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Friday, September 30, 2016


PAYNE, Flayle Payne Sr. (1696-1764) Biography



PAYNE, Flayle Payne Sr. (1696-1764) Biography

Flayle Payne was Christened 29 Nov. 1696, St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, Old Fish St. in London England. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Payne. 

Thomas Payne was listed as a Clothworker in the 1695 census of London. The Clothworker's union were a powerful organization that played a big part in the government of London. King James was an honorary member of the Clothworkers. Thomas and Elizabeth Payne had three sons and a daughter, all Christened in St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church in London. 

Mary was Christened on Mar. 10, 1693 
Flayle was Christened on Nov. 29, 1696.
John was Christened on Oct. 27, 1702.
Thomas was Christened on Oct. 1, 1704.

Flayle Payne first appeared on record in America as a witness in a Prince George's Co. Maryland court in August 1727. In Nov. 1730, Flayle Payne was listed on a list of settlers in the Monocacy Valley of western Maryland. Also, in 1730, Flayle was listed as an Indian Scout in Prince George's Co. In July 1731, the Maryland Assembly rewarded Flayle Payne for returning a runaway slave from beyond the Monocacy. In 1734, 1736, and 1737 Flayle was paid a small bounty for bringing squirrel heads in to Prince George's County.  

In Nov. 1738, Flayle was appointed overseer of the road built between Monocacy and Antietam. In Nov. 1740, Flayle was appointed Constable of Monocacy Lower Hundred.

The English Church was established in Maryland in 1692, and in 1742, Frail Pain (Flayle Payne) was among the inhabitants, of Senaca and Monocacy Hundreds, who signed a petition to divide Prince George's Parish and establish All Saints Parish. However, Flayle's name never appeared on any church records. 

In 1744, Flayle Payne, and son, Thomas, signed a petition for a bridge to be laid out at the mouth of Catoctin Creek and a main road to be laid out from Tuscarora Creek to the mouth of Catoctin and from thence to Antietam Creek in present day Washington County. 

In 1748 Frederick Co. was formed from the western part of Prince George's Co. In a Nov. 1750 court, Flayle Payne and Flayle Payne Jr. were among the gentlemen appointed overseer of the River road and Richard Touchstone's Road.

Will of Flayll Payn dated October 1764 
He devised "Payn's Industry" to son Thomas, the upper part of "Payn's Delight" to son John, and the lower part to sons Flayll and Peter, equally. He bequeathed one-third of his moveables to son Flayl, and the balance of the moveables to be divided between Peter and John Best. He bequeathed one shilling sterling to daughter Martha Nichols.

In the above will, no wife was named. We think that John Best was married to a deceased daughter of Flayle. Flayle's land, " Payne's Delight" was located approximately where the present day town of Knoxville Maryland is today, near the Potomac River. "Payne's Industry" was located in the vicinity of the present day towns of Weaverton and Sandy Hook.  

Of Flayle's children, Thomas died shortly after his father. Some of his descendants migrated to Bedford Co. Virginia during a period from 1773 to 1779.

 Frederick Lee Payne, now deceased, from Cincinnati Ohio, descends from Thomas. Fred's lineage is Flayle Payne, Thomas Payne, Flayle Payne, who migrated to Bedford Co. Va., Flayle Pollard Payne, of Bedford Co. and Giles Co. Va. Thomas Payne, Fred Pollard Payne, and Frederick Lee Payne. I have a DNA match with Frederick Lee Payne. 

Norman L. Payne author of " Payne and Associated Families of Breckinridge County Kentucky" descends from Thomas Payne, but, for some reason, his DNA does not match others in the Flayle Payne line, maybe an adoption?

John Payne, son of Flayle, from whom I, Billy Payne descends, sold his portion of "Payne's Delight" in 1773, and along with wife, Mary, purchased 112 acres of land in south Bedford Co. Va., near Huddleston Va. in 1774. It states "John Payne late of the Province of Maryland" The land was located on the branches of Rock Castle Creek. He later purchased 120 acres of land on nearby Goose Creek. In 1781 John Payne was credited with providing one beef for the Revolutionary cause and was declared a Patriot. I, Billy Payne, have a DNA match with Thomas Chester Payne of Bedford co. Va. 

His family lived on a portion of the land that John and Mary Payne purchased in 1774. The above John Payne died in Bedford co. in 1798, leaving a will naming wife, Mary, sons John, Thomas, and William, and daughters Catherine Kennett, Sarah Brown, and Margery Harper. 

Flayle Payne Jr., son of Flayle, operated a ferry that crossed the Potomac between Maryland and Virginia in the 1760's. He was also a private in the American Revolution. He, accompanied by Patrick Lynch, moved to Bedford Co. Va., in 1779, and settled within a mile of his brother, John. 

Flayle Payne Jr. died in Bedford Co. in 1783, leaving a will naming sons, Thomas and William, and daughters Martha and Nancy. Peter Payne, son of Flayle, and wife, Elizabeth, by deed dated 27 April 1772, sold his lower half of "Payne's Delight" to his brother, Flayle Payne Jr. of Frederick Co.

