William Luther Paul (1869-1946)

Inventor and entrepreneur William Luther Paul was born in Davis Shore, Carteret County, to Raymond Luther Paul and Frances D. "Fannie" Styron. In 1894, William Luther married Emeline "Lina" Willis (1874-1943), daughter of Frances Watson and Simeon Willis of Smyrna, Carteret County.

Tribute in Beaufort News 1946


James Davis Table circa 1840

J. Davis House circa 1829
Master carpenter, brick mason and cabinetmaker, James Davis, built this table about 1840 in the raised basement cabinet shop of his house on Moore Street, known today as the James Davis House circa 1829. Passed down through the Davis, Potter, Chadwick, Shaw and Gray families, the table is now cherished by a descendant in Texas.

James Davis (1780-1861) was born in Core Creek, Carteret County - the Quaker colony on the Newport River, north of Beaufort. He was the eldest son of Joseph Wicker Davis Jr. and Susanna Stanton, who were married in Carteret County in 1776. In 1803 James married Elizabeth Adams (1783-1868), daughter of Nathan Adams and Mary Canaday, who were farmers in Core Creek.

James and Elizabeth's daughter Elizabeth Harris Davis married William Jackson Potter (Ann Street Inn). Their daughter Mary Elizabeth Potter married Robert Withers Chadwick (Chadwick House on Ann). Daughter Mary Caroline Chadwick married William Wallace Shaw.

Becoming a skilled cabinetmaker, carpenter and builder, Mr. Davis often referred to himself as an “ar-chÄ“-tech.” One of Davis’ early structures was Beaufort’s first “Market
House,” built in 1812. He left his mark on lots all over town—many well-constructed homes that have weathered close to 200 years of coastal storms. He was also a brick mason at during the building of Fort Macon (1826-1834).

Of the houses built by Davis, the most well known are the 1815 Duncan House, the James Davis House circa 1817, the Hatsell House circa 1827, the James Davis House circa 1829 and the Wm. J. Potter House circa 1832.

1913 Visit to Beaufort and Bogue Banks

In a 1913 article in the Potsdam Courier, NY, Martin V.B. Ives described his visit to the Beaufort Life Saving Station, Bogue Island and the turtle hatchery in Beaufort; he also described the wild horses. Irving Bacheller was mentioned in the article; about 1909-10, journalist Bacheller, who founded the first modern newspaper syndicate in the US, owned the Blare House circa 1779, at 111 Marsh Street in Beaufort, later home to Nathaniel Hancock Russell, engineer on the first train to Beaufort. This article is transcribed as written. Old postcards and photographs were added to this post and not part of the article:

...we visited the Beaufort life saving station with deep interest and were cordially received and entertained by the Captain in charge. He related to us many of his life saving experiences which were exceedingly thrilling to say the least. By referring to his log book the Captain informed us that his crew had saved the lives of 200 sailors and from other sources we learned that the bronzed old Captain himself held the honorable record of personally and alone at a wreck off Hatteras (his crew having refused to take the risk) having saved the lives of seven men. We could not help saying “God bless the men of the life saving stations.The next day breaking fair, Capt. Palmer informed us that it would be a good day for us to visit Beaufort Fish Hatchery and the old fellow was as much if not more interested in the act that we were, for he could see at least one dollar for five minutes work taking us across in his sail boat to the small island on which the hatchery was located. However we were not sorry we went and felt well repaid for the visit. As its name would suggest we expected to see small sized fish of all grades, but nothing of the kind, as this particular hatchery was devoted to the propagation of shell fish only, but we were informed that class of fish culture was very popular and that students came from all over the United States to study shell fish culture.
 But there other attractions on that island that outclassed the fish hatchery for us far and away for in a station annex was situated one of the greatest wonders of the present age, namely Marconi’s wireless telegraphing. We were invited to inspect it by its scientific and gentlemanly operator, which we did with great pleasure and satisfaction. The noisy machine used for recording and sending the message was much the same as is used in any telegraph office only larger, but the machine that in some way transmits by an electric flashlight its signals hundreds of miles out to sea, performs an act far beyond an ordinary mind to comprehend. The operator, to exemplify, kindly sent a message and received a reply while we waited, thereby giving us the full view of the electric flashes in its transmittal and receipt. The operator also informed us that he had that morning received message from a wrecked vessel some four-hundred miles at sea, asking for immediate aid by the usual sign of S.O.S., which means “Save oh Save,” and that he had dispatched a revenue cutter to aid them. We came away fully satisfied that there were at least two institutions that were truly altruistic in character, the life saving station and Marconi wireless telegraphy.
We were about to leave the island when Capt. Palmer informed us that there was still another annex connected with the fish hatchery plant that we must see. On inquiring of the Captain what his additional show was he informed us that the building was used for the hatching and raising of what he called “allegories and these doggone snapping turtles.” We inquired what sort of a fish an allegory was and he informed us that it was as he reckoned some sort of half fish and half snake grown in the swamps of Florida. However we found the exhibition in the annex very interesting. We were informed by the man who was in charge that his alligator pens were out of commission just at present, but showed us bushels of “them there snapping turtles” of all sizes from a ten cent piece to a silver dollar, of the so-called diamond back terrapin variety, which are used when they reach a proper commercial size for making soups in the first hotels and restaurants in the large cities. We made up our minds however that we would not take soup on our plate if it by chance had any of the flavor of that prison pen for mud turtles.
One of the stocks in trade, in fact an important asset of Beaufort, is its so-called Beach Ponies, consisting of about 25 or 30 small ponies about one size larger than the Shetland brand, that are essentially as wild as any wild horse. They have pre-empted and practically own a small island situated about one mile out in front of the city and live there the whole year around and can be seen any hours during the day either quietly feeding or running and racing up and down the beach in plain sight of the people of the city of Beaufort. Their capers offer a continuous show especially to all the people who visit the city. These strange animals are not overlooked but usually receive some mention in all communications describing that watering place.

