When William Payne was born on 9 December 1721, in Westmoreland, Virginia, British Colonial America, his father, William Payne, was 36 and his mother, Elizabeth Poindexter, was 21. He married Ruth Lewis about 1742, in Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 9 September 1771, in Halifax, Virginia, British Colonial America, at the age of 49, and was buried in South River Meeting House Graveyard, Lynchburg, Campbell, Virginia, United States.
English: from the Middle English and Old French personal name Pai(e)n, Pagen (from Latin Paganus), a fairly common personal name among Normans. It derived from a word that originally meant ‘villager, rustic’, later ‘heathen’, but it had doubtless lost these connotations in its use as a late medieval personal name. This name has also been established in Ireland since the 14th century.
History: Thomas Payne, who was a freeman of Plymouth Colony in 1639, was the founder of a large American family, which included Robert Treat Paine (1731–1814), one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. See also Paine .
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