The story goes, according to family lore, that Michael and Catherine stopped in Kentucky to “visit” her brother. The exact words that I have are “My Grandmother, Delilah McCormack, was born near Harrodsburg, Ky., at her mother’s brother.” I got that off a sheet from my cousin, Lura Addy Young, when she interviewed her father, Robert, sometime in the 1960s. What I do know is that Delilah was born in Kentucky, 13 Oct 1854 and that Catherine’s maiden name was Payne. Although I have seen it also spelled Paine on the same document! What was missing from that quote was the name of the brother. That would have really helped. Well, taking the “fact” that they stopped in Kentucky, using the possibility they stopped “near Harrodsburg” and Payne spelling of Catherine’s last name and her brother, this is what I have found;This is the first indication of Catherine’s brother first name. It also states where he was born, Ireland. This also was the only “Payne” found in Mercer County, Kentucky. It also shows, if I have the right family, that Michael and Catherine’s first daughter, Delilah, was named after her aunt. My search(es), mostly via Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org, have found that he is the only listed person with the last name of Payne in Mercer County, Kentucky. However, when you look at the full 1850 census, it shows another male with the same last name. The ages of the two men are close enough to be brothers or perhaps cousins. At this point, I can only guess at their relationship. John is the only one with that name in the Mercer County, Kentucky 1850 census. This person, William Payne, also ages remarkably consistently only gaining about 2 years across twenty years. This next piece might be something *IF* I can connect this person to Catherine. This shows, for the first time, where William was born. County Cork. That fits another piece of family lore. My father thought his grandfather, William, came from County Cork. At this point, I run into one itty bitty problem. After the 1870 U.S. Census, I “lose” this William Payne. I have found another William Payne in the 1880 U.S. Census located in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois . In the 1880 census, William has a son by the same name and that son is listed as 21 years old. If the older William is the same person as the Mercer County person, then the son should have been listed on the 1870 census. He isn’t. I also found him the 1900 census also in Chicago. In the 1880 census, William is a widower. That piece of information eliminates one thing that I could have used. That is the name of the wife and mother. I have found a William Payne, most of whose information fits with what I already know  in the Cook County, Illinois, Deaths Index, 1878-1922. However, it is just an index and it needs further exploration.
As I find out more on the Case of the “Missing” Brother, I will update everyone.
1. 1850 United States Federal Census, District 1, Mercer County, Kentucky, population schedule, Pg. 274 (stamped), dwelling 316, family 316, Wm (William) Payne, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, accessed 6 Apr 2013, citing Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
2. 1860 United States Federal Census, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, population schedule, Pg. 711 (written), dwelling 191, family 191, William Payne, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, accessed 6 Apr 2013, citing 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
3. 1870 United States Federal Census, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, population schedule, Pg. 28 (written), dwelling 192, family 217, William Payne, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, accessed 6 Apr 2013, citing 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.