Keeper Bio: Crouch, John M.


Date of Service: 1865 – 1873

1817:  Born on April 10 in Cecil County, Maryland.

1840: Marries Rebecca Louisa Sherwood. They raise 3 children.

1850: In the U.S. Census John Crouch is 33 years old, married to Rebecca, age 25. His occupation is listed as a laborer.

1853: Listed as Constable for the 5th District in Cecil County, MD.

1865-1873: Appointed Principal Keeper at Turkey Point Lighthouse, MD., on December 30, 1865. His beginning salary is $350/year and his ending salary is $520/year.

1870: In the U.S. Census, John Crouch, age 55, lives with his wife Rebecca and three children. His occupation is lighthouse keeper.

1873: John M. Crouch dies while on duty on July 3. His wife Rebecca is named Keeper. He is buried at Harts United Methodist Church Cemetery, Elk Neck., MD.

Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper database,  J. Candace Clifford Lighthouse Research Catalog, ;;

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