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Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Keepers

 
 
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By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., January 2, 2021
1. The Keepers Marker
Inscription.  At every lighthouse in the United States, the lighthouse Keeper's House was built to house a keeper and his family. In most families, the wife and children would help keep the lights burning. In many cases, when the keeper died, the wife or son would become keeper. Concord Point had many members of the O'Neill family as keepers. John O'Neill, the first keeper, never did move his family into the 1880 Census Keeper's House as he already was an established businessman in town and owned a home nearby. He served at the lighthouse from 1827-38 with an annual salary of $350. Other keepers included: Thomas Courtney 1838-41 and 1844-49, John Blaney 1841-44 and 1849-53, Thomas Sutor, 1853-1861 and John O'Neill, Jr. 1861-1863. John O'Neill Jr.'s widow, Esther O'Neill, was official keeper from 1863 until her retirement in 1881. Her son, Capt. Henry E. O'Neill served from 1881-1919 and was the last keeper of the lighthouse. His annual pay was $500. His son, Henry F. O'Neill (Harry) served as custodian/laborer until the keeper's property was sold in 1920.

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John O'Neill Jr. was keeper from 1861 to 1863

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By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., January 2, 2021
2. The Keepers Marker
Between slats of the white fence can be seen rear of "Post U.S. Lighthouse Service Use" plaque.
census notice
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Page No. 49
Supervisor's Dist. No. 2
Enumeration No. 46
Note A.--The Common Year begins June 1, 1879, and ends May 31, 1880.
Note B.--All persons will be included in this Enumeration who were living on the 1st day of June, 1880. No others will. Children born since June 1, 1880, will be omitted. Members of Families who have died since June 1, 1880, will be included.
Note C.-- Questions Nos. 13, 14, 22 and 23 are not to be asked in respect to persons under 10 years of age.
Schedule 1.-- Inhabitants in Havre de Grace, in the County of Harford, State of Maryland
enumerated by me on the Ninth day of June, 1880.
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Enumerator.

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Erected by Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre de Grace, MD.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 39° 32.451′ N, 76° 5.135′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Just NW of corner of Lafayette and Concord streets; N of "Post U.S. Lighthouse Service Use" plaque; notice in photo 2 that this is still further south
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than the keeper's house. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hero's Reward (a few steps from this marker); Post U.S. Lighthouse Service Use (a few steps from this marker); Concord Point Lighthouse Grounds (a few steps from this marker); Did you Know? (a few steps from this marker); Adding On (a few steps from this marker); Keeper's House (a few steps from this marker); Keeper of the Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Havre de Grace (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Last updated on January 18, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 3, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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