1870 - 1939 (68 years)
||Thomas Peter "T.P." Lee |
||Mar 19, 1870
||Ritchie county, West Virginia, USA
||Jun 12, 1900
||Wood county, West Virginia, USA 
||Feb 04, 1939
||Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA 
||Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA
- Born in West Virginia, Thomas P. Lee began working in the oil fields there when he was only sixteen years old. In 1903 he moved to Sour Lake Texas and began working for the newly formed Texas Company, where he worked for ten years between 1903 and 1913, actively involved in its growth and development. In 1913, together with J. S. Cullinan, Will C. Hogg, James L. Autry and E. F. Woodward, T. P. Lee formed and became president of the Farmers Petroleum Company. In 1916, he and his associates formed the American Republics Corporation. Also in 1916, he purchased the Link home for $90,000, the largest price ever paid for a home in Houston to that date.
Until the discovery of oil at Spindletop, John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company controlled most of the oil industry in the United States. When oil was discovered in Corsicana, Texas, in 1894, Governor James Hogg and the legislature passed laws to prevent Standard Oil from gaining a monopoly on Texas oil.
In 1915, with the direction of T.P. Lee, the Yount-Lee Oil Company was formed by partners Miles Frank Yount (1880-1933), John Henry "Harry" Phelan, brothers William and Thomas Lee of Houston, and two other local businessmen. He also had Judge Elkins of Houston appointed to the board of the company. Lee believed that more oil could be gotten from the Spindletop field by drilling below the layer that had produced the gusher. In May 1925, the Yount-Lee Oil Company bought the old Spindletop leases and, On Saturday, November 13, while about 25,000 people were attending the South Texas State Fair the McFaddin No.2 struck oil at a depth of 2,517 feet, producing 5,000 barrels a day. The November 15, 1925, headline of the Beaumont Enterprise read "Spindle Top Yields New Oil Gusher." McFaddin Nos. 3 and 4 were drilled by April of 1926. The combined old and new fields of Spindletop produced more than 59 million barrels of oil during the next five years. When Yount-Lee Oil Company sold out in the late 1930s for $48 million dollars, it represented the largest single oil sale ever. (The 1933 death of Frank Yount, who had aided the city of Beaumont in its financial difficulties, and the subsequent sale of the Yount-Lee Oil Company contributed greatly to the deepening fiscal trials of Beaumont.)
By 1929, Texas's ten largest oil companies were, from largest to smallest, Gulf, Humble Oil, Southern Crude Oil Purchasing Co. (Standard Oil of Indiana), the Texas Company, Shell Oil (of Oklahoma), Yount-Lee Oil Company, Magnolia Petroleum, J. K. Hughes Oil, Pure Oil (of Pennsylvania), and Mid-Kansas Oil and Gas Company (Ohio Oil Company).
He was a Texas delegate from Harris county to the 1924 and 1932 Republican Conventions.
1910 census, Houston, Harris cty, TX, J.P. 1, e.d. 95, sheet 1-B
April 19, 1910, series T624, roll 1560, p. 152
2405 Crawford St, HH 19
LEE, Thomas P, head, M, W, 39, m2, 9, WV, WV, WV, superintendent natural gas co.
