Category: Nansemond River

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: Bond, Elbert

Date of Service: 1892 1892: Served as Assistant Keeper at Nansemond River Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $435/year.  Sources: Familysearch.org, Chesapeake Chapter Database.

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Keeper Bio: Bond, William A.

Date of Service: 1879-1882 1879-1881: Served as Assistant Keeper at Nansemond River Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $420/year. 1881-1882:  Served as Principal Keeper at Nansemond River Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $540/year.  Sources: Familysearch.org, Chesapeake Chapter Database.

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Timeline: Nansemond River Lighthouse

1874:  The Virginia State Legislature passes an act to cede the land necessary for the construction of a lighthouse on April 16. 1876: On July 31, 1876, Congress appropriates $15,000 to build a lighthouse at the mouth of the Nansemond River, Virginia. 1877: A five-acre tract of land is titled to the United States for …

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Keeper Bio: Hudgins, John Filmore

Date of Service: 1895 – 1923 1856: Born on January 17 in Mathews County, VA1879 or 1880: Married Ellen Gertrude “Mittie” Thomas and raised eleven children.1895: Serves at the Smith Point Lighthouse. The Chesapeake Bay freezes. Ice strikes lighthouse – carries it six miles away from the foundation. Lantern, fog-bell apparatus, oil and some supply …

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Nansemond River Lighthouse

Due to increased river traffic in the Nansemond area, Congress appropriated $15,000 on July 31, 1876, to construct a lighthouse Pig Point on the eastern side of the entrance to the Nansemond River in Suffolk, Virginia. The following year, a tract of land was obtained from the Governor of Virginia to construct the light. The …

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