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Keeper Bio: Selden, Judy

Date of Service: 1871-1872 1839:   Judith Hale is born in April, in Virginia. 1858+/-:   George Henry Selden marries Judith Hale in Westmoreland, VA. 1871-1872:     Judy Selden is appointed Second Assistant at York Spit Lighthouse, VA. Her salary is $400/year. (Her husband George H. Selden serves as Principal Keeper)    

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Keeper Bio: Selden, George Henry

Date of Service: 1870 – 1886 1837:   George Henry Selden is born in March, in Virginia. 1839:  Judith Hale is born in April, in Virginia. 1858+/-:  George Henry Selden marries Judith Hale in Westmoreland, VA. 1864-1866:  George H. Selden enlists in the U.S. Navy in September 1864, where he served as Petty Officer on the …

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Keeper Bio: Richards, Phoebe D.

Date of Service: 1873 – 1879 1824:  Phoebe is born in Pennsylvania. 1879-1879:  Phoebe D. Richards is appointed First Assistant at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA. (Her husband Elisha Richards is Principal Keeper). Her salary is $420/year. 1879:  Phoebe D. Richards writes a letter to the Secretary of the Navy pleading her case to remain as …

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Keeper Bio: Richards, Elisha

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Date of Service: 1873 – 1879 1822:  Elisha Richards is born in New Jersey. 1873-1879:     Elisha Richards is appointed Principal Keeper at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA. (His wife Phoebe D. Richards is First Assistant). His salary is $540/year. 1879-1879:  Phoebe D. Richards is appointed First Assistant at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA. (Her husband Elisha Richards …

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Keeper Bio: Peterson, Sarah E.

Date of Service: 1915 1915:   John Peterson dies on duty at Hawkins Point Lighthouse on February 17th at age 75. 1915:   John Peterson’s wife, Sarah E. Peterson is appointed Principal Keeper at Hawkins Point Lighthouse, MD., following the death of her husband. She served at this position for approximately 30 days. Sources: Chesapeake …

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Keeper Bio: Peterson, John

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Date of Service: 1879 – 1915 1846:  John Peterson is born in Germany. 1879-1881:   John Peterson is appointed First Assistant at Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, MD. His salary is $420/year. 1881-1886:  John Peterson is appointed Principal Keeper at Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, MD. His salary is $540/year. 1886-1892:  John Peterson is appointed the first Principal …

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Keeper Bio: Parkinson, Abram

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Date of Service: 1877 – 1880 1853:   Abram Parkinson is born in Maryland to parents Abraham and Henrietta Parkinson. 1860:   In the U.S. Census, Abram (7), lives with his parents Abraham and Henrietta Parkinson, as well as his sister, Mary Josehine (9). 1870:   In the U.S. Census, Abram (16), lives with his father …

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Keeper Bio: Parkinson, Mary Josephine

Date of Service: 1874-1877 1851:  Mary Josephine Parkinson is born in Maryland to parents Abraham and Henrietta Parkinson. 1860:  In the U.S. Census, Mary (9), lives with her parents Abraham and Henrietta Parkinson, as well as her brother, Abram (7). 1870:  In the U.S. Census, Mary (18), lives with her father Abraham, and brother, Abram …

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Keeper Bio: Parkinson, Abraham

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Date of Service: 1869 – 1879 1815:  Abraham Parkinson is born in Maryland. 1845:  Abraham Parkinson marries Henrietta Marie Hood on March 20th, in MD. 1860:   In the U.S. Census, Abraham lives in Annapolis with his wife Henrietta, son Abram, and daughter Mary Josephine. His occupation is shoemaker. 1863:   Abraham’s wife, Henrietta Parker …

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Keeper Bio: Meeds, Sarah E.

Date of Service: 1901 1844:  Sarah E. is born in Maryland. 1866:   James E. Meeds marries Sarah E. in Maryland. 1900:   In the U.S. Census, James Meeds, age 61, is listed as lighthouse keeper at Fort Carroll, along with his wife, Sarah. 1901:  Sarah E. Meeds is appointed as a laborer at Fort …

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Keeper Bio: Meeds, James E.

