Called By The Sea
The History & Memories of My Family's Maritime Heritage
By Dawn F. Taylor
The sea. It breeds a certain kind of hardy soul. Each grain
of sand could probably tell a thousand different stories
of ships that have gone down, men who have perished,
and those who survived it’s treacherous waters
due to the heroic deeds of others.
My forefathers. These men of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
They were Lighthouse Keepers and Life Saving Servicemen,
who manned stations up and down the coast during historic storms and times of war. Such events, met with great valor.
It is their stories that you will find here. True inner strength
was never none so greater.
So this Roster. This place on the world wide web.
Never in their lives would they have imagined that their descendant would be researching who they were and posting
it in such a fashion. But here I sit, nonetheless, beginning this journey with them. Through old family stories, interviews, documents, newspapers, and as many other sources as I can
find, these men whose blood I share, will never be forgotten.
The bar they have crossed, but their spirits remain.
Dawn F. Taylor
The Roster of Service
Unaka B. Jennette – Cousin
Master of Diamond Shoals Lightship
1870 Cape Hatteras Light Station - Asst. Keeper
In Date: 16 Mar 1919
Out Date: 1937
Wallace R. Jennett – Cousin
1803 Cape Hatteras Light Station - Asst. Keeper
In Date ?
Out Date: 7 Sept 1865
Re-entered: 18 Mar 1867
Out Date: 13 Apr 1867
William B. Jennette – GGG Grandfather
1803 Cape Hatteras Light Station, NC. - 1st Asst. Keeper
In Date: 9 June 1860
Out Date: 16 Oct 1860
Zion B. Jennett – Cousin
Cape Hatteras Light Station, NC. - Asst. Keeper
In Date: 11 Apr 1870
Out Date: 28 Oct 1870
William B. Jennette – GG Uncle
Stingray Point Lighthouse, Va. - Asst. Keeper
In Date: 1902
Out Date: April 1903
Pamlico Point Lighthouse - Asst. Keeper
In Date: April 1903
Joseph E. Jennett – GGG Uncle
1803 Cape Hatteras Light Station ~ Asst. Keeper
In Date: 15 Jan 1869
Out Date: 29 Mar 1869
Utah C. Jennette – Cousin
Cape Henry Light Station , Va.
Richard Sanderson Payne – GGGG Grandfather
Long Shoal Light Station, NC
Bateman A. Williams – GGG Grandfather
Cape Hatteras Light Station - Asst. Keeper
In Date: 16 Oct 1860
Out Date: 7 Sept 1865
United States Lighthouse Service
Joseph Barnett – Cousin
Hoopers Island Light Station, Maryland
Kenneth “Kendrick” H. Dickerson Sr – Grandfather
Civilian Keeper – Hoopers Island Light Station, Md
In Date: 1936
Out Date: 1944
Benjamin T. Fulcher – GGGG Grandfather
1803 Cape Hatteras Light Station, NC
Abner H. Gray – GGG Uncle
1803 Cape Hatteras Light Station, NC - Asst. Keeper
In Date 7 Sept 1865
Alaska D. Jennett – Cousin
Old Plantation Float Light Station, Va.
Bluff Shoal Light Station, NC - Asst. Keeper
Port Royal Shoal Light Station, NC - Asst. Keeper
Benjamin C. Jennett – GGG Uncle
1803 & 1870 Cape Hatteras Light Stations, NC
In Date: 30 Sept 1868
Out Date: 15 Mar 1871
Devaney Farrow Jennette – Great Grandfather
Thomas Point Shoals Light Station, Md - Asst. Keeper
Appointment Date: 1 Oct 1908 – 9 Apr 1909
Smith Point Light Station, Va.-2nd Asst. Keeper
Appointment Date: 10 Apr 1909
Pamlico Point Light Station, NC-Asst. Keeper
Transferred: 30 Sept 1909
Resigned: 31 Jan 1911
Hunting Island Light Station-2nd Asst. Keeper
Appointment: 20 Aug 1917
Promoted to 1st Asst. Keeper – 10 May 1918
Cape Fear Light Station – 1st Asst. Keeper
Transferred: 6 Mar 1919
Remained at Cape Fear Lighthouse until his death.
Date of passing was: 5 Dec 1932. He died in the lantern room.
Source: Received personnel file from the National Archives
John B. Jennette – Cousin
Hatteras Inlet Light Station - Asst. Keeper
In Date: 7 June 1899
Out Date: 5 Mar 1903
New Bern Harbor Light Station
Joseph C. Jennett – GGGG Grandfather
1803 Cape Hatteras Light Station - Keeper
In Date: 6 Jan 1843
Out Date ?
Re-entered: 23 May 1849
Joseph E. Jennette – Cousin
Gull Shoal Light - Asst. Keeper
In Date ?
Out Date: 17 Feb 1896 - Upon his death on
Life Saving Service
Merchant Marines & Navy
Baxter Miller Jennette - GG Uncle
Isaac Littleton Jennette - GG Grandfather
Urias Blount Williams - GG Uncle
Kenneth Haggard Dickerson Sr - Grandfather
Joseph Morgan Dickerson - Great Uncle