Looking for lighthouse keepers

The graves of lighthouse keepers Arad and Braddock Williams in Chestnut Cemetery

The graves of lighthouse keepers Arad and Braddock Williams in Chestnut Cemetery

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM.

Terry Kemp of the St. George Island Lighthouse Association is trying to prepare an exhibit about the current resting place of former lighthouse keepers. She has successfully located Saunders Nichols, Braddock and Arad Williams Jr.

Still, missing are Walter Roberts Sr., believed to rest in Magnolia Cemetery; John W. Smith, who was keeper during 1834; Allen Smith 1834-35; John Garrison 1835; Willis Nichols 1841, Samuel Packer 1841-42; David Adkins 1842-46; William McKeon 1846-48; Francis Lee 1848-49; William Taylor 1849-50; William Austin 1850-51; James Reilly 1866-67; Joseph Lucroft 1867-68; James Albert Williams 1875-93; Edward G. Porter 1893-1913; John F. Reese 1913-17; David D. Silva 1917-1932; Thornton K. Cooper 1938-39; and Sullivan Richard White 1939-44.

They are also seeking the location of assistant keepers James A Williams 1857-61; John Murphy 1866-67; Michael Scanlan 1867-68; James Chester Williams 1886-93; Francis M. Pope 1893; William J. Knickmeyer 1902-09, 1925; Ulysses M. Gunn 1917-23;  Thornton K. Cooper 1932-38 and John W. Montgomery 1938-49.

If you have information about any of these men, please contact the Times at 653-8868 or contact Lois Swoboda at lswoboda@starfl.com.

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