Paul Jones House circa 1913

Warshaw Painting
Canelium Clarence (C.C.) Guthrie was born in 1875 to Canelium Hines Guthrie and Susan Jane Roberson; both had deep roots in Beaufort and Carteret County. According to what has been written by family, C.C. yearned to become a carpenter and began his apprenticeship at a very young age.

Guthrie went on to become a skilled carpenter and craftsman, building this and other houses including that of his brother – the 1910 Ernest R.Guthrie House on the southwest corner of Ann and Pollock - and the Hatsell-Clawson House on Orange Street. While building the old Coast Guard Station at Fort Macon, he was known to pack his lunch and row to work each day. In 1929 Guthrie, assisted by his son Claude, built the director’s house at the Federal Biological Lab on Piver’s Island. C.C. was still doing occasional carpentry work for the laboratory in the early 1950’s.

Paul Sylvester Jones (1904-2001) owned the home the second half of the 20th century. Paul was the son of Christopher Delamar “Kit” Jones and Mary Luzina “Lutie” Carrow Jones*. He attended the University of North Carolina 1922-1924 until his father died. In 1933 Paul Jones married Ruth Killingsworth from Yatesville, North Carolina. Ruth, besides being a professional nurse, was mother to Paula Jones, Thomas Carrow Jones and Robert Killingsworth Jones. Jones taught school and then worked at C.D. Jones Company – a grocery on Front Street. He took over management in 1931 and ran the business, assisted by many of his siblings,** until it closed in 1960. Jones then worked at the commissary at Cherry Point until he retired in 1974. Paul Jones was one of the founders of the Beaufort Historical Association.

In 2001 the Paul Jones House was totally renovated and an upper porch was added to reflect the Bahamian-influenced double porches of old Beaufort.

*In The Story of the Methodists in the Port of Beaufort, Amy Muse, in describing the fate of the Chrissie Wright that went down off the coast: "1884...'Miss Lutie' Jones tells of the feeling of awe that came over her when as a child she ran into the cemetery and saw so many graves open at the same time."

**One of his siblings: John Gladwell Jones
A tragic accident - New York Times, March 11 1912, Beaufort NC - March 10 - "Fifteen-year-old John Forlaw, son of a banker, was accidentally shot and killed today by his playmate, John [Gladwell] Jones, 13, the son of C.D. Jones, Collector of Customs at this port. The lads were [target] practicing with an automatic revolver."