Is that long enough name for you? Just wait… his father’s is longer!! 🙂
As best I can tell, he was born in 1866 in Randolph county, Alabama to John Larkin Cleveland Payne and Mary Elizabeth (nee Lashley) Watters. In 1880, he’s 14 years old and living with his parents in Morrisons, Randolph county, Alabama. His father is listed as having been bed ridden for two years and his mother is keeping house. His older sister, Mary Ellen, 16, is “diseased,” what exactly that means is uncertain. His younger sister Ruthy is 11 and works on the farm with him. They have even younger siblings at home as well: Catherine, Joseph P., Hammet M., and George L.
By May of 1884, John Robert is living in Worth county, Georgia, and marries Miss Fanny L. Goodman. He states on the 1900 Census that he can not read or write; however, Fanny can. They’re living in Militia District 1121 of Worth county at the time. They have six children living with them: William A., Cora L., James B., Lizzie I., Ella M., and Johnie L.
John Robert passes away sometime after this census but before the 1910 census. In 1910, Fanny has married Elbert Youngblood and are listed as having been married for one year, this being her second marriage and his first. There’s a daughter, Myrtle, who is listed as 8 years old. With her last name listed as Waters, it stands to reason that John Robert must have died prior to 1909 but after 1902.