An alert reader recently commented on a story that was published on line by the Hatteras Genealogical Society. It is an interesting tale.
"In 1822, a renown[ed] actor, while making passage between Norfolk
and Charleston, had a chance encounter with a fellow passenger. Perhaps
while viewing the Cape Hatteras Light, the young thespian tell[s] of his
desire “to retire from public life and keep a lighthouse”.... By chance,
the stranger happens to be one Thomas H. Blount, the Collector of
Customs for the port of Washington, N.C. As Collector of Customs, he is
responsible for the administration of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Mr.
Blount must have been impressed with the young actor because Blount
eventually offers him the position of light keeper. The actor is Junius
Brutus Booth, the Father of the yet to be born, John Wilkes Booth...."
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