Mon, 12 Oct 1998 17:19:19
gerald payne <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If possible I would like to impose on you for some information on
the Sellers family. I got your name from a "cousin" of mine, Randy
Franklin, who is also a Sellers descendent.
My Pain (Payne) family line traces from Spotsylvania Co., VA, to
Burke Co., NC, after the Revolutionary War, to Maury Co., TN from 1811
through the last half of the 1830s. From Maury Co., TN, it appears they
went to TX, since their oldest granddaughter was born there about 1837.
>From TX, they moved to Pope Co., AR, in the early 1840s then to Taney
Co., MO, where they were in 1850.
Family tradition says that my Great Graet Grandfather, Robert Pain,
married a Sellers girl. Her given name unknown by her granddaughter
Martha Tennessee (Pigg) Beasley who is the one that said she was a
My Great Graet Grandfather, Robert Pain, was born on Burke Co., NC,
in 1794. As a boy he moved with his family to Maury Co., TN, where his
father, Daniel Pain, purchased 116 acres of land from a Robert Sellers
in 1811. Following service in the War of 1812, it is said that Robert
Pain returned home to Maury Co., and married the Sellers girl. The only
reference to her name that I have found to date is on the 1850 census
for Taney Co., MO. She was listed as S. Pain. The census taker only
used initials for the given name. Her "Place where born" was given as
There are no records available from Taney Co., MO, for that era and
S. (Sellers) Pain reportedly died in 1859.
As you can see I don't have too much to go on. Can you offer any
help, or hope.
NOTE: This last couple were my grandparents. They were first cousins.
Their mothers were sisters.
* Robert Paine, was born in Burke Co., NC, in 1795,
moved with his
parents to maury Co., TN, about 1811. Married S. Sellers about
1817, presumably in TN but no record found to date. He, and his
family, moved from Maury Co., TN, about 1836, appearently to TX.
From TX they appear to have moved to MO, by 1839. Their son,
William Shelby Payne, married in Pope Co., ASR, in 1843, however no
record has been found to indicate that they lived there. In 1857
the family drove a herd of cattle to CA. They were part of the
wagon train involved in the Mountain Meadows massacre, in UT, in
Sep 1857. In 1859 Robert Paine, his wife S. (Sellers) Paine, and
both their children started on a return trip to AR. S. (Sellers)
Paine died on that return trip. Although the place of her death
has not been proven, it may have been in, or around, Anderson Co.,
KS. One of her granddaughters, Martha Ann Payne, also died on the
return trip and her son, William Shelby Payne settled there for
several years during the Civil War before returning to MO.
* Robert Paine never remarried after the death of S. (Sellers)
Paine. He farmed in Benton Co., AR, until the late 1860s. After
the sale of his farm in Benton Co., AR, no record has been found
that tells where he died. He may have died in Benton Co., AR, or
in McDonald Co., MO.