I have located among my records the
original probate Will and Testament of Mattie Livesay Payne Yoakum Yes
I said Yoakum. I had made an assumption
that our Grandmother Payne, widow of
Judge L.G. Payne had married Daniel C. Yoakum before their marriage in
This original document seems
to disprove this and brings up the
question of the annulment of Grandmother Payne's marriage to Daniel C.
Uncle L.G. (Fate) Payne left several hours of recorded history to me
and does say that her marriage was during the time after he left in 1933
to work for T.V.A. Also the fact that my grandmother's brother, Ben
Livesay, Jr. and his family lived in Daniel Cawoods son's house while he
was in the Navy serving in WWII seem to indicate that the family were
close in the 1940's. The same week the Duncan/Cawood Hotel burned in
New Tazewell the Yoakum house was also gutted by fire.