I came across a previously unknown (to me) colored team in Knoxville. The L.E. Paynes of 1885.
I was taken by the mention of specific players in the article, namely Joe Carter. I went to Ancestry.com to see if Mr. Carter was in the Knoxville City Directory of 1885. He was, as was his father, Burrell Carter.
Maybe he was born in 1862.
In my quick search I found less info on Louis E. Payne. He was the Supervising Examiner of Tennessee and North Carolina, working in the Pension Office.
In my experience it is uncommon to find names of early African-American ball players and difficult to assemble any sort of decent research materials. This time I was lucky.