John PAYNE Family,
Vemilion Co., Illinois
NOTE: The following
was based on an article that appeared in the Illiana
Historical & Genealogical Society Quarterly,
vol. 13, no. 4, published 1977; 19 E. North Street,
Danville, Illinois. The article itself was based on
research done by the late Joseph Cortland Payne. As it
appeared in the Illiana Quarterly,
it had been complied by Mrs. Gertrude D. Carter.
Corrections and several additions are the result of
research by Alice Marie Beard.
|The John PAYNE Family were prominent people in the affairs of
Vermilion County, Illinois, from the earliest
development of the county. John Payne, Sr., was
born in New York on May 1, 1776; died May 10,
1864, Pontiac, Livingston Co., Illinois, and was
buried in Payne Cemetery, Eppards Point Township,
Livingston Co, Illinois. He married Hannah EARL
1795-1797, probably in his home state. She was
born Mar. 20, 1776, New York; died Mar. 15, 1856
in Vermilion Co., Illinois, and was buried in
"John Payne's Graveyard," a cemetery
just north of where the Vermilion Co. Poor Farm
was. The cemetery is now known as Songer
Cemetery. (Click for Hannah's
[Hannah Earl's ancestor chart can be found at THIS PAGE (click). Hannah was the
aboutthree-greats-granddaughter of a woman
executed as a witch in about 1651 in Boston,
Massachusetts: Alice (Mrs. Henry) LAKE]
The Payne family left New York about 1812, coming
across to the Ohio River, then down the river to
an early small settlement which later became the
city of Cincinnati, Ohio. They remained in
southwestern Ohio until sometime after 1815 when
they went down the river to the settlement of
Rising Sun, then located in what was first
Dearborn Co., Indiana, and later Ohio Co.,
Indiana. They may have gone to this location
before this territory became the state of Indiana
in 1816. Beckwith's History of Vermilion
County says the John Payne Family came
to Illinois in 1827, but later county historians
say some of the children reached Vermilion Co. in
John Payne, Sr., settled on land southwest of
where the city of Danville was established in
1827, in what was then Danville Township, just
west of where the town of Tilton, Illinois, is
now. It was then called "Payne's
Point." This same land is now in the
northeastern part of Catlin Township, Sec 24. On
this same land about 1856-1860 the Vermilion
County Poor Farm was established.
John and Hannah (Earl) Payne were the parents of
12 children. Sabina, Elias, Lockey, Delilah,
Peter Earl, Morgan Lewis, Esther, William Milton
and Squire Lee were all born in Orange Co., New
York. Cynthia, John Jr., and Martin were born in
Ohio. Elias, Lockey, and Cynthia must have died
in Ohio or Indiana; there is no record of them in
Illinois. The six oldest children married before
coming to Vermilion Co., Illinois.
Peter Earl Payne left the Vermilion Co. area and
went west to California; no further information
on Peter. Morgan Lewis Payne was in Vermilion Co.
until about the late 1840s; he then went to Texas
for a time, and he later settled at Pontiac,
Livingston Co., Illinois. His younger brother,
Squire Lee, also settled in Livingston Co., near
Chenoa. John Jr., lived in Vermilion Co., was in
Texas from 1849 to 1854, then lived in Danville
where he was mortally wounded in a riot in the
summer of 1865. Martin Payne left the county,
settling in Oregon Territory.
John was widowed in March 1855, when he was
almost 79 years old. In February 1857, two months
short of 81 years old, John married a 45-year-old
widow with three children: Jane, the widow of
John McCACHRAN. Property records from 1859 show
that the octogenerian and his young wife were
living in Livingston Co., Illinois, near his sons
Morgan L. and Squire L.
John died in 1864. His remains were interred in
Livingston Co., in Eppard's Point Township, on
County Road 950 N, between 1300 East and 1400
East, on the north side of the road and next to a
creek. The small cemetery is called "Payne's
Cemetery," and his grave stone reads,
"John Payne, died May 10, 1864; aged 88
years, 10 days." The grave stone is
decorated with a Mason symbol. (Click for
John's children who reached maturity were named
in his will, which can be found here.
