Samuel Lafayette Payne1

Male, #9978, (1836 - 6 Oct 1912)
Father*John Jackson Payne (4 Aug 1798 - bt 1870 - 1880)
Mother*Mary Frances Gafford (20 Sep 1806 - 12 Jun 1881)
Birth*1836 Samuel was born at Greenville, Butler Co., Alabama, in 1836. 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 Samuel was probably a free white male, under 5 years old, in John Jackson Payne's household, on the 1840 Census at Butler Co., Alabama.2 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Mary, Eugenia, Samuel, Nancy, Dorothy, John, Ira, Thomas and Alabama was listed as a household member (Samuel Payne, 14, M, AL) living with John Jackson Payne on the 1850 Census at Butler Co., Alabama.3 
Photographedbetween 1860 and 1861 He was photographed between 1860 and 1861
The following question of Warren Culpepper was posted on a couple of Civil War websites:

"I would appreciate your opinion about the attached picture that is supposed to be my great-grandfather Sam Payne. The very dark uniform strikes me as looking more like that of a Union officer, not a Confederate enlisted man. However, the age seems right as he was 26 when he enlisted. Your thoughts?"

The following response is from Adam Pitts, on the Civil War Genealogy Forum, 28 Sep 2009:
http://genforum.genealogy.com/civilwar/messages/26749.html

I can answer part of your question. The Florida pension application makes it clear that the soldier belonged to the 1st Georgia Confederate Regt., 2nd Co. "H". Veterans who witnessed this application, Duncan T. Sellers and John P. Gafford, both belonged to this command. The company was recruited in Butler County, Ala., during the summer of 1862. There are several units named 1st Georgia Regiment, so the title is important to distinguish Payne's command from the others.

The soldier may have had this image taken before hostilities began. Authorized on Feb. 25, 1860, the Alabama Volunteer Corps was formed to defend the state from attacks such as the one on Harpers Ferry. Members wore uniforms nearly identical in cut, color and markings to the U.S. military, right down to eagles on their brass buttons. Five companies from Butler County offered their services to the Governor of Alabama and were accepted. It's possible this man was a member of one of them.

Here's a member of the Montgomery Mounted Rifles in his antebellum AVC uniform --
http://216.226.178.196/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/photo&CISOPTR=6703&REC=8

Several variants of this uniform existed.

The following is from Bill Gillespie, on the Civil War Genealogy Forum, 06 Oct 2009:
http://genforum.genealogy.com/civilwar/messages/26762.html
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As Alan states, the uniform is not that of a Confederate enlisted man, nor a Federal officer. He wears a dark coat similar to Federal uniform prior to the conflict, with slight diffences that point to him being in a state militia. His Hardee hat has a regulation ostrich plume and brass sideplate, yet the front insignia of sabers is not regulation. His belt plate is a militia style tongue & wreath, instead of the regulation rectangular model 1851 eagle plate. His shoulder straps are correct for a second lieutenant, as is the Foot Officer's model sword.

Militia uniforms were often dark blue, yet some were black. Don't know if it is accurate, but I read someone estimated 60% of militias before the war wore gray. If so, quite a few Northern boys had to get their gray duds changed to blue to avoid our ancestors shootin' at 'em.

A handsome pic, I'll see if I can learn more about the unit for you.4
possibly Samuel Lafayette Payne
1860 Census1 Jun 1860 Emily, William, Robert, M. and Samuel was listed as a household member (S. L. Payne, 24, M, Farmer, PE=2700, AL) living with William Walker Payne in the 1860 Census at Butler Co., Alabama.5 
Marriage*30 Jan 1861 He married Eliza Ann Routon at Butler Co., Alabama, on 30 Jan 1861.6,7 
Civil War*between 1862 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1862 and 1865

     Sam Payne enlisted on 9 Oct 1862 in Company H, 1st Conf. Regiment, Alabama.8 
1870 Census*1 Jun 1870 Samuel was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Greenville, Butler Co., Alabama.9 
Birth of Son5 May 1874 His son T. Jackson Payne was born on 5 May 1874 at Butler Co., Alabama.10,11 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 Samuel was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Dead Fall, Butler Co., Alabama.12 
Death of Mother12 Jun 1881 His mother Mary Frances Gafford died on 12 Jun 1881 at Greenville, Butler Co., Alabama.13,14 
Death3 Feb 1885 Samuel became a widower upon the death of his wife Eliza Ann Routon on 3 Feb 1885; (Mary Stearnes Henley states Ann's date of death as 12 Nov 1885.)1 
Marriage*7 Oct 1885 He married Mary Catherine Thames at Conecuh Co., Alabama, on 7 Oct 1885.15,8 
Birth of Son7 Sep 1886 His son Samuel Brantley Payne was born on 7 Sep 1886 at Old Town, Conecuh Co., Alabama.16,17 
Birth of Son9 May 1889 His son Reuben Guy Payne was born on 9 May 1889 at Brooklyn, Conecuh Co., Alabama.16,11 
Birth of Son5 Mar 1891 His son Brooklyn Earl Payne was born on 5 Mar 1891 at Brooklyn, Conecuh Co., Alabama.11 
Birth of Son21 Jul 1895 His son Dr. Joseph Edward Payne was born on 21 Jul 1895 at Bolling, Butler Co., Alabama.18,19,20,16 
Birth of Son7 Jun 1897 His son Lucius Lee Payne was born on 7 Jun 1897 at Brooklyn, Conecuh Co., Alabama.17,16 
Relocation*circa 1899 He relocated circa 1899 at Pineville, Escambia Co., Florida
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 Samuel was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Pineville, Escambia Co., Florida.21 
Land Grant/Patent*29 Aug 1901 Land was granted to Samuel Lafayette Payne on 29 Aug 1901 at Santa Rosa Co., Florida
Photographed*circa 1905 He was photographed circa 1905.22
Lee, Joseph Edward, & Samuel Lafayette Payne
Death*6 Oct 1912 He died at Milton, Santa Rosa Co., Florida, on 6 Oct 1912.23,8 
Burial*circa 8 Oct 1912 His body was interred circa 8 Oct 1912 at Milton Cemetery, Milton, Santa Rosa Co., Florida. Section 15, Lot 1588.23,8 
Descendant* See footnote for the name and contact info of a descendant of Samuel Lafayette Payne who would like to communicate with other descendants.4 

