Slave Schedule, Claiborne County, Tennessee: 1860

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Slave Schedule, Claiborne County, Tennessee: 1860


Tennessee; African Americans--Appalachian Region; African Americans--Southern States; African American heritage; African American families; United States Census--1860; African Americans--Claiborne County; Slavery


1860 United States Slave Schedule of Claiborne County, Tennessee.

Claiborne County, Tennessee's 1860 Slave Schedule is a rare instance in which the local enumerator, William Graham Payne, included the names of the enslaved individuals with-in the households that they lived and worked.

William Graham Payne was born August 20, 1820 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. In 1845, he married Rhoda H. Markham.
"William Payne was a man of education, who was clerking in Mr. William Houston's store at the time of their marriage. They purchased a few acres of land just beyond Russell Creek, at the foot of the hill where the Straight Creek leaves the Bear Creek Road, and erected the large framed house that is still standing, owned at present by Mr. Rice. (ca 1895) He lived in the house several years, and sold this property to Wm. Neil, and moved to Kokomo, Indiana, and lived there a few years, and then returned back to Tazewell in November 1865 with his family. His wife was very feeble when they reached our house and died in a few weeks, and by her request was buried in the Cave Spring Cemetery, about 5 miles east of Tazewell, where sleep her mother and sister, and other relations that had passed away before her. Mr. Payne settled in Tazewell and kept his family together until his death, which occured a few years later on. He left 7 children to be cared for by the neighbors." - OLD TIME TAZEWELL by Mary Markum Hansard


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