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Date of Service: 1873 – 1901 1839:  James E. Meeds is born in June in parents Edwin & Mary Meeds in Maryland. 1866:  James E. Meeds marries Sarah E. in Maryland. 1862-1865:  James E. Meeds fought in the 8th Maryland Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. 1873-1901:  James E. Meeds is appointed Principal Keeper of …

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Keeper Bio: Levy, Sarah

Date of Service: 1853-1855 1805+/-:  Sarah Levy is born in Maryland. 1853-1855:     Sarah Levy is appointed Principal Keeper at Fishing Battery Lighthouse, MD., after her husband John Levy died. Her salary is $400/year. Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org    

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Keeper Bio: Levy, John

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Date of Service: 1853 1871+/-:  John Levy is born. 1853:  John Levy is appointed the first Principal Keeper at Fishing Battery Lighthouse, MD. John Levy dies soon after being appointed. His salary was $400/year. His wife Sarah Levy was named Principal Keeper after his death. Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org  

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Keeper Bio: Kendall, Susan

Date of Service: 1865-1867 1821+/-:   Susan W. Heath Kendall is born in Virginia. 1865-1867:     Susan Kendall is appointed First Assistant at Point of Shoals Lighthouse. Her salary is $300/year. (Her husband Thomas L. Kendall is Principal Keeper) 1870:   In the U.S. Census, Thomas lives with his wife, Susan, in Northampton County, VA. Sources: Chesapeake …

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Keeper Bio: Kendall, Thomas L.

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Date of Service: 1854-1870 1813+/-:    Thomas L. Kendall is born in Virginia. 1854-1861:  Thomas L. Kendall is appointed the first Principal Keeper at Point of Shoals Lighthouse, VA. His salary is $500/year. 1861-1865:     Thomas Kendall enlists in the 5th Virginia Cavalry. The lighthouse is discontinued during the Civil War. 1865-1868:     Thomas L. Kendall is reinstated …

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Keeper Bio: Huneke, Margaret

Date of Service: 1865-1869 1865-1869:     Margaret Huneke is appointed First Assistant at White Shoal Lighthouse, VA. Her beginning salary is $300, and her ending salary is $400. (Her husband, Peter J. Huneke served as Principal Keeper).   Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org    

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Keeper Bio: Huneke, Peter J.

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Date of Service: 1865-1870 1865-1870:     Peter J. Huneke is appointed Principal Keeper at White Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His beginning salary is $500, and his ending salary is $600. (His wife, Margaret Huneke served as First Assistant). Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org  

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Keeper Bio: Hatsell, William F.

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Date of Service: 1870-1880 1870-1872:     William F. Hatsell is appointed Principal Keeper at Point of Shoals Lighthouse, VA. His salary is $600/year. (His wife Rebecca Hatsell is First Assistant). 872-1878:     William F. Hatsell is appointed Principal Keeper at Bodie Island Lighthouse, NC. His salary is $820/year. 1878-1880:     William F. Hatsell is appointed Principal Keeper at …

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Keeper Bio: Hatsell, Rebecca

Date of Service: 1871-1874 1871-1872:     Rebecca Hatsell is appointed First Assistant at Point of Shoals Lighthouse, VA. Her salary is $400/year. (Her husband William F. Hatsell is Keeper) 1872-1873:     Rebecca Hatsell is appointed Second Assistant at Bodie Island Lighthouse, NC. Her salary is $350/year. 1873-1874:     Rebecca Hatsell is appointed Third Assistant at Bodie Island Lighthouse, …

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Keeper Bio: Grymes, Martha C.

