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Sylvy Combs of Hawkins Co, TN, was probably the daughter of Mason Combs, Jr.(?) of Hawkins Co, TN. She was born ca 1778-1780, possibly in South Carolina, died 25 Nov 1857, Fort Madison, Lee Co, Iowa. Sylvy married bef 1805, probably in Hawkins Co, TN, Daniel PAINE, son of William and Ruth (LEWIS?) PAINE, born ca 1760, Halifax Co, VA, died 1833 Hancock Co, Illinois.

Special Note: We are fortunate in that two of Sylvy Combs Paine's granddaughters wrote histories of their family: Eliza Ann PAINE Sanford, daughter of Fleming Gordon PAINE, and Margaret PAINE Ames, daughter of (Herbert) Murrell PAINE.

Daniel and Sylvy PAINE have not yet been located in the records of Hawkins Co, TN, although Daniel PAINE'S brother, Poyndexter PAYNE, is recorded there when he witnesses the following deed:

14 Mar 1795 - 17 Aug 1795 (Hawkins DB2:243) Peter STACY to Mason Combs, both of Hawkins County, £12, 50 A in Hawkins County "… on Fowless (?) Creek… on Bays Mountain… to a markt line… along said line… " s/Peter STACY; Wits: Thos. JACKSON, Poydextor [sic] PAYNE.

Numerous other PAYNES are associated with the Combs of Hawkins County, but many of those relationships have not yet been 'sorted out. Among them are William and John PAYNE, the latter of whom sold his property on Beach Creek in Hawkins County to Daniel and Ephraim MANUS, sons of Jacob MANUS, a close associate and neighbor of Mason Combs of Beach Creek:

(Hawkins DB 3:046) Dtd. 17 Nov 1801. Reg. 1 May 1802. John PAYNE of Hawkins County, TN to Daniel MANUS and Ephraim MANUS of county and state aforesaid 250 acres on waters of Beach Creek "where Jacob MANUS now lives." $300. s/John PAYNE (seal) Wit: Wm. PAYNE, Jacob MANUS. (LDS Microfilm 972798)

The above transaction took place during the same time period that Martin JOHNSON, husband of Sarah Combs, sold out his land in Hawkins, and may have signaled the departure of John PAYNE as well. By 1812, probably long before, Martin and Sarah Combs Johnson, William and Tisha Combs JOHNSON (See The JOHNSON Family), John and Nancy Combs Flemming, Simon and Martha MURRILL Combs, Jeremiah and Charity RHODES Combs (See Mason Combs of Hawkins), and Daniel and Sylvy Combs Paine, were all in Warren County, Tennessee, where all except William JOHNSON were listed on the Warren Co, TN tax list return of Capt. Benja. LOCKHART.

A series of Warren Co, TN deeds shows that all these Combs Families were living adjacent to each other:

11 Oct 1816 (Warren TN ??) Simon Combs to Jeremiah Combs; part of a 240 acre tract granted by Tennessee to John CATRON grant #480? conditional corner Jeremiah Combs & Daniel PAYNE; Wits: William LOGUE and Martin JOHNSTON (Madison Co, AR Musings, Submission of Ruby Johnson Wiedeman)

15 Jan 1818. Rec. 15 Jan 1818 (Warren TN DBA:477) Martin JOHNSTON to John DOUGLASS, both of Warren County, for $500, 60 acres on the Collins River.. Jacob HAWK'S occupant claim.. John A. WILSON'S corner.. the conditional line between Daniel PANE and Jeremiah Combs. Reg. 15 Jan 1818.' (Abstracted by Researcher C. Hammett)

The 1820 Warren TN census includes all the above parties except Jeremiah and Simon Combs (for reasons unknown) plus Daniel PAINE'S son, Larkin, from his first marriage:

P6 L57 Daniel PAINE 211110-30010-1
P7 L35 Daniel PAYNE [sic] 120201-31010-0
P16 L14 Larkin PAINT [sic] 200010-10010-0

According to McMinnville at a Milestone, W. Wommack, page 54:

"Daniel PAINE, who, according to tradition, came to what is now Warren County about 1800. He moved to the west about 1823 with his family of ten children...Daniel PAINE was the brother of Malvina PAINE, wife of Rodham KENNER....He was also the brother or uncle of Sally PAINE, wife of Isham RANDOLPH, a still earlier settler...Dr. Byrd PAINE, brother of (Dr.) Alfred and their sister Pauline [PAINE] were also residents of McMinnville."

