Date of Service: 1873 – 1901
1839: James E. Meeds is born in June in parents Edwin & Mary Meeds in Maryland.
1866: James E. Meeds marries Sarah E. in Maryland.
1862-1865: James E. Meeds fought in the 8th Maryland Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.
1873-1901: James E. Meeds is appointed Principal Keeper of Fort Carroll Lighthouse, MD. His beginning salary is $540, and his ending salary is $575/year. (His wife Sarah E. Meeds served as a laborer).
1900: In the U.S. Census, James, age 61, is listed as lighthouse keeper at Fort Carroll, along with his wife.
1901: James E. Meeds died while serving as Principal Keeper of Fort Carroll Lighthouse on March 2nd, at age 62. He is buried at Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, MD.
Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database; familysearch.org; uslhs.org