I've had no problem tracing the Payton's (African-American) in Missouri. However I have had no luck with tracing my family in Kentucky. My great, great grandfather James Jefferson Payton's death certificate listed Jeff Payton from Kentucky as his father and Mandy Ferguson (the spelling of this was hard to read) also from Kentucky as his mother. Maybe Jeff was a slave/freeman/slaver-owner?
If anyone can help me out that would be fantastic. Thanks!