Extending from Bogue sound inlet nearly or quite to Beaufort inlet, a distance of about 25 miles, is located a long strip of land, Bogue Island. It is densely covered with large tree growth, mainly yellow pine, but due to its location and from the fact that its east or sea shore is washed by the warm gulf stream which brings a warm current of air, its climate is subtropical and compares favorably with the Indian river section of Florida. In fact shrubs and trees such as palms or palmettos, rubber trees, and also native orange trees are found growing among the pines, making the island a veritable jungle except in places where it has been cleared and cultivated. One would scarcely believe it but as a matter of fact the average temperature of the island is at least ten degrees warmer than the main land on the west.
Bayard Wooten photo
The island is about one mile in width and contains about 10,000 acres of land. Several years ago a gentleman hailing from the state of Maine, for the benefit of his health, visited Beaufort mainly for rest and refreshment, but after spending a few months there and hearing that the island could be purchased, being a man of ample means he purchased the whole tract, neck and crop, and today if the writer is any judge he owns a paradise. He has already built himself a bungalow winter home on the island without cutting away any more of its trees and native shrubbery than was strictly necessary. The outlook and surroundings of his charming camp are far beyond my pen to adequately describe. His house or bungalow is plain, not very expensive but regal in its equipment and furnishings; perhaps not so costly but yet it will compare favorably with the palatial bungalows of Palm Beach, Fla.

Having been given a letter of introduction to the gentleman, Mr. John Royal, by my friend Dr. Irving Bacheller, who became acquainted with Mr. Royal during the two winters Dr. Bacheller sojourned at Beaufort for his health. Mrs. Ives and myself were promptly invited to spend a day with the Royals at their home on the island some eight miles seaward from Beaufort. In fact they sent their motor launch over to the city for us. 
We were met at their dock and escorted up to their camp by the whole family of Royals and were royally treated while there, and while Mrs. Ives visited with the ladies and talked about Christian Science, Capt. Royal and I talked business. After an elaborate luncheon had been negotiated we were invited to take a walk across the island to the sea shore, which we eagerly accepted. All went with not a single woman left behind, on foot of course. Mr. Royal had caused to be cut out and cleared up foot trails for miles around his camp, one of which was kite shaped in form, over to the beach one mile, up the beach one mile and back to camp one mile. We made it, ladies and men, apparently as easily as walking around the square via Town Hall at Potsdam, very likely stimulated by the glorious ocean breeze which has an exhilarating effect similar to a dose of champagne. 

The writer remarked that a walk of that distance up north would be considered something of a task, and the Royal ladies replied that that was nothing, that they made it every day and sometimes twice a day, which we had no reason to doubt, for their tanned complexions and vigor proved it and doubtless will add ten years to their lives. 
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But when we had arrived and climbed the great sand dunes, like breastworks guarding the seashore, and looked out onto old ocean’s broad expanse as far as the eye could reach in either direction, and viewed
its hard white shell-covered and wave-washed sand beach, and had braced up and breathed in old ocean’s nectar of the Gods in great doses, I am prepared to say that as a lover of nature and woodman, I have never seen a more heart-lifting, getting-next-to-nature, making a man open his lungs to drink in deep draughts of health-giving ozone with the flavor of the pine, and “thank-God I was alive” place than the ocean beach opposite Mr. Royal’s place on Bogue Island.

Our return trip to Washington was over another route than our advent to wit, over the Norfolk and Southern Railway to Norfolk, thence to Washington via steamboat. We very much enjoyed this trip but time and place will not admit of a description. We desire to add however that we can recommend the trip as on of the most pleasing one on this continent.

