The Resource Some deeds also located in oversize box 59

Some deeds also located in oversize box 59

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  • Papers, 1727-1893, of three generations of the Payne family: Daniel Payne (1728-1796), William Payne (1755-1837), and William Henry Fitzhugh Payne (1830-1904). Includes accounts, deeds, letters, surveys, and miscellaneous items. The accounts, 1784-1824, are those of Daniel and William Payne. Among the items is an account book, 1790-1818 of William Payne, accounts with Charles Alexander & Co., and a division of slaves. The deeds, 1771-1841 cover the counties of Prince William, Spotsylvania, and Fauquier
  • The letters comprise the majority of the collection, and cover the years 1778 to 1893. There are letters to Daniel Payne concerning business affairs while he was a merchant in Falmouth, including letters from manufacturers in Liverpool, England, inquiring about tobacco sales, shipments, and the quality of the crop. The letters to William Henry Fitzhugh Payne date from 1840 to 1893. The earliest ones were written to him by his mother, Mary Conway Mason Fitzhugh Payne, while he was a young student at a private school. Also included is a letter from his father-in-law, William Richards Hooe Winter Payne, regarding his daughter's inheritance, as well as his opinions on an appointment which was offered to William H. F. Payne. There is an 1864 address to Payne's brigade, as well as a request for a leave of absence
  • There are other notable post-war letters written from numerous officers whom served in the Confederacy. There are letters from Richard Stoddert Ewell which concern his situation in Tennessee, and his desire to return to Virginia. A letter from Wade Hampton requests Payne's assistance in convincing people to become members of the Southern Historical Society. There are letters from Jubal A. Early and Fitzhugh Lee, written 1877, concerning the election of 1876 and the South's reaction to Reconstruction, as well as Fitzhugh Lee's run for the governorship of Virginia, and Early's reputation and business affairs as a superintendent of the lottery in Louisiana. Also included is a letter from Mrs. Ellen "Nellie" Bernard Fowle Lee, wife of Fitzhugh Lee, dated 27 September 1877, asking Payne to be godfather for her newborn son. There are also invitations to speak written to William H. F. Payne by Leroy S. Edwards, Dr. M. G. Ellzey, and William Terry. Finally, there is a letter written to Ann Morson Scott Payne, wife of Alexander Dixon Payne, dated 24 March 1893, concerning the death of her husband
  • The surveys range in dates from 1727 to 1827 and concern Payne family property in Fauquier County, as well as surveys done by Daniel Payne
  • The miscellaneous items include an agreement, bill of exchange, a statement of William A. G. Dade in the case of Bernard v. Scott in Fauquier County, University of Virginia law school certificates from 1849 and 1850, resolutions concerning the Fugitive Slave Bill in Congress, dated 1850, and two appointments of William H. Payne as a Visitor of the Virginia Military Institute, dated 1858 and 1859
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  • Daniel Payne was born on 15 September 1728 in King George County, now Westmoreland County. He was a merchant in Dumfries in Prince William County, and a later a partner in the firm of Payne, Moore & Co. in Falmouth, then in King George County. After the war, Payne continued a mercantile business under his own name. He died in Falmouth on 12 April 1796, and his buried at "Cedar Hill."
  • William Payne was born on 31 March 1755 in Westmoreland County. As a youth, he was an assistant to his uncle Daniel Payne, who operated a mercantile business in Falmouth. William Payne was captain of a militia company in Westmoreland County, and was present at the seige of Yorktown. He married Susannah Richards on 11 April 1779. She died in 1795. They had three children. William Payne moved to Fauquier County in 1799. He then married Marion Andrew Morson Love on 19 April 1801. They settled at "Clifton" in Fauquier County, and also had three children. He died on 19 September 1837.
  • William Henry Fitzhugh Payne was born on 27 January 1830 at "Clifton" in Fauquier County. He attended the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia. He was elected Commonwealth Attorney for Fauquier County around 1855. He enlisted in the Black Horse Cavalry on 17 April 1861; commissioned Captain, 27 April 1861; Major, 11 September 1861; Lt. Col., 7 June 1862; Colonel, 1 September 1863; and Brig. General, 1 November 1864. After the war he served as a lawyer and became general counsel for the Southern Railway Company. He died in Washington, D.C. on 29 March 1904, and is buried in Warrenton.
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Some deeds also located in oversize box 59
Some deeds also located in oversize box 59
  • The Library of Virginia
Immediate source of acquisition
Norris, Laura Payne Terry
Organization method
Arranged in five groups: I. Accounts. II. Deeds. III. Letters. IV. Surveys. V. Miscellaneous.
Type of unit
cu. ft.

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