Diamond City, NC Occupations

Keepers of the Light
Cape Lookout, NC

Source: Soldiers of Surf and Storm: The Light & Lifesavers of Cape Lookout, NC
T. M. O’Brien & D. L. Nobles

Keepers, Cape Lookout

Date Appointed

Remarks

William H. Gaskill

December 15, 1887 Resigned April 19, 1912
William T. Willis April 19, 1912 Left July 1, 1914
Freddie G. Gillikin July 1, 1914 May 1, 1916,
became Keeper of Core Banks.
Walter M. Yeomans Acting Keeper until 1916.  
Leslie Moore September 11, 1918 Acting Keeper during 1917.
Left July 9, 1929 and assigned
to the 4th District as
Chief Warrant Officer.
Freddie G. Gillikin September 12, 1929 Transferred to Fort Macon
December 5, 1938.
Position was left vacant in 1939
and the station became part of
Beaufort Station in 1940 as part
of the reorganization.

Keepers, Cape Lookout Light

Date Appointed

Remarks

James Fulford June 2, 1812  
William Fulford January 28, 1828  

There may have been other keepers between 1812 and 1828, however no records to indicate this could be located and it was not unusual for a keeper to serve for lengthy terms.

J. R. Royal

January 17, 1854 As stated above, other keepers may have served during this period but no records were located.

G. Chadwick

February 24, 1863  

J. R. Royal

May 25, 1864  

Manson W. Mason

May 21, 1869  

M. J. Mason (A)

August 22, 1876 Served as Acting Keeper until formally appointed.
March 13, 1877 This is no doubt the pseudonym of Emily Julia Mason, daughter of Manson Mason.
If so, it is the only evidence of a woman “chief keeper.”

W. F. Hatsel

July 12, 1878  

Denard Rumley

November 1, 1888  

T. G. Davis (A)

February 22, 1893 Served as Acting Keeper until formally appointed. February 22, 1895

J. Wilson Gillikin

June 1, 1900  

Alfred B. Hooper

November 1, 1903  

Charles W. Clifton

October 2, 1909  

First Assistant Keeper
Cape Lookout Light

Date Appointed

Remarks

S. Blunt

September 27, 1859 This is the first evidence located in the records of an assistant keeper.

J. R. Guthrie

19 March 1864  

W. H. Guthrie

16 July 1864  

J. Royal

August 3, 1869  

Josephus Willis

21 May 1869  

B. P. Davis

May 4, 1870  

W. P. Fulcher

April 17, 1876  

M. T. Lewis

August 22, 1876  

Joseph Willis

March 26, 1877  

Denard Rumley

July 30, 1878  

J. B. Noe

May 17, 1883  

T. L. Davis

July 26, 1886  

Otway G. Davis

February 22, 1893  

James S. Davis

January 1, 1901  

Alpheus B. Willis

July 1, 1903  

Arthur Midgett

November 17, 1903  

James W. Gillikin

October 1, 1905  

W. S. Hamson

July 1, 1906  

James W. Gillikin

July 1, 1908  

Alpheus B. Willis

September 16, 1909  
V. L. Watson October 1, 1909  

J. M. Burrus

June 20, 1912  

Second Assistant Keeper
Cape Lookout Light

Date Appointed

Remarks

J. Royal

January 17, 1860 This is the first evidence of a second assistant.

W. Guthrie

July 16, 1863  

A. P. Guthrie

March 19, 1864  

M. Royal

July 28, 1864  

H. C. Davis

May 21, 1869  

B. P. Davis

May 4, 1870  

Miss Charlotte Ann Mason

August 21, 1872 This is the only evidence of a woman “assistant keeper” found in the records of Cape Lookout.

J. M. Lewis

May 27, 1875  

Fillmore Willis

August 22, 1876  

J. Willis

January 3, 1877  

T. G. Davis

June 12, 1885  

Otway B. Davis

August 12, 1886  

Franklin A. Lewis

December 22, 1894  

James Davis

August 15, 1895  

Charles N. Pugh

January 1, 1901  

William G. Rollinson

July 1, 1903  

J. B. Quidley

October 16, 1905  

William G. Rollinson

August 1, 1906  
Charles O. Peel September 8, 1911  
J. L. Willis, Jr. February 2, 1912  

From "Our Shared Past" prepared for the Diamond City & Ca'e Bankers Reunion, August 1999 as a collection of writings, research and recollections to tell the story of the Banks communities.
Copyright 1995, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum
All rights reserved.


From "Our Shared Past" prepared for the Diamond City & Ca'e Bankers Reunion, August 1999 as a collection of writings, research and recollections to tell the story of the Banks communities.
Copyright 1995, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum
All rights reserved.

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