The above information relative to Daniel's relationship to these PAYNES has not yet been confirmed, and no records for Daniel PAINE have been located in Blount Co, Alabama although both the 1830 Walker County, AL census includes both Daniel and Murrel PAINE, and Mason PAINE is listed on the Sangamon Co, IL census.

Shortly thereafter, Daniel and Sylvy Combs Paine moved to Hancock County, Illinois, where Daniel died in 1833. An article on the 16th of March, 1833 in the Sangamon Journal said:

"To Thomas PAINE, Larkin PAINE, Joshua OWEN and Nancy OWEN, late Nancy PAINE, Mason PAINE, William PAINE, Kinney POOL and Milley POOL, late Milley PAINE, Fleming PAINE, Murrill PAINE, Elizabeth PAINE, Sally PAINE, Johnathan EVANS and Alta EVANS, late Alta PAINE, heirs at law of Daniel PAINE and Carroll deceased. Take note that a noncuperative [nuncupative] will of the said Daniel PAINE, has been duly proven and recorded...that letters of testamentary will be granted thereon to Sylvia PAYNE and Fleming PAYNE on the 16th day of March..."

The provisions of Daniel PAINE'S will include:

"I want my young children that live with me, that is to say Elizabeth, Sally and Carroll to have as much as those have had that left me (to wit) Eighty dollars in trust each and Carroll besides that to have money enough to bare his expenses to Alabama and to pay for schooling him two or three years"

"Also I want when my money is collected as much of it as may be necessary given for a home for the hold woman to live on [nb: meaning his wife, Silvey]."

By the time of Daniel PAINE'S death, two sons, Mason and Fleming G., had moved to Dewitt County, Illinois. According to the "History of DeWitt County, Illinois," pp. 315-16 (extracted):

"Another pioneer, Mr. Mason PAINE, was born in Alabama, and migrated to Illinios at an early day, and settled in section 34 of this township, in 1831… The first mill was constructed by Mason PAINE in 1833 and situated in section 34, on the land now owned by James BARNETT."

In 1836, Sylvia PAINE was listed on the Desmoine IA Territorial Census, and in 1840 on the Lee Co, IA Census:

Paine, Sylvia

Both William Carroll PAINE and Fleming G. PAINE moved to Lee County, Iowa. They can be found there in the 1850 census which also lists, in Warren County, TN, Carrol (William Carrol) PAINE, age 19 as a student at Mr. S.W. OWEN'S school.

Sylvia Combs Paine died at the home of William Carroll PAINE in 1857. The obituary of William Carrol PAINE (1912, Ft Madison, IA) includes the statement: "Rev William Carrol PAINE, son of Daniel and Sylvia PAINE was born November 19, 1818"

The 1880 Census Record of Daniel & Sylvy's son, Herbert Murrell Paine (San Bernardino Co, CA), indicates both parents were born in VA; the 1880 Census record for Fleming Gordon Paine indicates his father was b in VA, but his mother in SC.

Known Issue of Daniel and Sylvy Combs Paine

(See Also Issue of Daniel PAINE and his 1st Wife below)

Mason William Millie
Fleming Gordon
Herbert Murrell
(Derrick, Taylor)
Elizabeth Sarah B.
(Evans, Shaw?)
William Carroll
  1. Nancy PAINE, born before 1804 in Warren Co, Tennessee; married Joshua OWEN before 1833.
  2. Mason PAINE, born bef 1805 in Warren Co, TN; died 1912, in DeWitt Co, IL?
  3. William PAINE, born bef 1806, Warren Co, TN; died?
  4. Millie PAINE, born before 1807; Warren Co, TN; married Kenny/Kinney POOL before 1833.
  5. Dr. Fleming Gordon PAYNE, born 26 Mar 1807 in McMinnville, Warren Co, TN; died in 1886 in Montague Co, Texas; married on 28 Mar 1833 in De Witt Co, IL, Polly Ann HALL (daughter of Mahlon HALL), born about 1821 in (possibly Bourbon Co), KY.