The following records of the Payne children and
some of their descendants have been compiled from
the "Histories of Vermilion Co., IL,"
(1875-1879-1889-1903-1911), from U.S. Census
records, from military records, from land
records, from estate settlements, and from
various primary sources. Please keep in mind that
this record is not complete and that many
families are not carried down to present times.
NOTE: In the 1850 Census, John Sr. and his wife
Hannah have two grandchildren living with them:
Squire Payne, aged 21 years, was the son of their
son Peter E. Payne. "Pamela" Payne,
aged 7 years, was "Permelia," daughter
of their son John Payne Jr.
1) Sabina Payne was born Mar. 14, 1797 in Orange Co.,
New York. She married Nelson MILES before they
came to Illinois, probably in Ohio County,
Indiana. Nelson Miles was born Mar. 5, 1795; died
May 14, 1856, and is buried in Songer Cemetery.
John Payne Jr., was the administrator for Nelson
Miles' estate and was instructed by the will to
sell the land left by Mr. Mills. This was done in
After her husband's death, Sabina moved to St.
Louis, Missouri. At age 73, Sabina appears on the
1870 census in St. Louis, living with 52-year-old
Lizzie Phillips and Lizzie's husband (first
initial "A."), and their 20-year-old
son, John. It is unknown but likely that Lizzie
Phillips was a daughter of Sabina. This compiler
found no record of when Sabina died or where she
Sabina and Nelson's known children:
....A) Nancy Jane Miles: born about
1828; married Stephen COX Mar. 19, 1846, in
Vermilion Co., Illinois.
.......1) John M. Cox: born
1849 in Illinois.
.......2) William W. Cox: born 1851 in
Vermilion Co., Illinois.
Catharine Miles: born Mar 1834; alive for
1900 census; married Isaac T. GOWEN Oct. 24,
1850, in Vermilion Co., Illinois. Catharine is on
the 1880 census in Henry Co., Missouri.
.......1) Charles A. Gowen:
born 1853 in Illinois.
.......2) Ella J. Gowen: born 1856 in
Missouri; married James H. WELLS.
.......3) Sherman Gowen: born 1865 in
.......4) Thomas Gowen: born May 1872 in
.......5) Libby Gowen: born 1874 in Missouri.
2) Elias Payne was born Dec. 11, 1798 in Orange Co.,
New York. He must have died in New York, Ohio or
Indiana, some time before the family came to
3) Lockey Payne was born Sept 15, 1800, in Orange Co.,
New York. There was no record on him in Vermilion
4) Delila Payne was born July 6, 1801, in Orange Co.,
New York, and died Oct 9, 1857, in Catlin Twp.,
Vermilion Co., Illinois, and is buried in Songer
Cemetery. She was married about 1819-1820 near
Rising Sun, Ohio Co., Indiana, to Thomas W.
DOUGLASS, who was born Apr. 17, 1798, near the
Penobscot River area in Maine; he died Oct 23,
1864 in Catlin Twp., Vermilion Co., Illinois, and
was buried next to Delila in Songer Cemetery. The
Douglass Family came to Sec. 24, Catlin Township,
Vermilion Co., at about the same time the John
Payne Sr. family arrived. The Douglass' probably
lived where the early County Poor Farm buildings
stood on the north side of the highway just west
After the death of Delila (Payne) Douglass in
1857, Thomas Douglass married (license issued in
Danville, Feb. 24, 1858) Almira (GREEN) OLMSTEAD,
born 1803 in Vermont, the widow of Stanley
Olmstead, and the mother of 10 Olmstead children.
The Olmstead family had been living on the north
side of the Salt Fork River in the Batestown area
west of Danville. Almira (Green) (Olmstead)
Douglass died in 1899 and was buried next to her
first husband, Stanley Olmstead, in the Oakhill
Cemetery near Batestown.
Delila Payne and Thomas DOUGLASS were the parents
of eleven children:
....A) Elizabeth Douglass: died before
....B) William Harrison Douglass: born
May 18, 1821. Marriage license was issued on Dec.
15, 1842, for William H. Douglass and Charity
Douglass. They were first cousins; their fathers
were brothers: Charity's father was Jeremiah
Douglass, the older brother of Thomas W.
....C) John Milton Douglass: born Aug.
