Women's History Month Abbie Burgess Grant
The Coast Guard Cutter Abbie Burgess(USCGC Abbie Burgess WLM 553, 1997)
NAME: Abbie Burgess Grant
BIRTH DATE: 1839
BIRTH PLACE: Maine
EDUCATION: Limited formal schooling. Home-schooled by mother. Abbie could read and write.
FAMILY BACKGROUND: In 1853, Abbie's father, Sam Burgess, was appointed Lighthouse Keeper at Matinicus Rock. Abbie was one of ten children. She had two older sisters, one older brother; five younger sisters; her youngest sibling was a boy. She married Isaac Grant, son of Capt. John Grant, the keeper of Matinicus after her father. They had four children: Francis, Melvina, Mary Louise and Harris. [This information is courtesy of Abbie's great granddaughter, Patricia Grant.]
DESCRIPTION OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Although her father and father-in-law held the title of Lighthouse Keeper at Matinicus Rock, it was Abbie that was in charge of the work. In 1873, Isaac was appointed Keeper at White Head Light Station and he and Abbie tended the lights there. Abbie received the appointment of assistant keeper at White Head in 1875. She retired from there in 1890 due to illness.
DATE OF DEATH: 1892
PLACE OF DEATH: Portland, Maine, in a house on Maple Street.
PORTRAYED BY: Linda Wilson
Clifford, Mary Louise and J. Candace, Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers. Williamsburg, Va., Cypress Communications, 1993.
Roop, Peter and Connie, Keep The Lights Burning, Abbie. Minneapolis, Minn., Carolrhoda Books, c1985. (for younger readers)
Jones, Dorothy Holder and Ruth Sexton Sargent Abbie Burgess, Lighthouse Heroine. New York, Funk & Wagnalls  (fiction; for middle readers)
Coast Guard: Abbie Burgess (cutter) - Abbie Burgess launch
Coast Guard: Abbie Burgess Bio
Abigail Burgess Grant
usalights.com - The History of Abbie Burgess Grant
Mantinicus Rock Light History
Lighthouse Keepers in the Nineteenth Century