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"It is an established fact that whenever one has dared to the Communist threat he has invited upon himself the adroit and skilled talents of experts in character assassination." - J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the F.B.I. - to the Daughters of American Revolution on April 22, 1954. - Proposed Energy Policy presented by President Jimmy Carter, April 18, 1977. - "...neither have I so much of the infidel in me as to suppose that He has relinquished the government of the world, and given us up to the care of devils." Thomas Paine The American Crisis - Diplomatic Security Service - 2013 Year in Review - A Thousand More Marines - The DSS, in one shape or form, has existed since 1916, when it was known mysteriously as the Bureau of Secret Intelligence. Why There Hasn't Been Another Benghazi - The Daily Beast

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Pictures from the July Sevier Family Association Reunion

Pictures from the August First Families of Tennessee Jubilee


  • Eighty articles in chronological order between 1899 and 1940 referring to the formation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

  • Livesay Graves located in Franklin Co., Virginia
    Thanks to a link on my website that helped locate a Livesay - Livasy researcher, there has been a discovery that is most likely the headstones of my oldest LIVESAY ancestors who came to this country most likely near the beginning of the 18th century.

    Thomas Livesay and Margaret (Stones) Livesay Young

     


    This picture is of my father, Al George Payne, during training at Citizens Military Training Camp, Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga, ca 1930. CMTC camps were a month in length and held at about 50 Army posts nationally.

    By July of 1942, 40% of American citizens were involved in war-related volunteer work. In case of enemy bombing, they were trained to don protective helmets and help firemen and emergency medical personnel. Volunteers also mounted rooftops to search the skies for airplanes, whether friend or foe. They reported all airplanes to the Army Filter Center, which kept track of all airplane traffic.

    Before the North American Air Defense Command known better as NORAD there was the Aircraft Warning Service (AWS). AWS was a civilian service of the United States Army Ground Observer Corps instated during World War II to keep watch for enemy planes entering American airspace. It became inactive on May 29, 1944. Al George Payne was a Civil Defense Marshal as well as a Plane Spotter in his town of Tazewell.

    Plane Spotters used a varity of sources to report planes to their Army Filter Center. I remember pages of various U.S. as well as German planes in technical pamphlets in the attic of the brick house where we resided in the early 1950's. There were several "shacks" around the tops of the hills and his was up Essary Road near where the Presnell's lived.

    Aircraft Warning Service Volunteer Observer Pin.

    Al G. Payne, Democratic Victory Club Member
    J. Frank Hobbs, - of Lawrenceburg, Lawrence County, Tenn. Democrat.
    Tennessee Democratic state chair, 1945.


    Claiborne County 1947 Highschool Annual
    Claiborne County 1948 Highschool Annual

    Great Uncle John Toomey, who became a State Senator, was appointed the Large Tract Purchaser for the Lands that was to become the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
    The Tennessean - Nashville, TN - May 16, 1928

    John Toomey, Jr. was born 12 Jul 1861 at St. Lawrence Co., New York, USA, and married Elizabeth (Bettie) Phillips, daughter of Riley Phillips and Elizabeth Ann Betty Chitwood, who was born in 1874 at Scott Co., Tennessee, USA. John died on 30 Nov 1949 at Helenwood, Scott Co., Tennessee. Elizabeth (Bettie) died in 1910 at Scott Co., Tennessee, USA.


    09-20-2016 Cucumber Gap Elkmont trailhead Col. David C. Chapman Cottage
    After gathering information on my mother's Uncle John Toomey, a former State Senator from Scott County, TN I found much more than I had expected while searching Newspapers online. Whether our ancestors would agree with it or not the small logging community of Elkmont will soon go back to forest. This is what it looks like in 2016.
    Grandfather Joseph Tucker Phillips Official Personnel File

    U.S. Treasury Agent - A work in Progress
    1922 thru 1925
    1926 thru 1928
    1929 and 1930
    1931 and 1932
    1933
    1934
    1935 thru 1938
    1939 thru 1947

    Updated information on 1924 New York investigations by Grandfather Joe Phillips.

    Newspaper Articles pertaining to my grandfather Joseph Phillips during Prohibition
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    I intend to add entries from The Diary of Bettie (Phillips) Toomey to my site soon. Below is an example of several of the entries:
    Jan. 23, 1902 Thursday
    Seen Barthell (E.E. Barthell who represented John Toomey) on train sent John message where to close with Dobbs.
    Mch. 28, 1902 Friday
    John returned Barthell sent us a nice basket fruit still raining rained all day
    Apr. 14 Monday
    Freddie some better Barthell come had dinner John went to Harriman Maud here.
    Apr. 15, 1902
    John & June come Barthell come from Huntsville for dinner, Freddie about the same awful cross Maud went to Robins letter from Martha
    Apr. 26 1902
    Message from John stuck up road he couldn't get home. Birdie (my grandmother) & Viola come. Mr. Barthell and son Buster came. Got nice roast & horse raddish from L.E. Bryant (large land owner who began timber coal exploration in Eastern Ky & Tn)
    In May 1902 E.E. Barthell and R.L. Stearns had just filed in the State of Tennessee, Articles of Incorporation with capital of $100,000 the Kentucky and Tennessee Railroad Company near Pine Knot, Kentucky.
    A December 25, 1908 battle in Stearns, Kentucky resulted in the burning of the McFerran Hotel and the death of several people. I gathered over 40 clippings of the events occurring in the 1908 confrontation between miners and federal officers.
    A nation wide Coal Strike in 1922 resulted in a plea from County Judge L.G. Payne and Sheriff O.I. Mink for Troops to be sent to Claiborne County. Click on the image to see what resulted in the reluctance of the Governor to send help for the citizens of Claiborne County.

    I always wondered if the son of my Great Uncle Senator John Toomey of Scott County, Tennessee ever made it to Cuba to meet with Col. Charles Lindburgh and through Newspapers.com I found he truly did. Read Crew of Three Flies to Cuba and Return to extend Mayor's Invitation to Colonel Lindburgh
    Detroit Free Press - August 28, 1903

    My website was a reference used in a recent book by Michael W. Nagle, "Justus S. Stearns: Michigan Pine King and Kentucky Coal Baron, 1845-1933".

    In the book he tells the story about how Senator John Toomey, a Great Uncle by marriage to myself, was instrumental in bringing the Stearn's coal and timber business to Tennessee and Kentucky. There is a correction to the above article. After visiting Stearns, Kentucky for a ride on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway and visiting the McCreary County Museum, the director there, Shane Gilreath, noticed a discrepancy. As he puts it, " In the article, it reads that Mr. Barthell was the brother-in-law of Justus Smith Stearns. This is inaccurate. Justus Stearns was married to Paulina Lyon. I believe it was his son and heir, Robert, who was the brother-in-law of Mr. Barthell. It is my memory that Mr. Barthell was married to the sister of Laura Freeman Stearns of Nashville, the wife of R.L. Stearns." That may just well be. According to Mr. Gilreath, most of the Kentucky operation was under the direction of R.L. Stearns and Justus Smith Stearns seldom visited the Kentucky and Tennessee timber and coal company. I find that Justus S. Stearns did come during the 1908 Coal Strike.

    The Tennessean, September 12, 1928

    After years of purchasing tracts of land for timber production John Toomey was instrumental in stopping thousands of acres of timber from the ax in the name of our wonderful Smoky Mountain National Park. My mother always said that her Uncle John died land poor. My mother was named after John Toomey's wife Bettie (Betty) Phillips Toomey, her father's sister. John Toomey remained a bachelor after his wife passed away in 1910. I own a transcribed copy of The Diary of Bettie (Phillips) Toomey (1902-1909) given me by James Toomey Baker, a cousin to my mother.


    The Antecedents of Organized Criminality in Kentucky - Dr. Gary W. Potter - Eastern Kentucky University

    This Kentucky Justice & Safety Research Bulletin examines the antecedents of modern-day organized crime in Kentucky. The question to be addressed is whether the genesis of organized crime in a predominately rural, southern state, such as Kentucky, follows well-established patterns of development found in historically analyses of Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and other north-eastern and midwestern locales.

