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John Payne 1753
Posted by: Bob Meadows (ID *****0304) Date: June 24, 2003 at 20:44:50
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In the Antrim Parish Vestry Book, there is an entry that is part of the minutes of the Vestry meeting of 15 Oct. 1753 which states:

"On the motion of John Payne and for Reasons appearing to this Vestry he is exempted from paying Parish Levys for the future."

The next entry is similar:

"It appearing to this Vestry that Edward [Dean?] is infirm ordered that he be Exempted from paying Parish Levys until he shall have [recovered?] his Infirmity."

Several entries in the Vestry Book are nearly identical to that concerning John Payne, for example, in the minutes of the meeting of 20 Nov. 1755:

"For reasons appearing to this Vestry Nathaniel Ayres is Exempted from paying Parish Levys for the future."

(Antrim Parish was the Episcopal Church organization for Halifax Co., VA, in the colony of Virginia.)

It appears that there was a reason why John Payne, Nathaniel Ayres, and the several other men were granted indefinite exemptions from the Parish levy, and that the reason wasn't an inability to pay. The entry following the one about John Payne makes it clear that inability to pay was handled as a temporary exemption.

Does anyone know who this John Payne was?

Does anyone know why John Payne, Nathaniel Ayres, and the others might have been exempted from the levy?


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