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(3) John2 PAYNE ( Reuben1 PAYNE) was born in 1770 in Washington Co., NC, and on Aug 6, 1794 in Johnsborough, Tennessee, Washington Co., USA, married (7) Rachael PARKER, daughter of William PARKER and Patience SHIPLEY, who was born about 1775 in Scott Co., Va. John died aft. 1850 in Scott Co., Va. Rachael died after Oct 8, 1822 in Scott Co., Va.
We find two records of John Payne's (Paine) military service. One on which I joined the First Families of Tennessee was Pvt. John Payne, Christian's Reg., Vol. Mil., Territory South of the River Ohio and another was Payne (Paine), John, Pvt, Col. William Johnson, Capt. James Tummell, East Tennessee Mil. He was living with daughter Elizabeth at time of death.
1   Elizabeth PAYNE      b.c 1794
2   Annie PAYNE           b. 1798 d. 1892
3   James PAYNE           b.c 1795
4   Enoch PAYNE           b. 1796 d. Mar 1863
5   Tine Parker PAYNE   b. Dec 22 1802
6   Isabell PAYNE            b. 1803
7   Hiram Daniel PAYNE  b. 1804
8   Reuben PAYNE          b. Feb 8 1806
9   Riley PAYNE              b.c 1808
10 John Parker PAYNE    b. Dec 29 1809 d. 1894
11 Daniel L. PAYNE         b. 1811

John Payne moved to Lee Co., Virginia sometime between 1801 and 1810.

1820 Scott County Virginia Census (Arranged Alphabetically by Surname)
free white males    0-10  10-16  16-18  16-26  26-45  over 45   free white females  0-10  10-16   16-26   over 45
Payne, Enoch -          0         0           0           1         0           0                                               3          0            1          0
Payne, John -            3         3           0           0         0           1                                               0          1            0          1

Notice that James Payne has disappeared by 1820 from Scott Co., Va. Some say he went west and others that he returned to England where his father Reuben was born.

Sullivan Co., Tn Deed Book 9, p. 333 21 Nov 1818, heirs of William Parker, deceased, sell his land to Jessee Billingsley, as to William Parkers's heirs, the deed reads

Pg 334 State of Virginia Scott County
John W. Henry, Justice of the Pease in the County aforesaid of State of Virginia do hereby certify that Rachel Payne wife of John Payne party to a claim deed bearing date on the 21st day of November 1818 and hereto assigned person ???? appeared before me in our County aforesaid and being examined by us freely and apart from her husband and having the deed aforesaid fully explained to her and that said Rachel Payne acknowledges the same to be her act and deed and declared that she had willingly signed sealed and delivered the same and that she swore not to detract it Given under our hands and seals This 8th day of October, 1822.

(Sarah Parker, daughter of William Parker, married John Slaughter, son of William Slaughter)

Scott County, Virginia Deed Book 3, pg 352
This Indenture on this 5th day of July 1827. Between John Payne of the one part and William H. Morison of the other part both of the County of Scott County, Virginia witnesseth that the said John Payne for and in consideration of one dollar to him in hand paid doth bargain and sell unto the said William H. Morison and his heirs the following property (towit) one cow and calf, one ???, three hoes, one feather bed and furniture, four chairs, seven head of hogs some knives and forks and plates and all of my household and kitchen furniture all my crop of corn oats and flour after paying the rent that will be due out of the same to have and to hold said property unto said William H. Morrison and his heirs against the claims of all persons whom soever In trust nevertheless that if the said John Payne or his hiers shall on or before the first day of December 1827 will and truly pay or cause to be paid unto James H. Stewert and the just and full sum of forty three dollars and sixty cents with interest these on which is justly due them together with the expense of drawing and recording this indenture then this indenture to be void and in further trust that if said John Payne or his heirs shall fail to pay the said sum of $43.60 with interest theron on or before the first day of December 1827, then it shall be lawful for the said William H. Morrison or his heirs executors or administors to proceed to sell the above described property at public sale to the highest bidder for ready money having advertised the time and place of sale ten days by putting up an advertisement for that purpose for that space of time at the front door of the Court House of Scott County and out of the procees of said sale to pay said James H. Stewert & Co. what ever may be due them of the debt aforesaid the expense of drawing and recording this Indenture the expense of sale and five percent to said trustee for his trouble and the over pls if any to the said John Payne or his heirs In witness whereof the said parties have herunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.
Teste John Payne (seal)
William H. Morison (seal)
Virginia In the Clerks office of Scott County the 5th day of July 1827.
This Indenture in trust from John Payne to William H. Morison for the benfit of James H. Stewart and Co. was acknowledged before me by the said Payne and Morrison to be their act and deed and admitted to recordinformation
John S. Martin, DC

