1840: Born on September 24th in Delaware County, PA. 1860-1865: Serves as First Mate on the U.S. Transport Steamer, Diamond State. 1865: Moves to Chincoteague, VA., where he serves as the Captain of a small cutter. 1867-1872:  Appointed Principal Keeper for the newly constructed Assateague Lighthouse, VA., in 1867. …

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Keepers Mascot: Georgia Brown

Mascot 125 is Georgia Brown. Owner Lynne provided this info: Georgia was an abandoned single kitten, in bad shape when she arrived at the Humane Society where I volunteered. I helped nurse her back to health and when she was healthy enough, I adopted her to her forever home. Georgia is a super interactive cat! …

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Keeper Bio: Noah Moffett Lawson

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Date of Service: 1865-1871 1827: Born on December 10 to parents Isaac & Hannah Sterling Lawson in Somerset County, Maryland. 1851: Marries Nancy Wickett Ward on November 4th in Somerset County, MD. 1844-1864: Noah Lawson is a sailor involved in commercial coastal trading from Baltimore to New York. In 1851, he was promoted to Master …

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Keeper Bio: Nancy Wickett Ward Lawson

Date of Service: 1869 – 1871 1833: Born on April 18 to parents Noah & Patty Anne Ward in Somerset County, MD. 1851: Marries Noah Moffett Lawson on November 4th in Somerset County, MD. 1867-1871: Nancy’s husband, Noah, Serves as Keeper for the newly constructed Janes Island Lighthouse, MD., starting in October 1867. 1869: A …

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Historical Placard: Nansemond River, White Shoal, Point of Shoals & Deep Water Shoals Lighthouses

A total of four indoor placards were presented in January 2021. Those four include the Nansemond River, White Shoal, Point of Shoals & Deep Water Shoals Lighthouses. They are displayed in the Isle of Wight County Museum, Smithfield, Virginia. Jennifer England, Director of Isle of Wight County Museum, accepting delivery of the four indoor placards …

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Historical Placard: Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse (Outdoor)

The second outdoor lighthouse historical display for 2020 featured our own Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse which was installed at the eastern peninsula of Thomas Point County Park in early September 2020.  This location has possibly the best view from the shore of the iconic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse that received important structural repairs this year …

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Keeper Bio: Cale Ballance Stowe

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Date of Service: 1913-1924 1889:  Cale Ballance Stowe was born on April 12, 1889, to parents Henry B. & Jane Burrus Stowe in Hatteras, NC. 1910:  In the U. S. Census, Cale’s occupation is listed as a sailor. 1912:  Marries Frances Swain on May 21, 1912, in Hatteras, NC. 1913-1914: Serves as First Assistant at …

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Keeper Bio: John C. Waters

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Date of Service: 1841-1843 1841-1843: John C. Waters is appointed Principal Keeper of Turkey Point Lighthouse, MD. On August 18, 1841. His annual salary is $350. 1843: John is dismissed from duty as Principal Keeper on June 2, 1843. It is not known why he was dismissed, but John Waters wrote a letter on October …

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Keeper Bio: Thomas W. Costin

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Date of Service: 1877 – 1910 1845: Thomas W. Costin is born on November 1, in Northampton County, VA. 1877-1883: Thomas Costin is appointed the First Assistant on November 1, 1877, at Cape Charles Lighthouse, VA, with an annual salary of $440.00. 1879:  Thomas marries Rosaline Hitchens on January 28, in Northampton County, VA. 1883-1896:  …

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Keeper Bio: George W. Costin

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Date of Service: 1910 1886:   George W. Costin is born on October 13 to parents Thomas W. and Ida R. Costin in Piney Point MD. 1883:  George’s father, Thomas, is appointed Principal Keeper at Piney Point Lighthouse, MD. 1910:  Thomas W. Costin dies on duty, on September 10th, at Piney Point Lighthouse. 1910:   George …

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Keeper Bio: William B. Taylor

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Date of Service: 1846 – 1849 1802: William B. Taylor is born in St. Mary’s County, MD. 1832: William B. Taylor marries Eleanor Guyther on February 14. 1846-1849: William B. Taylor is appointed Principal Keeper at Piney Point Lighthouse, MD. His annual salary was $350. 1850: His occupation is listed as a farmer in the …

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Keeper Bio: Elizabeth Wilson

Date of Service: 1873 – 1877 1827+/-:  Elizabeth C. Dodge is born in Maryland. 1869:  Noah Wilson, age 58, Principal Keeper of Piney Point married Elizabeth Dodge, widow/farmer, age 42, on 30 October 1869 at Piney Point by Rev. Smith. 1869-1873: Noah Wilson is appointed Principal Keeper of Piney Point Lighthouse, MD. His annual salary …

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Keeper Bio: Noah Wilson

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Date of Service: 1869 – 1873 1803:  Noah Wilson is born in Maryland. 1869-1873:  Noah Wilson is appointed Principal Keeper of Piney Point Lighthouse, MD. His annual salary is $520. 1869:  Noah Wilson, age 58, Principal Keeper of Piney Point married Elizabeth Dodge, widow/farmer, age 42, on 30 October 1869 at Piney Point by Rev. …

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Keeper Bio: Robert C. Lusby

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Date of Service: 1833-1841, 1843 1785:  Born on April 12 in Cecil County, Maryland, to parents William and Pamelia Lusby. 1812-1814: Serves in the War of 1812 in the 49 REGT (Veazey’s), Maryland Militia until he was released on September 10, 1814, as an LT. 1815-1817: Sheriff of Cecil County, MD. 1819: Marries Elizabeth Price …

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