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23andMe DNA confirmed Muggah-Payne connection

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

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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.

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                      Helen and her brother Earl Murphy Payne

Photos courtesy of S. Buckner                                                                                 


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Making a way out of Louisiana- Muggah-Haydel-Payne


Milton Muggah’s sister Landora Haydel migrated to Flint Michigan with her husband Robert Franklin at least by 1921. Listed in the Flint, Michigan, City Directory, 1921

Lendora haydel

Milton’s sister Cynthia (Muggah) Payne’s children and eventually her husband John Payne migrated to Flint Michigan.

Son: Nathaniel Payne He first migrated to Oakland California by 1817. He was a train porter for Pullman Company according to the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 . He resided in St. Paul Minnesota in 1935. He was residing in Flint Michigan in 1940 according to the Federal Census

Son: Theophilus Payne listed in the 1920 Federal Census Flint Michigan  Ward 6 District 0056. Occupation: Laborer in factory.

Son: Earl Erastuas Payne and wife Allie (Murphy) listed in the 1924 Flint Michigan Directory. He was an autoworker and lived 113 E. 15th

payne flint Directory

Daughter: Cynthia (Payne) Davis (51 years old). Widow. Her son Abner Davis (18) Grandfather John Payne (81) Uncle Robert Franklin (52) and Aunt Landora (53)

 1930 Federal census Flint Michigan

1930 Federal Census Flint City Michigan District 54


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