    Joseph Phillips Scrapbook

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    Good morning Joe,
    I am pleased to announce that today is the release date for LMU History Professor Natalie Sweet's new book, Harrogate and Cumberland Gap. We would be honored to have the book mentioned on your website. The book goes on sale today on our website, arcadiapublishing.com, and will be available through local retailers soon.
    Description:
    Nestled in the mountains where Tennessee meets Kentucky and Virginia, the towns of Harrogate and Cumberland Gap showcase the nation's history and the beauty of nature. Here, a British investor dreamed of creating a resort town that rivaled the spas of Europe. The Panic of 1893 crushed those plans, but it also allowed a former Civil War general to keep his promise to Abraham Lincoln that he would do something to assist the area's mountain people. As a university that became a memorial to the 16th president grew in Harrogate, locomotives steamed through Cumberland Gap. The 1930s and 1940s marked hard times, but the pluck of the populace held firm. Indeed, the philanthropic effort put into the region, as well as a southern movie premier and even a presidential visit, demonstrated the area's potential. As time marched on, both Harrogate and Cumberland Gap welcomed tourists who explored the nearby Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and visited the university's Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum.


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    Several other Large Files

    Emailing: Lamb-Givens Ancestry DRAFT Rev 2 v.4
    Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:27 PM
    From: "Ed Johnson" cejohn22@bresnan.net
    To: joe@joepayne.org,
    westofbaccus@yahoo.com
    (47KB)Lamb-Givens Ancestry DRAFT Rev 2 v.4.doc,

    Appreciate your reply and sending what I have on Lanham's via my Lamb-Givens research.

    -Also, will send separately other research I'm doing that may be of interest since they're NE TN and SW VA.

    Regards


    Johnson, Bledsoe, Givens, Greene, Lamb, Chandler and Vandeventer Lineage by Ed Johnson

    Still posting to http://joepayne.org/parkey.html

    Genealogy
    Friday, January 21, 2011 6:13 PM
    From: "John Parkey"
    To:joe@joepayne.org

    Good afternoon,

    My name is John Parkey and I hope I am addressing Joe Payne of Tennessee. I want to thank you for the genealogy information you have posted on your site of the Parkey family, and I would like to offer clarification between Henley Parkey and Hugh Parkey, children of William Parkey and Martha Martin.

    Hugh Parkey was my great grandfather. His full name was Hugh Henley Parkey (b. 8 Aug 1868 - d. 10 Feb 1910) married Cora E Cooper (b. 29 Apr 1871 - d. 3 Jun 1917) on 13 Apr 1993. Hugh and Cora had five children: Clarence, Roy, Bessie Lee, Barney, and Vivian. Hugh was the younger brother to Henley Clinton Parkey (b. 11 Mar 1867).

    I would be happy to share further information with you wish. Please feel free to contact me at this email address.

    Best regards,
    John



    Al and Lafayette Payne (the twins) - White Blouse Dresses - Still popular in Britain in the early 1910's


    Al and Lafayette Payne (the twins)- Had changed over to the Buster Brown Tunic by about 1915


    Judge Lafayette G. Payne (County Exec.)

    This obituary is for L.G. Payne's brother, R.W. Payne and contains what appears to be a misleading statement at the very end of the obituary. My grandfather's (L.G.) first wife was Daisy B. YOAKUM, daughter of Ewing Frank YOAKUM and Elizabeth V. Lizzie MOUNTAIN. She passed away November 28, 1900 and L.G. remarried my grandmother Mattie Alice LIVESAY, daughter of George LIVESAY and Elizabeth Slaton JOHNS on November 10, 1901. Mattie Alice LIVESAY was not a cousin to Mattie MASON who married R.W. PAYNE. Although there is a clipping above from the October 6, 1899 Louisville Courier Journal, that states that Daisy B. YOAKUM and Mattie Helen MASON were twins I somehow doubt that. Below you find the 1900 census of both Lafayette and his twin R.W.(Robert) and please note the difference in the birth dates. Mattie MASON PAYNE was born in January 1882, 9 months after John MASON and Dorcus YOAKUM were married and Daisy YOAKUM PAYNE was born in May 1882. Both these clippings include errors, I think.



    There was a custom of the day to dress male twins in dresses for pictures until one began crying to wear pants. You can see that my father and his brother Lafayette dressed in dresses for pictures soon after they were born in 1912. My grandfather and grandmother changed them to the Buster Brown Tunic style probably about 1917. The bottom picture is of my grandfather Lafayette, Sr. or his twin brother Robert Wesley, with his back to the camera and the two children, one in a dress the other in pants are probably my aunt Beatrice, born 1906, and either Al or Lafayette, Jr., born 1912, watching the Lone Mountain men put the Fords together about 1915. From the page Fun, Fun, Fun
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    My Ransom Day who filed his Revolutionary War Pension Papers in Claiborne County and whose son John Ransom Day, Jr married Elizabeth Hurst, daughter of Rev. Thomas Hurst of Virginia whose Revolutionary War papers are on file with the D.A.R.

    The Revolutionary War Pension Papers of George Livesay (1765 - 1837), Hawkins County, TN. GGGrandfather of Joe Payne. My Grandmother Martha Alice Livesay's mother Elizabeth Slaton Johns whose mother was Martha Alice Slaton's father was Captain John Slaton East Tennessee Drafted Militia, War of 1812.

    Both Tobias and George Phillips offered land and money to the armies of the American Revolution and have papers on file with the D.A.R. George Phillips' mother was Hannah Goad whose father was Abraham Goad whose son was John Goad, Sr. whose daughter was Joanna Goad who married Valentine Sevier, Sr. whose son was General John Sevier - A General in the Revolutionary War.

    Timothy Sexton was born in 1750 died on 18 Aug 1782 at York District, SC of war related causes. Revolutionary War, NJ 3rd Regiment - Col. Elias Deyton Private, enlisted Morristown, NJ was the Grandfather of Rebecca Sextion who married Jehu Phillips, grandfather of my grandfather Joseph Phillips




    Pictures of the John Payne and Elizabeth Frazier Payne Family

    Re: pictures and obit. of John Payne and Elizibeth (Frazier) Payne Monday, February 22, 2010 12:15 PM From: "Peggy Payne"
    To: "Joe Payne"

    Joe,
    Yes John Payne was my Great Great Grandfather. I will be emailing you pictures and information soon. Thanks for all your hard work on the Payne Family.

    Ray

    --- On Sat, 2/20/10, Joe Payne wrote:

    From: Joe Payne
    Subject: Re: pictures and obit. of John Payne and Elizibeth (Frazier) Payne
    To: pyn_pggy@yahoo.com
    Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010, 5:36 PM

    http://us.1.p4.webhosting.yahoo.com/filemanager?type=html&directory=&op-editfile=Edit&.crumb=Fp6nOO4ONUK&editor=advanced&filename=genealogy.htm&dispopts=+ Ray,

    That would be great. You can email me joe@joepayne.org or if you want to send them to me snail mail I can send you that info. Have you ever seen a book History of A Missouri Farm Family by Stephen S. Slaughter? It has a lot of the Fraizer family information in it.

    Is your lineage connected to John Payne?

    Joe Payne
    Tennessee

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    2009 and 2014 Sevier Family Reunions
    The name Xavier means "the new house" in Basque.

    The top picture was made during the 2014 Sevier Family Reunion held in Knoxville, TN. We met at the Old Knoxville Courthouse for a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of John Sevier. To see the Knoxville News Sentinel article please access this link.


