Thursday, March 05, 2015

Enoch Ellis Howard

Enoch Ellis Howard served as keeper of the Ocracoke lighthouse from 1862 until his death in 1897.

Ocracoke Light & Keeper Enoch Ellis Howard

Ellen Marie Fulcher Cloud writes this in her book, Ocracoke Lighthouse:

"Ellis was appointed keeper of Ocracoke Light in 1862 with an annual salary of $560, which was still his annual income when he died in 1897, thirty-five years later. Ellis Howard was born on Ocracoke on October 28, 1833, the son of Solomon Howard and Lovey Tolson. He married Cordelia Williams, also of Ocracoke. They had two children. Ellis remained keeper of the light until his death."

Enoch Ellis Howard was the only keeper to die on the lighthouse property.

Several of Keeper Howard's great-great-great-grandchildren live on the island today.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is research into the origin of the Ocracoke Island Wahab family. You can read the article here:


  1. Anonymous12:23 PM

    Philip..interesting stuff. Let me ask you something about outdoor art shows. A couple of years ago we visited Howard st while a outdoor art show was going on down the length of that this annual? If so when is the next one. It was fun, we bought a few things and we want to catch another one...thanks.

  2. Anonymous6:44 PM

    what is Anoy 6:60 talking about? I am more interested in the question about the possible art show. Is there one in the works? I"d be interested in attending that one myself. A walk on Howard st and art on display as well.

    1. Hi, this is Philip. I recently deleted several comments that have nothing to do with Ocracoke Island history, culture, and traditions. Tomorrow's post will explain more. Now, to answer your question. Every year on the first full weekend in June Ocracoke Alive produces the Ocracoke Festival, with music, storytelling, and arts & crafts on Howard Street and School Road. There is more information here: