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Payne's Crossing Cemetery,
Ward Township, Wayne National Forest,
Hocking County, Ohio
African American Civil War Soldiers Buried in Payne's Crossing Cemetery

At least four African American Civil War soldiers are buried in Payne's Crossing Cemetery, Ward Township, Hocking County, Ohio, USA. The soldiers' names and unit information is delineated below. The associated 'Soldiers' Stories' are fetched via the hyperlinked surnames.

Another American Civil War soldier's grave is indicated by GAR flag holder and USofA flag placed before a partial headstone which is broken off near ground level. Remote research has not reveal the identify.

The possibility of a sixth American Civil War soldier's grave is mentioned in the Paynes Cemetery webpage of 'Points of Interest', Athens Unit, Wayne National Forest, USDA Forest Service website.

The cemetery is also referenced to as:
  • Paynes Cemetery
  • Payne's Cemetery
  • Payne's Crossing Cemetery

    Payne's Crossing Cemetery is located on Ohio State Road 595 in Ward Township at the boundary of Hocking County and Perry County midway between New Straitsville [Perry County] and Greendale [Hocking County]. The WGS84 location is given as Lat / Lon: 39 33.71'N / 82 15.47'W. The elevation is ~ 960 feet.

  • Paynes Crossing Civil War Soldiers Roster
    Surname Given
    Names
    Rank /
    Title
    Co. Regi-
    ment
    State /
    Orgn.
    Function Birth / Death Dates
    Betts James
    Pvt.
    I
    27th
    US Colored
    Infantry
    04 Mar 1830
    31 Jan 1912
    Payne Evan
    Pvt.
    C
    5th
    US Colored
    Infantry
    1831 - 1832
    ---
    Payne Thomas
    Pvt.
    H
    27th
    US Colored
    Infantry
    1834
    ---
    Striblen [at. Striblin] Henry
    Pvt.
    K
    4th
    US
    [Regular Army]
    Cavalry
    1842 - 1843
    ---
    Resources for Paynes Crossing American Civil War Roster
    Historical Data Systems an online fully searchable database which contains extensive information regarding American Civil War soliders, regiments, and events. HDS is a subscription database [$25 per year] and is indispensible to the development of the 'Soldier's Story'.
    Inscriptions on the 03 Department of Veteran Affairs Civil War Military HeadStone at Paynes Crossing Cemetery.
    Paynes Cemetery webpage on Points of Interest, Athens Unit, Wayne National Forest, USDA Forest Service website.
    Paynes Crossing webpage on Wayne National Forest portion of USDA Forest Service website. Contains
  • Birth and Death Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Information
  • Family Summaries
  • Marriage Records.
    The information was abstracted by a Summer 2002 project
  • The US National Park Service Civil War Soldier System online database; an invaluable / impressive resource comprised of three parts:
  • NPS CWSSS Battle Summaries
  • NPS CWSSS Regimental Histories
  • NPS CWSSS Soldiers Names and Records of Union and Confederate database.
  • A Cemetery Tale

    I have experienced numeric curious conincidences dealing with cemeteries and military rosters of cemeteries. Ie, surprising connections between 19th century persons, places, and events and my 21th century life.

    I have hear similar stories from numerous persons engaged in genealogical or historic research. Evidence that there are few degrees of separation between citizens of the USofA.

    A surprising connection arose from my visit to Paynes Crossing Cemetery and the development of the Soldiers Roster above. To wit:

    In September 2007, my wife and I visited my son and daughter-in-law in Columbus, Ohio, for four nights. On the Saturday, my son took us on a tour of south central Ohio. By happenstance we stopped at a small African-American freeman cemetery, Paynes Crossing Cemetery. I took pictures of four African-American graves marked by GAR flag holder and USofA Flag.

    We next holidayed in the hills and on the coast of North Carolina. Two weeks after the visit to Ohio, my wife and I visited Fort Fisher, a civil war battle site near Wilmington, NC. We stayed in Wilmington, NC, for three nights enjoying its large historic district and good restaurants.

    On my return home in October 2007, I researched the four Payne Cemetery African-American Civil War soldiers. I found three had fought
  • in the 2nd battle of Ft. Fisher, NC
    and
  • in the capture of Wilmington, NC.

    Happenstance reconnected these soldiers and Ft. Fisher 142 years later through me. The sweep of history cemented my connection to them.

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