Keeper Bio: George and Elizabeth Cross


Date of Service: 1853-1863

1853-1856: George Cross is named Principal Keeper at Back River Lighthouse, VA. His salary is $400/year.

1859-1863: George Cross is named the first Principal Keeper at Craney Island Lighthouse, VA. His salary is $450/year.

1860: Elizabeth Cross is named the First Assistant at Craney Island Lighthouse. Her salary is $300/year.

1861: During the Civil War, the Confederates remove the lens from the lighthouse and cause major damage to the structure.

Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database;;;



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