Category: Heritage-Maryland

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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Keeper Bio: John M. Crouch

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Date of Service: 1865 – 1873 1817:  Born on April 10 in Cecil County, Maryland. 1840: Marries Rebecca Louisa Sherwood. 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. 1853: Listed as Constable for the 5th District …

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Keeper Bio: James Thomas Bowling

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Date of Service: 1873 – 1879 1839: Born June 9 in Baltimore, Maryland to parents Thomas & Susana Bowling. 1860s: Marries his wife, Margaret. They raise 4 children. 1863–1868: Served as Ensign for the Union Navy, where he was stationed on the USS Allegheny, a receiving ship. 1873–1874: Served as Principal Keeper for Craighill Channel …

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Keeper Bio: Loch Weems Humphreys

Date of Service: 1901 – 1914 1874: Born November 2 to parents Richard and Mary Drusilla (Bunting) Humphreys in Calvert County, MD. 1897: Marries his wife, Ellen Delilah “Nellie” Lusby on August 25. They go on to raise 4 children – 2 sons and 2 daughters. 1900: In the U.S. Census, Loch Humphreys is married, …

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Keeper Bio: James Locke Weems, Sr.

Date of Service: 1887 – 1918 1888: Born January 18 to parents James & Margaret Weems in Calvert, MD. 1878: Marries Mary Alice Ireland on February 21, 1878, in Calvert, MD. They had 5 children. 1887–1890: Served as First Assistant at Cove Point Lighthouse, MD. His salary was $420/year. 1890–1891: Served as Principal Keeper at …

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Keeper Bio: Harold McKnett Messick

Date of Service: 1939 – 1960 1900: Born January 3 to parents William and Elizabeth Messick in Wicomico County, MD. 1918: Per the 1917-1918 U.S. Draft Card, Harold is 18 years old, single, and his occupation is listed as a streetcar conductor. 1930: In the U.S. Census, Harold lives with his wife, Alice, and their …

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Keeper Bio: Paul B. Gray

Date of Service: 1921 – 1925 1887: Born on March 5 to parents Benjamin Nathaniel and Sarah Gray, in Drum Point, MD. 1900: In the U.S. Census at age 12, he is listed as living with his parents, Nathaniel, and Sarah. His father, Nathaniel, is the Principal Keeper at Cove Point Lighthouse, MD. 1905: Serves …

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Keeper Bio: George Henry Leikam Sr.

Date of Service: 1940 – 1960 1902:  Born on March 4 in Baltimore, MD 1940:  Stationed at Norfolk, Virginia as Quartermaster on the U.S. Coast Guard Tender, Violet. 1942 to 1943:  Keeper Leikam begins service as 1st Assistant Keeper at Holland Island Bar Lighthouse, Maryland. Salary – $1,440 a year. 1943 to 1945: Keeper Leikam …

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Keeper Bio: Helen C. Tune

Date of Service: 1877 – 1883 1854: Helen Dodge was born in October 1854 in Vermont 1871: Marries Thomas Steptoe Tune on June 21 in the District of Columbia. 1872:  Daughter Lorena Elizabeth is born on June 22 in the District of Columbia 1877:  Helen is hired as acting Keeper in March for the Piney …

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Keeper Bio: William Kirwan Slacum

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Date of Service: 1892 – 1914 1833:  Born on November 8, 1833, in Church Creek, Dorchester County, MD. To Barzillai and Julia Ann Slacum 1862:  Marries Margaret Jane Christopher on February 4, 1862, in Dorchester County, MD. 1880: Occupation listed as a clerk in Baltimore, MD. in the U.S. Census. 1892: Serves as Assistant Keeper …

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Choptank River Station

There are no photos of LV-25 marked as Choptank known to exist. If one is found, please contact the Chapter Historian. (See contact information at the bottom of this page) Choptank River Station, 1870-1871 LV-25 was placed at the entrance to the Choptank River at the junction with the Tred-Avon River in January 1870 to …

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Pooles Island Bar Light*

Pooles Island Bar Light is located off the southern end of Pooles Island and east of Hart-Miller Island, Maryland.  Congress appropriated $24,000 in 1927 to construct a light off Pooles Island to replace the Pooles Island Flats gas buoy. The light is a black skeleton tower attached to a black caisson structure. It is fitted …

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Timeline: Greenbury Point Shoals Lighthouse

1879:   The U.S. Lighthouse Board recommends building a lighthouse at the end of the shoal of Greenbury Point to replace the existing lighthouse on land that is quickly eroding and in need of extensive repairs at a price of $25,000. 1889:   After years of requests from the U.S. Lighthouse Board, Congress appropriates $25,000 to construct …

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Timeline: Somers Cove Lighthouse

1867:   Congress appropriates $10,000 to construct a screwpile lighthouse at Somers Cove, MD on March 2. 1867:   Somers Cove Lighthouse, a square screwpile, is completed. 1880:   Somers Cove Lighthouse is repainted. 1891:   Four of the diagonal girders are repaired. 1898:   Keeper William Insley is seriously injured on December 22. 1899:   New model fifth-order lamps are …

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Timeline: Mathias Point Lighthouse

1873:   The United States naval steamer Frolic went ashore near Mathias Point, MD in the summer and remained grounded for some time. The U.S. Lighthouse Board recommends an appropriation of $40,000 to build a lighthouse at this extremely dangerous part of the Potomac River. 1874:   Congress appropriates $40,000 to build a lighthouse or day beacon …

