Montgomery County War Records  


Robert Sounders Payne

Capt. Robert Sounders Payne was born on October 12, 1823, in Davidson County, Tennessee and died on March 15, 1916 in Jordan Springs, Tennessee. He married Susan Gold on October 24, 1853. He married Frances Narcissa Bryant on February 19, 1875

Robert S. Payne was enlisted in Nashville, TN 5/28/1846. He served in COL William Bowen Campbell's First Tennessee Volunteers under General Taylor and saw action in Monterey, Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo. The unit earned recognition as the Bloody First. At the storming of Monterey, Campbell's command, "Boys, follow me", later became the slogan for the Whig party of 1851. ( NOTE: Capt Payne is now buried on Fort Campbell named for the same Campbell)

Robert was discharged in New Orleans 5/23/1847. Sources of dates: Tennesseans in the War with Mexico, Vol 2

>From the Clarksville Chronicle dated 12 October 1861: "New companies: Captain R. S. Payne, R. L. Johnson and Rice Oldham are raising a volunteer company, under our Governor's recent proclamation. They want about forty more men. They expect to go into camp very soon at Jordan Springs, in District No. 4. Parties desiring to join may address either of the gentlemen named, at Woodlawn, in this county (This assignment was considered "Captain of the Home Guard")

NOTE: Fort Donelson is only 30 or so miles away and it fell in Feb 1862.

>From Red River Settlers: "Was in the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg and Baton Rouge."

>From Goodspeed Histories of Montgomery County 1886, pages 1083-1084: "During the late civil war he was appointed captain of the Home Guards, and was in the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg and Baton Rouge."

>From Confederate Patriot Index 1924-1978, Vol II put out by the Tennessee Division United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1978: "PAYNE, Robert S. -- Capt, Tenn. Home Guards, b 12 October 1823 in Montgomery Co., TN, d there on 15 March 1916. Married to Susan Gold in 1853 in Montgomery Co., Tenn. She was b in 1830 in Montgomery Co., Tenn. d there in 1871. Submitted by members: Sara Sue Grosmaire ( (64/435) Roberta Elin Shelby Grosmaire (Mrs. Frank) (gr. granddaughter) (64/431)

He was a Justice of the Peace from 1882 -- ?? in District 4, Mont. Co.

>From Goodspeed Histories of Mont Co. 1886, p. 1084: "He has been school commissioner since the passage of the act."