                                                                                                                              Martin V.B. Ives

131 Craven and the Snowden Family

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J.P. DILL HOUSE circa 1895 (plaque)
The house would be more accurately plaqued the "Dill-Snowden House," for builder Joseph P. Dill, who lived here for two years, and for the Snowden residents who called this home for about 60 years.

The 1997 Ruth Little Survey of Beaufort described the house: 2½ -story Gothic Revival with steep pointed front gable; side gables treated with imbricated siding and 2/2 sash. House has plain siding, side bay window and ornate porch with chamfered posts and brackets. This is a rare example of this style in Beaufort.

In May 1893, mariner Joseph P. Dill (1846-1895) purchased this lot from Mary and Henrietta Roberson. Three years earlier, Joseph, son of Samuel Leffers Dill and Elizabeth Ann Roberson, married Jennie McRacken in Smithville, NC; they had one child, Sophia. Joseph died in 1895. Widow Jennie married widower Benjamin J. Bell in 1906 and lived at 306 Ann Street. In 1919, Jennie and daughter Sophia Dill Merwin sold this house to Macon and Helon Snowden.

Macon S. Snowden 1879-1935
Macon St. Clair Snowden Sr. (1879-1935) was born in Currituck, NC to Walter D. Snowden and Caroline Brabble. In 1909, 30-year-old Macon eloped with 18-year-old Helon Palmer McPherson (1891-1982); they were married at a hotel in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, NC. The couple first lived with the McPherson family in Portsmouth, Virginia, where Macon captained a steam boat. By 1911 they were in Wildwood, Carteret County, when son Ernest Maynard Snowden was born.
Originally captain of a merchant ship, Macon owned and operated a hog and sweet potato farm in rural Beaufort. The 1930 Beaufort census found Macon Snowden Sr. 51, Helon 39 and 6-year-old Macon Jr. After Macon died from a heart attack in 1935, at 56, he left 44-year-old widow Helon and 11-year-old Macon Jr; son Ernest had already graduated from the US Naval Academy. 

Ernest M. Snowden
Helon worked hard and saved every dime. She made ends meet by doing dress-shop alternations and renting the upstairs; she installed the 2nd front door and blocked off the stairway for access. Helon continued to run the farm and ship sweet potatoes by train, documented in newspaper articles as the first North Carolina woman to ship farm goods. 

Sons, Admiral Ernest Maynard "Ernie" Snowden (1911-1975) and Captain Macon St. Clair "Mac" Snowden II (1923-1995), were both Navy pilots, graduates of the US Naval Academy.

Ernest Mayard Snowden was born in 1911 in Wildwood, Carteret County, just west of Morehead City. He was 8 years old when the family purchased the Craven Street house. He attended Beaufort High School and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1932. Admiral Ernest Snowden married Lois Arnold, the daughter of Five-Star General "Hap" Arnold. "Ernie" Snowden retired as a US Navy Rear Admiral. He received numerous awards for his service during WWII, including the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross.

Capt. Macon Snowden
Capt. Macon St. Clair "Mac" Snowden (1923-1995) was born in the south corner second-floor bedroom of the Craven Street house. He graduated from Beaufort High School. At 18, "Mac" was unemployed and living at 131 Craven with his mother when he registered for the draft in 1941. He followed in his brother's footsteps, becoming a member of the US Naval Academy Class of 1946. Macon married Velvie Evelyn Grass (1922-1992). Designated a naval aviator in 1948, Capt. Macon served Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron 91, embarked on USS Ranger - the squadron won the Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet Battle Efficiency Award. He was a graduate of the US Naval Pilot School, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and received a Master of Science Degree from George Washington University. He held the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Navy Commendation Medal. From 1971-72 he was commander of USS Guadacanal and afterwards assumed duty as head of Aviation Plans Branch in the Office of Chief Naval Operations. Capt.Snowden was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

About 1952
This was home to Helon Snowden for about 60 years. Sadly, in her 80s she suffered from dementia. In her later years, neighbors observed 6'5" Helon daily "raking" the Ann Street Methodist Church parking lot across the street. She was also seen on the rooftop of the house doing repairs. Eventually, her tenants took advantage of her, not paying rent, coming into her home to make long distant phone calls, while also taking many of her antiques. Helon was finally placed in a nursing home in northern Virginia. She was buried in Ocean View Cemetery, Beaufort, next to husband Macon St. Clair Snowden.

