Keeper Bio: Martha Nuthall

Date of Service: 1850 – 1861

1803:   Birth of Martha McClelland in Maryland.

1843:   John W. Nuthall age 40, widower, married Martha McClelland age 40 on January 3, 1843.

1849:   John W. Nuthall listed as Keeper at Piney Point Lighthouse. His annual salary is listed as $350/year.

1850:   In the 1850 Census John W. Nuthall, age 47 is listed as a farmer. Residing with him is his wife, Martha age 47, daughter Ann E. age 22, daughter Mary J. age 21 and daughter Maria L. age 15.

1850:   John W. Nuthall died July 11, 1850, as a result of drowning.

1850:   Martha Nuthall is appointed as Keeper of the Piney Point Lighthouse on August 7, 1850. Her annual salary is $350/year.

1860:   In the 1860 Census Martha Nuthall listed as the lighthouse keeper. Her daughter Elizabeth is listed as the assistant keeper.

1878:   Martha Nuthall, 75, widow of late John W. Nuthall of St. M. Co. died in Baltimore City, 1 April 1878 at the residence of her son Charles. She was buried at St. Georges Episcopal Church, Valley Lee, Md.

Source:  April Havens, Piney Point Lighthouse & Museum, Chesapeake Chapter Keeper Database, www.archives.uslhs.org

 

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