Milburn, David H. (unknown–ca. 1840)

Revised by: R. Matt Abigail

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: January 27, 2018

David H. Milburn was a partner of Thomas Davis as one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists. The partners received title to a league of land on the west bank of the Brazos River at Allen's Creek in what is now southeastern Austin County on July 29, 1824. The census of March 1826 listed Milburn as a single man, aged between twenty-five and forty. In 1828 he married the widow Elizabeth Farr (or Pharr), a daughter of James Briton (Brit) Bailey. That year he was granted a quarter league of land near where Big Creek meets the Brazos River in present-day Fort Bend County. In 1832 Milburn was living at Brazoria, and he participated in the battle of Velasco as a member of the division commanded by Henry Smith. After the battle, he was placed in charge of a group of men sent to reinforce George B. McKinstry's occupation of the Mexican fort at the mouth of the Brazos River. On November 26, 1836, Milburn's plantation on the Brazos hosted Antonio López de Santa Anna and Col. Juan N. Almonte as the two prisoners were being escorted from the Orozimbo Plantation to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Andrew Jackson. In December 1836, with John P. Coles and Ammon Underwood, Milburn purchased several town lots and organized a mercantile business at Marion (now East Columbia). He was appointed overseer of the roads in the fourth Brazoria district in February 1837. Milburn died before April 20, 1840, when his wife was appointed executrix of his estate.

Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). James K. Greer, "The Journal of Ammon Underwood, 1834–1838," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 32 (October 1928). Charles Adams Gulick, Jr., Harriet Smither, et al., eds., The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar (6 vols., Austin: Texas State Library, 1920–27; rpt., Austin: Pemberton Press, 1968). Telegraph and Texas Register, March 14, 1837. Texas State Gazette, July 5, 1851.

Time Periods:
  • Mexican Texas

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

Revised by R. Matt Abigail, “Milburn, David H.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 03, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 27, 2018

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