23, 1823, Ohio Co., Indiana; married Nov. 14,
1844, (license issued Nov. 11, 1844) to Mahala
BURROUGHS, born Apr. 5, 1824, daughter of Jesse
Burroughs & Mary C. WILSON. Mahala
(Burroughs) Douglass died Oct. 10, 1887; John M.
Douglass married (2nd) Laura A. STONE, of Irish
Grove in Sangamon Co., Illinois, Nov. 30, 1892.
John and Mahala were the parents of nine Douglass
children listed in 1860 census:
........1) Judith T.
Douglass: born 1846, Illinois; married Joseph
........2) Winfield S. Douglas: born 1848,
Illinois; married Elizabeth
"Lizzie" CLARK, daughter of Silas
........3) Mary Delilah Douglass: died Aug
22, 1852; age two years; buried in Mt. Vernon
Cemetery, west of Catlin, Illinois.
........4) Thomas Wilson Douglass: died in
........5) Clarissa Douglass: born 1855,
Illinois; married James CLIPSON, son of Wm.
and Matilda Clipson, of Catlin Twp.,
Vermilion Co., Illinois.
........6) Mahala Douglass: born 1857 in IL;
married Charles BYERLEY, of Catlin Twp.,
Vermilion Co., Illinois.
........7) Permelia Douglass: died Jan 18,
1859; age three days; buried in Mt. Vernon
Cemetery, west of Catlin, Illinois.
........8) Armilda Douglass: married Richard
........9) Hester M. Douglass: died Feb. 29,
1865, age three days, buried Mt. Vernon
Cemetery, west of Catlin, Illinois.
Jane Douglass: born Feb. 1, 1826, Dearborn
(later Ohio) Co., Indiana; married (license
issued Feb. 4, 1844) John CAMPBELL, born 1823 in
Ohio. Emily and John were the parents of three
children in the 1850 Census:
........l) Edward Campbell:
born 1845, Illinois.
........2) Sarah Campbell: born 1846,
........3) Fred Campbell: born 1850,
Clarissa A. Douglass: born Nov. 27, 1829, in
Indiana or Illinois; married (license, Oct 3,
1847, Vermilion Co.) to Cushing H. DOUGLASS, born
1823 near Bangor, Maine; reportedly, he was a
relative. They lived in Adams Co., Wisconsin, for
12 yrs. then moved back to Catlin Twp., Vermilion
Co., Illinois. Clarissa and her husband had four
........1) Abbie Ann
Douglass: born in Stoughton, Dane Co.,
Wisconsin; married Oct 5, 1868 to John
TRISLER, born Dec 18, 1842, son of Joseph
Trisler & Elizabeth WELLS.
........2) Hortensia Douglass: married Ed
RUBY; moved to New Mexico.
........3) Clara I. Douglass: died when one
........4) Florence Douglass: married
Theodore TERPENING, a druggist in Catlin,
Illinois. They were the parents of seven
Terpening children: Max M., Pansey P., Don
D., Hal H., Ray R., Thelma A., and Mary C.
|....F) Hannah E. Douglass:
born Aug. 18, 1831, Illinois; (census gives her
birth as 1832); married Lewis SONGER, born 1831
in Illinois to Samuel M. SONGER and wife Sarah
PARKER. Marriage license was issued Apr 5, 1849.
Hannah and Lewis are on a deed from 1855 with
Thomas & Delila Douglass, John Payne Sr.,
John Payne Jr., Samuel Songer, and others in a
transfer of land for an addition to John Payne's
Graveyard (Songer Cemetery). Some time after the
death of Lewis Songer (no record was found),
Hannah Songer was living with some of her
children in Kansas. Hannah and Lewis were the
parents of five childen on the 1860 census, all
born in Illinois:
........l) Hester E.
Songer: born 1850
........2) Mary C. Songer: born 1853
........3) Sarah D. Songer: born 1855
........4) Alice Songer: born 1857
........5) Josephine Songer: born 1859
|....G) Hester M. Douglass:
born Oct. 7, 1834, Illinois; married Dec. 9,
1852, to William A. CHURCH, born July 13, 1833,
in Illinois. They were the Manager and Assistant
Manager of the County Poor Farm at one time. They
were the parents of five children:
........1) Sarah D. Church:
born 1854; married Jarred ACREE; parents of
eight Acree children.
