from the book, "Old Chruches of Virginia", vol 2
Payne of Old Churches
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Of this we have said something in our mention of the Rev. Mr. Campbell. In the following communication from my brother, Bishop Payne, of Africa, further notice of it will be found, together with interesting accounts of his own family. One of these at my first visit to Pope's Creek Church promised one hundred dollars for its repairs,--a large sum for those times.
"In the summer of 1833, after leaving Williamsburg, I visited a greatuncle, Captain William Payne, a vencrable old gentleman, (grandfather of Richard Payne, of Warrenton,) residing near Warrenton. He was dressed in short pants, had served in the Revolution, and was a fine specimen of the old Virginia gentleman. Finding me interested in the history of our family, he took down from his library a copy of Smith's History of Virginia, and in the index showed me the names of our ancestors to whom King James gave patents of land in Virginia. They were Sir William Payne, John Payne, and Richard or Thomas, I forget which. Sir William, he said, never came to America, but the other two brothers did. One of these brothers, as I learned from him, and his daughter,--my cousin,--Mrs. Scott, of Fredericksburg, settled in the country about Lynchburg, and from him descended Mrs. Madin, (Polly Payne.) The other--John Payne--settled between the Potomac and Rappahannock, probably in or near that which was to be the great city Leedstown. My grandfather, John Payne, whom you saw, I think died when I was six or seven years old, but I recollect him distinctly as dressed in the old style, like Uncle William. His residence was at the old family-stead called, when I knew it, the Red House. It is immediately in the rear of Bunker's Hill, (Henry Taylor's place,) and three miles from Leedstown. His estates--subsequently divided between my father and his brothers, Daniel, George, and daughter Elizabeth--were on the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, and partly in Richmond county. My third great-uncle, Richard, whom I remember well, settled in Culpepper, and his descendants, (except one son, William,--Episcopalian,--who married old Parson Woodville's daughter, and removed to Columbus, Mississippi,) Methodists, are now to be found in Culpepper county.
When in Alexandria, Mr. Dana showed me in the vestry-books of Christ Church the name of William Payne associated with George Washington; and one of the cross-streets in Alexandria, near the head of King, I noticed, still bears the name of 'Payne Street.' Learning that this family emigrated to the West, when in Lexington I made inquiries about them, and soon found multitudes of most respectable people in and about Lexington and Frankfort bearing this name. They are Presbyterians. Mr. Berkeley, the Episcopal minister, subsequently introduced me to Dr. Payne, of Lexington, who said at once, 'We are doubtless the same family,' and he and all his relatives about there were descended from Washington's contemporary and associate, William
Payne, of Alexandria. He told me with a spirit of too much self-complacency--as I told him--that this was the same William Payne who knocked down General Washington in Alexandria for insulting him. But he replied quickly, "Oh, no! he was right. For General Washington the next day sent him an apology, instead of a challenge as his friends had anticipated.'
The last baptism by a Church parson in our family was that of brother William. I infer it was one of the old sort, as his godfather was any thing but a pious man, and thought his duty to his godson quite performed after he had given him a yoke of oxen.
have said I was born in the White Oak Swamps about one mile from the Potomac. This was my father's residence for two or three years after his marriage, being convenient to his estate on the Potomac. But it proved so unhealthy that he purchased one of the old glebes in the Pine Forest, on the ridge between the Potomac and Rappahannock, seven miles from the former, and three from the nearest point of the latter. Here eight of us were reared in most remarkable health. From this glebe to the Old Round Hill Church, or rather its remains,--for it was demolished before my earliest recollection,--there was in my childhood one of the most beautiful roads I ever saw. It led for several miles in a direction perfectly straight, under an avenue of beautiful oaks. It was called 'the Parson's Road,' and was no doubt the road by which the parsons travelled to the Round Hill Church. By-the-way, have you ever ascertained or written the history of this said Round Hill Church? It was situated on a beautiful and commanding knoll, near old Machodoc Meeting-House, which superseded it, and in which Mr. Clapham was wont to officiate before his removal from King George to Loudon. But, as I have said, nothing of it but some fragments remained at the time of my earliest visits to the neighbourhood
I have given you all that occurs to me of my family history of interest. Should you wish to make further inquiries, I would refer you to my cousin, Mrs. Scott, of Fredericksburg, and through Cousin Richard Payne, of Warrenton, to his father and Mrs. Scott's eldest brother, Daniel Payne, who resides in the neighbourhood of Warrenton. He is called the Frenchman of our family, and should you ever meet with him you will find him very agreeable and fond of talking, and on no subject more than that about which I have been writing."