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Church Hill, home of the Adams family

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Re: Church Hill, home of the Adams family

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The house Church Hill was called that because Ann Lawyer Adams, wife of William Adams, was converted to Methodism and opened her home to be the first meeting place for Methodists in the area. Francis Asbury was a frequent visitor. Ann converted her husband and children to Methodism and many of her children either became ministers or married ministers. One daughter married George Minor who gave the land for Fairfax Chapel, the first Methodist meeting house in northern VA. It was destroyed during the Civil War and was located on the grounds of Oakwood Cemetery in Falls Church.

The Adams House gained the name of Adams-Payne House when it was bought in 1864 by John Payne, formerly a carriage maker in Georgetown. His sons continued the business after he moved to the Munson Hill area. Payne and his second wife Virginia Torrison lived at Church Hill until his death, and Virginia remained there with their children for several years more.

It is very possible that John Payne was either a descendant or related by marriage to the Adams family. John Payne is the son of William Payne and his wife Elizabeth (Last name unknown - some say Adams but I have not yet found the proof of this). This particular William Payne was the son of Annanias Payne, who moved to Fairfax Co. in abt. 1768. He came there from Prince Georges Co. MD, but had only been there a few years. Before that Annanias says he was of Charles Co. MD. I do not yet know if he was born there or moved there.

William, son of Annanias has no known connection to the other William Payne who lived in Fairfax Co. and who died at about the same time. I believe that your line is from the "rich William" (check the tax records!) who was much more prestigious.

The other house called the Payne house, formerly located in the Chsterbrook area, was also a part of the Annanias Payne line. William bought the land and his son James bought out his siblings, including John who had moved to Georgetown by then. There is a James Payne Circle close to where the house stood.

See the books Arlington Heritage, The Paynes of Virginia, and Falls Church by Fence and Fireside. While there are errors in each of these there is also helpful information.

Brenda Payne Rose
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