........2) William J. Church: born 1856;
married Clara BOGGESS; parents of six Church
........3) Laura Angelina Church: born 1858;
married Alonzo BUSHY; parents of seven Bushy
........4) Thomas W. Church: born 1860;
married Hannah SHELTON; parents of one son,
Fay Church, living south of Westville,
........5) Charles S. Church: born after
1860; married Ella WRIGHT; they lived at
Sidell, Illinois; parents of four Church
Stewart Douglass: born 1837 (1860 Census
gives birth as 1835) in Illinois; married 1859 to
Ann ---, born 1842.
....I) Erastus Thompson Douglass: born
Oct. 3, 1839; died 1892, Vermilion Co.; married
Sarah L. PARKER on March 19, 1865, in Vermilion
....J) Harriet Angeline Douglass: born
Feb. 1842, Illinois; she 1st married James
KEENEY; license issued Oct 29, 1860; Keeney died
in 1878. Harriet 2nd married Mr. KINGMAN.
....K) Ithamore E. Douglass: born Nov.
27, 1844, Illinois. He married Elizabeth Indiana
PATE on Feb. 17, 1867, in Vermilion Co. Elizabeth
was the daughter of Davis W. and Mary Ann Pate.
Ithamore and Elizabeth moved to Kansas about
This DOUGLASS family that Delilah Payne married
into and helped to form was a prominent family in
5) Peter Earl Payne was born Feb. 9, 1804, Orange Co., New
York. He came to Vermilion Co., Illinois, with
the rest of the Payne family. There are no
records of him or his wife in any of the county
records, census reports, or county histories. It
is assumed that he left Vermilion Co. for
California, as Beckwith states. Peter's wife was
Elizabeth AGUE. In addition to the two children
detailed below (Manerva and Squire), one
researcher lists three other children: Margaret
(m. Theodore LYMAN in 1848), Delila, and Julia
....A) Manerva Payne was married
(license issued Jan. 27, 1848) to Hugh WRIGHT,
son of Wm. Wright & Ellen WATERS, who came
from Bourbon Co., Kentucky, to Rush Co., Indiana,
in 1827, then on to Vermilion Co., Illinois in
the 1830s. The Wright family first settled in the
area near the village of Denmark, across the
river northwest of Danville. They later went to
Carroll Township, near Indianola, Illinois.
Manerva and Hugh were the parents of six Wright
........1) Margaret Wright
........2) America Wright
........3) Mary Wright: married Samuel A.
OLIVER; moved to Texas.
........4) Fannie Wright: married Henry
........5) Frank Wright
........6) Clarissa Wright: married Staunton
FOSTER; lived at Armstrong, Middlefork
Township, Vermilion Co., Illinois.
Squire L. PAYNE was born July 17, 1830. He
married Susan Elvira DONAHOO Feb 10, 1853 in
Ringgold Co., Iowa. Susan was b. Nov 9, 1837,
Vermilion Co., Illinois, dau. of Henry Donahoo
and Telitha SPRADLING.
6) Morgan Lewis
Payne was born
April 20, 1805, Orange Co., New York. He first
married Rebecca ADAMS on July 20, 1826, Ohio Co.,
Indiana, before the Payne family came to
Illinois. Morgan second married Sarah BARKLEY on
Dec. 9, 1849, in Greensburg, Decatur, Indiana.
Morgan and Sarah are on the 1850 U.S. Census in
Grant Co., Kentucky.
Morgan L. Payne became Captain of a Company of
Militia from Vermilion Co., in the Black Hawk War
in 1831-1832. Men from the county were called out
to the village of Chicago (then a part of
Vermilion Co.) to protect it from Black Hawk's
Indians. They went to the settlements at
Naperville, Joliet, and Kankakee, the settlers
having fled these areas for Chicago. After the
area had been cleared of Indians, Capt. Morgan L.
