T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History
Mossville's Early Families
Vera Payne by Doug Mungin, 2015.
VERA PAYNE: My family moved here through the Ledouxs, and the Mosses and Vincents. On my other side of my family is the Vincents. So I guess more or less I am related on two aspects of the original descendants of Mossville.

DOUGLAS MUNGIN: Who were the original descendants of Mossville?

PAYNE: As far as I know, it was the Mosses, the Braxtons, the Rigmaidens, Vincents, and the Ledouxs. According to Dad, my great-grandmother was a Ledoux, and apparently she owned some property in that two hundred acres that Sasol has negotiated to buy forty some acres from, I was told she has nine plots of land in there.

MUNGIN: So when you moved to Mossville, you were eight years old. What is the earliest memory you have of Mossville? Like what was that earliest memory you have of it?

PAYNE: Playing up and down Old Spanish Trail when it was about maybe six and a half, seven foot wide. Only one car could go down on the hard surface at a time and when you met someone from the opposite direction, you had one set of tires on, and one set of tires in the gravel. MUNGIN: [laughs] So how did Mossville look at that time?

PAYNE: Very green, quiet, neighborly. You could play in other neighbors’ yards and there was no problem. If you got into trouble in that neighbor's yard you got a spanking there and when you got home you found out there was one waiting for you there also.

MUNGIN: So Prater Road is named after your grandfather. Was that road already named after him when you guys moved here?

PAYNE: Yes. That road at one time was nothing but a dirt road. And every time we would have a hard, hard rain it would flood. So a group of kids would always get out into the middle of the street with their shoes off and go wading, playing in the water. My father's family went to Mount Zion, which is the oldest church in this area. And my family went to a church that was a branch of Mount Zion, which is Willow Springs. Mount Zion is 140 plus years, and Willow Springs is one 105 years old.
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