July 14, 2012, I started corresponding with my new cousin S. Buckner on Ancestry.com. His great-great-grandmother is Cynthia Muggah Payne. She is the sister of my great-grandfather Milton Muggah. S. Buckner is one of several newly met cousins that I correspond from Ancestry.com and Facebook. My adult sons would teased me about talking to strangers. But I would say they are not strangers they are my cousins, we just didn’t know each other for a couple of decades due to families moving away from Patterson, Louisiana, the Bayou Teche (Tesh) Well S. Buckner recently did the 23andMe DNA test. It confirmed that I and S. Buckner were cousins. We share DNA from Cynthia’s and Milton’s parents. The DNA could have been from mother Arabella Harper or the presumed father Muggah. I think S. Buckner was took back, when I said it was official, because in reality we already felt that we were cousins, it is the genealogist in us. But today as I was looking at the Facebook cousins that S. Buckner introduced to me last year, which I don’t talk to them on the same level as I do with S. Buckner…I saw them as my cousins…we share a 3rd or 4th great-grandparent. Cynthia and Rev. John Payne had about 8 known children.
Arabella Rosie Payne 1875
Cynthia Payne 1878
Evelina Payne 1880
Ella Payne 1882
John M Payne Jr. 1884
Nathaniel J Payne 1887
Earl Erastaus Payne 1889 – 1971
Theophius T Payne 1891 – 1965
Cynthia’s daughter Arabella Roxie Payne born 1875
Cynthia’s son Earl Erastaus Payne born 23 Jun 1889 in Patterson Louisiana. He worked in the Saw Mill for several years. Earl married Allie Virginia Murphy. They had children Helen, Earl, Ada, Landon and Alice. Earl Erastaus Payne moved the family Flint Michigan by 1924.
Earl’s wife Allie Murphy as a child.
Helen and her brother Earl Murphy Payne
Photos courtesy of S. Buckner