Lyne Taliaferro Barret Papers
- Event: Donated in 1966
- Barret, Lyne Taliaferro (Person)
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From about 1863 to 1865 he served as captain of the Quartermaster Corps, Confederate States of America, for the Nacogdoches district. After the war, Barret, Benjamin P. Hollingsworth, Charles A. Hamilton, John T. Flint, and John B. Earle organized the Melrose Petroleum Oil Company. Drilling began at Oil Springs during the summer of 1866 and resulted in the first producing oil well in the state. Due to the low price of oil and the political unrest caused by Reconstruction, the venture was a financial loss for Barret, who returned to the mercantile business in Melrose.
L. T. Barret was a Mason, secretary of the Melrose Methodist Church, and served as justice of the peace in Melrose in 1862 and 1899. He married Angelina Martha Thomas on August 26, 1857, and they had eleven children. Barret died in Melrose on March 23, 1913.
("BARRET, LYNE TALIAFERRO." The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online. Accessed Fri Nov 14 10:03:54 US/Central 2003.)
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