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. (His wife Elizabeth Cross served as First Assistant)
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; familysearch.org; uslhs.org;