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September 17, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: George M. Payne, Esq.

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Ridge Above Marrs Creek, Photo by Joanne Yeck

In 1847, my ancestor, John M. Harris, and his brother, James Harris, purchased Ridge Farm on Marrs Creek from George M. Payne, who removed to Marion County, Florida, where he appears on the 1850 census.

There, John M. Harris established East Farm Female Seminary.

On October 11, 1847, at a meeting of attorneys of the Buckingham bar, practicing in the Superior and Inferior Courts of Buckingham County, the men made the following resolution:

WHEREAS, The members of this meeting have learned with deep regret, that their brother lawyer, GEORGE M. PAYNE, Esq. of this county, is about to remove from Virginia to seek a new home in the South; and being unwilling that the ties that have bound them together for so many years in peace and brotherly love shall be dissolved without some manifestation, on their part, of the regret they individually feel on the occasion of separating from one whose worth of character has ever commanded their confidence and esteem, or without tendering to him their hearty good wishes for his prosperity, distinction and happiness on the new theatre which he is about to enter:

Therefore, Resolved, That the members of this meeting will part with George M. Payne, Esq. with deep regret and sorrow.

Their statement went on at length listing complimentary comments from the members of the Buckingham bar and was signed by Payne’s “sincere friends” – Francis N. Watkins, Jno. W. Haskins, and Thos. S. Bocock.

Click here for more about Thomas S. Bocock.

Coming Next: George M. Payne Responds




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  1. AnglicanGeeks / Sep 18 2015 3:08 pm

    Thanks so much, Joanne – appreciate your blog so very much!

  2. Joanne Yeck / Sep 17 2015 3:53 pm

    Thanks for your comment. I don’t have any information about George Payne’s family tree and don’t recognize Agnes. Hopefully, a Payne family member will see your comment and be able to help. Happy hunting! Joanne

  3. AnglicanGeeks / Sep 17 2015 1:13 pm

    I have been researching one of the ancestors in my family tree in Buckingham County. My grandfather’s family has been living on land near the Slate River for centuries (Coleman family – my grandparents were Frank and Marian Coleman). One of our ancestors listed in the family tree is Agnes Payne (who is alleged to have been the “housekeeper” for John Flood. I am descended from her son Moses Flood. But I really can’t find anything about Agnes Payne – the dates just don’t add up. Do we know anything about the tree of George Payne? Do you know about Agnes Payne? Such a mystery! – Thanks so much! – Mary Ailes

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