Category: Heritage-Maryland

Keeper Bio: William Raabe

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: Joseph Francis Talbott

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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: Henry Clay Wingate

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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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: 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: 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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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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Keeper Bio: Elizabeth Lusby

Date of Service: 1844 – 1862 1786:  Born on December 14 to parents Lewis and Mary Lusby, in Cecil, MD. 1819:  Marries Robert C. Lusby on December 21. 1833-1841:  Robert Lusby is appointed Principal Keeper at Turkey Point Lighthouse, MD, on August 10, 1833, where he remained until August 18, 1841. 1843:  Robert Lusby returns …

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Keeper Bio: Henry Heard

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Date of Service: 1840 – 1844 1840: In the U.S. Census, Henry I. Heard is listed as residing in the 3rd District, Saint Marys, Maryland. There was a total of 6 Free White persons residing with him and 1 slave. Three of these individuals are employed in agriculture. 1840-1844: Henry J. Heard is listed as …

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Keeper Bio: Philip Clark

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Date of Service: 1836 – 1840 1802: Birth of Philip Clark 1836-1840: Philip Clark is Principal Keeper at Piney Point Lighthouse, MD., with an annual salary of $350.00. 1850:  The U.S. Census lists Philip Clarke age 48 residing in St. Mary’s County, Maryland as a farmer. He is head of household, residing with him is …

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Keeper Bio: Charlotte Suter

Date of Service: 1844 – 1846 1840:  Charlotte Suter and her husband, Henry Sr., both born in Great Britain, are listed in the U.S. Census as living in St. Mary’s Co. MD. 1841:  Henry Suter dies on February 7, at age 71, and is buried at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Valley Lee, MD. 1844-1846:  Charlotte …

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Keeper Bio: John Adams Phillips

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Date of Service: 1869 – 1877 1817: Born March 20 to parents Joshua and Mary Phillips in Somerset, MD. 1838: Marries his wife, Anne Jane Stayton on June 5, in Baltimore, MD. They raise 4 children – 3 boys and 2 girls. 1861:  Enlists in the United States Navy on June 26 and achieves the …

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Keeper Bio: Charles C. Tyler

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Date of Service: 1905 – 1919 1859:  Born April 13 to parents Thomas and Maria Tyler in Somerset, MD. 1880:  Occupation is listed as Seaman in the U.S. Census 1900:  Occupation is listed as Oysterman in the U.S. Census 1905–1906: Serves as Second Assistant at Thimble Shoal Lighthouse, VA, with an annual salary of $440. …

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Keeper Bio: Henry Columbus Sterling

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Date of Service: 1900 – 1937 1872: Born on August 10 to parents George B. and Nancy Clark Sterling in Lawsonia, Somerset County, MD. 1891: Marries Sally Marian Riggin on July 28. They raise 6 children. 1900: Serves as First Assistant at Solomons Lump Lighthouse, MD. His salary is $420/year. 1900-1901: Serves as First Assistant …

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Keeper Bio: Lorenzo Dow Evans

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Date of Service: 1879 – 1900   1831: Born in Maryland 1875: The first Solomons Lump Lighthouse is constructed. It was a square, screwpile on five wrought iron piles. It was painted white with a brown roof and black lantern and exhibited a fixed white light. 1879-1893: Serves as Keeper at Solomons Lump Lighthouse, MD. …

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Keeper Bio: Walter M. Shawn

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Date of Service: 1895 – 1908 1862: Born on February 14 in Queen Anne’s County, Eastern Shore, MD. 1869-1870: Family moves to Gloucester County, VA. 1880: Works as a farmer.                     1888: Works as a lumberman.  Marries Virginia E. Davis on December 26.  The couple raises three children, Lessie, Linwood, and Estelle. 1895-1901: Serves as …

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Keeper Bio: William Thomas “Billy” Brooks

Date of Service: 1909 – 1923 1853: Born on September 3 in Mathews County, VA.                1878: Marries Lucy Jane Marchant on January 31.  The couple has six children ­- Egbert, James, William, Thomas, Golden, and Gladys.      1900: Works as an oysterman.                     1909-1911: Serves as Assistant Keeper at Cobb Point Bar Lighthouse, MD beginning November …

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Keeper Bio: Robert Harold “Hallie” Matthews

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Date of Service: 1918 – 1941   1873: Born on October 14 in Mathews County, VA. Marries Edna Earle Brooks.  The couple raises one child – Mary Elizabeth. 1918- 1920:  Serves as First Assistant Keeper at Deep Water Shoals Lighthouse (VA). Starting annual salary – $480; ending – $720. 1918: On August 7, First Assistant …

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Keeper Bio: Georgiana (Georgia) Sherwood Brumfield

Date of Service: 1895 – 1919 1849: Born on August 24 to parents John and Rebecca (Sherwood) Crouch in Cecil County, MD. 1865: Moves to Turkey Point Lighthouse, MD., where her father is appointed Keeper. 1870: Marries William Brumfield on September 23 at the lighthouse. They raise at least 6 children. 1873: Georgiana’s father, Keeper …

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Keeper Bio: Rebecca Crouch

Date of Service: 1873 – 1895 1825: Born on November 17 to parents Philip and Ann Sherwood in Baltimore, MD. 1840:  Marries John M. Crouch. They raise 3 children. 1850: In the U.S. Census John Crouch is 33 years old, married to Rebecca, age 25. His occupation is listed as a laborer. 1865: Rebecca’s husband …

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