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DAVIS, THOMAS

DAVIS, THOMAS (?–?). Thomas Davis, farmer and public official, was a partner of David H. Milburn as one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred families. They received title to a sitio now in Austin County on July 29, 1824. The census of 1826 classified Davis as a farmer, a single man aged between twenty-five and forty. He was elected regidor of the ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin in February 1828. At the January 1829 meeting of the ayuntamiento he proposed provisional organization of the colonial militia by election of company officers. On November 27, 1829, he was appointed to preside over an election to be held at the home of William Stafford. Davis's bill presented to the ayuntamiento in December 1830 for guarding and boarding two criminals was rejected on the grounds that he had aided Hiram Friley to escape. Davis was in San Felipe as late as 1834, but in 1838 he was proprietor of the Hamilton townsite, opposite Harrisburg. Austin County tax rolls for 1838 list Davis as the holder of 550 acres of land and ten cattle, an estate valued at $1,200.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Eugene C. Barker, ed., "Minutes of the Ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin, 1828–1832," 12 parts, Southwestern Historical Quarterly 21–24 (January 1918-October 1920). 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).

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