PAYNE Robert Saunders


The death of Captain Robert S. Payne, Thursday at Jordan Springs, removed one of the last, if not the only, survivor of the First Tennessee Regiment in the Mexican War. His regiment gave the state the name of “Volunteer State”, the number responding being about five times that required. Frank Cheatham of Nashville was Colonel. Captain Payne was in a number of battles, including those of Monterey and Cerro Gordo. He also served through the Civil Was and was in the Charge at Shiloh where General Johnston was killed. Captain Payne is survived by five children, three sons and two daughters. One of his grandsons, Oswald Cuthbert is now a member of the Field Signal corps, now in Panama, which will probably be ordered to Mexico in the present trouble. Two others, Robert and William Cuthbert, are connected with the Tennessean and American. Captain Payne was over 93 years old.
Capt. Robert S. Payne Passed Away Wednesday Night at Age of 93
Capt. Robert S. Payne died at 9:26 o'clock Wednesday night at the home of his son, R. J. Payne, near Jordan Springs, at the age of 93 years and five months, being, it is thought, the oldest person in Montgomery County.
The funeral service will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock, with interment at the Edwards Cemetery, near Rose Hill. Capt. Payne is survived by three sons, Eugene of Oakwood; Ernest and Robert J. Payne of Jordan Springs, and two daughters, Mrs. M. F. Smith of Modoc, this county and Mrs. Robert Taylor of Waxahachie, Texas.
Capt. Payne served through two wars, the Mexican in 1847 and four years in the Confederate army, where for his gallant service he was promoted to the rank of Captain of his company. After the close of the war he exchanged the sword for the pruning hook and plow and went to work with that heroism that had been displayed in battle, and was in a few years regarded as one of the successful farmers of his community.
He was noted for his generosity and no one ever appealed to him for aid and went away empty handed. Capt. Payne took a deep interest in political affairs and was a Democrat of the old school. He was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him, and was a man who would make any sacrifice for his friends. His advice was often sought by those of his community upon mooted questions. While he was a fearless man, he always counseled peace and abhorred disturbances of any kind. He was well known and until a few years ago was a frequent and welcome visitor to Clarksville. He will be greatly missed in the Fourth District, where he had lived for so many years.
Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle,
Thursday afternoon, March 16, 1916


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