Here are some things I know about my dad’s side of the family:
- He had a brother named Steven, who was lynched as a teen. I don’t know why.
- His brother, Uncle Jesse was also killed and lynched. His story can be Googled. Uncle Jesse was married and had one child, a girl.
- Uncle Amos ran with his mom and sister to save their lives when people wanted to kill them for their land.
- My dad was on the chain gang as a young teen.
- Aunt Lucy Mae never had children of her own.
- My dad had a sister named Brenda. (My oldest sister was named after her). I never knew her or saw a picture of her. She worked as a maid doing day work. She was killed while working. Her employer, the husband got into an argument with his own wife and started shooting his wife. Bullets were flying and my Aunt Brenda was killed by a stray bullet.
- My dad’s great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee Native American.
- Uncle Jesse was a soldier in the Army
- Uncle Amos was a sailor in the Navy
- Daddy was a United States Marine
Here’s information we got from the 1935 Census Bureau about my dad’s side of the family: (1867 – 1945 Florida State Census)
- Will Payne – Born in 1893 approximately (Grandfather)
- Lucy Ann Payne – Born in 1897 (Grandmother)
Ages in 1935 Census
- Will Payne – 42
- Lucy Ann Payne – 38
- Amos Payne – 12
- Lucy Mae Payne – 8
- Charlie Payne – 14
- Jesse Payne – 16
- Ruby Thurston – 25
- Henry Hunter – 36
Both Grandfather and Grandmother were born to former slaves.