RANDON, DAVID (?–ca. 1867). David Randon, planter, a partner of Isaac M. Pennington as one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was described as part Indian. On August 3, 1824, he and Pennington received title to a sitio of land now in Fort Bend County. The census of March 1826 listed Randon as a farmer and stock raiser, aged between twenty-five and forty. He had a wife, Nancy, and owned seven slaves. He apparently married after he arrived in Texas, but no date is recorded. In 1830 he applied for a half league on the east side of the San Bernard River adjoining the property of George and John G. McNeel. In August 1835 Randon signed a petition to call a convention to quiet the unrest in Texas. Even so, on October 2, 1835, just after the battle of Gonzales, he addressed a letter to the public in which he urged all able-bodied men to hasten to Gonzales "armed and equipped for war even to the knife." In February 1836 he was appointed to organize militia companies in the second district. Randon ran horses in the Houston Jockey Club races held over five consecutive days beginning on November 26, 1838. In 1844 he was guardian for the heirs of John Randon, probably his brother. In November 1845 David was chairman of a Fort Bend County meeting that nominated James B. Miller for governor. The Randon plantation in Fort Bend County was valued at $33,000 in 1850 and at $290,000 in 1860. Randon died before August 6, 1867, the date on which his will was probated. He is buried on the Dyer Moore Ranch near Orchard, Fort Bend County.

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). John H. Jenkins, ed., The Papers of the Texas Revolution, 1835–1836 (10 vols., Austin: Presidial Press, 1973). Telegraph and Texas Register, February 20, 1836, December 8, 1838, February 7, 1844, November 26, 1845. Texas State Gazette, November 16, 1850. William Barret Travis, Diary, ed. Robert E. Davis (Waco: Texian Press, 1966). Clarence Wharton, Wharton's History of Fort Bend County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1939).

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