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William K. Davis


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The W.K. Davis House

Son of Kinchen W. Davis and Fannie Pleasants, William Kinchen Davis was a prominent landowner and citizen in Fort Bend County. He was born on November 11, 1822 in Alabama. Davis arrived in Texas on Feb. 4, 1830. In 1836, he helped build a fort at the mouth of the Brazos and three years later was part of a campaign against Indians around the head of the Brazos.

In 1842, he joined Somerville’s expedition which was formed in retaliation for raids by Mexico across the Rio Grande. The expedition broke apart at the border because the Mexicans had withdrawn south of the river and the Texas army did not have orders to invade Mexico. However, some soldiers were determined to attack the Mexican Army. They formed a regiment and crossed the Rio Grande. William K. Davis joined this group. The regiment was captured at Mier and the soldiers marched towards Mexico City. Davis remained with the group through the escape attempt at Salado and was one of those that drew beans to learn his fate. Davis drew a white bean and eventually languished in Perote Prison until his release in September 1844.

Before Davis left for the expedition, he had been courting Jane Pickens, the daughter of John Harris Pickens and Eleanor Cooper. When he returned to Fort Bend County from Mexico, he found that arrangements had been made for Jane to marry another man. Davis convinced his sweetheart to elope with him instead. They were married in 1845 by the same pastor that was to conduct the other nuptials.

William and Jane Davis had five children: Frances, John Harris Pickens, Elnora, Kinchen William and Archietta. Four of them grew to adulthood and had families of their own. The Davis family lived in Richmond where William was a very successful businessman and owned several properties including Davis Hall on Morton Street and his home on Jackson Street. Davis Hall housed a saloon on the first floor and a theater on the second floor. Davis also commanded a company in the Confederate Army for about six months but never saw action.

Jane Davis died in 1860. William Davis married Jane Green in 1865. He died in 1891 and she died in 1895.

The W.K. Davis House

William Kinchen Davis

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Jane Pickens Davis

Historical facts and photos courtesy of the
Fort Bend County
Museum Association, Richmond, TX

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