More research should be done on property that John Payne owned on Speers Ferry Scott County Virginia. Scott County was formed from Lee County in 1814-15.

John Payne is living with his daughter Elizabeth Payne Horton (widow) in Scott Co Virginia, in the 1850 census.

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John Payne's early life in Washington County, TN

Under the act that established the State of Franklin in March 1785 in Jonesboro the following were appointed to establish a State Militia as field officers; Sullivan County; Gilbert Christian, Colonel; Jon Anderson, Lieutenant-Colonel; George Maxwell, First Major.

John Payne lived for a while in Sullivan County where he first met his wife Rachel Parker. Pvt. John Payne served in Col. Gilbert Christians Regiment in 1793, the year before he was married to Rachel Parker. I have John Payne's muster role and his marriage bond signed by his father Reuben Payne in August 1794, Jonesboro, Tn.

History of Washington Co. Tennessee, Washington Co. Historical Society.
The position held by William Blount in the Southwest Territory was a dual one. In addition to being governor, he was also the Superintendent of Indian Affairs, responsible for relations with the Cherokees (including the Chickamaugas who had returned), Creeks, Choctaws and Chickasaws. Under orders from the federal government, he was limited to defensive measures. Relations with the Indians grew continually worse as settlers poured onto lands claimed by the indians, with no governmental action to stop the settlement, and as the Indians changed their minds about lands they had sold earlier. In addition, the Spanish, who claimed Florida, a strip along the Gulf Coast and New Orleans were supplying arms and ammunition to the Indians. In 1791 Congress authorized the President to call the militia to service as Indians were creating problems all along the frontier. Three hundred and thirty two men were called from the Washington District to march to Ohio under General St. Clair. This was one time the men did not volunteer; a draft had to be held. Major Rhea took about two hundred men. As they left, Captain Jacob Tipton, of Washington County, called to his wife and told her that if he did not return, to change their son William's name to Jacob. He was killed in battle, and she changed the son's name. (Tipton Co. Tenn. was named for Capt. Tipton in 1821). In September 1792 Colonels Carter and CHRISTIAN were ordered to raise two regiments and lead them against the Creeks and the Cherokees in the lower towns. The Lt. Cols. were Blair and McNabb; Majors, Sawyers, McFarland, Conway and Rutledge. In November 1792 Capt. Samuel Handley of Washington Co. started, with forty men, for a three month tour of duty in the Mero District. He was captured by the Indians, and after threatening him with death, they decided to adopt him. They released him in a few months, and in later years they would often stop to visit him. Early in September 1793, Capt. Michael Harrison and eighty horsemen from Washington Co. were sent to th Little Pigeon River. Troops from Washington District under Col. John Blair reinforced Gen. Sevier's troops in the Battle of Etowah. This was Sevier's last military service. He had been in constant service to his country for over twenty years, in thirty-five battles, untold side actions, won them all, was never wounded, lost only a total of fifty six men, and was never known to have had a disciplinary problem with any man he commanded.