    The next two pictures are from the 2009 Sevier Family Reunion at Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina and the lower picture at the Rocky Mount Museum, Cobb Homestead, Piney Flats,
    Tennessee

    The Sevier-Payne lineage is completely Mitochondrial because it runs through my mother and from Gen. John Sevier through his mother Joanna Goad. Joseph Payne -> Betty Phillips Payne -> Joseph Phillips -> Riley Phillips -> Jehu Phillips -> Joseph Phillips -> Tobias Phillips -> George Phillips' mother was Hannah Goad whose father was Abraham Goad whose son was John Goad, Sr. whose daughter was Joanna Goad who married Valentine Sevier, Sr. whose son was General John Sevier - A General in the Revolutionary War. He was one of the Colonel's in command at the battle of Kings Mountain and he served several Indian Campaigns against the Cherokee Indians. He was the 1st militia General of Tennessee Territory of the State of Franklin, was the 1st Governor of Tennessee and a U.S. Congressman.

    What makes this Sevier-Payne relationship so uncommon is that Reuben Payne, the proginator of my Payne family in America became very close friends with Gen. John Sevier as recorded in his personal journal as far back as 1795. Sevier appointed Reuben Payne "Overseer of the Poor" in December 1796, that meant Reuben Payne or Paine would dispense rations or supplies to those in need.

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    Battle of Tazewell page has been updated


    More Cousins - On back: From your cousin-L to R - Mary - Betsy (Rose) - Barb
    No idea about Mary, Betsy is Betsy Rose married Jay Taylor and Barb may be Barb Gilbert married Phil (R.T.) Payne

    "As communism and the Soviet bloc began to come apart, our side expected that KGB agents, having lost their moral and political raison d'etre, would begin to offer themselves to the CIA in large numbers. That happened. What we did not anticipate, however, was that the same phenomenon would affect a number of our own operatives.... When the excitement and intrigue subverting the monolithic, closed and threatening Soviet system ended, a few of the gung-ho performers turned to the only equally satisfying and more dangerous alternative - betrayal of their own country" - JAY TAYLOR - former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, in the Washington Post, 22 December 1996

    William J (Bill) Robinson and his younger brother Rhodes, sons of Bob and Alta Robinson,grandsons of Lizzie and Sterling Robinson - New information on the William Robinson lineage page - regarding Robinson Station, near Pineville, Kentucky. The above pictures were sent to me by Beth Robinson Bunch in December 2007. Beth is the daughter of William Jacob Robinson, who in trun was the son of Jacob Baylor "Bob" Robinson, the son of Sterling Robert Robinson. Here are all of the pictures sent by Beth


    Need help identifying the above picture. Date around 1946 and on back of picture are:
    L to R - Dr. Marvin McCullough, Margaret Lane McCullough, Betty Payne, Jim Payne - Having searched my McCullough page I have ID'd the McCulloughs.

    Dr Marvin D McCullough 7/21/1909 to 1/28/1983
    Wife was Margaret Lane McCullough 9/22/1911 to 7/22/1964
    They are buried in Lynnhurst Cemetery - Knoxville, TN.
    My mother and my father's first cousin, Jim Payne are the Paynes. Jim Payne spent some time in a German prisoner of war camp during WWII. He was a Technical Sgt. on a bomber. Jim wound up living in London (Kentucky)


    1960 MYF Tazewell Methodist Church - Left to Right - Betsy Payne, Joe Payne, John Davis, Sam McCullouch, Alvin Duncan and Wayne Graves

    The New Tazewell Times - August 1901 - Update!

    Still looking for information on the FORD HOTEL in New Tazewell as well as the LIVESAY and FORD Livery Stable located beside it.


    Mark Treadway has a new BOOK CATALOG for The Genealogy Book Shoppe located at 261 Kyle Lane Tazewell, Tn 37879.


    Bonny Kate, Pioneer Lady, by Mark Strength.
    It was my pleasure and honor to attend the last several years the Sevier Family Reunion's in Sevierville, Jonesborough and Knoxville, Tennessee. It will be again my honor to attend the 2016 Sevier Family Reunion in Knoxville. It was also a pleasure and an honor to meet and become friends with an author of three books regarding the life of General John Sevier's, "Nolichucky Jack", second wife, Kate or Catherine Sherrill. Although Mark is not a direct descendant of or connected to the Sevier family by heritage, he realizes the importance of what John Sevier did for the establishment of our great nation. Mark, previously employed as a securities analyst has left that career for what he feels is a more rewarding life as a publisher and an author.

    Mark's most recent book is titled, Song of The Shenandoah as well as Bonny Kate's Honeymoon: Victory at King's Mountain and Bonny Kate: Pioneer Lady, are all listed on Amazon.


    This is what I call IRONICAL. Two people who do not know each other send me a picture just a few days apart. Both made in 1918 during the time that their parents were students at Claiborne County H.S. One is of students graduating the other is of teachers. Probably made on the same day.
    Here is another oldie ----- the graduation of Kleber Chumley (third from left) and friends from Claiborne County High School in 1918.
    Regards, Glynn Millett (A. Glynn Ailey) San Jose, CA - GlynnRich1@aol.com
    Also will send a photo I just ran across of 4 teachers at Claiborne Co High School which I expect was taken about the time my mother graduated - 1918. Teachers at Claiborne County High School. In center is Miss Wylie. On right is Miss Dempster. - Ann Doege flight822@comcast.net

    My cousin Amy Potts has given we Payne's a real treat. Somewhere around 1998 I asked my Uncle Fate Payne, twin brother of my father Al, to record as much about he and my father's growing up in Lone Mountain and he sent about three cassette tapes. Uncle Fate got around to doing them in July 2001, sadly after our brother Eddie had passed away. Amy has the expertise to put these tapes in mp3 format and the first of which (about 26 minutes) is below.
    Track 1

    Track 2

    Track 3

    Track 4

    Track 5

    Track 6


    Still looking for information on the Tazewell M.E. Church South that was located on the back street of Tazewell, referred to as Church Street. This M.E. Church has long puzzled me as no one seems to know of it's existence and I seem to be the only person who has a picture of this M.E. Church South. Were there plans for the A.M.E. Church to move to Tazewell to support the large African American population here from the days of slavery that chose to remain here after the Civil War ended. Quote from John Wesley (1701-1791) - "Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can."

    Ask anyone for directions where the "The Daniel Boone Parkway" is around the Cumberland Gap area and you may find that it used to run through Harrogate on towards Morristown. However, you may then be confused to find no signs with that designation any longer.

    In 2005 Governor Ernie Fletcher, as a gesture of good will, renamed a small stretch of U.S. 25 the "Daniel Boone-Cumberland Gap Wilderness Trail". Not bad, but most of us would still rather have the Daniel Boone Parkway back.

    Wilderness Road Heritage Highway

    The 94-mile byway traces and interprets the migration of early pioneers and explorers through the Cumberland Gap and the subsequent development of Kentucky's nationally renowned folk art and country music heritage. Areas of interest include Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, which offers panoramic views of the Appalachians, as well as Berea, the "Folk Arts & Crafts Capital of Kentucky."

    Start and Endpoint: Byway follows US 25E for 30 miles through Middlesboro and Pineville to the junction with KY 229 just north of Barbourville, then north on KY 229 for 21 miles to the junction with US 25 in London, and then north on US 25 through Laurel and Rockcastle counties to Berea in Madison County.


    The Fielden and Hazel McNeely House about 2000. GOING GOING - GONE - Click on picture for more.

    The McNeeley-Weir House Moved. Click on picture for more.

    A couple reasons my site is back up is correspondence from Millie Baumgardner Gladney.



    George Livesay, seated second from left, came from Hancock County about 1870 to begin his poultry business in Claiborne County. He was by all account a staunch Republican but became disgruntled with the politics of Claiborne County. He moved to Knoxville about 1908 and began a poultry business on Market Street. Below is one of his last Announcements in the New Tazewell Times - a business he owned and was editor of. His interest in using the railroad line that ran between Lone Mountain, New Tazewell and Knoxville for industry was evident in his articles.

    More on what George Livesay referred to as the Spout Spring Village Republicans. Only two pages of the New Tazewell Times that he began in 1901 are recorded in the microfilm records that I can find. I have attempted to scan and transcribe much of what he was trying to do to bring new business to the railroad town of New Tazewell, Tennessee. CLICK HERE.

    Is the house above the next along back street Tazewell to be torn down? Click on Picture for What I heard.