Date of Service: 1894-1903 1868:    Born on July 9th in King George County, VA. to parents Benjamin and Ann Grymes. 1870:   In the U.S. Census, Martha, 2 years old, lives with her brother Benjamin, and parents on Mathias Point in King George County, VA. 1880:    In the U.S. Census, Martha, 12 years old, …

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Keeper Bio: Grymes, Benjamin C

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Date of Service: 1886-1919 1861:  Born to parents Benjamin and Ann Grymes in King George County, VA. 1870:  In the U.S. Census, Benjamin, 9 years old, lives with his sister Martha, and parents on Mathias Point in King George County, VA. 1880:  In the U.S. Census, Benjamin, age 19 and single, lives with his sister …

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Keeper Bio: Dewees, Amelia

Date of Service: 1857-1861 1818:   Born to parents Robert & Amelia Lively in Elizabeth City, VA. 1857-1861:     Amelia Lively Dewees is named Principal Keeper at Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, VA. Her salary is $550/year. 1861:   Resigns as Principal Keeper on May 12th. 1865:   Amelia Lively Dewees dies on August 10th in Elizabeth City, …

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Keeper Bio: Cropper, Ellen Mary

Date of Service: 1867-1871 1831+/-:   Ellen Mary Jackson is born in Maryland. 1848:  Ellen Mary Jackson marries Zorabable H.H. Cropper on February 2nd, in Baltimore, MD. 1850:  In the U.S. Census, she is 19 years old, married to Zorabable H.H. Cropper. 1860:   In the U.S. Census, Ellen Cropper is 28, living with her husband …

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Keeper Bio: Clegg, William L

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Date of Service: 1876-1883 1876:  William Clegg is named First Assistant at Lambert Point Lighthouse, VA. His salary is $420/year. 1876-1883:   William Clegg is named Principal Keeper at Lambert Point Lighthouse, VA. His salary is $540/year. (His wife Mrs. J.V. Clegg, served as First Assistant) Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org  

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Keeper Bio: Clegg, Mrs. J.V.

Date of Service: 1876-1882 1876-1882:     Mrs. J.V. Clegg is named the First Assistant Keeper at Lambert Point Lighthouse, VA. Her salary is $420/year. (Her husband William Clegg served as Principal Keeper Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org    

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Keeper Bio: Boole, Sallie

Date of Service: 1867-1872 1820:   Sally Bell is born in Virginia. 1840:  Marries David Nottingham Boole on November 23rd. 1867-1872:     Sallie Boole, named the First Assistant Keeper at Hog Island Lighthouse, VA. Her salary is $400/year. (Her husband David Boole served as Principal Keeper) 1895:  Sallie Boole dies on January 15th. She is buried at …

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Keeper Bio: Boole, David Nottingham

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Date of Service: 1864-1872 1821:   David Boole is born in Northampton County, Virginia. 1840:  Marries Sally Bell on November 23rd. 1864-1872:     David Boole is named Principal Keeper at Hog Island Lighthouse, VA. His beginning salary is $400/year, and his ending salary is $560/year. (His wife Sallie Boole served as First Assistant) 1896:   David N. Boole …

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Keeper Bio: Olsen, Sven T

Dates of Service: 1927-1957 1899:   Born in Norway on March 14. 1914+/-:  At age 15, Sven Olsen serves aboard a Norwegian Merchant ship for approximately 10 months. He then works on an English coal ship which was torpedoed by a German U-Boat during World War I off the coast of St. Nazaire, France. 1922-1925:  …

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Keeper Bio: Powell, Robert Franklin

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Date of Service: 1907-1921 1870:  Born on December 10, in Mathews County, VA to parents Thomas & Mary Powell. 1897:  Marries Maria Jane Winder on April 28 in Mathews County, VA.  The couple has four children – Carl, Nellie, Audrey and Lizzie. 1907:   The Mathews Journal reports that “Mr. R. F. Powell of Cricket …

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Keeper Bio: Ripley, James Temple

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Date of Service: 1900-1930 1873:  Born on March 8 in Mathews County, VA, to parents John & Elizabeth Davis Ripley. 1900:  Serves as Assistant Keeper at Cherrystone Bar Lighthouse (VA). His annual salary – $435.  Oliver R. Hudgins of Mathews serves as Keeper. 1901-1905:  Serves as First Assistant Keeper at Pages Rock Lighthouse (VA). His …

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