Laura Esther Thomas Room

This first-floor room includes a lovely four-poster queen-size bed, original fireplace, antique Welsh armoire, plantation shutters and bath with separate shower and tub.


Laura Esther Thomas (1890-1986), granddaughter of Capt. Thomas Thomas, was the last of the Thomas family to own and live in the house. She sold property to Copeland and Jean Kell in 1965.

Laura Esther was born February 28, 1890 to Thomas Murray Thomas (1848-1940) and Laura Pelletier (1853-1944). Laura never married. She lived here from at least 1939 until she went into a nursing home in Morehead City, where she died November 3, 1986, at 96
.


1843 Sacrament Ticket
In her book The Story of the Methodists in the Port of Beaufort, Amy Muse wrote of Miss Laura Thomas' treasured sacrament ticket for the third quarter of 1843, issued to her great-grandmother "Miss Mary" Thomas, signed by John T. Brame.


Laura Esther Thomas - Family Tree

During WWII, with the advent of Cherry Point and the need for housing, the house and many others in Beaufort were made into apartments. (Kell) At that time, there were two other families in the house. The 1940 census recorded Laura E. Thomas 50 as head of household at 301 Front Street. In the home were her parents T.M. Thomas 91, and Laura P. Thomas 86. Laura, who completed one year of college (perhaps as an art student at Greensboro Female Institute), was noted as a clerk-bookkeeper in a doctor's office with an income of $600. Value of home $4,000.

1940 Census

February 23, 1939 issue of The Beaufort News
Laura's parents had celebrated their 62nd anniversary two days earlier.
 
Thomas Murray Thomas (1848-1940) and Laura Pelletier (1853-1944)
married February 21, 1877.

OF NOTE: In February 1962, Miss Laura Thomas was one of a dozen citizens who attended an early Beaufort Historical Association planning meeting; the BHA officially founded January 25, 1960. Also of note, from about 1930 until his death in 1958, Laura's brother, Charles Walter Thomas Sr. (1878-1958), owned the Josiah Bell House circa 1825, at 138 Turner.