Helon and Macon Snowden in the back yard of the Craven Street house
Helon and son Macon
Macon Snowden in back row

Blare House circa 1779

111 Marsh Street - Home to Nancy Duffy Russell (1933-2003) 
Images (circa 1980) scanned from The Old Port Town - Beaufort, North Carolina by Jean Bruyere Kell
     In 1779, Frances Blare sold the original 4-room house to John Shepard for "a cow and a calf." (Kell) John Shepard, born about 1753 in Carteret County to Jacob Shepard and Sarah Lewis, married Miriam Wallace on June 29, 1771; their son William was born in Beaufort in 1779.
     Charles Abernathy lived here from about 1890 until 1905 and mostly likely remodeled the house, probably reorienting it to Marsh Street. He moved to Beaufort where he founded the Beaufort Herald newspaper. He practiced law in Beaufort and was also solicitor for the 3rd judicial district. (Wrenn) Charles Laban Abernathy (1872-1955) married Nancy "Minnie" May in 1896.
     The house was owned by journalist and writer Irving Addison Bacheller (1859-1950), who founded the first modern newspaper syndicate in the United States. Sowing of the Two Fields, in Wesleyan Literary Monthly in 1910, was documented, by copyright, as written in Beaufort. In a 1913 article in the Potsdam Courier, NY, Martin V.B. Ives wrote, “Having been given a letter of introduction to the gentleman, Mr. John Royal by my friend Dr. Irving Bacheller, who became acquainted with Mr. Royal during the two winters Dr. Bacheller sojourned at Beaufort for his health…
     Noted on Front Street with his widowed sister Sallie Broadhurst in 1910, Nathaniel Hancock Russell (1875–1951) owned the Marsh Street house by 1920. Born in Hubert, Onslow County to Daniel Ward Russell (1827-1886) and Margaret Ann Duffy (1835-1908), 31-year-old Nathaniel Russell was engineer on the first passenger train to Beaufort in 1906.    
     On June 1, 1916, Nathaniel Russell married Maude Littleton Frazier (1889-1929) in
Loudoun County, Virginia. They were parents of Susan E. Russell, born about 1918, and Thomas Hancock Russell, born in 1920. Maude Russell died from pneumonia in 1929. About 1932, Mr. Russell married Cora Lorena Cutler (1898-1991) of Long Acre, Beaufort County; they became parents of Nancy Duffy Russell. In the house in 1940 were Nathaniel 65, Cora 42, Thomas 19, Susan 17, Nancy D. 6 and lodger-barber Henry Russ.
     Nancy Duffy Russell (1933-2003) spent her lifetime in the house, leaving only to attend St. Mary’s and Salem College. She taught music at Havelock High School for over 38 years, played the organ and was Altar Guild Chairman at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and was organist for Ann Street Methodist Church and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Morehead City. She was also regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution and obtained funding from the state for the documentation of Beaufort’s African-American community, which resulted in Beaufort's African-American History and Architecture by Peter B. Sandbeck. As an integral part of Beaufort's early preservation movement and town commissioner, Miss Russell was instrumental in obtaining funding for development of guidelines used by the Historic Preservation Commission, which she chaired for 10 years.
     As a tireless researcher and historian, Nancy’s dream was to have her weekly “Beaufort Scrapbook” articles (Beaufort Gam) published in book form. After her death, the Nancy Duffy Russell Preservation Trust and the North Carolina Maritime Museum made Beaufort Scrapbook a reality.
     1997 Survey: 1½-story, side-gable house with plain siding, remodeled in the Queen Anne-Steamboat Gothic style with large polygonal turret, side hipped dormer, bracketed eaves, 4/1 traceried sash and engaged porch with Craftsman posts. Interior features exposed rafters, original paneled ceiling and wainscot, and elaborate Victorian-era mantle. A spindle frieze supported on fluted columns separates the living room and stair hall. The house appears on Gray's 1880 map, oriented facing the water.

Charles Randolph Thomas - 1861 Run for CSA District Congressman

Library of Congress Collectlion
Charles Randolph Thomas was born about 1827 to Marcus Cicero Thomas (1801-1853) and Elizabeth King Duncan (1808-1887), who were married on September 10, 1825. 

Charles became an attorney and married Emily Pitkin on April 29, 1852; performed by John Rumley, minister of the gospel, witness John C. Manson. 

Charles and Emily had nine sons.

1861 Proclaimation by President Lincoln regarding Port Beaufort

(1861 Proclamation evidently not recorded until 1865)
Library of Congress Collection

1864 Rules for Regulating the Beaufort Market

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Colonel Thompson House

603 Front Street – Beaufort NC
Historic American Buildings Survey
Library of Congress

This house was located where the Inlet Inn stands today.

1829 Jail

Old Beaufort Jail – Originally on Courthouse Square on Cedar Street
Historic American Buildings Survey 
Architectural Drawings by William J. Patrick – 1967
School of Design – NC State
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Built by Elijah Whitehurst circa 1829. The jail remained in use until 1954, when a new jail was constructed. The building served as a museum on site until it was moved to the Beaufort Historic Site in 1977.


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