Payne was stationed in the Naperville-Joliet area
to erect a fort and return the settlers to their
homes. He and his men spent 30 to 40 days there
before they were released to return to their
homes in Danville. Captain Morgan L. Payne took
an active part in trying to get the
"Northern Cross Railway" (later called
the "Wabash Railroad") built from
Danville to Springfield. (This railroad is still
in use in 1977, with tracks crossing the former
Payne land just south of the Vermilion Manor Rest
Home, the Poor Farm Lands of early days). He
became involved in a law suit in 1836 over a
right-of-way dispute which developed into a
fist-fight with the landowner. Abraham Lincoln
was at the time the circuit Judge for the
District including Vermilion Co.; Lincoln was the
presiding judge over the trial that was held in
Danville. Lincoln never forgot the pluck and
tenacity shown by Mr. Payne. As a result of
right-of-way difficulties, the railroad company
went broke and its investors and backers went
bankrupt. M. L. Payne lost everything he owned,
and it was several years later before a railroad
was ever built. Morgan Payne joined many others
who thought they might become rich in Texas. He
and his younger brother, John Jr., both went to
Texas and were soon involved in the War with
Mexico over the liberation of Texas lands.
Captain M.L. Payne commanded a company in Texas
until his enlistment ended. He returned to his
old Indiana home where he raised another company,
remaining in the conflict until Texas was
liberated. He returned to farming, probably in
Livingston Co. When the Civil War broke out, he
raised a company which did gallant service for
the Union. Once when he was home on furlough, Mr.
Payne did not get back to his company in time;
consequently, he was mustered out of service. He
began trying to get the "mustering out"
order set aside by getting all the names of the
officers on his petition which he sent to
Washington, DC, to his old Danville friend, Ward
Hill Lamon, Lincoln's former law partner and
personal body guard. When Lincoln saw the
petition Captain Morgan L. Payne had sent, he
asked Lamon if this was the same Payne who had
been in the law suit in Danville years before. On
learning that they were the same, Lincoln said,
"This is the kind of man we need out there
fighting," and M.L. Payne was restored to
his former rank and commission. After the Civil
War, Capt. Payne returned to farming in
Livingston Co., then invested in a hotel in
Pontiac, Illinois, county seat of Livingston Co.
He again lost all he owned when a disastrous fire
struck the building. After that, Morgan L. Payne
became Constable, then Deputy Sheriff at Pontiac.
By this time, he was 70 years old, but had to do
something to make a living. He died about 1878.
(The information is from Beckwith's History
of Vermilion County, published 1879.)
According to Civil War records, Morgan enlisted
in the U.S. Army as a Captain on March 1, 1862;
was commissioned in Company G, 53rd Infantry
Regiment Illinois on April 30, 1862; resigned
from Company G, 53rd Infantry Regiment Illinois
on June 14, 1863.
Morgan died April 29, 1878, in Livingston Co.,
Morgan and his wife Rebecca had the following
....A) George Payne:
....B) Artemisia Payne:
....C) John A. Payne:
....D) James Payne:
Morgan and his second wife, Sarah, had at least
....E) William S. Payne: born 1850 in
....F) Lydia Hattie Payne: born 1852 in
....G) Hannah D. Payne: born 1856 in
....H) Anna Eliza Payne: born 1858 in
....I) Bernard H. Payne: born 1859 in
....J) Jane Payne: born 1861 in
....K) Belle: born 1864 in Illinois.
7) Esther Payne, born March 17, 1807, Orange Co., New
York, was married about 1823 (probably in Ohio
Co., Indiana) to John THOMPSON who was born May
l, 1796, in Pennsylvania. (Census 1860) (Beckwith
states he was born in Erie Co., Pennsylvania, May
l, 1797). He served as a courier in the War of
1812 when only 16 years old, crossing into Canada
at Niagara Falls on Oct 12, 1812, helping to
seize Queenstown Heights. He volunteered to go
with the assaulting forces, ever after carrying
an ugly saber scar on his left arm. He taught
school and traveled over 13 states and the upper
British Provinces before he was 27 years old. In
1823 John Thompson moved to Dearborn (later Ohio)
Co., Indiana, where he married Esther Payne. They
came to Vermilion Co., Illinois, in the fall of
1831, settling on a farm 2 miles north of Catlin,
Illinois. John Thompson died there Sept. 13,
1861. He was an Assessor, a County Commissioner,
a farmer, and a teacher. After his death Esther
(Payne) Thompson married the widower John FINLEY
in July 1870. Esther died March 17, 1899, in
Danville. She was buried beside her first husband
in Springhill Cemetery, Danville.
