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PICKENS, JOHN HARRIS, SR. (ca.1808–1852?). John Harris Pickens, Sr., early settler, was born about 1808, probably in Kentucky. He and his wife, Eleanor Elizabeth (Cooper), and two daughters moved to the Fort Bend, Texas, area from Kentucky in the early 1830s. At least three other children were born after they arrived in Texas. On May 15, 1837, Pickens was one of the sixty men who signed a petition for the formation of Fort Bend County. Pickens was a farmer and stock raiser who lived in the Crabb area on a labor that he bought out of the Abner Kuykendall league in 1843. He died before September 27, 1852, when his daughter Mary Catherine filed guardianship papers for her three younger siblings.


Roberta Christensen, Historic, Romantic Richmond, 1822–1982 (Burnet, Texas, 1982). Andrew Jackson Sowell, History of Fort Bend County (Houston: Coyle, 1904; rpt, Richmond, Texas: Fort Bend County Historical Museum, 1974).

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

Virginia Scarborough, "PICKENS, JOHN HARRIS, SR.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.