The PAYNE Family

There’s mention of our line of Paynes, Flayle Payne, back in London in
the 1720’s. The Paynes had migrated to America and were in Maryland by 1727 and on to
Bedford Co. VA by 1774. (1) John Payne Sr. died Bedford Co. VA 1798. He was a patriot of the
American Revolution.

(2) John Payne Jr. was born about 1755 in Bedford Co. VA and married
Mildred “Milly” Haynes there. Shortly after marriage they moved to Greene Co. GA. he died
there in 1828 and Mildred in 1840.

(3) Randolph Payne was born about 1790 in Greene Co. GA and died 1838 in Muscogee
Co.GA. He married in 1816 to Frances Beall, born 1798, died Dec. 1859 Caddo Parish LA. Their children:

(a) John H. Payne born 1819, died Oct 1859 Caddo Parish LA. He fathered two
children with Charlotte: John (married Catherine Tyson) born about 1855
and Lavinia
(married Jeff Tyson) born about 1857.

(b) William Payne born about 1820, died Dec. 1859 Caddo Parish LA. He was a
school teacher. Never married.

(c) Robert B. Payne was my gg-Grandfather. He was born about 1822 and died
Dec. 1858 in Tx. He married Sarah G. Huff 1843 Talbot Co. GA. Their
Mildred Rebecca 1843 GA-1881 Hunt Co. TX
Francis born 1846 Caddo LA
Lucy born 1852 Caddo LA

(d) Martha Alabama Payne born 1829, died 1898 Gregg Co. TX. Married
Algernon S. Eley. They lived in Claiborne Parish LA.

(e) Emily F. Payne born 1832 died 1879 Ben Franklin .TX. Married Davis T.
Richardson in Upson Co. GA.

(f) Howard Payne, died as a child

(g) Uriah T. Payne, died prior to 1850

My gg-Grandfather, Robert B. Payne, came to Caddo Parish LA in 1845 from
Talbot Co. GA. With him came his wife, Sarah, and their small daughter
Mildred Rebecca (my great Grandmother) and Robert's brother, John H.
Payne. The brothers bought 387-1/2 acres on the Caddo Prairie. About
1855 Robert Payne loaded up his family and moved on to Texas. By 1858 he
and his wife were dead and their 3 young daughters were sent back to
Caddo Parish to live with their Uncle John Payne. In October 1859 John
H. Payne wrote his last will and testament, put it in a sealed envelope,
and 3 days later rode to his neighbor's house, Thomas Pitts, handed him
the will and committed suicide with a gun. His 3 young nieces were put
on a train and sent back to their Grandmother and Aunt Emily Richardson
in Thomaston GA. In November 1859 testimony is given that tells us that
John H,. Payne's family left Thomaston GA on the train headed for
Shreveport LA. On that train was John Payne's elderly Mother, Frances
(she did not want to make the trip due to her age and did indeed die the
following month), John Payne's sister, Emily Richardson and her husband
Davis Richardson (he was named the executor in John Payne's will) and
one of John Payne's nieces, my great Grandmother Mildred Rebecca Payne.
By the time of the 1860 census they were all living at John Payne's
house in Caddo Parish along with their overseer, Samuel Williams. The
next year, 1860, my great Grandmother married Samuel Williams in
Lafayette Co. AR. I've often wondered how the family managed to survive
the civil war, the women and slaves were left alone in that desolate
area of Louisiana. Samuel Williams was killed in the civil war and my
great Grandmother remarried 1866 in Pittsburg TX to Thomas Bowdre Hicks.
TB Hicks was a schoolteacher and he taught at various schools in east
Texas. They finally settled at Lone Oak, Hunt Co. TX and are both buried

submitted by Pauleta Davies - Payne descendant