Keeper Bio: Parker, Southey

Date of Service: 1872-1886

 1842: Born in Northampton County, VA. to parents Gilbert & Rachael Parker.

1872-1878: Served as Assistant Keeper at Thimble Shoal Lighthouse, VA. His salary was $440/year.

1874: Married Sarah Jane Lyons on April 20th in Hampton VA.

1878-1886: Served as Principal Keeper at Back River Lighthouse, VA. His annual salary was $540/year.

1880: In the US Census, Southey Parker is 38 years old, living with his wife Sarah, and son Clarence. His occupation is lighthouse keeper.

 Sources:, Chesapeake Chapter Database.


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