There certainly is a similarity to some of the names. Several families migrated together as territies opened up and settled. That may have been the case with the Butler, Payne, Bullard, and Goss families. And these families were often so prolific!
While there may be relation, I believe we are working different family lines. Here's the information I have about Hermes and Nancy (Butler) Payne.
Zachariah Butler (d. July 29,1822) was murdered by a man named William Nixson, in Shelby County Alabama. His wife, Nancy Bullard Butler (I have documentation identifying the lat name as both 'Bullard' and 'Bulliard') was pregnant at the time of the murder and died in October 1822 after giving birth to daughter Nancy. Events leading up to the murder are documented by the State of Alabama and used in teaching state history.
The infant Nancy and at least one of her siblings were wards to Abraham Naish in Shelby County. Abraham Naish appears to have been Nancy's uncle; Zachariah Butler's sister, Mary Butler, had married Abraham Naish in Elbert County Georgia. Abraham and Mary Naish migrated to Shelby County around 1820. Zachariah Butler married Nancy Bullard in Elbert County Georgia sometime prior to 1820, and the families moved to Shelby County Alabama.
Nancy (Caroline) Butler married Hermes Payne in Shelby County, October 5, 1842, as shown in the Shelby County marriage records. Sometime following their marriage, Hermes and Nancy (Butler) Payne relocated to Calhoun County Arkansas, where Hermes died in 1861. Nancy (Butler) Payne continued to live in Calhoun County Arkansas until her death in 1905. Her residence there is supported by both land and census records.
Although information on Hermes Payne has been difficult to obtain and verify, most references I have identify his birth as being in Georgia, May 3, 1812. This meshes well with the movements of Hermes and his branch of the Payne line, as well as with the Bullard and Butler lines in my family.
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