Esther and her first husband (John Thompson) were
the parents of eight children as listed in the
....A) Melissa Thompson: born 1824,
Dearborn (later Ohio) Co., Indiana; married
(license issued Jan 13, 1842) Sale S. RAY, born
1820 Indiana. They were the parents of John Ray,
born 1843 Illinois, and Martha Ray, born 1849 in
Illinois. (1850 Census).
....B) Martha A. Thompson: born May 11,
1827, Dearborn (later Ohio) Co., Indiana, married
Nov 17, 1844, to Wilson BURROUGHS, who was born
Nov. 21, 1825, the son of Jesse Burroughs &
Mary C. WILSON. He enlisted in 1862 as a Captain
of Co. E. 73rd Illinois Inf., then became a Major
on Dec. 18, 1864, and was mustered out of service
June 1865. He farmed until 1867. He then moved to
Fairmount, Illinois. Both Wilson Burroughs and
his wife Martha died in 1912 and are buried in
Greenview Cemetery at Fairmount. They were the
parents of six children, four living to maturity:
Burroughs (b. 1847) married Isaac N. WILCOX
in 1867 in Vermilion Co., Illinois. They were
the parents of Harry B. Wilcox.
........2) Esther Mary Burroughs (b. 1852)
married William WITHERSPOON in 1872 in
Vermilion Co., Illinois. They were the
parents of Stella, Wilson W., and Myrtle
........3) Ellsworth Thompson Burroughs (b.
1865) married Laura CUSTER in 1877 in
Champaign Co., Illinois. They were the
parents of Fred and Frank Burroughs, living
near Westville, Illinois.
........4) Newton W. Burroughs (1867-1946)
married Matilda "Tillie" E. COX in
1891 in Vermilion Co., Illinois; their
daughter Cecil T. was born in 1892; Newton
was widowed by the 1900 census. Newton
secondly married Maude BARKER (1870-1953) in
1903. Newton and his 2nd wife were buried in
Greenview Cemetery, Fairmount, Vermilion Co.,
M. Thompson: born May 31, 1829, Dearborn
(later Ohio) Co., Indiana; died April 2, 1913, in
Rossville, Illinois. He married on Aug 13, 1848
(License issued Aug 7, 1848), to Judita Ann
BURROUGHS, daughter of Jesse Burroughs & Mary
C. WILSON. Soon after theri marriage, they
settled on a farm in Ross Township, southeast of
Rossville, Illinois, and northeast of Danville;
they remained there until 1873 when they moved
into Rossville, Illinois. Lewis was Clerk of Ross
Township from 1854 to 1862; he was Tax Collector
twice. In 1863 and 1864, he was Road Commissioner
for Ross Township. He taught school one term in
the township. Louis and Judith A. (Burroughs)
Thompson were the parents of six Thompson
........1) Viola Thompson
(b. abt 1856)
........2) Mary Thompson (b. Oct. 12, 1847;
d. Apr. 1879) married the Hon. Charles A.
ALLEN, Congressman. They were the parents of
John and Lawrence Allen.
........3) John Thompson (b. abt 1860)
........4) Etta Thompson (b. abt 1863)
........5) Lena Thompson (b. abt 1865)
........6) Hattie Thompson (b. abt Feb. 1870)
Sylvester D. Thompson: born 1835, Illinois;
married Margaret H. WOODBURY. (License issued
Dec. 6, 1855).
....E) Philander Thompson: born 1837,
Illinois; dead by 1879.
....F) Mary Helen Thompson: born 1840,
Illinois; died Aug. 24, 1888; buried at Spring
Hill Cemetery in Danvilld. She married the Rev.
Isaiah VILLARS in 1858 in Vermilion County,
Illinois. (In God's Acre Cemetery at the west
edge of Catlin, Illinois, is the grave of H.
Chase Villars, son of I.& M. H. Villars: d.
Mar 9, 1862; age 2 years 8 months.)
....G) Harriet M. Thompson: born Dec.
31, 1842, Illinois; died July 12, 1921, Vermilion
Co., Illinois. She married Dr. John McELROY, who
was a physician and surgeon in the Civil War,
125th Reg't Illinois Vol., under Col. O.F. Harmon
of Danville. After the war, he practiced medicine
at Rossville, Illinois.
