Keeper Bio: Gray, John


Date of Service: 1822

1822: Bodkin Point Lighthouse, MD is constructed, and John Gray is appointed Principal Keeper in January.

1822: John Gray dies in August. William B. Barney of the fifth U.S. Naval District, recommends that his widow, Araminta, be appointed Principal Keeper. Stephen Pleasonton endorses his letter and then forwards it to President James Monroe. During this time, Araminta Gray is the Acting Keeper of Bodkin Point Lighthouse. President James Monroe declines her appointment as Principal Keeper but allows Araminta Gray to continue her appointment as Acting Keeper until further consideration.

 Sources: Maryland Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay, F. Ross Holland; Chesapeake Chapter Database.



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