 In 1766, Peter Payne, with other Planters of Frederick Co., signed a petition to the Council of Maryland requesting greater assurance of bills of credit. The will of Peter Payne was dated Nov. 1777, and probated 23 June 1778.
Clay Gullatt added this on 23 Jul 2011

joycepjohnson originally submitted this to Powell Family Tree on Ancestry.com 8 Jan 2011

Friday, September 23, 2016


U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

NameArchibald G Nichols
Birth PlaceVA
Spouse NameMartha Jane Basham
Spouse Birth PlaceVA
Marriage Year1846
Marriage StateVA
Number Pages1
Household Members
Archibald G Nichols
Martha Jane Basham

Friday, September 16, 2016


THE QUAKERS recorded the marriage of Archibald Nichols and Sarah Woolington in Bedford County in the year 1779. 

U.S., Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol I–VI, 1607-1943
NameArchibald Nichols
Marriage Date on Image25 Eleventh 1779
Translated Marriage Date25 Nov 1779
Marriage PlaceBedford
VolumeEncyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Vol. VI

Friday, September 9, 2016


Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940
NameArchabald Nichkols
Marriage Date20 Dec 1792
Marriage PlaceBedford, Virginia
FHL Film Number30591
Reference IDpg 226
Household Members
Archabald Nichkols
Judith Hatcher

Friday, September 2, 2016


Virginia, Marriages, 1740-1850
NameArchibald Nichols
Spouse NamePolly Updike
Spouse GenderFemale
Marriage Date1 Jan 1819
Household Members
Archibald Nichols
Polly Updike

Friday, August 26, 2016

Did Archibald Nichols have four wives?

Archibald Nichols was married in Bedford County, Virginia, four times, or was he???

There are four marriage records for Archibald Nichols in Bedford County, but were they all married to the same man?

Archibald was born about 1768 in Maryland, and was in Bedford Va. when he married. But were there two Archibald Nichols in Bedford County? Lets examine the evidence...

  • Nov. 25, 1779; Archibald Nichols & Sarah Woolington; John Payne, Surety.
  • Dec. 10, 1792; Archibald Nichols & Judith Hatcher, dt Richard; Ward Hatcher, Surety; Married by John Ayers, Dec. 20, 1792.
  • Jan. 1, 1819; Archibald Nichols & Polly Updike; Daniel Black, Surety; Consent of Amon and Hannah Updike; Married by William Leftwich, Jan. 10, 1819
  • Nov. 16, 1846; Archibald Nichols & Jane Basham, dt Caroline; John R. Delliss, Surety; Married by Thomas C. Goggin, Nov. 18, 1846.

well what do you think? Arch married a lot, huh? Or there were two Archibalds.

Arch was born in 68. He married Sarah Woolington in 79 at age 11??? Well someone named Archibald married her any way.

In 92, Arch married Judith Hatcher and had a lot of youngens.

In 1819, the same year that Judith died, he married Mary Polly Updike.

In 46, he married Jane Basham, daughter of Caroline.

Sure, he could of had four wives. My ex is with her third husband now. But somehow, I doubt that he was married at age eleven. There were probably two Archibald Nichols in the area over the years.

Cousins or not, four marriages took place to four different women.

I guess the point is, dont jump to conclusions or rely on circumstantial evidence. Two documents with the same name are not necessarily about the same person. Due diligence as they say in Accounting class. Do your research. Dont take maybe for an answer.


Friday, August 19, 2016



Bedford County, Virginia
Deed Book 14, Page 140-141
LDS Film 1940993
Transcribed by Cecil Q Larsen

To Deed

This Indenture made this 14th day of April One Thousand Eight hundred and fourteen between Richard Hatcher of the County of Bedford of the One part and Archibald Nichols of said County of the Other part Witnesseth That the said Richard Hatcher for and in Consideration of the Sum of Fifty pounds to him in hand paid the Receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto the said Archibald Nichols One certain Tract or parcel of Land containing One hundred and Twenty five acres, be the same more or less, lying and being in the County of Bedford and bounded as follows Viz Beginning at a red Oak in Hails line, thence South 65 Degrees West 154 poles to a Pine Stump in sd. Hails line thence with it South 5 Degrees East 138 poles to pointers North 68 degrees East 70 poles to pointers North 14 Degrees East 54 poles to a black Oak, North 61 degrees East 58 poles to a white Oak North 34 1/2 Degrees East 61 poles to pointers, North 8 degrees West 60 poles to a red Oak south 78 1/2 Degrees West 31 poles to the Beginning. To have and to hold the within granted Land and premises with the appertenances to the same belonging with the reversion and reversions remainder and remainders and every part and parcel thereof unto him the said Archibald Nichols his Heirs and Assigns forever, and the said Richard Hatcher doth for himself and his Heirs Covenant and agree to and with the said Archibald Nichols his Heirs & Assigns that the said Richard Hatcher his Heirs & assigns shall warrant and forever defend the sd. granted Land and premises to the said Archibald Nichols his Heirs & assigns forever against him the said Richard Hatcher & Heirs and against all and every other person or persons claiming by from or under him or them, or any of them, and against all and every other person or persons whatsoever.
In Witness whereof the said Richard Hatcher hath hereunto set his hand and Seal the day and Year above written.
Richard (his X mark) Hatcher
Signd Seald & deliverd In presence of
George W Saunders Jr.
Jesse Nichols
John Hudson
John Holligan
Simon Hudson
Daniel Nichols

At a Court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse the 23 day of May 1814. This Indenture of bargain & Sale between Richard Hatcher of the one part & Archibald Nichols of the Other, was proved by the oath of George W. Saunders Jr, Jesse Nichols & John Hudson three subscribing Witnesses & ordered to be recorded.
Teste J Steptoe C.B.C.


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