Date of Service: 1865-1869 1865-1869: Margaret Huneke is appointed First Assistant at White Shoal Lighthouse, VA. Her beginning salary is $300, and her ending salary is $400. (Her husband, Peter J. Huneke served as Principal Keeper). Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org
Category: White Shoal
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Keeper Bio: Huneke, Peter J.
Date of Service: 1865-1870 1865-1870: Peter J. Huneke is appointed Principal Keeper at White Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His beginning salary is $500, and his ending salary is $600. (His wife, Margaret Huneke served as First Assistant). Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org
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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: 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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Keeper Bio: Charity, Park
Date of Service: 1881-1882 1826: Park Charity is born in Surry, VA., to parents Squire & Anne Charity. 1849: Marries Elizabeth. 1870: In the US Census, Park Charity (44) lives with his wife Elizabeth (36) and 4 children in Surry, VA., where he works as a farmer. 1871: The 9th Senatorial Convention for the City …
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Timeline: White Shoal Lighthouse
1850: The U. S. Lighthouse Board authorizes $3,500 for preliminary work in the engineering & design for four lighthouses on the James River. 1852: Congress appropriates $1,000 for a beacon on White Shoal, August 31, 1852. 1854: Construction of a square cottage supported by five, five-inch diameter wooden piles covered with a cast-iron screw sleeve, …
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White Shoal Lighthouse
White Shoal Lighthouse was built in 1855 and was one of three screwpiles lighted on February 6 in the James River. The lighthouse was located below Sandy Point on the lower end of the shoal and on the right side of the main channel heading upriver near Newport News, Virginia. It was built to replace …
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