    Eliza Ann PAINE Sanford, d/o Dr. Fleming Gordon PAYNE, and great-great grandmother of Combs-Paine Researcher Robert L. Richardson, wrote a brief family history in 1906, the year before her death, including accounts of her grandmother Sylvy Combs Paine.

    1860 Census - Brazos Co, TX


    F.G. Payne 53 Physician TN
    Nancy A 39 Seamstress KY
    Sarah 26 Seamstress IL
    Mahlon H. 21 Laborer IL
    Wm C. 19 Laborer IL
    Emily C. 16 Seamstress IL
    Margaret A 13 IL
    Melissa 12 IL
    Sylvia E. 9 IA
    Mary 7 MS
    Laura 5 MS
    Virginia 2 TX
    Elizabeth 48 TN

    (Transcribed by Combs-Paine Researcher Robert L. Richardson who adds that Elizabeth was Fleming Gordon PAINE'S unmarried sister)

    1870 Census Denton Co, TX

    Denton, shows Fleming Gordon living in Denton, Denton Co, TX. Next door neighbor was a Daniel BOONE from Indiana, husband of his daughter, Margaret A.

    Fleming Payne 63 Physician TN
    Nancy 48 Keeping House KY
    Mary 16 At School MS
    Eddie (f) 14 MS
    Virginia 12 TX
    Albert 5 TX
    Alice 5 TX
    Ida 2 TX

    Other PAYNE households listed nearby:

    William PAYNE 27 IL
    Priscilla 22 MO
    Rufus 1 TX
    William 6/12 TX

    Other PAYNE families nearby:

    Hiram PAYNE - 82 TN
    John PAYNE - 106 [sic] MD

    Randolph PAYNE 28 MS - Stockraiser
    John PAYNE 22 MS - Stockdriver
    Pinel? PAYNE 18 TX - laborer

    Question: Are these latter possibly nephews of FG PAYNE? See Also "Cousin Randolph" mentioned by Margaret PAINE Ames.

    1880 Census - Wise Co, TX

    Precinct 2

    [Still living near Daniel BOONE'S family]

    F.G. PAYNE 73 Physician TN VA SC
    Nancy 55 Wife KY VA VA
    Albert 14 Going School TX IL KY

  6. (Herbert) Murrell PAYNE, born 20 Apr 1810, Warren Co, TN; died 14 Sep 1891, Reche Canyon, San Bernardino Co, CA; married (1) abt 1828, probably in Walker Co AL, Margaret DERRICK (d/o Adam & Mary BLYTHE Derrick; m (2) 13 Jun 1850, Bloomfield, Lee Co, IA, Elizabeth Arilla TAYLOR.

    Margaret Angeline PAINE, d/o Herbert Murrell & Margaret DERRICK Paine, was born 04 Mar 1845(8?), Illinois; d 31 Jul 1931, Orange Co, CA; m 23 May 1865, San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co, CA, Ansel M. AMES. In her later years, she wrote an account of her life in her own manner of speaking, provided by Combs-Paine Researcher Elaine Paine).

  7. Elizabeth "Betty" PAYNE; born abt 1812 Warren Co, Tennessee; died aft 1860 in TX?
  8. Sarah B. PAYNE, born 14 Jan 1814 in Warren Co, Tennessee; married John J WILSON in Warren Co, Tennessee.
  9. Alta M. PAYNE, born about 1816 in Warren Co, Tennessee; married (1) John EVANS; (2) ? SHAW?
  10. William Carroll PAYNE, born 19 Nov 1818 in Warren Co, Tennessee; died in 1912 in Fort Madison, Lee Co, Iowa; married Mary Ellen MUSH.

To Be Continued…

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