    Are we as concerned as we should be about our drinking water? I have taken an active stand against pollution from many years and have found that much of what I feel matters very little to most people. Should we endanger our water supply in the NAME OF PROGRESS

    How a true timber sale should be conducted. Some States require such practices, should Tennessee? ?


    "And we feel sure the music of this great State is assured."
    I don't think he was talking about "Rocky Top", or was he?

    President John F. Kennedy "90th Anniversary of Vanderbilt University" May 1963

    The old DELCO HOUSE that was used by my Grandfather Lafayette G. Payne during the 1920's is still standing

    Movie "Wild River" - 1960 - A young field administrator (Montgomery Clift) for the TVA comes to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam on the Tennessee River. He encounters opposition from the local people, in particular a farmer who objects to his employment (with pay) of local black laborers. Much of the plot revolves around the eviction of an elderly woman from her home on an island in the River, and the young man's love affair with that woman's widowed granddaughter. Directed by Elia Kazan
    That is Hollywood's version. An example would be taking some of the brightest from the local area and "using" them to persuade the people to give up their land. I was contacted by Mr. Baker's grandson from the pictures below asking me to assist with information regarding his grandfather's mysterious death. If he is still coming to my site please contact me. Joe Payne
    Uncle Lafayette G. Payne, Jr. worked for the land acqusition office of TVA in 1933-1934 "Wild River". Another Uncle, John Archer, was President of Nantahala Power and Light, Franklin, N.C. Grandfather Joseph Phillips was first with Power and Light Company in Claiborne County. Well, I was the first TVA Energy Advisor, should I not be famous?

    Environmental Protection Agency models show more than 1,200 Americans die prematurely every year due to TVA's power plant pollution and thousands more suffer from respiratory ailments, including asthma. More on this can be found on the National Resource Defense Council website.


    Brand New Old Photos from Ann Doege of the Lone Mountain area. See if you can help us locate where these pictures were taken.


    Congress passed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act in 1933 as one innovative program of the New Deal designed to pull the American economy out of the Great Depression. TVA developed fertilizers, helped farmers improve crop yields, replanted forests, controlled flooding, and generated electricity for the inhabitants of the valley. In the 1940s and World War II, TVA shifted its focus to hydroelectric projects that created 28,000 jobs. By the 1950s, TVA could not keep up with the demand for electricity because of its dependence on government financing. In 1959 TVA was granted by Congress the right to be a self-financing program no longer dependent on and limited by government appropriations. TVA has long been a controversial entity, largely because of its government connection and its practices of acquiring farm lands in order to build dams that create electricity.

    In 1947 President Harry S. Truman created the Federal Employees Loyalty Program which reviewed federal employees and fired them if any doubt was evident about the employee's loyalty. The House Committee on Unamerican Activities (HUAC), as well as Joseph McCarthy's efforts, increased the search for communists in America. Thus began "The Red Scare" around 1948 and extended through the mid-1950s and was caused by a variety of factors, some of which include the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenburg for espionage, who by the way, had a brother-in-law, David Greenglass working at Oak Ridge, Tn. Also the Iron Curtain, the Soviet Union's acquisition of an atomic bomb, and communist revolution in China added to the scare. Widespread beliefs that communist spies and sympathizers were in America working towards her demise only added to the paranoia of the times. The Oak Ridge worker, Greenglass turned state's evidence against the Rosenbergs in return for immunity for his wife, who had served as his courier.

    In 1954 the Atomic Energy Act and Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" (AUDIO)program dictated a revision of the AEC classification guide to make information available for industrial development of nuclear energy. Thus was the era of Korea and Kruschev, I Like Ike, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, "Blue Suede Shoes", Peter Pan, the Kinsey Report. June Clever and Joseph McCarthy, the Edsel and Sputnik, the Hula hoop and the H-bombs.


    More information regarding George Livesay

    "What countless and magnificent escapes even the best of us in our short career and what fatalities we clutch which we should have shuned with horror. And how easy it is now to look back on our lost battlefields that might have been victorys had we stopped to read the grim lesson of experience, the threatening danger that stared us in the face at every turn in life when prosperity had been blighted and pledges had been broken and promises had been forgotten. All because we fainted under the banner of King Credit, but now have come again with the bullion, the stuff that will buy the world, with goods that is unexcelled in quality, and with prices that will prove to you that the Almighty Dollar is King of the World. And thanks to my many friends, I will prove to you if you will visit me and examine my goods, that I am on top. I will pay you cash for your produce and will redeam every pledge I have made to living man, and will continue to condemn without fear, thievery, robbery, corruption and dishonesty in the future as I have in the past."

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    Claiborne County Payne, Lewis and Hurst Family Discoveries through DNA Testing is that John "Millcreek" Hurst is not a direct descendant Henry Hurst of Leckhampstead Parish, Buckinghamshire, England, Fielding Lewis of Big Barron, Claiborne County is not a descendant of Col. Fielding Lewis of Warner Hall, and that Reuben Payne is not a direct descendant of John Payne of White Hall, Va.

    There are approx. 105 Surname Studies below. Please use the arrow to the right of the box to access the "Drop Down List"
    If you would like to add your family to this list or make additions or corrections please email me Joe Payne

    Click on the Arrow to the Right and Scroll Down - Many names have been Americanized such as Geck, Buehler, Sharpe, Jaeger, etc.

    If you're interested in Claiborne County and its History browse:
  • Claiborne County pages on Yahoo/Geocities
  • Claiborne County TNGENWEB Pages
  • Claiborne County Resource Page
  • Claiborne County Cemeteries Association
  • Claiborne County Pioneer Project Over 52,000 Individuals.
  • Below are the surnames of projects I have done for other people:
    Hill BairdBurkhart Dunn Freshour McMillan Sherrod
    Franklin Gentry Shelton Bowman Mask/Ard Young Baskin
    Rinker Hurt Redman Yoakum McNeeley Stanifer/Standifer Cawood
    Carr Rose Bailey Livesay Hodges Evans/Day Huddleston
    Overton Crutchfield Runions/Runyons Testerman Jennings

    If you have a Claiborne County related Homepage, maybe you would like to add it to this growing list of researchers. A wonderful way to share you research and help those just beginning to connect on to family who shared their roots in Claiborne County, TN.
  • Have you downloaded the Later Day Saints Personal Ancestral File 4.04 yet?
    Here is an example of their Web Page Report.
  • Descendants of Thomas Livesay born on 3 Feb 1730 in Blackburn, Lancashire County, England.
  • As with most of my family the Livesay were pro Union during the Civil War. The following comes from the Livesay Historical Society's web site:
    From LHS Webpage: Carter was an impulsive, high tempered man and because of this he had trouble living peacefully with his family and neighbors. In his Civil War records, the late Ralph Mason found the following story: "Carter Livesay of Kyles Ford, Hancock County, TN, was known as an uncompromising Union man at the beginning of the war between the states. In 1861, some southern soldiers came through the county arresting Union men and taking their guns.
    When they approached Carter's house he fired on them, shooting the horse from under one of the soldiers. Thereafter, he fled to the nearby woods to hide. The soldiers came on to the house and arrested his father, Joseph, and took him off to prison. Carter's father died shortly after his release from prison. Carter and others remained in hiding afraid for their lives. When Capt. Rose came into the county, recruiting men for the southern forces, Carter and others arranged a meeting with him and as a result were given safe conduct out of the county into Kentucky. There evidently was not a clear meeting of minds as Capt Rose, in his disposition after the war, believed that he had gained new recruits, but Carter said he thought otherwise. Later, when they were in Kentucky, rifles and uniforms were issued to them but Carter refused to wear the uniform and hid the gun under a ledge of rock. He never took the oath of allegiance and later when the soldiers were engaged in a skirmish at Boston, KY., he got away and joined the Federal troops at French Lick, KY., and stayed with them until his discharge. The records further show that Newton (his brother) did not go with him, but his brother Joe did. Carter served in Company F of 2nd Tennessee Regiment. He enlisted Feb. 15, 1862 and was discharged Feb. 24, 1863 (disability). The papers show that he married at Blackwater, TN, Nov 10, 1885 to Ellen Mullins that he was previously married to Deborah Byrd, from whom he was divorced Sept 24, 1865.
  • Also from the LDS is ONLINE! 1880 U.S. and Canadian Census FREE!
  • 1850 Claiborne County Slave Schedule - and - 1860 Claiborne County Slave Schedule.
  • The US GENWEB TENNESSEE CENSUS PROJECT.
  • Claiborne County Census 1840 - 1880 Census at Leon's Web Spot.

