Keeper Bio: Elisha and Phoebe D. Richards

Keepers

Date of Service: 1873-1879

1822:  Elisha Richards is born in New Jersey.

1827:  Phoebe Dwight is born in Pennsylvania.

1870: Elisha’s occupation is listed as a retired sawyer.

1873-1879: Elisha Richards serves as Principal Keeper at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary is $540.

1873-1879: Phoebe D. Richards serves as First Assistant at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA. Her annual salary is $420.

1879: Elisha Richards dies on duty as Principal Keeper at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA.

1910:  Phoebe D. Richards dies.

Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org, The Norfolk Virginian, July 22, 1879

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