Re: Barzilla Payn
I am doing research for a friend of mine. The information I have on Barzailla Payne is:
Barzilla Payne, born Sept. 11, 1808 N.C. He married married Sarah Johnson April 3, 1834 in Indiana. Sources: 1840 U.S. Federal Census, Orange Co., Ohio, Pg. 4; 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Orange County, Ind. P. O. Orleans; 1860 U. S. Federal Census. Barzilla served with the Third Brigade of the Illinois Mounted Volunteers and was mustered out in 1832 at the age of 24. Daniel and Sarah had three daughters: Cynthia Ann Payne, marr. Harrison Miller;Matilda Ann Payne, marr. Leroy Lee ?;and Sarah Elizabeth Payne, marr. James Alexander. The girls were born within 3 years of his return from military service.Susan died.Barzilla then married Susan Jane Davis (Dec. 25, 1820 - 1864). Susan was probably born in Indiana. I have not confirmed that. She died in Payne Gap, Texas. At the time of the marriage they were living in Paoli, Indiana near Barzilla's parents, Daniel and Elizabeth Payn. Barzilla's parents lived in Paoli until their deaths, and this most probably is where Barzilla was living when he went into military service. Barzilla again served in the military in 1846 during the war between Mexico and the U. S. He was mustered out at New Orleans. When hereturned to Indiana he owned a shoe shop in Orleans and by the 1850's had seven children. He eventually moved his family to Austin, Texas and set up a shoe shop there also. Barzilla and Susan were: Martha Jane marr. Richard Jenkins, Evaline Constantine marr. John Russell, Johnson Davis Payne, and Larkin W. Payn. The story passed down by the families is that Barzilla was killed by Indians. He is buried on his home land and his name was given to the community of Payne Gap. Susan died less than a year after Barzilla. An account of Barzilla's death is recorded in: Mills County - The Way It Was by Hartial Blackwell, and is also described in J. W. Wilbarger's Indian Depredation in Texas. The article I have does give the account of his death also. This information comes from an article I have from: Lampasas County Texas It's History and It's People, compiled by the Lampasas County Historical Commission. The article was submitted by a Connie Shaw.
If I can assist you in any other way, please let me know. This is most of the information I have on Barzilla, but if I have anything you need on his children, I will be happy to share.