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Family of Will Thompson




2 Persons Wounded And Another Killed
Shooting Follows Dispute At Francitas--Deputy Sheriff Davenport Is Dead.

Special to The News.

Francitas, Tex., Oct. 8.--Deputy Sheriff M. B. Davenport was shot and killed here this afternoon. Will Thompson was dangerously wounded by being shot through the jaw and Thompson's 12-year-old son received wounds which may result in death.

The men were employees of the L ranch and with others were rounding up cattle when the trouble started. It is alleged the deputy sheriff resented some remarks directed at him by a third person, who was a cowboy, whereat Thompson is alleged to have endeavored to make peace.

The dispute soon ledto the shooting, and the first bullet struck Bob Thompson, who was riding with his father. The elder Thompson was next to receive a shot in the jaw. A third bullet struck Deputy Davenport, who staggered into the doorway of the Austin machine shop and died within a few minutes.

While riding for the doctor, the horse of Gene Batchelor ran into a wire fence, and falling upon the rider, crushed him so badly his condition is serious.

Deputy Sheriff Davenport was the son of former County Treasurer Davenport. He leaves a wife and two small children living at Ganado.

Sheriff Egg was notified of the tragedy and is expected to reach here late tonight.

Galveston Daily News, October 9, 1913

W. B. Davenport Killed
Will Thompson Wounded and His Son Mortally Wounded
(Edna Herald)

Yesterday afternoon at Francitas about 2 o'clock W. B. Davenport was shot in the lower part of the stomach and died almost instantly, and Will Thompson was shot in the jaw, hand and arm, and his son was shot through the lower chest from which he was expected to die last night. The news reached Edna about 2:30 o'clock yesterday and Sheriff Egg and several other parties left immediately for the seat of trouble. Mr. Egg returned last night and from him we learn something of the trouble which led up to the fatal shooting. Mr. Davenport had been ranch foreman for L. Ward for the past several months, and it seems that Thompson and a man by the name of Bachelor and several others were at Francitas, where the "chuck" wagon had stopped for dinner. Bachelor had been trying to cause trouble with a negro hand, Jasper Singleton. Mr. Davenport had "jacked" him up several times about it, and while at the chuck wagon in Francitas Bachelor again began to abuse the negro. Thompson, his son and Bachelor were yet on their horses and Davenport was on the ground. When he said something about letting the negro alone, Bachelor cursed him for "a negro loving son of a ____." At this juncture, Mr. Davenport pulled his gun and collared Bachelor, saying he would put him in jail if one were handy (he being a deputy sheriff) and either shot at Bachelor or hit at him and the gun accidentally discharged, the ball hitting the Thompson boy as stated above. The boy yelled, and Mr. Davenport said, "Good God, son, I never intended to kill you." Thompson, standing to one side of his horse, began shooting at Davenport and Davenport at him. The shot that hit the latter entered the lower part of the stomach and evidently severed [an] artery, as he died after walking a few feet to a blacksmith shop. Thompson, while having a crushed jawbone and minor wounds in hand and arm, is not seriously wounded. However the wounds were such that the attending physicians asked Mr. Egg not to move him for a few days. At the time of the trouble there were a number of cowhands present, but it was done so quickly that no one seems to have a clear conception as to just how it came about.

Victoria Advocate, October 11, 1913


Will Thompson, who has been confined to his bed for about a month with a crushed ankle, was taken to Galveston Monday, where he will take treatment in the Sealy Hospital . His condition seemed to be a little worse when he left.

The Palacios Beacon, December 21, 1917



Will Thompson of DeMoss, who has been in the Sealy Hospital at Galveston for some time with a crushed ankle had his foot amputated just above the ankle Monday and at last report was resting well.

The Palacios Beacon, December 28, 1917


Mr. Bob Thompson and Miss Daisy Bullington, popular young people of the Collegeport community were united in marriage on last Sunday evening, March 4, C. F. Conner performing the ceremony. Mr. Conner was holding preaching services at the Church at Citrus Grove that evening and was invited to meet these young people down the road a distance, after the service to plight their vows. This he graciously did, and after the words had been said uniting their lives and destinies, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson drove happily away, much elated over the surprise in store for their many friends.

Palacios Beacon, March 15, 1928

Francitas Facts

Another wedding of unusual interest was when Mr. Will Thompson and Mrs. W. H. Linder were married in Port Lavaca on Sept. 14th. To these friends of ours we extend congratulations. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are at home on the “Triangle T” Ranch south of town.


The Edna Weekly Herald, September 29, 1949

Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City for J. R. "Bob" Thompson, Collegeport farmer, who was found dead in Virginia last week with a bullet in his head.

The services were held at 2:30 o'clock and burial was in the Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

Pallbearers were W. W. Wilkinson Jr., Vernon Bowers, Jimmy Norton, Arthur Matthes, M. S. Holsworth and John Merck.

June 3, 1941, Newspaper Unknown

Daisy Bullington Thompson, 89, of Markham, passed away at her home on Wednesday, March 15, 2000.

She was born Oct. 16, 1910, in Madison County, Texas to the late David L. & Minnie M. Bullington.

She was a longtime resident of Matagorda County, residing in Collegeport and Markham.

She was a member of the Baptist Church and a member of the Markham Senior Citizens Center.

She is survived by: daughter, Pat Whitmire of Markham; sister and brother-in-law, Minnie "Tootsie" and Frank Gayle of Markham; grandchildren, Bob Thompson, Sammy Thompson, Teddy Joe Whitmire II, and Tami Jo Whitmire; and 10 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating.

Private Internment will be held at Hawley Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday, 17 Mar 2000


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