Most images were originally posted on ancestry.com by C.W. Curley.
Other photos courtesy Paul family and Beaufort Historical Association.
|Raymond Luther Paul|
On October 20, 1864, Raymond married Frances D. "Fannie" Styron. The ceremony was performed by J.L. Warren, Minister of the Gospel.
"Fannie" Styron (1841-1921), was born in Davis Shore to Matilda Lewis (1810-1888) and George Washington Styron (1800-1860), son of George Styron (1756-1800) who was born in Hunting Quarters.
|Ammie Loren Paul|
Grandfather of historian
|Charles Brayman Paul|
Charles Brayman Paul (1866-1904) became a preacher and married Mittie Whitehead on October 20, 1890. Net fisherman, carpenter and blacksmith Ammie Loren Paul (1872-1952) married Julia Frances Willis on December 24, 1896. Betty Wheeler Paul (1876-1964) married Irwin Jones Davis about 1905.
|Raymond became a master carpenter and built the "Big House" on Davis Island for Barnard Leckler, who came to Davis to hunt goose and duck and decided to build a home and hunting lodge.|
|Raymond Luther Paul and Fannie D. Styron Paul were buried |
in the Paul Family Cemetery in Davis, Carteret County.
|Emeline "Lina" Willis|
|William Luther Paul and|
wife Emeline Willis
In 1894, W.L. Paul married Emeline "Lina" Willis (1874‒1943), daughter of Frances Watson and Simeon Willis of Smyrna, Carteret County. Luther and Lina lived in Smyrna, where he was noted as a blacksmith.
Though Luther had little formal education (7th grade), he had “a drive and curiosity for all things mechanical.” Among many inventions, Luther built flying machine "Bumble Bee." In 1908, after an Orville Wright test flight crashed and killed the passenger, Paul's family convinced him to stop work on what may have been America's first helicopter. (See article at the end of this post.)
After moving to Beaufort about 1911, Luther operated the Sea Breeze Theater on Front Street; members of the family participated in all aspects of the business.
|1920s Front Street, Beaufort NC - Sea Breeze Theater in background, now site of the NC Maritime Museum|
|117 Moore Street|
|Luther, Lina and family at 117 Moore|
|First car built by Luther Paul|
|Iva Lou Paul|
|Grayden Muir Paul|
Best known as a Beaufort storyteller, Grayden started conducting tours in 1952. He gathered a small group that started things rolling for the town’s 251st anniversary in July 1960, which was the nucleus of the formation of Beaufort Historical Association. As part of the anniversary celebration, Grayden originated and directed the re-enactment of the 1747 “Spanish Invasion Day.” As noted in the News-Times article at the time of his death, “as Mr. Paul himself told it, the only way Beaufort knew for certain it had ever had any pirates ashore was because somebody had found an ancient bill to the town jail for beef to feed the Spanish pirates.”
1960s (BHA photo)
Grayden and Mary Paul co-authored a book, “Carteret County, N.C. Folklore, Facts and Fiction,” published in 1975. See: Founding of the Beaufort Historical Association
In 1976, Grayden Paul was honored by the Historic Preservation Society of North Carolina with an Award of Merit. He served as mayor from 1941 to 1942 and was on the Town Board and the Carteret County school board.
|Band director - Beaufort Graded School|
– Halsey married Margaret Ann Skarren about 1926. Margaret was the daughter of plumbing contractor William Edward Skarren and Carrie Lee Scott. Children Margaret Ann, Helen Dail and Halsey Dail Paul Jr. The 1940 census recorded Halsey as “automotive dealer – sales & service garage.” Halsey owned and operated Paul Motor Company.
DAPHNE DARE PAUL (1906‒1996) – Daphne completed one year of college; she never married.
Daphne's obituary noted: “She was a historian, researcher and writer of Carteret County and Beaufort history, including a popular series on Beaufort which was printed in the News-Times.
Daphne also received the North Carolina Historical Publication Award.”
GLENNIE MARIE PAUL (1909‒1993) – Glennie graduated from Meredith College, Raleigh NC, where she was president of her Senior Class, president of the Glee Club, accompanist for both Glee Club and Choir, May Queen, and made her radio debut over WPTF the same year as her graduation in 1930.
While growing up in Beaufort, Glennie was a leader, active in athletics and also pianist at the Baptist Sunday School.
Below: 1926 senior in high school and 1930 Meredith College.
RAYMOND LUTHER PAUL (1913‒1988), named after his grandfather, was the only one of the Paul children born in Beaufort. Raymond married Marjorie Williams. In 1997, the town rescue squad dedicated its new building on West Beaufort Road and named it in honor of the late Raymond Paul. Mr. Paul had established a trust fund to care for his sister Daphne; upon her death, it was to be distributed to two organizations, one of which was the Beaufort Rescue Squad.
117 Moore Street - Beaufort NC
Large, well-preserved, 2-story house has a deck-on-hip roof with widow's walk, center projecting cross-gable, plain siding and 2/2 sash with molded caps. 1-story porch
with turned posts, plain railing, and roof with balustrade.
|Grayden Muir Paul Jr. at the Grayden Paul Bridge - named for his father|
(Casey Futrell Photography, NCCOAST)