Flavius J. Barrett, schoolteacher, businessman, lawyer, city official, and state representative, was born in Giles County, Tennessee, on October 22, 1835, the son of the Rev. Thomas C. Barrett and Martha Jane (Alexander) Barrett. In 1848 Barrett immigrated with his family to Texas, living for a time in Titus and Hopkins counties before settling near Gainesville. Barrett attended Baylor University during the 1860 academic year, studying literature. The following year Barrett volunteered for service in the Confederate Army. He enlisted as a private in Company B of the Fifteenth Texas Cavalry Regiment, seeing action with this unit throughout 1861 and 1862 and receiving promotion to lieutenant then captain. Barrett was captured following the surrender of Confederate forces at the Battle of Arkansas Post in January, 1863. After his exchange at City Point, Virginia, Barrett returned to duty, serving in Texas and Louisiana for the remainder of the war. In 1865 Barrett returned to Texas, settling in Decatur, Wise County, and establishing himself as a schoolteacher. Here he married Sophronia Crutchfield on August 18, 1865. This couple had two sons and one daughter. During this time he also engaged in cattle and grocery businesses. In 1866 Barrett won election as representative for Wise County to the Eleventh Texas Legislature which sat in the autumn of that year. Some time later Barrett relocated with his family to Corsicana, Navarro County. Here he served in a variety of public offices, including police chief and tax assessor, from 1874 through 1888, and city marshal in 1880. In 1889 Barrett relocated to Henrietta, Clay County, gaining admission to the bar and beginning a law practice. In 1891 Barrett won election as mayor for Henrietta and, between 1892 and 1894, sat as county judge. In his final round of public service, Barrett won election as representative for Clay County to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Texas legislatures, serving from 1897 through 1901. Barrett died sometime after this. During his life Barrett was an active Baptist and belonged to the Masons, the International Order of Odd Fellows, and the Chosen Friends.
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IGI Individual Record, "Flavius J. Barrett" (www.familysearch.org/), accessed May 15, 2007. Legislative Reference Library of Texas (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legis/), accessed May 16, 2007. E. H. Loughery, Texas State Government: A Volume of Biographical Sketches and Passing Comment (Austin: McLeod & Jackson Printers, 1897).
Eleventh Legislature (1866)
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Aragorn Storm Miller,
“Barrett, Flavius Josepheus,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed June 29, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
March 24, 2008