Point Lookout Lighthouse
Keepers of the Light at Point Lookout
This section was created in November, 2004, based on my extensive research and analysis of documents from the National Archives and the Center for Personnel Records(CPR). If you click on the keeper's name below, you will be taken to a list of documents that support the dates of service at Point Lookout. If you click on the document ID, you can view the actual image that contains the cited information.
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Reason for leaving the lighthouse
|1||James Davis||09/20/1830||12/03/1830||Died after less than three months of service.|
|2||Ann Davis||12/03/1830||1847||Daughter of James Davis|
|4||William P. Baxter||05/22/1849||04/19/1853|
|5||Richard D. Edwards||04/20/1853||07/14/1853||Died in office on July 14, 1853.|
|6||Samuel Cullison||N/A||N/A||Never served; Appointment was revoked.|
|7||Martha A. Edwards||07/19/1853||04/07/1855||Daughter of Richard D. Edwards|
|8||Pamelia Edwards||04/07/1855||06/04/1869||Daughter of Richard D. Edwards. Removed; rumors persist that she kept prisoners during the Civil War. (Note: Her name has also been spelled Permelia).|
|9||William Moody||06/04/1869||09/22/1871||First term of service at Point Lookout.|
|10||William Yeatman||09/22/1871||05/31/1908||Died while keeper at Point Lookout Lighthouse.|
|11||Percy S. Yeatman||06/01/1908||06/30/1908||Acting keeper after William Yeatman's sudden death.|
|12||William Moody||07/01/1908||04/30/1912||Second term of service at Point Lookout.|
|13||Thomas Jacobson||05/01/1912||08/30/1917||Only assignment at a lighthouse; requested transfer back to ship.|
|14||George M. Willis, Sr.||09/01/1917||06/30/1939||Retired on disability.|
|15||Robert Westly Fulcher||06/30/1939||05/01/1943||Suffered a stroke on November 29, 1942 and officially retired on disability on May 1, 1943. Mr. Fulcher passed away on June 21, 1949.|
|16||Herman F. Metivier||05/01/1943||10/01/1954||Transferred in June 1939 as assistant keeper; converted to BM1/C in 1942. After Mr. Fulcher's retirement, he became the Officer in Charge.|
|17||Zadock W. Sturgis||10/01/1954||11/30/1956||Retired on disability.|
|18||George Jetson Gatton, Sr.||01/03/1957||10/31/1965||Retired.|
|19||Raymond Hartzel||11/01/1965||01/11/1966||Last Lighthouse keeper at the Point.|