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PAYNE, Devall, soldier, born in Fairfax county, Virginia, 1 January, 1764; died in Mason county, Kentucky, 21 June, 1830. He was the son of William Payne, whose paternal ancestor came to this country with Lord Fairfax in 1739. After his marriage he removed to Kentucky in 1789, settling near Lexington, and soon afterward joined Captain Kenneth McCoy's cavalry and served under General Charles Scott against the Indians in 1791. In 1792 he removed to Mason county and settled on his farm on Mill creek, where he resided until his death, and was active against the Indians, by whom he was frequently molested. He was a good surveyor, and also a county magistrate. He joined Colonel Richard M. Johnson's mounted cavalry in 1813 as major, and distinguished himself at the battle of the Thames, 5 October, 1813, where at the head of his battalion he charged hotly through the British line, and after the surrender, by special appointment of the general-in-chief, led in pursuit of General Henry Procter. He served several years in the legislature.
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