Category: Heritage-Virginia

Keeper Bio: Powell, Robert Franklin

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Date of Service: 1907-1921 1870    Born on 1870, in Mathews County, VA. to parents Thomas & Mary Powell. 1897    Marries Maria Jane Winder on April 28, 1897, in Mathews County, VA. 1907-1913      Serves as First Assistant Keeper at Deepwater Shoals Lighthouse (VA). His beginning annual salary was $435, and his ending annual salary was …

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Keeper Bio: Ripley, James Temple

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Date of Service: 1900-1930 1873   Born on March 8, 1873, in Mathews County, VA. to parents John S. & Elizabeth Davis Ripley 1900   Serves as First Assistant Keeper at Cherrystone Bar Lighthouse (VA). His annual salary was $435. 1901-1905      Serves as First Assistant Keeper at Pages Rock Lighthouse (VA). His annual salary was $420. 1905-1907       …

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Keeper Bio: Hurst, James Beauregard

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Date of Service: 1888-1919 1862  Born on July 24, 1862, in Mathews County, VA. to parents John & Elizabeth Hurst. 1885  Marries Narcissus Phillips Hudgins on February 22, 1886, in Mathews County. They had 2 daughters and one son. 1888-1891  Serves as First Assistant Keeper at York Spit Lighthouse (VA). His annual salary was $440. …

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Keeper Bio: Davis, William Edward

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Date of Service: 1909-1930 1861   Born on October 13, 1861, in Mathews County, VA. to parents Larkin & Sarah Winder Davis. 1889  Marries Mary Elizabeth Marchant on January 24, 1889 1900   In the U.S. Census, his occupation is listed as a farmer in Mathews County, VA. 1909-1917  Serves as First Assistant Keeper at Windmill Point …

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Keeper Bio: Thomas, John William

Dates of Service: 1888-1895 1846  Born on November 9, 1846, in Mathews County, VA. to parents John B. & Sarah Thomas 1872  Marries Emma J Davis. The couple raises eleven children. 1888-1890   Serves as Second Assistant Keeper at Wolf Trap Lighthouse (VA). Annual salary – $400. 1891-1893  Serves as First Assistant Keeper at Wolf Trap …

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Keeper Bio: Torres Jr., Ismael

Date of Coast Guard Service: 1955-1975   U.S. Army Assignments: Enlisted in the Puerto Rico (PR) National Guard on 11 June 1950 and recalled to Active Duty in September 1950. He was assigned to an Infantry Regiment in the Republic of Korea as a replacement for combat causalities in the all-Puerto Rician unit on 20 …

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Keeper Bio: Moody, William H.

Dates of Service: 1881-1884 1881-1882:     William H. Moody serves as Principal Keeper at Jordan Point Lighthouse, VA. His salary is $540/year. 1883-1884:     William H. Moody serves as Principal Keeper at Jordan Point Lighthouse, VA. His salary is $540/year.   Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; uslhs.org  

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Keeper Bio: Bland, Edward David

Dates of Service: 1880-1885 1848:  Edward David Bland is born a slave in Dinwiddie County, VA., to parents Frederick & Nancy Yates Bland. 1860s: After the Civil War, the Bland family moves to Petersburg, VA, where Edward attended night school. 1872: Marries Nancy Jones on December 18th in Petersburg, VA. They raised 9 children. 1874:  …

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Keeper Bio: Wible, George Martin

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Date of Service: 1914 – 1925 1885: Born on June 12th in Accomack County, VA. 1914: Served as First Assistant at Point No Point Lighthouse, MD. His annual salary was $480. 1917:  Served as First Assistant at Tangier Sound Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $480. 1917 – 1925: Promoted to Principal Keeper at Tangier …

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Keeper Bio: Hudgins, George Frank