  • Some Stories with Local Flavor
  • Edward East Barthell, first attorney for the Stearns Coal & Lumber Company in his Mountain Stories tells of how mountain justice prevailed in the early 1900's.. Transcribed and printed with permission of his grandaughter Patty Barthell Myers of San Antonio, Texas

  • Several books put online. Many interesting topics and families described here. The William Ingle and Mary Draper Family and the early McClellan family in Tennessee. Sue Patterson's Books Online
  • Unpublished manuscript Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers,by Emory L. Hamilton (Contributed to Russell Co., Genweb Site by Rhonda Patterson)
  • This article, Some Important Notes in Scott Co., Virginia History is taken from History of Scott County, Virginia by Robert M. Addington, pp. 1-3 & 43-93, copyright 1932 - Thanks to Lesa Pfrommer for sending this file.
  • An essay by Bertha C. Chandler, The Three Rivers Chronicle, Publication of the Three Rivers Historical Society at Hemingway, S.C. 29554 - Volume VII, March, 1987 - No. 1 William and Sarah Stone of the Northern Neck of Virginia - John Stones', GGGrandson of William and Sarah Stone and the first Stone of his line to move into East Tennessee, scanned War of 1812 Widow's Pension Application papers.
    Now we have the GGrandson of John Stone who fought on both sides during the Civil War. Thomas Wesley Stone's service in the 12th Tennessee Calvary both Confederate and Union.
  • Thomas Wesley Stone deeded most of his property in Tazewell to his son-in-law Joseph Phillips after my grandfather bought the land. Here are two original deeds to the property on Old Knoxville Road
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  • Ron Stone of Atlanta, Indiana would like to add his lineage to the Stone line. Ron also has contributed an article written by Lee Dan Stone, Jr. that has to do with the son of a former slave. His name was Bill Dudley. Lee Dan Stone, Jr tells of time he spent with his Great-Uncle Dr. Samuel Stone .
  • The Revolutionary War Pension Papers of George Livesay (1765 - 1837), Hawkins County, TN. GGGrandfather of Joe Payne.
    Here we have Grandmother Mattie Alice Livesay on steps of Mossy Creek College, Jefferson City, TN ca 1898

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  • AWEA statement on the Department of the Interior�s announcement regarding offshore wind projects in the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Senator Lamar Alexander (2005) ''My studies suggest that at a time when America needs large amounts of low-cost, reliable power, wind produces puny amounts of high-cost, unreliable power'' - Lamar Alexander 2010 - An Energy Strategy for Grown-Ups - Lamar Alexander 2011 - Alexander Pushes Wind Energy Subsidies - The Republican leader still thinks Wind Power is not a viable option to replace oil and coal.
  • Wind and Solar Incentive's Stripped from Energy Bill - Senator Alexander and TVA win a large battle against renewable energy standards
  • Lamar says Wind Power would "raise our taxes, run away jobs and ruin our mountaintops"
  • Global warming real and human induced
  • Biotechnology will clear our forests and crop lands
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
  • My Ransom Day linage includes a DNA Chart of various Day lines that may help us locate the true lineage of Ransom Day, who filed his Revolutionary War Pension Papers in Claiborne County and whose son John Ransom Day, Jr married Elizabeth Hurst, daughter of Rev. Thomas Hurst of Virginia.
  • Here we have the Reminiscences of my GGreatgrandfather Jehu Phillips of Scott County, TN as told to the Cumberland Chronicle in Huntsville, TN in 1904.
  • Riley Phillips and father Jehu served in the Civil War. Grandfather Joe Phillips says that his grandfather Jehu fought in the Last Battle of the Civil War.
  • Also a 1939 photo of the spot where Stonewall Jackson was wounded somewhere on the Manassas Battlefield.
  • Here are some scanned pension documents.
  • Jehu's grandson Joseph Phillips, my grandfather, a famous revenue agent, tells of the 1921 capture of "Wild Bill" Gosnell, infamous Cocke County Moonshiner in the Louisville, Kentucky Lincoln Republican, April 1931. March 2008 - Moonshiner, Popcorn Sutton, faces new charges in federal probe.
    Read more about Grandfather Joseph Phillips in his Personal Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings.
  • Head of the U.S. Treasury Department, Lieut. Col. Amos W.W. Woodcock visits Louisville, Ky
  • Grandfather Joseph Phillips writes a former friend and colleague George W. Cunningham on behalf of his grandson George E. Payne
  • Sometime after my grandfather Joe Phillips married my grandmother Birdie Stone he entered the Pinkerton Detective Agency. My mother spoke of having his business card with the Agency name. He worked on several cases in Texas where he was part owner of a 360 acre ranch/farm that raised cotton. In Grandfather Joe Phillips 1920 Diary are clues of his becoming a Federal Prohibition Officer.
  • His personal friend and contact in the Alcohol Tax Unit was a well known officer Rex Kitts. He conducted raids during February 1924 in New York City . She always talked of my Grandfather bringing a fellow by the name of Rickey by our house in Old Tazewell back when she was a young girl. He left his card with a Red Cardinal in one corner. Only recently (2013) did I find out exactly how my grandfather knew the Rickey family through researching Branch Rickey's family. His brother Frank W. Rickey, mentioned in four of the letters was also a Prohibition Agent. Most interesting 1927 article concerning when good cops go bad. He mentions spending New Years 1942 with Agent Kitts in his 1942 Diary. Alcohol Tax Agent William Frank Berry killed on Suck Creek Mountain 1938 near Chattanooga.
  • Jehu's GGrandson, Army Air Corps Captain Albert Burice Norrod, Jr. son of Albert Burice Norrod, Sr. and Victoria (Aunt Tora) Phillips Norrod dies in a plane crash in 1942.
  • Grandfather Joe Phillips
  • Norma Irene Morgan sent me her DAR papers for both George and Tobias Phillips. This would be my GGGGrandfather George and his father.
  • "The Adventures of a Conscript" W. H. Younce's little volume entitled, The Adventures of a Conscript, was first published in 1899 by the Editor Publishing Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. You can read the entire 105 pages online at the link above. (The Internet Archive)
  • Another article that seems to coincide with the above would be Reconstruction Politics in Grayson County Changes in the Local Political Structure that tells of the Bushwackers, or what I like to refer to as murdering guerrillas, that roamed the Hills of Virginia and Tennessee during and after the Civil War. My Great Great Grandfather Hiram Payne was killed by just such a band and his son Anderson Payne was crippled for life. Read a short account of what happened click here.
  • An article regarding a Union Troop, "Tiger Company", formed to protect the citizens of Claiborne, Hancock and Scott Co., Va during the Civil War from Bushwackers.
  • Read a letter about six brothers who volunteered in the Confederate Army, from the Claiborne County area Thomas Graham Fulkerson of Tazewell, TN. Follow the line of the Claiborne County Fulkerson families and see how they connect to the famous artist Charles M. Russell by reading Tales of a Young Man from Tennessee.
  • Read accounts of the battle that took place in Tazewell the morning of August 6, 1862, and accounts of other skirmishes around Tazewell during the Civil War.
  • Irene Triplett, 84, the last living recipient of VA benefits connected to the Civil War. Her father, Mose Triplett, fought for both South and North.
    There was a strong strain of Union sympathy in western North Carolina. Friendly locals often helped hide Confederate deserters. Pvt. Triplett crossed the mountains to Knoxville, Tenn., where on Aug. 1, 1864, he joined a Union regiment, the 3rd North Carolina Mounted Infantry.
  • Cultural and Ethnic Diversity on the Western Frontier: Cumberland Gap Tennessee, 1750-1915 , by Rebecca Vial, Lincoln Memorial University.
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    Another New File has been added to My-Ged data for Claiborne County, Ann England and Vetty E Decker have added their LEATHERWOOD HOLLER FAMILY
    Another file on the Claiborne County ENGLAND family from Marilyn Turner Winczowski


    Some other related Payne and Claiborne and Scott County families that I have reports online for:

    Anderson England Slatton Wear Burdine Chitwood Dalton
    Day Johns McGinnis Sexton Trammell McBee Roark
    Goad Shultz/Shults Walker Parkey Noe/Noah Riley Pearson
    Lebow/Leabow Baumgardner Farmer Schultz Shipley Buis McCollough
    Archer Kesterson Essary Lickliter Hooper Campbell Whitaker
    Gibson Mason Cloud Montgomery

    Attention all Payne's

    Patrick Payne has organized the Payne Family DNA Project in conjuction with FamilyTreeDNA. The DNA CHART.

