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, VA. His annual salary was $540/year.

1880: In the US Census, George W. Thomas (age 40) lives with his wife Adeline (age 40), along with a daughter and son. His occupation is keeper of lighthouse.

Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database;;, “United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education, 1865-1872,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 December 2021), Geo W Thomas, Jun 1869; citing Residence, Smithfield, Isle of Wight, Virginia, United States, NARA microfilm publications M1053. Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1861 – 1880, RG 105. (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1969-1978); roll 11; FHL microfilm 1,549,588.


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