Family 1

Eliza Ann Routon (1843 - 3 Feb 1885)
Marriage*30 Jan 1861 He married Eliza Ann Routon at Butler Co., Alabama, on 30 Jan 1861.6,7 
Children

Family 2

Mary Catherine Thames (22 Mar 1860 - 24 Jun 1944)
Marriage*7 Oct 1885 He married Mary Catherine Thames at Conecuh Co., Alabama, on 7 Oct 1885.15,8 
Children
ChartsWLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
WLC / Samuel Payne: Descendant Chart
WLC / Thomas Thames: Descendant Chart
Last Edited31 Jan 2011

Citations

  1. E-mail written 2000 to Warren Culpepper from Paul J. Grant (#44472), e-mail address.
  2. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Butler Co., AL, page 133, ancestry.com image transcribed by Warren Culpepper.
  3. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Butler Co., AL, Beat 1, page 181, lines 21-30. Ancestry.com image transcribed by Warren Culpepper.
  4. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.
  5. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Butler Co., AL, Precinct 12, page 252, Ancestry.com image transcribed by Warren Culpepper.
  6. Family Adventures, compiler, Early Alabama Marriages (36 vols.), Shreveport, Louisiana: J & W Ent., 1991, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.1 V2e.
  7. Butler Co., Alabama Marriage License Index, Vols 1-7, 1853-1934, AL Dept of Archives & History, 1976.
    p. 94.
  8. Florida State Archives, compiler, Florida Confederate Pension Application Files, Florida Memory Project.
    http://www.floridamemory.com/Collections/PensionFiles/
    3 Mar 1913 pension application by Mary C. Payne of Milton, Santa Rosa Co., FL, widow of Samuel L. Payne.
  9. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 380, Family 311, Township 10, Greenville, Butler Co., AL
    Saml Payne, 33, M, Farmer, RE=$1000, PE=$500, AL
    Ann Payne, 25, F, AL
    Fannie Payne, 1, F, AL
    Eliza Williams, 18, F, Loborer, AL.
  10. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
  11. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
  12. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Dead Fall, Butler Co., AL, Page 369B. LDS CD.
  13. Butler County Obituaries, 1985.
  14. Marilyn Davis Hahn, Butler County, Alabama in the 19th Century, 1978.
    p. 64. Cemetery Records of People born before 1850. Frances G. Payne, wife of Jackson, 20 Sep 1806 - 12 Jun 1881.
  15. Wilene J. Whatley and Sarah R. Coker, Conecuh Co., AL Marriages, Vol. 1, Southern Business Forms, 1990.
    page 30.
  16. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  17. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
  18. Death Certificate.
    21 Jul 1895.
  19. Harry Stuart Culpepper and Alma Elaine Payne Ancestors, Culpepper/Payne Family Bible, Steven Edward Culpepper, owner, Sandy Springs, GA, (2005).
    21 Jul 1895.
  20. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    21 Jul 1896, Bowling, AL.
  21. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    Precinct 16, Pineville, Escambia Co., FL, ED17, Page 156a
    Genealogy.com image. Transcribed by Warren Culpepper
    Samuel L. Payne, HH, Jun 1836, 63, md 15 yrs, AL, GA, GA, Country Peddler, Rents home
    Mary C. Payne, Wife, Mar 1860, 40, md 15 yrs, 5/5 children, AL, AL, AL
    Samuel B. Payne, Son, Sep 1886, 13, S, AL, AL, AL
    Ruben G. Payne, Son, May 1889, 11, S, AL, AL, AL
    Brooklin Payne, Son, Mar 1891, 9, S, AL, AL, AL
    Joseph Payne, Son, Jul '95, 4, AL, AL, AL
    Lee Payne, Son, Jun 1897, 2, S, AL, AL, AL.
  22. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.
    from Brenda Payne Keel, granddaughter of J. E. Payne, Sr.
  23. Richard Earl Jernigan, Santa Rosa Co., FL Cemeteries, West FL Genealogical Society, Pensacola, 1987.
    Milton Cemetery, page 463.