23andMe DNA confirmed Muggah-Payne connection

12 Jan

Cynthia July 14, 2012, I started  corresponding with my new cousin  S.  Buckner on 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 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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              E. Payne

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.

                                                                                               Buckner2                                                                                                    Buckner 1

                      Helen and her brother Earl Murphy Payne

Photos courtesy of S. Buckner                                                                                 


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10 responses to “23andMe DNA confirmed Muggah-Payne connection

  1. Yvette Porter Moore

    January 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    It is great that you connect with family through social media. It is one of the greatest things since slice bread and I am sure the Ancestors feel the same way. I love your photos you posted with this post…Very nice.

    • Stephani Juleeana Miller

      January 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you Yvette….I am bless to find my family through social media, because of them I am receiving pictures of generations that I have never seen. Unfortunately my family had lost pictures and stories through the years.

  2. Bernita Allen

    January 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Stephani, this is amazing. I loved ready about the connection you were able to confirm though DNA. I am really happy for you. You did a great job telling your wonderful story.

    • Stephani Juleeana Miller

      January 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you Bernita..I have been fortunate to confirm several branches and working on others….but not enough time in the day…LOL

  3. Iva

    January 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Congratulations! Who is the very first picture of at the start of this blog? It looks like a painting, it is very nice.

    • Stephani Juleeana Miller

      January 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Let me introduce to you my great grand-aunt Cynthia Muggah Payne. She is the sister of my great grandfather Milton Muggah. This is the only picture I have of this generation. I have never seen a picture of Milton.

  4. Maurice

    January 13, 2014 at 3:44 am

    This is great Cousin! It’s great that you’ve been able to connect with relatives from this line of your family. And those are some beautiful photos. Can’t wait to find our connection!!

    • Stephani Juleeana Miller

      January 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Maurice, I have a feeling this is the year that we will get in the ball park about our common ancestor, since you are doing a great job in your researching and listening to our ancestors.

  5. TracingAmy

    January 14, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Very cool to have that cousin that you can collaborate with! I have met quite a few cousins on! Now I just have to get up the nerve to take the DNA test that I purchased. Thanks for sharing!

    • Stephani Juleeana Miller

      January 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you Amy, please do the DNA test, it will open up a new direction for you in your research.


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