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Timeline: Sharkfin Shoal Lighthouse

1887:   The U.S. Lighthouse Board recommends building a screwpile lighthouse on Sharkfin Shoal at a price of $25,000. This light station would take the place of Clay Island lighthouse, which is being washed away due to erosion and needs many expensive repairs. 1889:   Congress appropriates $25,000 to construct the lighthouse at Sharkfin Shoal. Borings are …

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Timeline: Ragged Point Lighthouse

1896:   The U.S. Lighthouse Board recommends that a lighthouse be built at Ragged Point, MD on the Potomac River to mark a shoal at a dangerous turn in the river. The Lighthouse Board requests $20,000 to construct the light and fog signal station. 1901:   After multiple requests to establish a light at Ragged Point over …

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Timeline: Maryland Point Lighthouse

1887:   The U.S. Lighthouse Board recommends that a lighthouse be built at Maryland Point, 50 miles upriver from the Bay where there is a narrow bend and only 10 feet of water at a shoal. They request an appropriation of $25,000. 1888:   The request is repeated, with an increased appropriation of $45,000 to construct a …

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Timeline: Lower Cedar Point Lighthouse

1825:   A 72-ton wood schooner with a single light, “DD”, is stationed at Lower Cedar Point Station on the Potomac River. 1861:   Confederate forces seize and burn the light vessel. 1864:   A second light vessel, LV-24, is placed at Lower Cedar Point. It was a 115-ton wood vessel with an iron day marker, 2 lanterns, …

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Keeper Bio: Otho Bounds

Date of Service: 1892-1939 1867:  Born on September 27, 1867 in Allen (Wicomico County) Maryland. 1889:  Marries Esther E. Hopkins. The couple raises eight children. 1892:  Serves as First Assistant Keeper at Craighill Lower Front Range Lighthouse (MD). Annual salary – $435. 1892-1893:  Serves as Keeper at Lower Cedar Point Lighthouse (MD). Annual salary – …

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Timeline: Love Point Lighthouse

1834:   A request is made to construct a lighthouse on Love Point, Maryland at a price of $5,500 on June 30. 1837:   The request to build a lighthouse on Love Point is rejected. Captain Claxton of the Navy Commissioners Office writes in a letter: “it would be totally useless for vessels passing up or …

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Timeline: Janes Island Lighthouse

1850:   Congress appropriates $8,000 for a lightboat to be stationed off the southwest point of Janes Island on September 18. 1852:   John T. Tardy & Phillip Auld are awarded the contract to build the lightship at Janes Island with a low bid of $5,990. 1853:   The lightship is constructed and put into service. The …

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Timeline: Great Shoals Lighthouse

1882:   The Lighthouse Board recommends the construction of a lighthouse at the Great Shoals near the mouth of the Wicomico River at an estimated price of $15,000. 1883:   Congress appropriates $15,000 on March 3, to construct a square screwpile lighthouse at the entrance to the Wicomico River on the Great Shoals. Borings are made by …

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Timeline: Hambrooks Bar Light

1900:   Representative Kerr of Maryland, introduces a bill to the Committee on Commerce to establish a beacon light on Hambrooks Bar and two range lights to show the entrance to Cambridge Harbor, Choptank River, MD on December 11. The Treasury Department recommends revising the bill to include “at a cost not to exceed $10,000.” Representative …

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Hambrooks Bar Light*

This aid to navigation is in about 4 feet of water on Hambrook Bar on the south side of the Choptank River and approximately 1-1/2 miles northwest from the entrance to Cambridge. On December 11, 1900, Representative Kerr, of Maryland, introduces a bill to the Committee on Commerce to establish a beacon light on Hambrook …

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Timeline: Fog Point Lighthouse

1826:   Congress appropriates $3,500 to construct a lighthouse at Fog’s Point on the northwestern tip of Smith Island on May 18. 1827:   Built by John Donahoo, the structure was a white brick house with a stone tower with a lantern placed on top of the roof dwelling. 1838:   The light in the dwelling burns ten …

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Timeline: Cobb Point Bar Lighthouse

1885:   The U.S. Lighthouse Board requests $15,000 to build a lighthouse at Cobb Point Bar to guide vessels into the mouth of the Wicomico River and provide refuge for vessels from bad storms or drifting ice. 1887:   The U.S. Lighthouse board repeats the request to construct a lighthouse at Cobb Point Bar, this time for …

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Keeper Bio: William Yeatman, Jr.

Date of Service: 1904-1939 1872:  Born on July 26 to parents William M. and Anna Yeatman, Sr., in St. Mary’s County, MD. 1900:  His occupation is listed as a blacksmith in the U.S. Census. Early 1900s:  Marries Julia Courtney. 1903:  Wife Julia gives birth to a daughter, Mary on December 10. Neither mother or daughter …

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Keeper Bio: William M. Yeatman, Sr.

Date of Service: 1871-1908 1830: Born on October 1 in Richmond County, VA. 1862:  Marries Anna Maria Lamb on May 12 in St. Mary’s County, MD. They go on to have 12 children. 1871:  Appointed Keeper at Point Lookout Lighthouse, MD on September 22. His beginning salary was $520/year. 1874:  A Novia Scotian schooner, Etta, …

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