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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
murdered in cold blood and the line of march
resumed. Capt. Davis drew a white bean and in
due time staggered into the city of Mexico with his
surviving companions, where they were put to hard
labor. They were afterwards imprisoned at Perote,
where they received similar treatment. September
16th, 1844, they were released by Santa Anna
and each man given one dollar with which to make
the journey of fifteen hundred miles back to the
settlements in Texas.
Capt. Davis returned to Richmond, Fort Bend
County, where he ever after made his home. He
was married to Miss Jane Pickens in 1845. She
was a daughter of John H; and Eleanor (Cooper)
Pickens and came to Texas with her parents at
three years of age.
Her father had made all preparations for her to
marry another gentleman, but she eloped with Capt.
Davis. They left her home on horseback and proceeded
to a neighbor's house, where they were
married. They had five children: Fannie (died
when three years of age), J. H. P. (living in Richmond),
Eleanora (wife of B. A. Hinson, in business
at Richmond), William Kinchen, Jr. (killed
by cars at Richmond, August 14, 1888), and
Archietto (widow of W. L. Jones, of Richmond).
Mrs. Hinson has two children, Mrs. Jones seven
children, and William Kinchen Davis left surviving
him a widow and four boys, who now reside in
Mrs. Davis died in 1860, and is buried on the
old homestead in Fort Bend County. Capt. Davis
commanded a company for about six months during
the war between the States but was not in action.
He married again, March 5th, 1865, his second
wife being Mrs. Jane Green, of Richmond. They
had no children. She died in March, 1895, and is
buried in the cemetery at Richmond. Capt. Davis
died August 2d, 1891, and is interred beside her.
He was for many years prior to his death a member
of the M. E. Church South and I. 0. O. F. fraternity.
While his educational advantages in
early life (reared as he was in a pioneer settlement)
were meager, yet he became a very successful business
man and one of the leading men of his county.
As peaceful and law-abiding in civil life as he
was gallant in time of public danger and war, he
came up to the full stature of good citizenship.
The late Wm. Ryon, of Richmond, Fort Bend
County, one of the most gallant of the heroes known
to Texas history, was born in Winchester, Ky.,
resided for several years in Alabama; came to
Texas in 1837, landing at the mouth of the Brazos,
where he clerked, kept hotel and followed various
occupations for a time; in 1839 was a member of
the surveying party that laid off the town of Austin,
the newly selected site for the seat of government
of the Republic, and later went to Fort Bend County,
where he organized a company in 1842 and joined the
army of Gen. Somervell for the invasion of Mexico.
He was one of the three hundred men who did not
return home after the formal disbanding of Somervell's
army. They completed a regimental organization
December 19th, 1842, composed of companies
commanded by Captains Ewin Cameron,
Wm. Ryon, Wm. M. Eastland, J. G. W. Pierson,
Claudius Buster, John R. Baker and C. K. Reese,
and selecting Wm. S. Fisher for Colonel and Thomas
A. Murray for Adjutant, marched across into
Mexico, where they captured the town of Mier, for
more than eighteen hours held at bay over two thousand
Mexican soldiers under Ampudia (killing over
seven hundred of the enemy), and finally surrendered
under promises that they would be treated as
prisoners of war and kept on the frontier until
exchanged. The pledges of Ampudia, reduced to
writing after the surrender, were redeemed by tying
the men in pairs and marching them on foot to
Matamoros where they arrived on the 9th day of
January, 1843, and were marched in triumph
through the streets, with bells ringing, music playing
and banners flying. Some of the citizens, however,
moved to pity, afterwards contributed clothing
and money to supply their most pressing needs. The
main body of the prisoners left Matamoros on the
14th, marched eighteen or twenty miles a day,
were corralled at night like cattle and reached
Monterey on the 28th of 'January. Here they
were made more comfortable and rested until the
2d of February. Arriving at SaltilIo they were
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