Category: Point of Shoals

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: 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: Blount, Peter F.

Date of Service: 1881-1885 1850: Born in Virginia to parents Henry and Caroline Blount in Surry County, VA. 1874: Peter F. Blount (age 24) marries Sarah E. Tynes (age 20) on February 18th in Isle of Wight County, VA. 1880: In the U.S. Census, Peter Blount, age 31,  lives with his wife Sarah and 3 …

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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: 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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Point of Shoals Lighthouse

Point of Shoals Lighthouse had two lighthouses. The first was built in 1855 in Burwell’s Bay on the shallow southern shoreline of the James River. It was a small, twenty-foot square, four-room white dwelling with a red tin roof and black lantern supported by five wrought-iron piles. It was equipped with a large-sized pressed glass …

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Timeline: Point of Shoals Lighthouse

1837: A request is made by Beverly Kennon, Captain of the United States Navy, to construct a lighthouse at three locations along the James River in Virginia; Day’s Point, Point of Shoals and Deep Water & Lyon’s Creek Shoals. 1850: The U. S. Lighthouse Board authorizes $3,500 for preliminary work in the engineering & design …

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