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    My Paynes
    Attention All Descendants
    of Lafayette G. Payne

    The BLUE RIBBON our Grandfather was
    wearing the night he died.
    He died doing what he loved best.
    Serving his community. During his time as County Judge according to Edgar Holt's book Claiborne pages 56-61 in a section titled, "Roads and Bridges" it is said that, "In September 1920 the court, with Judge L.G. Payne presiding, approved the issue of $42,000 to keep roads in repair." This was during the time that the Walkers Ford Bridge that joined Union and Claiborne Counties was built.

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    After 12 years of continuous service
    little is said of Lafayette G. Payne in any Claiborne County History.
    In fact there were deliberate efforts to
    discredit and leave him out of
    much of the County history. This effort was also put forth to discredit my Grandfather Joe Phillips, a well respected G-man. Assistance to LMU by Henry Ford began in 1926 when he
    contributed implement repair shop equipment amounting to $1272.26.

    In January 1927 Stanley Rudman, Pres. of D.T.&I Railroad,
    owned by Ford, and his wife visited LMU and arranged
    to give them $4,326.53 worth of material consisting of tractors,
    an automobile, and Estry organ, farm equipment, fertilizer,
    a Radiola, and Victrola. In Febuary 1927 Ford bought
    the use of a 200 acre farm owned by Lon Overton,
    the consideration being $40,000.00 plus $451.98 expenses.
    This property was conveyed to the University in 1933.
    LMU in 1936 received a new school bus from Ford,
    who by then had disbursed about $50,000.00 in their behalf.

    The Reuben Payne DNA connection to the Reuben Edwards family.
    Joe,
    I am attaching a chart with the 37 markers and you are a perfect match with my brother. Reuben matches 36 of 37, and I am sure hanging on to Reuben because he is the only Edwards that we do match closely. There is a 99% probability that my ancestor and Reuben had a common ancestor within 10-16 generations, and the chances are a little better for you and my brother.

    Marilyn,
    This is very interesting and quite shocking. I had been coordinating the Payne family DNA Chart until a few months ago and quit because my "brick wall", so to speak was getting nowhere. When something like this comes up you can't help but wonder if there hadn't been a name change somewhere along the way.

    Explanation from Family Tree DNA

    If you continue to match others outside your surname at the Y-DNA37, Y-DNA67, and Y-DNA111 marker level, then there is likely to have been a surname change within the genealogical timeframe. Common causes for this include deliberate name changes and adoptions. For those matches at a higher number of markers (Y-DNA37, Y-DNA67, and Y-DNA111), contacting your matches is the best way to learn more.


    1. You can view my pedigree chart here
    2. Lafayette Glen Payne with Henry and Bob at Cumberland Gap, Daniel Boone Marker
    3. Payne Ford Motor Company began 1915-16 and lasted over 60 years. Grandfather Lafayette G. Payne and brother Robert W. Payne began the business from their father Anderson G. Payne's "Hack" or buggy business in Lone Mountain. According to this June 1948 Advertisement in the Claiborne County Progress only Robert Wesley Payne founded the Payne Motor Company.
    4. Shawn Payne Sanson file on her great-grandfather Robert Wesley Payne, son of Anderson G. Payne.
    5. The Payne Brothers Partnership was established in 1947. This was a partnership that combined the part of the business in Lone Mountain into one.
    6. Citizens' Military Training Camp (CMTC) camps were a month in length and held at about 50 Army posts nationally. At their peak in 1928 and 1929, about 40,000 men received training. Al George Payne, my father, attended such a camp in either 1928 or 1929 along with Sterling and Horton Robinson, Ben Livesay and one other unidentified man in these pictures.
    7. The other and probably the best business man was Clarence (C.C.)Payne connection. This part of the business was seperate from the Payne Brothers and Payne Ford that sold farm machinery and new Fords. This business actually competed with the Farm Machinery business of Payne Brothers during the late 1940's and early 1950's. It was through the International Harvester and Dodge Chrysler business that was owned and operated by Clarence Payne, son of Byrd Maynard Payne, brother to Lafayette and Robert Wesley Payne, and Clarence's son, Willam "Bill" Payne until his death in 1953. Clarence was also a staunch Democrat and head of the Hard Line Democrats during 1944-1945. Bertha Campbell Payne turns 100 years old. Widow of Clarence Payne, son of Byrd Maynard Payne. October 17, 2005.
    8. During WWII there was a ration of beef and other meats that forced many to resort to freezing their meat. Two companies were competitive in introducing techniques of frozen foods and they were Payne Truck and Tractor, owned by Clarence Payne and son and Charlie England Foods. Here are some ads from 1944-1945.
    9. Betsy Rose Taylor file on her grandfather Byrd Maynard Payne, son of Anderson G. Payne. Betsy's husband is Jay Taylor, a former Under Secretary of State and author of several books. His most recent is
    10. Here are some Claiborne Progress Ads and articles during the late 1940's.
    11. The Payne family business flurished while other members of the family found other interests. Paul Donald Payne, a son of Jacob Payne, brother of Anderson was an inventor and worked with Thomas A. Edison in New Jersey.
    12. Also how I happened upon The Last Ford Thunderbird ever to be made. Do you think that Ford Motor Company might be the first of the major car makers to close its doors?
    13. Reuben Payne and Elizabeth Sweatman my first PAYNE Ancestors to date. Reuben through my DNA is Participant 38273/945U on the PAYNE DNA Chart
      View some early scanned documents of the Reuben Payne Family.
    14. Earl Caldwell, Powell, TN pictures of Elias Payne Family,brother of Anderson G. Payne.
    15. A 1992 letter from a grandaughter, Dorthy Vansickle King, of James M. Payne, a brother to Elias and Anderson G. Payne gives insight to what happened to two of the daughters of James M. Payne and Sarah Roller Payne after their parents died around 1897.
    16. Pictures of Enoch and Sally England Payne House, grandson of Reuben Payne and grandfather of Anderson G. Payne.

    New Information from two sources on long distant cousins.
    From Janet in Oregon, a long lost cousin comes pictures of part of my Payne family that moved first to Barren County, Ky around 1800 then on to Missouri. Please visit the Enoch, son of Daniel Family.
    Next we have pictures from Wayne Birge of the Payne Family Cemetery located near Tompkinsville, Ky. This cemetery is supposedly the last resting place of Reuben Payne, the proginator of my Payne family in America.

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    Other Paynes

    Here are a few other Payne families in the Tennessee or surrounding areas about the same time as mine. These are mostly uncomfirmed files from GEDCOM and other various sources and should not be considered entirely accurate. Please let me know if you can authenticate or connect to these families. Some I have lost links to that I hope to restore soon.
    If your a Payne or Payne kin you might be interested in the Heraldry of Payne.
  • The Catholic branch of the Payne family for which Paynesville, Kentucky is named. John H. PAYNE b. 14 FEB 1769 Md., d. 24 MAR 1846 in Knottsville, Daviess Co., Ky. married Dorothy DRURY.