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Dates of Service: 1932-1942 1900:  George Frank Hudgins born on October 1st, 1900, to parents Alex B. & Cora Powell Hudgins, in Mathews County, VA. 1920:  In the U.S. Census, George F. Hudgins lives in Mathews County, VA. with his parents and 2 brothers. His occupation is listed as a Sailor. 1926:  George F. Hudgins …

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Keeper Bio: Thomas, John William

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Dates of Service: 1888-1895 1842:  John William Thomas is born in Mathews County, VA. to parents Jessie & Matilda Thomas. 1866: John W. Thomas marries Mary E. White on December 23rd in Mathews County, VA.        1880:  In the US Census, John W. Thomas, age 36, lives with his wife, Mary, and their 4 children. His …

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Keeper Bio: Greenwood, Benjamin Franklin

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Date of Service: 1866-1906 1842+/-:  Benjamin Franklin Greenwood is born in Virginia. 1860:  Benjamin Greenwood marries Julia Savage on November 22, in Arlington, VA. 1866:  Benjamin Greenwood is appointed Principal Keeper at Jones Point Lighthouse, VA. at the age of 24. His beginning salary was $120/year, and his ending salary was $500/year. 1870:  In the …

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Keeper Bio: Worrell, George W.

Date of Service: 1884-1885; 1891 1821: Born in Southampton County, Virginia to parents George and Catharine Worrell. 1858: His wife, Emeline Bond, is born in North Carolina to parents Mills and Morning Bond. 1879: George W. Worrell marries Emeline Bond on November 19th in Nansemond County, VA. 1880: In the US Census, George Worrell, age …

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Keeper Bio: White, Exum

Date of Service: 1881-1883 1829:  Exum White is born a free man in Nansemond County, VA. to Meredith & Parma Small White. 1840:  Adaline Reed (Reid) is born in Virginia. 1850:  In the US Census, Exum White (age 20) lives on the property of James & Lucy Norfleet in Nansemond County, VA. and works as …

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Keeper Bio: Washington, William

Date of Service: 1873-1881 1855-1860: Born in Virginia. 1873-1881: Served as Principal Keeper at Point of Shoals Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $540/year. 1880: In the US Census, William Washington lives in Isle of Wight County, VA., with his wife Maggie (age 22) and Lucy Sparrow (age 20)  Sources: Familysearch.org, Chesapeake Chapter Database.

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Keeper Bio: Tucker, Shedrach

Date of Service: 1879-1882 1836: Born in Virginia. 1879-1882: Served as Second Assistant at York Spit Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $400/year.  Sources: Familysearch.org, Chesapeake Chapter Database.

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Keeper Bio: Thornton, Samuel

Date of Service: 1883-1888 Born in Virginia. 1883-1888: Served as Assistant Keeper at Thimble Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $540/year.  Sources: Familysearch.org, Chesapeake Chapter Database.

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Keeper Bio: Thomas, George W.

Date of Service: 1872-1883 1840: George W. Thomas is born in Virginia. 1868-1869: George W. Thomas lives in Isle of Wight County and owns a building that is rented to the Freedmen’s Bureau to be used as a school. He receives $5.00 per month in rent. 1872-1883: Served as Principal Keeper at White Shoal Lighthouse, …

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Keeper Bio: Spady, Alfred J.

Date of Service: 1877-1881 1847-1850: Alfred James Spady is born in Northampton County, VA., to parents James & Adah Spady. 1847+/-: Mary A. West is born in Virginia. 1867:  Marries Mary A. West on December 26th in Northampton County, VA. 1877-1879: Served as Assistant Keeper at Cherrystone Bar Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $420/year. …

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Keeper Bio: Pettigrew, Amy W.

Date of Service: 1882 1853: Amy Wood is born in Edenton, NC., to parents William & Malvine Wood. 1860s: Amy Wood marries Haywood Pettigrew in Edenton, NC. They go on to raise 3 girls. 1870: In the U.S. Census, Amy and Haywood Pettigrew live in Tyrell County, NC. 1882: Amy W. Pettigrew served as Acting …

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Keeper Bio: Pettigrew, Haywood B.

