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Vol. XXVI, p. 35 (1918)
JOHN A. PAYNE
John A. Payne was born September 19, 1842, in San Augustine County, Tex.,
growing up under the adverse conditions and inconveniences of a new country and
acquiring only a common school education. He joined Capt. John H. Brooks's company
and was mustered into the Confederate service October 10, 1861, at Fayetteville,
Ark., which was attached to Col. John W. Whitfield's 1st Texas Legion. After being
transferred to reenforce Shiloh, the legion was later on attached to Gen. Sul Ross's
brigade with the Tennessee Army, where Comrade Payne remained to the close of the
war, being paroled at Canton, Miss., in May, 1865.
Comrade Payne returned to his home, in San Augustine County, Tex., and later
moved to Kaufman County, then to Dallas County and to Ellis County, where he
remained until his death, on November 9, 1917. he had always been a very active
business man and accumulated a good fortune. he was married three times, and four
children survive him: F. G. Payne, of San Antonio; Mrs. May Payne Willis, of Dallas;
Mrs. J. D. Love, of El Paso; and Mrs. Abbie Payne Harrison, of Palmer. his last wife,
Mrs. Adelia Payne, also survives him.
The life of Comrade Payne was filled with industry and studiousness. he great
delight was to get the Confederate Veteran and peruse it closely and to teach his
children and friends of the value of this historical publication.
Vol. XI, p. 404 (1903)
MRS. LUCINDA NEELY
by T. H. Craddock, of Dallas, Tex.
Mrs. Lucinda Neely is ninety-five years old-probably the oldest Confederate
mother living-and is revered and respected by every old soldier in Dallas County,
Tex. She has had four sons, one of whom died in youth, and two gave their lives while
wearing the gray. One returned home after the war, and is now our County
Commissioner-George Neely, who is a grandfather.
This remarkable woman possesses all her mental faculties, and is as active as a
much younger person. She was born in 1808, in Rutherford County, Tenn. Her father
was James Hopkins, a frontiersman. When his daughter was only nine years old, he
moved from Tennessee to Illinois, and from there to Missouri. where she met a sturdy
young pioneer, Pallas Neely, to whom she was wedded in October, 1839. The young
husband built his own log house, and Mrs. Neely assisted in making its interior
One of her sons, John Neely, was captured by the Union forces and died in the
Alton prison in 1863. Thomas was killed in a skirmish near Pea Ridge, Ark. George
and his father survived, but the latter was retired from the army in 1863, disabled
and broken in health.
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