  • The Man from Plains
    2007 Movie
  • Carter Tried To Stop Bush's Energy Disasters - almost 40 Years Ago

  • Program: American Experience Episode 1: The Presidents: Jimmy Carter, A peanut farmer who rose to become America's thirty-ninth president, Jimmy Carter was a failure in his single term in office. He turned to humanitarian work as an ex-president. Watch The Entire Version of The Presidents: Jimmy Carter on PBS. See more from American Experience.


  • MetroPulse The New Atomic Age
  • Tennessee "A funnel to bring in nuclear weapons and power waste from around the country to disperse into the landfills and recycling".
  • April 23, 2008 Utah governor opposes imports of Italian waste By BROCK VERGAKIS
  • NIRS - Out of Control - On Purpose: DOE's Dispersal of Radioactive Waste into Landfills and Consumer Products
  • December 2007 - Nuclear fuel regulator allows Erwin plant to store more uranium
  • Here is two files from Teddy Brock regarding his Payne family Zadok Payne, born 24 March 1780 in Maryland, and died 06 September 1855 in Hillsboro, Fleming Co., Kentucky. and Mary (Polly) Vansandt. Teddy says the following regarding the wife of Zadok Payne - Zadok's wife was sister to John Vansandt, an abolitionist whose exploits are well documented and who was a prototype for a character in "Uncle Tom's Cabin".
  • Payne-Broadwell Family, Papers, 1803-1903 Moses Upshaw Payne was born in Versailles, Kentucky, on 25 October 1807, to Moses and Mary Payne. Moved in 1823 to Boone County, Missouri.
  • George Payne & Eliza Pyle who had traveled to Missouri by the 1850's. This file presented by Leslie Payne
  • William Payne b.1780 Va d.1851 Walker Co. Ga. m. Sarah Manes (Manas)in Hawkins Co. TN - How does this William connect to the other Payne's of East Tennessee?
  • New information on an earlier Payne family in Claiborne County, William Graham Payne, son of Charles Columbus Payne. Settled in the Cave Springs area of Claiborne County. There is a participant from this line of Payne's in the PAYNE DNA Study - Participant 945A that proves the two Claiborne County Payne lines are not related, at least within the last 700 years or so.
    Information on Pioneers from Claiborne County to Seattle, Washington Sallie Payne Esary, granddaughter of Charles C. Payne and her husband Thomas Esary who arrived in Seattle on the last trip of the steamer Dakota on June 5, 1883.
  • Jessee R. Payne who was in Washington Co., TN during the formation of the state. He was first Trustee of Washington College. He had a son Henry Ross Payne who moved to Webster City, Iowa. Because of the Payne Family DNA Project this family has new information added that connect this family back to Josiah Payne, .
    Jesse Russell PAYNE, b. 24 AUG 1839 in Hawkins County Tennessee settled on Sentinal Prairie near Polk, Missouri. This Jessee Russell is a direct descendant of the above Jessee R. Payne of Washington County, TN
  • Other than connecting the Scott County, TN PHILLIPS Lineage to the Old Tobias Phillips Line in Scott Co, VA the next greatest accomplishment in GENEAOLOGY I personally have made. The DNA discovery of the following lineage - The lineage of Dorothea "Dolley" Payne, wife of President James Madison - DNA Evidence links the Josias Payne family of Dorothea "Dolley" Payne and the Josiah Payne who was kidnapped by British Navy "Press-Gangs" and forced to fight in the British Navy before the American Revolution. His family were of Pennsylvania Quaker ancestry.
  • William Latham Payne born 18 May 1834 at Washington Co., Tn
  • Merryman Payne b. BET. 1782 - 1788 in Spotsylvania Co., VA and died 10 FEB 1844 in Greenville, Greene, TN
  • Moses Payne, was born 7 Jun 1787 at Wilkes, NC (Includes Isaac Payne, Sr. of Dorchester Co. MD)
  • Joseph Payne born ca 1720 settled Robertson Co., TN married Phoebe. (Son John settled near Cross Plains, TN)
  • John Payne b. 1623 d. ca 1669 in Westmoreland Co., Va. Son John Payne married Elizabeth Aubery. Participant No. 4663 on the PAYNE DNA Study (Contains Thomas "Trader" Payne line of Ga.)
  • Moses Paine emigrated to America from Frittenden County of Kent, England, with his three children, Elizabeth, Moses, and Stephen in 1638 and settled in Braintree, Massachusetts
  • Stephen Paine born ABT 1600 in Great Ellingham, Norfolk, England, died 21 AUG 1679 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA. Married Neele Adcocke. Participant No. 19774 on the PAYNE DNA Study. YDNA testing has been done on 5 descendants of Stephen Paine. These tests show that Stephen was haplogroup "Q". This is a rare haplogroup in Western Europe; further testing has shown that Stephen was not from the Native American haplogroup "Q3". More testing is being done.
  • Paynes in Essex and Middlesex Counties, Va. Some may recognize it as Thomas Payne b. ca 1660 and Mary Monteque line.
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    Jim Henry has updated his files and added another found below among famous East Tenneeseans. The Henry and Jones along with the Breeden and Hurst families settled the Jones Cove - Wilhite Valley Area located at the North Western end of the Smokies.

    Genealogy of Famous East Tennesseeans.
    Hope you enjoy the following research. (All are still very much under construction.)
  • Col. David Carpenter Chapman (9 August 1876- 26 July 1944), known to many as "The Father of the Park", for his part in the formation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
    Eighty articles in chronological order between 1899 and 1940 referring to the formation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
  • Capt. John Blakemore, one founder of Fort Blackmore, Clinch River
  • Col. David Campbell of Campbell's Station, Knox Co., Tennessee
  • Col. Davy Crockett (Crockett Queries)
  • Gen. John Sevier (Sevier Queries)
    Also excerpts from his personal journal Part 1 Part 2

