|Birth: ||Sep. 11, 1808|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 1863|
Established the first permanent settlement in the area in 1861
There is a great bio on the Payn's in the Mills County Book "Memories". The title of the bio is "Payn, Miller and Saylor Families". It starts out like this: " Nine yeears after Texas gained statehood, the Barzilla Payn family made the long trip from Indiana to Texas. Family records indicate they went to Austin, but in a few months they reloaded their oxen drawn wagons with their children and possessions and traveled to an area in Central Texas that was to become the county of Mills approximately thirty years later. The records indicatae they settled on an acrege there by late 1854 or early 1855. As did all of teh early residents of the area, they constructed a log cabin, and learned to live with the hardships of the frontier.
In 1857 Barzilla signed the pre-exemption papers for his land. His first wife, Sarah Johnson, had died, following the birth of their third child. Their children were Matilda Ann, Cythia Ann, and Sarah Elizabeth. His wife, Susan Davis, was the mother of Martha Jane, Evaline, Constentine, Johnson Davis and Larkin.
Late in the afternoon, as Barzilla worked with his sheep on a hillside south of the area that is now known as Payne Gap, he was killed and scaled by the Indians. It was November of of 1863, and Barzilla was fifty-six years of age."
Thanks to Lynda Duncan Meinke Miles for supply me this.
Susan Jane Davis Payne (1820 - 1864)*
Matilda Ann Payne Lee (1834 - 1911)*
Martha Jane Payne Jenkins (1839 - 1917)*
Barzilla Payn Gravesite
Maintained by: Dennis Norwood
Originally Created by: GenFreaks
Record added: Oct 07, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42805299
A true pioneer. The entire area is named after him, Payne Gap. Many of his descendants still live in the area or in Mills County. Such a tragic ending to his life. I am told he was a shoemaker and farmer too. Rest in heavenly peace, Barzilla.|
Lynda Duncan Miles
Added: May. 4, 2013
Mr Payne a Great Great I dont know how many times Great Grandfather of mine isnt actually buried there but in a private grave site about 3 miles away on land now owned by the Baird Family|
Added: Jul. 15, 2011