....H) John P. Thompson: born 1845,
Illinois. (1860 census gives birth date as 1846).
Dead by 1879.
8) William Milton
Payne was born May
14, 1809, Orange Co., New York; he died Nov. 17,
1897; interment at Spring Hill Cemetery,
Danville, Illinois, in a family plot with his son
Asa. William married July 29, 1830, in Dearborn
(later Ohio) Co., Indiana, to Eliza HAMILTON,
born 1815, Hamilton Co., Ohio, died Apr. 22,
1890. William M. Payne was raised principally in
Indiana, coming to Vermilion Co. with the family.
He had gone back to his old home in the summer
after the family came to Illinois, and it was
then that he married Eliza, daughter of Asa &
Mary Hamilton, natives of Nova Scotia and England
respectively. (A cousin of hers, Joseph G.
English, became an early president of the First
National Bank in Danville, Illinois.) Wm. M.
Payne was the teacher of the first school in the
southwestern part of Danville Township, at
Payne's Point. About 1835 or 1836, he managed a
distillery in Danville and once took a flat boat
of cargo to New Orleans by way of the Vermilion,
Wabash, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. He was
frequently entrusted with affairs of Vermilion
Co., where he served as Assessor & Tax
Collector from 1651, as Assessor from 1854 to
1856, as Sheriff from 1862 to 1864 and as
Commissioner of Highways. He was serving as
Sheriff when his younger brother, John Jr., was
shot during an argument which took place on the
square in Danville. All this developed into a
riot between the Northern & Southern
sympathizers by the next morning. When Sheriff
Payne attempted to put down the riot, another man
was shot before he could get the two groups
separated. This took place in August 1865. Early
deeds of the county show William. M. Payne buying
real estate sold for taxes and selling it later.
At this time many families were selling their
property so they could move farther west. Some
deeds show transfers of property from one member
of the Payne family to another, or from fathers
to their sons. In the 1850 census William M.
Payne is listed as a farmer; in the 1860 Census
he is listed as a Pork Merchant.
William M. & Eliza (Hamilton) Payne were the
parents of ten children; seven were living and
listed in the 1860 census:
....A) Hamilton W. M. Payne: born Sep.
2, 1832, in Vermilion Co., Illinois; died June
17, 1919, in Vermilion Co., Illinois. He married
(license issued April 29, 1852) Mary H. GUYMAN,
born 1833, died Dec. 5, 1890, age 57 years, 2
months, 16 days; she was the daughter of Noah and
Lura Guyman, early settlers of the Catlin,
Illinois, area. Lura Guyman, known as
"Grandma Guyman," had been the earliest
doctor the people of "Butler's Point"
(Catlin, Illinois) had ever known. Hamilton Payne
was a prominent farmer in Catlin Township, a
member of the Catlin Grange, No. 4, Patrons of
Husbandry, an active member of the early Catlin
Agricultural Fair and active in community
affairs. The 1860 Census shows that he and his
family were living on the Guyman Farm in Catlin
Township. Hamilton was buried at Oak Ridge
Cemetery, in Vermilion Co., Illinois; Mary H.
(Guyman) Payne was buried in Gods Acre Cemetery,
west of Catlin. They were the parents of four
children, three of whom were living in 1860:
........1) Galen I. Payne:
died Apr 5, 1854, age 11 months, 28 days,
buried in Gods Acre Cemetery, Catlin,
Vermilion Co., Illinois.
........2) Noah Milton Payne: born 1855, died
Dec. 1, 1942, in Vermilion Co., Illinois;
married Clara Cornelia CHURCH on Apr. 4,
1878. Clara was born 1853 and died 1934. Both
were buried at Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin,
........3) Lura E. Payne: born July 19,
18578; died April 21, 1928. She married
George TRIMMEL, who was born July 20, 1850,
died May 1, 1930. Both were buried at
Pleasant Grove Cemetery, in Oakwood,
Vermilion Co., Illinois.
........4) Jessie L. Payne: born Jan 19,
1857; died Sep. 1, 1937; married John Garrett
REDMOND of Catlin on Sep. 5, 1877. John was
born April 1, 1851, and died Aug. 4, 1934.
