WOW...been researching my Elijah F. Payne for several years, without success...now finding out that the Payne y-DNA doesn't match PAYNE at all...it's a match with Finkbeiner (various spellings)!!
The earliest record I have of Elijah is in 1830 in Hopkins Co., KY.Census records say he was born circa 1806-1809 in either VA or KY.Lived in KY for a while, then moved to MO where he died.Married Keziah Phipps in Gallatin co., IL in 1835.
Suspecting that there was either a formal or informal adoption or an illegitimacy - but can't find Paynes and Finkbeiners (Finkenbinder, Finkbiner, Frankboten, etc) remotely NEAR each other in the early 1800s.
I'm stumped but REALLY want to solve this thing.Any help out there?