Keeper Bio: O’Neill, Jr., John

John O’Neill Jr.

Date of Service: 1861 – 1863

1800: Born in Havre de Grace, Maryland to John and Mary O’Neill Sr.

1830s: Marries his wife Esther, from Fulton New York and have 7 children, one of whom died as an infant. The remaining six children are Martha, Mary, Virginia, Charles Zelotes, Indiana, and Henry.

1860: Lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he works as a bricklayer.

1861: Is appointed Keeper of Concord Point Lighthouse, MD where his beginning salary was $350/year.

1863: After serving just 2 years as Keeper, John O’Neill, Jr. dies while still serving at Concord Point Lighthouse on April 16. His wife, Esther is appointed Keeper after his death.

Source: Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse, Concord Point Lighthouse Study, Sandra MacLean Clunies Research, 1997-2003, updated 2018


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