I found a few more facts about the Baskett, McMullen, Judkins & Payne familes we've discussed in this thread.
About John McMullen (McMullin) & wife Catherine Basket on the 1870 census of Leon County Texas.John's census entry indicates that both his father and mother were of foreign origin.If John's family appeared on an 1830 census, they might possibly be indicated as "white foreigners not naturalized".There might also be immigration or naturalization records.
About Jane Basket who married 1st Isaac Cary Whitaker and 2nd W. M. Manuel, she appears on the 1880 and 1900 Nacogdoches County Texas censuses as Jane Nichols.
Mary E. Basket who married J. C. B. Payne (Paine) died 10 Feb 1926 in Slaton, Lubbock County Texas.She has a death certificate.It looks like it has something written in the mother's maiden name box but I can't read the image on the LDS site.
About the two Judkins families next to the Sarah J. Paineand Catheron McMullen household on the 1900 census of Llano County Texas.I'm convinced now that those Judkins are the widow and son of John Judkins who was the son of Charles G. Judkins and Elizabeth Basket.Furthermore, the widow of John Judkins is Martha J. Nesbit / Nesbitt / Neasbitt.John Judkins and Martha J. Nesbit were married 16 May 1858 in Clark County Arkansas.That's where the John Claudius Buchannon Paine famiy was living.So there was definitely a long term relationship between those families.
About the Bill Judkins from Nacogdoches who went to visit "Big Jim Paine" (J. C. B. Payne) in Clark County Arkansas during the Civil War.He's the same W. H. Judkins who appears on the 1880 census of Lee County Texas.Wm. H. Judkins married Frances E. Barnhill 12 Aug 1875 in Austin County Texas.The Barnhills (now including William Judkins) soon moved from near Industry, TX to an area called String Prairie in Lee County Texas, a few miles northeast of Lexington, TX.
According to the Handbook of Texas, "String Prairie was a widely dispersed farming community located on a narrow strip of fertile red-soiled prairie land that extended from Lexington to East Yegua Creek in northeastern Lee County. It was one of the earliest communities in the county. At its peak, sometime before 1900, it had a general store, a cotton gin, a molasses mill, a blacksmith shop, a gristmill, a Woodman Hall, and two churches. It began to decline in the 1890s, when many residents moved to nearby Lexington, and by the mid-1930s it was no longer shown on county highway maps."The community center of String Prairie was later renamed Tanglewood to avoid confusion with another String Prairie in Caldwell County, Texas.
Now also in 1880, the families of Chisholm Paine and Catherine "McMullin" were in Milam County, Texas.Milam and Lee counties are adjacent.We can't tell from the census alone, but I think it's possible and even likely that the Payne, McMullen and Wm. H. Judkins families were all living in the same community of String Prairie, just in different counties.
In January of 1892, String Prairie was hit with a killer variety of influenza ("la grippe").This was reported in the Fort Worth Gazette Vol. 16 No. 108 Edition 1, Sunday Jan 31, 1892.(It can be viewed online at the "Portal to Texas History".The article is titled "Horror Stricken - an entire community dying one by one".)William Judkins and his wife died within a day of each other, leaving several orphaned children (who were taken in by the rest of the Barnhill family).
Two comments with respect to Chisholm Payne.First, we see from the 1900 Llano census that his last child was born April 1892.Do you think Chisholm might have died from the epidemic rather than being hung as an outlaw as the family story describes?I don't know - but it's a possibility that needs to be checked out.
Second, I did find an "outlaw" cousin in the family.One of William H. Judkins' orphaned sons, William Lee Judkins, appears on the 1900 Walker County Texas census as an inmate in Huntsville Penitentiary.His occupation is described as "cowboy".I wonder if Lee Judkins was the real "outlaw" which the family story tells about and the family story got transferred to Chisholm Payne.
Well, cousin, we still don't have positive proof that Katy (Basket) McMullen and Elizabeth (Basket) Judkins were sisters.But the families sure acted like they were.