Jennifer Jones

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Keeper Bio: Mister, Mrs. V.A.

Date of Service: 1865-1870 1865-1870: Mrs. V.A. Mister is named the First Assistant at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA. Her beginning salary is $300/year, and her ending salary is $400/year. (Her husband Solomon Mister served as Principal Keeper) Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org;    

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Keeper Bio: DePass, Celestine

Date of Service: 1870 1841:  Celestine Butt is born in Virginia. 1870:  Celestine DePass, born in Virginia, is named the First Assistant at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA., in June 1870, where she remains until August 1870. (Her husband John DePass served as Principal Keeper) 1882:   Celestine DePass dies in April, at the age of 38 …

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Keeper Bio: Sturtevant, Mary J.

Date of Service: 1870-1873 1824: Mary Jane Bell is born in Portsmouth, VA. 1842: William P. Sturtevant marries Mary Jane Bell in Portsmouth, VA. On November 15th. 1870-1873: Mary J. Sturtevant is named the First Assistant at Craney Island Lighthouse. Her beginning salary is $400/year, and her ending salary is $420/year. (Her husband William P. …

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Keeper Bio: Murphy, Ann

Date of Service: 1873 1839:  Ann Murphy is born in approximately 1839, in Ireland. 1873:  Ann Murphy serves as First Assistant at Craney Island Lighthouse, Va. Her annual salary is $420. (Her husband Patrick Murphy served as Principal Keeper) 1873:  Ann Murphy resigns after her husband’s death. Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org

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Keeper Bio: Richards, Phoebe D.

Date of Service: 1873-1879 1827:  Phoebe Dwight is born in Pennsylvania. 1873-1879: Phoebe D. Richards serves as First Assistant at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA. Her annual salary is $420. (Her husband Elisha Richards, served as Principal Keeper) 1910:  Phoebe D. Richards dies. Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org, The Norfolk Virginian, July 22, 1879

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Keeper Bio: Hagelin, John H.

Date of Service: 1864-1867 1838:  John H. Hagelin is born on September 12th to parents Charles M. & Mary Hagelin. 1862-1868:  Charles M. Hagelin, John’s father,  is named Principal Keeper at Cove Point Lighthouse, MD. 1864-1867:  John H. Hagelin, son of Keeper Charles Hagelin, is appointed First Assistant at Cove Point Lighthouse, MD. His salary …

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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. 1870: Elisha’s occupation is listed as a retired sawyer. 1873-1879: Elisha Richards serves as Principal Keeper at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary is $540. (His wife, Phoebe D. Richards, served as his assistant) 1879: Elisha Richards dies on duty as Principal …

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Keeper Bio: Murphy, Patrick

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Date of Service: 1865-1873 1830:  Patrick Murphy is born in approximately1830, in Ireland. 1865-1870:  Patrick Murphy was a crew member on LV-22, stationed at Wolftrap Station, in the Chesapeake Bay. His annual salary is $750/year. 1872:  Patrick Murphy is appointed Principal Keeper at Point of Shoals Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary is $600. 1873:   Patrick …

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Keeper Bio: Raabe, William

Date of Service: 1890-1925 1855:  Born June 27th in Germany. 1869:  Immigrates to the United States from Germany. 1880:  Occupation is listed as a Sailor living in Baltimore with his wife, Annie, in the U.S. Census. 1890–1891:  Serves as First Assistant at Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, MD. His salary is $420/year. 1891:  Serves as First …

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Keeper Bio: Talbott, Joseph Francis

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Date of Service: 1883-1922 1857:  Born December 10th to in Anne Arundel County, MD. 1876-1879: Serves as an apprentice as a Brass Finisher in Baltimore, MD., at J.H. Register & Sons. 1879-1883:   Works as a Fireman with the United States Lighthouse Service. 1883:   Serves as Assistant Keeper at Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Corolla, NC., from February …

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Keeper Bio: Wingate, Henry Clay

Date of Service: 1902 – 1927   1862:  Born May 19 to parents Thomas and Mary Wingate in Dorchester County, MD. 1880: Occupation is listed as Sailor in the U.S. Census 1889:  Henry is discharged from the Army on November 16 (Spanish American War) 1890: Marries Nettie J. Dodge. 1900: Occupation is listed as day …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper George Leikam – August, 2020

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Any questions, email Keeper Grave Dedication Ceremony programs@cheslights.org  Download the Grave Marker Program Marker and Ceremony Application here.

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Keeper Bio: Sturtevant, William P.

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Date of Service: 1870-1873 1820: William P. Sturtevant is born in Edenton, NC. 1842: William P. Sturtevant marries Mary Jane Bell in Portsmouth, VA. On November 15th. 1860: In the U.S. Census, William P. Sturtevant’s occupation is a painter. 1870-1873:  William P. Sturtevant, Sr., is named Principal Keeper at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA. His beginning …

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Keeper Bio: DePass, John Jacob

Date of Service: 1870 1826:  John Jacob DePass (half Spanish/Portuguese and half Negro) is born in London, England, to parents Abraham & Sarah DePass. 1860:  The U.S. Census shows John and his family living in New Orleans, LA. 1861:  John DePass enlists in Company E of the 1st Infantry Regiment Louisiana National Guard. DePass was …

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Keeper Bio: Mister, Solomon T.

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Date of Service: 1865-1870 1865-1870:  Solomon T. Mister is named Principal Keeper at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA. His beginning salary is $450/year, and his ending salary is $600/year. (His wife V.A. Mister served as First Assistant) Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org;    

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Keeper Bio: Cross, George

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Date of Service: 1853-1863 1853-1856: George Cross is named Principal Keeper at Back River Lighthouse, VA. His salary is $400/year. 1859-1863: George Cross is named the first Principal Keeper at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA. His salary is $450/year. (His wife Elizabeth Cross served as First Assistant) 1861: During the Civil War, the Confederates remove the …

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Keeper Bio: Hagelin, Charles M.

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Date of Service: 1862-1868 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. (His wife Mary Hagelin served as First Assistant) 1864-1867: John H. Hagelin, son of Keeper Charles …

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Keeper Bio: Thomas, George

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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: Mathews, Samuel

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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. (His wife Mrs. F. Mathews served as First Assistant) Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org    

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Keeper Bio: Richardson, Henry

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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. (His wife Carrie Richardson served as Second Assistant) Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org    

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Keeper Bio: Creekmore, H.

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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. (His wife Mary Creekmore served as Second Assistant) Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org    

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Keeper Bio: Harding, William

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Date of Service: 1864-1869 1828:  William Harding is born in approximately 1828, 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. (His wife Julia A. Harding served as First Assistant) 1870: In the 1870 U.S. Census, William Harding’s occupation is …

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Keeper Bio: Potts, Jean G.

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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. (His wife Nancy B. Potts served as First Assistant) 1868:  Keeper Jean G. Potts is killed in a disagreement by a man he meets walking on the railroad tracks near the …

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Keeper Bio: Elmore, William M.

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Date of Service: 1869-1877 1833:  William M. Elmore is born in Northumberland County, VA. 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 salary is $540/year. (His wife Augusta P. Elmore served as Assistant …

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Keeper Bio: Tatham, Daniel

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Date of Service: 1843-1844 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 Tatham, is appointed Principal Keeper at Bodkin Point Lighthouse, MD. Her annual salary is $400/year. 1849: Rosannah Tatham resigns as Principal …

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Keeper Bio: Gray, John

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Date of Service: 1822 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: Smith, Mary Caulk

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: Smith, Charles Harwin

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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: Lawson, Noah Moffett

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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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