LEE, Essie M, wife, F, w, 27, m1, 9, GA, SC, GA
LEE, Maudie A, dau, 8, WV
LEE, Ethel M, dau, 6, WV
LEE, Maxine H, dau, 2, TX
LEE, Thelma, dau, 0/12, TX
1920 census, Houston, Harris cty, TX, 4th ward, e.d. 77, sheet 3-A
Jan. 3, 1920, series T625, roll 1814, p. 36
3812 Montrose Blvd, HH 40
LEE, Thomas P, head, M, W, 48, WV, OH, WV
LEE, Essie, wife, 36, GA, SC, GA
LEE, Mande A, dau, 18, WV, WV, GA
LEE, Ethel, dau, 16, WV
LEE, Maxine, dau, 12, TX
LEE, Thelma, dau, 9, TX
LEE, Marjorie, dau, 5, TX
ALBERT, Laura A, employee, 65, widowed, AL, NY, NY
VOLBARRON, Arnelle, servant, F, B, 21, OK, OK, OK
HONOND, Dora, servant, F, B, 20, TX, TX, TX
McCURTIS, Edward, servant, M, B, 19, LA, LA, MS
1930 census, Houston, Harris cty, TX, block 2937, e.d. 101-108, sheet 13-A
April 7th, 1930, series T626, roll 2349, p. 13, 2812 Montrose Blvd, HH 138
LEE, T.P., head, own, $200,000, M, W, 59, m at 29 yrs, WV, OH, WV, oil investor
LEE, Essie, wife, F, W, 48, m at 18 yrs, GA, SC, GA
LEE, Margarie, dtr, 15, TX, WV, GA
CLARK, Mary, servant, F, Neg, 36, m at 24 yrs, LA, LA, LA
MITCHELL, Annanias H, servant, M, Neg, 35, single, LA, LA LA, chaffeur (sic)
||Dec 26, 2011 |
||Alexander C. Lee, b. Jan 28, 1841, Meigs county, Ohio, USA , d. Nov 25, 1918, Sour Lake, Hardin county, Texas, USA (Age 77 years) |
||Martha Jane Mount, b. Dec 25, 1848, Wood county, West Virginia, USA , d. Jul 12, 1924, Murphytown, Wood county, West Virginia, USA (Age 75 years) |
||Mar 20, 1866
||Parkersburg, Wood county, West Virginia, USA
- 1880 census, WV, Wood, Clay, p. 24, sd 1, ed 167 (T9-1416, p.381)
June 12, 1880, HH 206/208, (all b. WV)
Lee, Alex, W, M, 35, works on farm
" , Martha, W, F, 31, wife
" , William, 12, son
" , Humphry, 10, son
" , Thomas, 8, son
" , Rosa, 4, dau
" , Charley, 2, son
1900 census, WV, Wood, Clay, ed 129, 8-B, (T623-1776, p.8)
June 12, 1900, HH 159/160
Lee, Alexander J, head, W, M, Jan 1841, 59, m 34 yrs, OH, WV, OH, farmer
" , Martha J, wife, W, F, Dec 1848, 51, m 34 yrs, 6/6 children, WV, WV, WV
" , William E, son, Jan 1867, 33, WV
" , Thos P, son, Nar 1871, 29, m 0 yrs, WV
" , Essie M, d-in-law, W, F, May 1882, 18, m 0 yrs, 0/0 children, GA, SC, GA
" , Mabel, g-dau, May 1893, 7, Penn, WV, England
||Elizabeth Mann, b. Abt 1870, England , d. Jun 21, 1895 (Age ~ 25 years) |
||Jul 14, 1892
|+||1. Mabel Martha Lee, b. May 02, 1893, Pennsylvania, USA , d. Nov 14, 1963, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA (Age 70 years)|
||Essie Maybelle Horton, b. May 12, 1882, Georgia, USA , d. Oct 20, 1964, Colorado Springs, El Paso county, Colorado, USA (Age 82 years) |
||Apr 24, 1900
||Savannah, Chatham county, Georgia, USA
|+||1. Maude Alice Lee, b. Abt 1900, West Virginia, USA , d. |
|+||2. Ethel Margaret Lee, b. Oct 02, 1903, West Virginia, USA , d. Nov 26, 1970, El Paso county, Texas, USA (Age 67 years)|
|+||3. Maxine Horton Lee, b. Nov 25, 1907, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA , d. Feb 01, 1983, Uvalde, Uvalde county, Texas, USA (Age 75 years)|
|+||4. Thelma Pearl Lee, b. Mar 25, 1910, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA , d. Sep 01, 1944, Uvalde, Uvalde county, Texas, USA (Age 34 years)|
|+||5. Marjorie Lee, b. May 07, 1914, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA , d. Dec 21, 1981, Harris county, Texas, USA (Age 67 years)|
- [S940] Abrams, Bill.
data on ancestry.com - September 15, 2003
- [S941] Gedcom - Payne, Alan O.
- [S934] Kyle, Mr. & Mrs. Wesley W. Jr.
Personal visit with Wesley and Jacky Kyle, SEP 10 2003 & genealogy printout.
- [S3961] 1900 US federal census, 1900 census, WV, Wood, Clay, ed 129, 8-B, (T623-1776, p.8).
- [S561] Death Certificate.