Projects » Lighthouse Keepers » Profiles
Photo
Name
Captain Ethelbert Dozier Burrus (1856 - 1936)

Ethelbert Dozier Burrus was the youngest of Edmund and Sallie's sons. At about 20 years of age, in 1876, he had been assistant keeper of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. He married young Achsah Dixon Will...

Follow
Joseph Claude Jennette MP (1805 - 1866)

Joseph Jennette was the chief keeper of the original Hatteras lighthouse from 1843 into the 1850's. After that, many of his sons, in-laws, and grandsons also served as either chief lightkeeper or as an...

Follow
Marcus A. Hanna, Medal of Honor (1842 - 1921)

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Civil War as a Sergeant in Company B, 50th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravry at Port Hudson, Lou...

Follow
Abel Franklin, Sr. MP (1690 - 1758)

"Abel was the first keeper of the Beavertail Light, and he owned the north and south Ferries on the west side of Conanicut Island." The first light was built in 1749, so this must be the one that Abel,...

Follow
William Young, Lighthouse Keeper on The Rock MP (1799 - 1864)

Added by /ECN/ Lighthouse Keepers- "THE ROCK" John A. Shaw (1827-1831, died in service); Phineas Spear (1831-1834, died in service); Abner Knowles (c. 1836); Thomas McKellar (c. 1838); Samuel Abbott (1...

Follow
Lighthouse Keeper Abbie Burgess MP (1839 - 1892)

Added by E. C. Nickerson about this Ancestor: Lighthouse keeper as her father before her. --- From her page on Maine: An Encyclopedia: Grant, Abbie Burgess (1839-1892), an early female lighth...

Follow
Andrew Jackson Sandsbury (1830 - 1902)

Andrew Jackson Sandsbury Obituary: Andrew Jackson Sandsbury in uniform Photo Courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association “Captain Andrew J. Sandsbury died at his home on Dover Street ye...

Follow
Captain Cornelius Howland (1758 - 1835)

History Capt. Cornelius Howland was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and was master of a vessel by the age of 18. He was taken prisoner during the Revolution and survived 15 months of captivity in E...

Follow
Edward Wing Howland, Esq. (1804 - 1879)

Edward W. Howland became keeper of the Clark's Point Light in early 1835, replacing his father, Capt. Cornelius Howland, who had recently died at 77. source: "Clark's Point Light" History EDWARD ...

Follow
Mary E. Strout (1829 - 1913)

As assistant keeper, Strout’s wife, Mary, was paid $480 annually. She kept the job until her son Joseph assumed the position in 1877.

Follow
Joseph Woodbury Strout (1859 - 1931)

Joseph Strout served as Portland Head Lighthouse keeper until 1928, bringing the family’s tenure at the station to just one year short of six decades.

Follow
Captain Joshua Freeman Strout (1826 - 1907)

Capt. Joshua Strout , a native of Cape Elizabeth and a former sea captain, became keeper in 1869 for $620 per year. Strout’s mother had worked as a housekeeper at Portland Head for Joshua Freema...

Follow
Captain Joe Burrus (1879 - 1951)

Captain Joseph Merrit Burrus was appointed lighthouse keeper in 1929, the same year that the beacon was electrified. The light was automated in 1954, eight years after he retired. At that time Clyde Fa...

Follow