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New Point Comfort Lighthouse Keepers

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There were at least 21 official resident keepers at New Point Comfort Light Station. The first keeper appointed by President Thomas Jefferson was the lighthouse's builder, Elzy Burroughs. Retaining ownership of the land bordering the station, Burroughs had built a home for himself and his family on the Point during the stations construction so it was convenient for him to keep the light until the keeper's dwelling was completed. In fact, he continued as keeper for the following decade.
 
New Point Comfort is remarkable in that two keepers there were black. One was an unofficial assistant to Isaac Foster, described in 1852 as a negro woman, probably a slave; the other, a preacher, J. McHenry Farley, who served from 1871 to 1873. Citing the isolation of his post and the difficulty in obtaining supplies, Farley pleaded with the U. S. Light-House Board for an assistant, but no assistant was ever assigned to this station. {Clifford report}
 

 NEW POINT COMFORT LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS

1805-1814
Elzy Burroughs
1814-1815
Robert Lithburn
1815-1819
James B. H. Johnson
 1819-1830
 William Johnson
 1830-1846
 William R. Brownley
 1846-1854
 Isaac Foster
 1854 (Revoked)
 James B. White
 1854-1861
 Edward S. White
 1861-1865
 No Keeper
 1865-1869
 Joseph S. Allen
 1869-1871
 Sylvester H. Wolhiser
 1871-1873
 J. McHenry Farley
 1873-1876
 John D. Hudgins
 1876-1879
 Leonard Smithers
 1879-1881
 A. F. Hudgins
 1881-1883
 William F. Ripley
 1883-1888
 C. W. Forrest
 1888-1899
 Oliver R. Hudgins
 1899-1901
 James B. Hurst
 1901-1906
 Richard W. Marchant
 1906-1915 or 1916
 Wesley F. Ripley
 1916 or 1917-1919
 Edward A. Sibley
 1919-1954
 Henry L. Dow