Davenport, Overton Fletcher (1820–1909)

By: Aragorn Storm Miller

Type: Biography

Published: May 8, 2008

Updated: August 14, 2014

Overton Fletcher Davenport, farmer, stock raiser, Confederate officer, county official, and state representative, was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, on February 10, 1820, the son of William and Elizabeth Sydnor (Andrew) Davenport. Davenport was raised in Georgia and married Margaret Susan Roberts in that state on December 29, 1842. This couple had two sons. Around 1850 Davenport traveled to California where he mined for gold until the end of 1851. His wife died shortly before or after his return. Overton Davenport married Eliza Agnes Pennington on August 5, 1852. This couple had eight sons and three daughters.

Davenport immigrated with his family to Texas in 1855, settling a ranch and homestead at Station Creek near Eagle Springs in Coryell County. Here he engaged as a farmer and stock raiser. In 1861 following the outbreak of the Civil War Overton Davenport traveled to Harris County and enlisted as a private in Company H of the Tenth Texas Infantry Regiment. He received promotion to third lieutenant in March 1862 and was transferred to Company K. Overton was with this unit when it was captured at the Battle of Arkansas Post in January 1863. He spent the spring of 1863 in the Federal prison camp at Camp Chase, Ohio, before being exchanged at City Point, Virginia, on April 29. Davenport returned to service with the Tenth Texas and received promotion to first lieutenant then captain of Company A in May and November of 1863, respectively. He was wounded at the Battle of Franklin in November 1864 and the Battle of Nashville in December 1864. His second wound was serious enough to keep him in various Confederate hospitals at the closing stages of the war. Davenport was captured at a hospital in Okolona, Mississippi, on January 10, 1865, at which point he was sent to Sandusky, Ohio, before being paroled on May 12, 1865.

Davenport returned to Coryell County to resume his farming and stock raising concerns as well as serve as county commissioner from 1865 through 1866. In 1872 Davenport won election as representative for District Twenty-eight—comprised of Bell, Brown, Comanche, Coryell, Hamilton, Hays, Lampasas, San Saba, Travis, Williamson, Coleman, Concho, and McCulloch counties—to the Thirteenth Texas Legislature. In 1892 Overton and several of his relatives relocated to Eastland in Eastland County. Davenport himself stayed in Eastland briefly before resuming his ranching activities near Ranger in Eastland County. Overton Fletcher Davenport died here on June 22, 1909, and was buried at Pioneer Cemetery in Ranger. He was a Baptist.

Clyde and Mabel Bailey, Vignettes of Coryell County (Gatesville, Texas: Gatesville Printing, 1976). Coryell County Genealogical Society, Coryell County, Texas, Families, 1854–1985 (Dallas: Taylor, 1986). IGI Individual Record: Overton Fletcher Davenport (http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=ancestorsearchresults.asp), accessed July 9, 2007. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939). Zelma Scott, History of Coryell County (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1965). Wartime Letter of Pvt. Overton F. Davenport (http://members.aol.com/SMckay1234/Letters/Overton.htm), accessed July 9, 2007.

  • Thirteenth Legislature (1873)
  • House
Time Periods:
  • Civil War

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Aragorn Storm Miller, “Davenport, Overton Fletcher,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 11, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/davenport-overton-fletcher.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 8, 2008
August 14, 2014

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