  • A documentary film by Julie Williams Dixon and Warren Gentry

    Shrouded in mystery for hundreds of years, the Melungeons of Southwest Virginia, and East Tennessee, have oral traditions claiming Portuguese ancestry, though academicians have traditionally written them off as a 'tri-racial isolate.' Living deep in the Appalachians, some claim these people were here as early as the late 1500s, and might be descendants of Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish soldiers and sailors who intermixed with Native Americans.
    In May of 2009, Melungeon Voices will be shown on the opening night of the National Genealogical Society's annual conference being held in Raleigh, NC at the new downtown Convention Center. This year's conference, "The Building of a Nations. From Roanoke to he West" is hosted by The North Carolina Genealogical Society.
  • Sgt.(Colonel) Jacob Brown, Watauga Pioneer
  • Gen. James White/Col. Charles McClung
  • Gen. Sam Houston
  • Col. Barclay McGhee
  • Robert Shields, Founder of Shields Fort, Sevier Co., TN
  • Col. Matthew Wallace
  • Col. John McClellan
  • Col. John Carter- early Watauga Pioneer
      Jim Henry adds his wife's Duffield - Carter lineage that list Col. John Carter as a probable son of John Carter of Shirley Plantation who was Secretary of the Colony
  • The Norris Carter, Carter Fort, Watauga and also Hodding Carter, III lineage
  • Gen. Robert E. Lee (Not East TN but interesting none the less)
  • Daniel Boone - (Boone Queries )
  • Another Tennessee longhunter Kasper Mansker, American Legend
  • John Waddell (Exspelled from Ireland)
  • Rev. Samuel Doak (Early Founder of Washington College)
    Also a lot of Finley Family History
  • Col. Charles Robertson (Tom Roberson's web site)
  • The Robinson Line by Mrs. E. Viola Robinson (Includes Gen. James Robertson line)
  • Col. Samuel Wear of Kings Mountain and Wears Fort and Valley Sevier Co., TN
  • Archibald Rhea (First Tavern Owner in Knoxville, also whose ancestors are the reported ancestors of noted genealogist Worth Ray)
  • Former Senator and Ambassador James Ralph Sasser The only other Senator with whom I have corresponded more than Howard H. Baker, Jr.
  • Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. - Ancestors and related families.
  • State Senator John Toomey Scott County, TN (obituary)
  • Scanned copies of the Senator John Toomey letters to Senator Howard Baker, Sr. and his second wife Irene regarding his lineage. This from Mr. Arthur Franke of Maine
  • Information regarding Herbert Meigs Toomey, grandson of Senator John Toomey, Scott County, TN
  • Col. Andrew Jackson (Lived for a while in East Tennessee)
  • Sen.(Speaker) Sam Rayburn (Thanks to Leota Bennett)
  • The Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson Harper's Weekly coverage of the historic 1868 Johnson Impeachment ? with over 200 excerpts from 1865-1869
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    And on occasion we find nice people who commit infamous acts among our lineage. I will add links to those as I find them.
    • April 8, 1925. Clay Jennings, Lone Mountain Man Slain by Carson Rose.
    • Among unsolved mysteries of Claiborne County are Who killed Gus Buckner and deposited his body within feet of my family property on Raven Ridge? Also the infamous J.W. Rose, Jr. who married the daughter of prominent businessman Clarence C. Payne in 1942.
    • Some correspondence from Shane Rose, son of the late Jack Rose regarding his interest in learning more about the Rose/Robinson Feud that took place sometime in the late 1930's in Tazewell. You can either email me Joe Payne or Shan Rose with any information you might have on these events. Newspaper Newspaper Articles regarding Robinson/Rose and Thomas/Yoakum shootings.
    • The Middlesboro, Kentucky's Chicago Northside Charles Dean "Dion" O'Banion Gang and the George Clarence "Bugs"Moran Gang Connection. The Magic City: Footnotes to the History of Middlesborough, Kentucky, and the Yellow Creek Valley by Ann Dudley Matheny. The book recounts the beginnings, right up to present day, of the city of Middlesboro, Kentucky. I will be updating and adding Mrs. Brown's factual account to some of the pages on my own site regarding mutual topics of interest. It discusses the killing of Sgt. Jacob Baylor "Bob" Robinson and Dusty Rhodes and the Joseph "Joc" Yablonski killings in detail, the ownership and running of the Majestic Hotel, the different ethic communities and which family controled the city at different times in history. The book is available from the Carnigie-Vincent Library at LMU, the Middlesboro Public Library and the Middlesboro Historical Society Museum.
    • Claiborne County Businessman Robert Greene of Howards Quarter murdered May 1946.
    • Lineage of Outlaw Jesse James
    • FRANK JAMES VISITS BENJAMIN SCHULTZ AT TAZEWELL IN 1875
    • Timeline of the James-Younger Outlaw Gang
    • Then one might think that a Loyalist Great Uncle hanged after the Battle of Kings Mountain might be considered Infamous Capt. James Chitwood, hanged after a "drum head trial" the first night the prisoners were being marched from the battle site.
    • Local author, Dr. Sylvia Lynch has presented an honest, well-documented study of one of the West's most intriguing characters. she has pulled together the best of the available resources, and the result is a factual composite which clearly represents the real John Henry Holliday.
      This book is not only a true biography of Wyatt Earp's phenomenal friend, but it is also a review of every major film portrayal of the fambling, gunslinging dentist since 1926. Each interpretation is examined in terms of both its accuracy and its portrayal of John Holliday the man.
      This book can be found on Amazon.com if interested. I have read it and pick it up again often. I'll bet you didn't know that there is a genealogy link back to Tazewell, Tennessee from Doc's good friend Wyatt Earp but there is.
    • Outlaws & Gunslingers - Doc Holliday - Cattle Annie and Little Britches - Bill Doolin and His Wild Bunch - Bass Outlaw - Jesse James - Wild Bill Hickock - Dalton Gang - Curly Bill Brosius - Buckskin Frank Leslie
    • And there was another Great Uncle, James Payne the brother of my Ggggrandfather John Payne, who had a branch near Gate City, Virginia named for his exploits. Read about James Payne's part in the naming of The Devils Race Path Branch
    • All my life I heard the stories of Clarence "Pee Jem" Bunch whose gang ran the hill's and hollar's of East Tennessee during the early 1930's. Read some of the stories in the local papers and some that I heard in my recollections of Clarence "Pee Jem" Bunch.
    • In what was called Fork Ridge Coal Mine War (1941), former sargent in the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Jacob Baylor "Bob" Robinson, was killed by a group of striking coal miners near the Kentucky/Tennessee border. Robert "Sterling" Robinson, father of Jacob Baylor was said to have "Cut Wire For Teddy Roosevelt At San Juan Hill Charge ". Robert Sterling Robinson was an Uncle to Horton Robinson who married Lucile Payne, my Aunt. Robinson Family Information and Horton Robinson Pictures

      Regarding the connections between the above UMWA District 19 disputes, and the Yablonski family killings what,if anything did UMWA District 19 have to do with that. And also Hell in Harlan. This is a very large PDF file and the Bob Robinson killing is near the end chapter. Best to do a search for Robinson.
      Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Sgt. Jacob Baylor "Bob" Robinson. Pictures from his granddaughter Beth Robinson Bunch.

    • On the Streets of New Tazewell many a shootout took place. My mother witnessed one such shootout and that remained with her the rest of her life.
    • Claiborne County Sheriff Issac Newton Mink and another Claiborne County sheriff, Sheriff Andy Hughes grandson Kenneth Hughes book, "The Sheriff's Son".
    • A list of all 335 Prisoners executed before lethal injection in the State of Tennessee since 1782. Taken from the web site Before the Needles

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    Other interesting links for Genealogists and Historians

  • Two new books have been added to the McClung Historical Collection
    Please see the reviews for December 2000 in: TENNESSEE ANCESTORS
  • The works of Jesse Stuart From Log Cabin to Steel Mill to Teacher to Author A graduate of Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
  • "My Heart's in the Highlands", by Mr. Steward Collingsworth, respected Claiborne County educator, available locally by accessing this link.
  • Tina Cooke has Two CD Volumes of East Tennessee Obituaries. Visit her site for more information.
  • Order Mary Markum Hansard's "Old Time Tazewell". (Order Form)
  • Mark Treadway's has a new email address. His material includes Census Records, Deed Indexes, Marriages Indexes, Obituaries, 1890 Pensions
  • Rare Book Reprints
    Text, Reprints, and Manuscripts for the Historian, Researcher, Genealogist, and Just the Curious. Includes lots of Native American and Cherokee Genealogy
  • Vast Nazi-era archive allowing online requests - International Tracing Service
  • The Library of Congress - Historic Maps, Photos and Documents - Legislative Information Current and Historical
  • Wesley Center Online - Sponsored by the Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho.
  • The History Place - The Past Into the Future - Dedicated to All Who Enjoy History
  • American Rhetoric - The Top 100 Speeches of All Time
  • The Internet Library - Building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
  • U.S. Historical Archive is your one stop source of inexpensive, high quality reproduction maps and images of significant historical events in U.S. history.
  • ARCHIVES OF APPALACHIA - Sponsored by the East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.
  • Tennessee State Library and Archives History and Genealogy Section
  • 137 Excerpts from "Mountain Herald, a publication from Lincoln Memorial University started in the late 1800's. All images are PDF and Acrobat Reader is required. From Digital Library of Appalachia
  • 944 Pages "Biographical Souvenir - State of Texas
    Biographies of Hundreds of Early Texans, many from Tennessee
  • Cumberland Compact Original Manuscript adopted at Nashborough, May 1, 1780
  • Making of America
  • The Brigham Young University The Center for Family History and Genealogy
  • Early Motion Pictures - 1897-1920 also American Memories
  • The American Colonist's Library
  • The American West Digital Library Documenting the history of the American West. ...
  • eHistory.com sponsored by Ohio State University. eHistory consists of over 130,000 pages of historical content; 5,300 timeline events; 800 battle outlines; 350 biographies; and thousands of images and maps.
  • The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library,with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.
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