The Overmountain Men, Battle of King's Mountain, Cumberland Decade, State of Franklin and The Territory Southwest of the River Ohio.
Had it not been for the relentless attacks by the Cherokee Chief Doublehead because of the events of early 1793 and the massacre of a family by the name of Cavetts, Gen. John Sevier would have not had to call this military action. This Southwest Army followed the Great War Path across Hiawasee to the Indian Town of Oostinaula. Finding supplies of grain and meat there, the force stayed to or three days waiting for the report of scouts. They burned the deserted town before leaving, then made camp on the banks of the Oostinaula River. The Indians were all around the camp. The posted sentries could hear their movements in the tall grass. The Army guarded their horses carefully and Sevier's men slept on their arms at night. Two or three skirmishes occured, but only one slight wound was suffered. The Indians, realizing the strenghth of the force and who the commanding officer was, pulled back hoping for a better opportunity.

The night after the skirmishes, Sevier moved his army. He left the campfires burning brightly, hoping the Indians would not suspect the departure of the toops. The Indians returned and fired into the empty camp before learning of their mistake.

The forward march led the white army to the Coosawatie River. The Indians had prepared defenses on the opposite banks where the whites had to cross. Sevier called his Officers for a council to make other plans. Scouts for the white army had observed many small openings along the bank nearest the Village. The Indians had dug cavities, each large enough for one warrior and his gun. Each brave concealed in this spot could cause much damage without exposing himself to the trooper fire.

Sevier realized that his men would suffer heavy casualties if he undertook to cross the river at this location. He ordered Col. Kelly and his Knox County Company to locate another crossing. Such a spot was found about half a mile downstream. Some of the horsemen pushed their horses out into the stream to check on its depths and bottom, and some crossed the river. The Indians thought they were being flanked by the force moving downstream for the crossing. They hastily left their places of concealment to oppose this new threat. When the defense was weakened at the regular ford, Sevier quickly led his men across with very little opposition.

The Indians now found themselves caught between the white army and the river. The red warriors put up a brave battle under the leadership of Kingfisher, but were no match for Sevier's force. They managed to escape into the hills along a secret route known only to them. Sevier wanted to follow, but his scouts advised against this course.

The Battle of Etowah was fought near the site of the present town of Rome, Georgia. Sevier tried to keep the killing to a minimum. Most of the Squaws and children were allowed to escape. All structures in the Indian town of Etowah were destroyed by fire.

This was General John Sevier's last battle. He had fought Indians, Tories and British during a span of some 20 years. He never lost a battle, and only 58 of his command were killed during his military career.
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Following is a excerpt from the Diary of Gov. John Sevier as he writes of military action while on the Indian campaign in October of 1793. (Copy of Diary of Gov. John Sevier, 1790-1815, property of George W. Callahn, McClung Museum, more excerpts found under notes of Reuben Payne)
Par. Washington C.S. Greeene Col. Christian Off. of the day. Carson van Blair & Beard rearguards.
"Your murders and savage Barbarities have caused me to come into your Country Expecting you would fight like men, but you are like the Bairs and Wolves. The face of a white man makes you run fast into the woods and hide, u see what we have done and it is nothing to what we shall do in a short time. I pity your women & children for I am sure they must suffer and live like dogs, but you are the Cause of it. You will make War, & then is afraid to fight, our people whiped yours mightily two nights ago crossing the river and made your people run very fast. J.S.
To the Cherokees and their warriors, if they have any."
Camp Head of Amutekah Creek 25 miles from last encampment 20 Oct. 1793

The following came from a HISTORY OF LEE COUNTY VIRGINIA.
(This may be when John Payne became involved in HOUSE OF ENTERTAINMENT. The Hamblen family were considered loyal to the Crown of England.)
February 22, 1797 Richard Fletcher conveyed 100 acres, lying on south side of Holston river to Daniel Hamblen for twenty pounds, both of Hawkins county
/s/ Richard X Fletcher (seal)
Teste John Payne
Elisha Roberts
(This may or may not have been John Payne, son of Reuben. There was by all accounts another John Payne with a brother living in Hawkins County at that time. See the lineage of the Blakemore family for more information on another John Payne, who was probably the Payne killled by accounts during the trip of the Adventure from the Watauga Settlement to what was later to become Nashville.)

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