Category: Keepers-African American

Keeper Bio: Darnell, Robert

Date of Service: 1870-1875 1870-1875: Served as Principal Keeper at Lower Cedar Point Lighthouse, MD. His beginning salary was $600/year and his ending salary was $550/year. 1870: In the Lighthouse Inspection Report, Robert Darnell is described as young, no family, and has a good capacity for his duties as keeper.  Sources: Familysearch.org, Chesapeake Chapter Database, …

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Keeper Bio: Chisman, John M.

Date of Service: 1872-1875; 1878-1880 1872-1875: Served as Second Assistant at Thimble Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $400/year. 1878-1880: Served as First Assistant at Thimble Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $440/year.  Sources: Familysearch.org, Chesapeake Chapter Database.

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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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Keeper Bio: Carter, Peter J.

Date of Service: 1871, 1879-1880 1844:  Peter J. Carter is born a slave in Northampton County, Virginia. 1870: Works as a teacher at Williams Friendship School in Chincoteague, VA. for the Freedmen’s Bureau. 1871: Served as Second Assistant at Assateague Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $440/year. 1879-1880: Served as Principal Keeper at Cherrystone Bar …

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Keeper Bio: Braxton, Thomas H.

Date of Service: 1876-1883 1845+/-: Thomas H. Braxton is born in Northampton County, VA., to parents Hamson & Elder Braxton. 1853+/-: Priscilla Downes is born in VA. to parents Abe & Gennie Prower (Trower?) 1875:  Marries Priscilla Downes on January 9th in Northampton County, VA. 1876-1879:Served as Principal Keeper at Cherrystone Bqr Lighthouse, VA. His …

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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: Bourbon, Dennis

Date of Service: 1881-1883 1846+/-: In September, Dennis Hackett Bourbon is born a free man in Alexandria, VA., to parents Dennis & Rachel Lyles Bourbon. 1870: Dennis Bourbon, age 24, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July at Boston, MA. He is described as 5’-8” tall and works as a ship carpenter. 1880:  In the …

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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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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: Arnold, James A.

Date of Service: 1896-1919 Born in Virginia. 1896-1919: Served as Principal Keeper at Lower Cedar Point Lighthouse, MD. His beginning annual salary was $575/year and his ending salary was $960/year.  Sources: Familysearch.org, Chesapeake Chapter Database.

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Keeper Bio: DePass, John Jacob

Date of Service: 1870 1826:  John Jacob DePass (half Spanish/Portuguese and half Negro) is born in London, England, to parents Abraham & Sarah DePass. 1860:  The U.S. Census shows John and his family living in New Orleans, LA. 1861:  John DePass enlists in Company E of the 1st Infantry Regiment Louisiana National Guard. DePass was …

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