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Thomas Peter "T.P." Lee[1, 2, 3]

Male 1870 - 1939  (68 years)


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  • Name Thomas Peter "T.P." Lee 
    Born Mar 19, 1870  Ritchie county, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census Jun 12, 1900  Wood county, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died Feb 04, 1939  Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 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.
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      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
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      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
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      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)
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    Person ID I53694  mykindred
    Last Modified Dec 26, 2011 

    Father Alexander C. Lee,   b. Jan 28, 1841, Meigs county, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 25, 1918, Sour Lake, Hardin county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Martha Jane Mount,   b. Dec 25, 1848, Wood county, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 12, 1924, Murphytown, Wood county, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married Mar 20, 1866  Parkersburg, Wood county, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 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
    Family ID F18938  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Elizabeth Mann,   b. Abt 1870, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 21, 1895  (Age ~ 25 years) 
    Married Jul 14, 1892 
    Children 
    +1. Mabel Martha Lee,   b. May 02, 1893, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 14, 1963, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Family ID F19065  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Essie Maybelle Horton,   b. May 12, 1882, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 20, 1964, Colorado Springs, El Paso county, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married Apr 24, 1900  Savannah, Chatham county, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • They had six daughters.
    Children 
    +1. Maude Alice Lee,   b. Abt 1900, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d.
    +2. Ethel Margaret Lee,   b. Oct 02, 1903, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 26, 1970, El Paso county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +3. Maxine Horton Lee,   b. Nov 25, 1907, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 01, 1983, Uvalde, Uvalde county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +4. Thelma Pearl Lee,   b. Mar 25, 1910, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 01, 1944, Uvalde, Uvalde county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
    +5. Marjorie Lee,   b. May 07, 1914, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 21, 1981, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Family ID F18911  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S940] Abrams, Bill.
      data on ancestry.com - September 15, 2003

    2. [S941] Gedcom - Payne, Alan O.

    3. [S934] Kyle, Mr. & Mrs. Wesley W. Jr.
      Personal visit with Wesley and Jacky Kyle, SEP 10 2003 & genealogy printout.

    4. [S3961] 1900 US federal census, 1900 census, WV, Wood, Clay, ed 129, 8-B, (T623-1776, p.8).

    5. [S561] Death Certificate.



  
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