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John Hamilton Barrett[1]

Male 1896 - 1976  (79 years)


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  • Name John Hamilton Barrett 
    Born Sep 18, 1896  Okalousa, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Feb 22, 1976  Handsboro, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Birth place could have been Monroe, LA.
      Prior to WWI, John Hamilton Barrett worked in an industry which distilled the resin from pine trees. It was located close to what is today Coast Materials in Gulfport, MS. He tried to enlist in WWI, but was told he was underweight, and already employed in an industry that was vital to the war effort. He is, however, listed in a US GEN WEB page listing WWI survivors from Harrison County. The speculation is that even though he did not enlist, his occupation was considered a war effort.
      Later, he worked at the Veteran's Administration, on the beach in Gulfport. Though he had left school at an early age, he was classified as an "engineer" and worked in the boiler room. He worked there for approximately 30 years.
      In his retirement, he ran Barrett's Pecans, a pecan cracking business on Pass Road in Gulfport. The pecan business continues with his children and grandchildren. He had an avid interest in coast history, collecting old bottles and other memorabilia, and was a member of the local archaeological society.
      In his early years, he loved to hunt and fish, and as an old man, he would get very excited about finding deer and turkey tracks in the woods while off on archaeological digs in Hancock County. Most of Mississippi was "hunted out" through the 30's and 40's, and not until conservation and hunters efforts in the 50's did deer return in any numbers.
      In his retirement years, he was a school bus driver, and would delight the children with his yodeling and gospel singing. He also loved to whittle and carve, and tiny monkeys and baskets carved out of peach pits were given to many school children of the area. He played the fiddle and would often go to "jam sessions" with some of his cronies.
      He was a member of the Handsboro United Methodist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Polar Star Lodge No. 154, a member of the York Rite and Scottish Rite of Gulfport, a member of the Grotto and a member of the Amaranth. He held the King Knight York Cross of Honor, was a member of the Jobs Daughters, the Handsboro Eastern Star Chapter, the Wahabi Shrine Temple in Jackson, a member of the Sons of the Confederacy, and a member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Archaeology Association.
    Person ID I145294  mykindred
    Last Modified May 2, 2008 

    Father Thomas C. Barrett,   b. Sep 13, 1874, Philadelphia, Neshoba county, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 21, 1937, Handsboro, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Julia Mae Walters,   b. Apr 15, 1877,   d. Jun 27, 1957, Handsboro, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Family ID F47685  Group Sheet

    Family Helen Kathleen Schmitt,   b. May 28, 1897,   d. Jun 25, 1982, Handsboro, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married Jun 22, 1922  Gulfport, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Hermine Mae Barrett,   b. Aug 03, 1923, Handsboro, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 30, 1990, Handsboro, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +2. [dau] Barrett,   d.
    Family ID F47681  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S2531] Gedcom - Havens, Marcum David.



  
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