Keeper Bio: Elmore, William M.


Date of Service: 1869-1877

1833:  William M. Elmore is born in Northumberland County, VA.

1863: William M. Elmore marries Augusta P. Ashburn in Virginia.

1869-1877: William M. Elmore is named Principal Keeper at Bowlers Rock Lighthouse, VA. His beginning salary is $600/year. His ending salary is $540/year. (His wife Augusta P. Elmore served as Assistant Keeper)

1870: In the 1870 Lighthouse Inspection Report, the inspector requests a new boat for the station, stating that the Keeper and his family capsized and almost drowned.

1877: Keeper Elmore resigns his position as Principal Keeper.

1880: In the 1880 U.S. Census, William’s occupation is listed as a Census Enumerator, living in Richmond, VA.

Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper’s Database;;


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