Date of Service: 1880-1882 1845: Haywood B. Pettigrew is born in September, in Tyrell County, NC. 1864: Haywood Pettigrew enlists in the 2nd US Colored Cavalry as a Private. 1866: Pettigrew is discharged on February 12th as a Sergeant in the US Colored Cavalry. 1860s:  Haywood Pettigrew marries Amy Wood in Edenton, NC. They go …

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Keeper Bio: Payne, James

Date of Service: 1878-1888 1878-1880: Served as Second Assistant at Thimble Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $400/year. 1880-1883: Served as First Assistant at Thimble Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $440/year. 1883-1888: Served as Principal Keeper at Thimble Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $660/year.  Sources: Familysearch.org, Chesapeake Chapter Database.

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Keeper Bio: Parker, Venus

Date of Service: 1912 1862: Born in Virginia approximately 1862. 1870s: Marries William Major Parker. 1886-1912: Lived with her husband, William Major Parker, Principal Keeper at Killock Shoal Lighthouse, VA. 1912: Venus Parker’s husband, William Major Parker died on duty January 22nd at the age of 57. Venus took over his duties of Principal Keeper …

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Keeper Bio: Parker, William Major

Date of Service: 1876-1912 1855: Born in in April, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 1870s: Marries his wife, Venus. 1876-1886: Served as Second Assistant at Assateague Lighthouse, VA. His beginning salary was $390/year and his ending salary was $400/year. 1886-1912: Served as Principal Keeper at Killock Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His beginning salary was $500/year …

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Keeper Bio: Parker, Southey

Date of Service: 1872-1886  1842: Born in Northampton County, VA. to parents Gilbert & Rachael Parker. 1872-1878: Served as Assistant Keeper at Thimble Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His salary was $440/year. 1874: Married Sarah Jane Lyons on April 20th in Hampton VA. 1878-1886: Served as Principal Keeper at Back River Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was …

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Keeper Bio: Morse, Santa A.

Date of Service: 1873-1885 1852: Born in Virginia. 1873-1874: Served as Assistant Keeper at Deep Water Shoals Lighthouse, VA. His salary was $420/year. 1874-1885: Served as Principal Keeper at Deep Water Shoals Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $540/year. 1880:  In the US Census, Santa A. Morse (28) lives in York County, VA., with his …

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Keeper Bio: Lee, Alexander G.

Date of Service: 1880-1884 1835: Born in Virginia. 1880: In the US Census, Alexander G. Lee (age 45) lives in Hampton, VA., with his wife Nellie (age 50), and two sons. His occupation is lighthouse keeper. 1880-1881: Served as Assistant Keeper at Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, VA. His salary was $400/year. 1881-1882: Served as Second …

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Keeper Bio: Jones, John Bradford

Date of Service: 1878-1908 1841: Born a slave in York County, VA. 1860s: Married Sarah “Sal”, a free slave. 1870: In the US Census, John B. Jones lives in the Old Point Area of Virginia with his wife Sarah and their two children. His occupation is listed as a bartender. 1878-1908: Served as Principal Keeper …

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Keeper Bio: Hunt, Thomas

Date of Service: 1873-1885 1844: Born in Virginia. 1873: Served as Second Assistant at York Spit Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $400/year. 1874-1876: Served as Assistant Keeper at Deep Water Shoals Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $420/year. 1876-1882: Served as Assistant Keeper at Point of Shoals Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was …

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Keeper Bio: Holloway, George W.

Date of Service: 1890-1917 1858: George W. Holloway is born in Isle of Wight County, VA., to parents George & Rosetta Holloway. 1864+/-: Josephine Tynes is born in Isle of Wight County, VA., to parents Charles & Susan Tynes. 1880: In the US Census, George Holloway, age 21, lives in Isle of Wight County, VA., …

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