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Nancy (Mansker) Payne (1793 - abt. 1871)

Nancy Payne formerly Mansker
Born in Kentucky, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 1815 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 77 in Barren County, Kentucky, USAmap
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Nancy was born 14 Feb 1793 at Jefferson County, Kentucky. [1]


  • Nancy was living with William and three children at Mary, Randolph, Illinois during the 1820 census.[2]
  • Nancy was living with William and seven children at Barren County, Kentucky during the 1830 census.[3]
  • Nancy was widowed and living with nine children at Barren County, Kentucky during the 1840 census.[4]
  • Nancy was living with four of her children at Division 1, Barren County, Kentucky during the 1850 census.[5]
  • Nancy was living with her son, V. N. Payne, and family at Distrrict 2, Barren County, Kentucky during the 1860 census.[6]
  • Nancy was living with her son, V. N. Payne, and family at Tracy, Barren, Kentucky during the 1870 census.[7]


Nancy married William about 1815, either in Illinois or Missouri, although a record of marriage has yet to be found. In the 1810 census for Barren County, Kentucky[8], William was recorded as a single householder with a mistakenly attributed child, as indicated by the censustaker’s overwritten correction (1 to 0)—see column total at bottom of page.



Nancy died 1871 at Tracy, Barren, Kentucky. [9]


Payne Cemetery 1[10]
Barren County
Kentucky USA



  1. Nancy would have been living near her brother, Samuel Mansker, at Mary, Randolph, Illinois from about 1820 to about 1826 according to the birth places of her children and the 1820 Mary, Randolph, Illinois census. If she married in Illinois, it would probably have been at Mary, Randolph, Illinois. However, there is no record in the statewide Illinois marriage index (1763-1900) for her under the names, Mansco/Manscow/Minsker/Mansker, or for her husband under the names, Pain/Pane/Payne. Nancy’s second-born (c. 1818) child, son Martin Payne, reported Missouri as his birthplace in the 1880 Randolph County Census.
  2. A descendant of Nancy (Mansker) Payne, Anne (Payne) Whitney, has passed down this story about Nancy as a young girl when she was about 8 years old. (Note: This story was retrieved from family history notes of Whitney which included some major errors, and may be apocryphal):

“One day she took the old horse to graze out in the woods in autumn, and kept wandering farther and farther into the forest. When it grew dark and she realized she was lost, Nancy made a bed of leaves near the horse and cried herself to sleep. Her folks searched and finally found her about sun-up, sleeping, with the horse patiently waiting by. She told her parents she had heard panthers screaming in the night but none came near.”


  1. Find A Grave (see below)
  2. 1820 U S Census; Census Place: Mary, Randolph, Illinois; Page: 111; NARA Roll: M33_12; Image: 109 Ancestry Record 7734 #1237121
  3. 1830; Census Place: Barren, Kentucky; Series: M19; Roll: 33; Page: 125; Family History Library Film: 0007812 Ancestry Record 8058 #1036864
  4. 1840; Census Place: Barren, Kentucky; Roll: 103; Page: 175; Family History Library Film: 0007823 Ancestry Record 8057 #2082570
  5. 1850; Census Place: Division 1, Barren, Kentucky; Roll: M432_191; Page: 373B; Image: 141 Ancestry Record 8054 #16867203
  6. Ancestry Record 7667 #39281618
  7. 1870; Census Place: Tracy, Barren, Kentucky; Roll: M593_445; Page: 717A; Family History Library Film: 545944 Ancestry Record 7063 #18329694
  8. 1810; Census Place: Barren, Kentucky; Roll: 5; Page: 70; Image: 00048; Family History Library Film: 0181350 Ancestry Record 7613 #452796
  9. Find A Grave (see below)
  10. Find A Grave (see below)
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 06 January 2024), memorial page for Nancy Mansker Payne (14 Feb 1793–1871), Find a Grave Memorial ID 185015894, citing Payne Cemetery #1, Tracy, Barren County, Kentucky, USA; Maintained by William Hays (contributor 50259841).
  • Arterburn, Charles R. William and Nancy Payne of Barren County, Kentucky. A Goodly Heritage Remembered. Lexington, Kentucky: C. R. Arterburn, 2023. (
  • Arterburn, Charles R. Benjamin Payne, c. 1750-1832, William Payne, c. 1785-1839 of Barren County, Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky: C. R. Arterburn, 2023. (

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