Both are interred at Pate Cemetery, Vermilion
. . . . Records indicate that Hamilton married a
second time. There is a marriage record in
Vermilion Co., Illinois, for Hamilton M. Payne
and Anna SHIPPS, Dec. 29, 1879 (Vol. D, page 50,
license # 2196). The 1880 U.S. Census of Helena,
Lewis & Clark Co., Montana (June 3, 1880)
lists 48-year-old Hamilton M. Payne (b. in IN;
father b. in New York, mother in Indiana) with
20-year-old wife Anna (b. Illinois), and son
Turner, age 2, born in Illinois. It is a match
for Hamilton, except for his mother's birth
place; other records indicate that Hamilton's
mother was born in Ohio, rather than Indiana.
Based on the records, a fifth child of Hamilton
M. Payne is listed here:
........5) Turner Payne:
born 1878, Illinois.
Christopher Payne: born 1834, Illinois. His
name appears on early deeds of transfer of
property from his father to him.
....C) Linneaus T. Payne: born July (or
Sept) 15, 1837; died Oct. (or Dec.) 19, 1859, at
1 year, 3 months, 4 days; buried Hooton Cemetery,
south of Danville, Illinois. (difficulty reading
....D) Mary A. Payne: born 1839,
Illinois. She was married (license issued Dec.
25, 1856) to Jester HEDGE who must have died by
1860. That Census shows that Mary A. Hedge and
her daughter were living with the Hamilton M.
Payne family in the Noah & Lura Guyman
household in Catlin Twp., Vermilion Co.,
........1) Lucy B. Hedge:
born 1858, Iowa.
Payne: born 1841, Illinois. His name appears
on property deeds along with that of his father,
William. M. Payne. His body was buried at
Springhill Cemetery in Danville. Company C, 12th
Infantry, Illinois; he enlisted in the same
company, on the same day as Abel Wade Payne. They
were first cousins, their fathers being brothers.
....F) Irena Payne: born 1843, Illinois;
married Alexander DENNY.
....G) William W. Payne: born Jan. 10,
1846; died Jan. 19, 1846; buried Hooton Cemetery
south of Danville, Illinois.
....H) Clara Payne: born 1847, Illinois;
on October 21, 1867, she married Daniel A. CHILDS
in Vermilion Co., Illinois. He was born 1843 in
....I) Charles E. Payne: born 1849,
....J) Hill L. Payne: born 1856,
9) Squire Lee Payne was born Jan. 29, 1809, Orange Co., New
York. He came to Illinois with his family when he
was 18 to 20 years old, and he served in the
Black Hawk War in the unit lead by his brother
Morgan Lewis Payne. Squire first married in
Vermilion Co. (license issued Sept 6, 1832) to
Charity REYNOLDS, born April 24, 1812; died Jan.
10, 1850; buried Songer Cemetery; with Charity,
Squire had five children. On June 27, 1850 a
marriage license was issued to Squire L. Payne
and Margaret CRAYCRAFT (his 2nd wife). The 1850
census was taken after Squire's marriage to
Margaret. Margaret shows on the 1850 census as
"Marg. Payne," 17 years old, the same
age as Squire's son Thomas (from his first
The 1850 Census lists the five children from his
....A) Thomas Payne: born 1833,
....B) John David Payne: born 1836,
See note below.]
....C) Martin O. Payne: born 1839,
Illinois (misspelled "Marvin" on
....D) Weattly Payne: born 1844,
....E) Harriet Payne: born 1849,
Illinois; 11 months old on the 1850 census.
NOTE: On June 4,
1857, in Livingston Co., Illinois, Squire Lee's
son John (b. 1836) married Mary Ann McCACHRAN;
Mary Ann was the daughter of John & Jane
McCachran. Mary Ann's mother was the 2nd wife of
John Payne, Sr.; the elder couple had married
only four months before the younger couple. The
groom in the elder couple was 81; his bride was
45. So, the 45-year-old widow married an
81-year-old man, and four months later her
daughter married the 81-year-old man's grandson.
... John David Payne was deputy sheriff in McLean
Co., Illinois, in 1870. John David and his wife
had two daughters: Addie and Anita. Addie
survived to maturity, married Frank DUNN in 1875,
and had daughters Anita (b. 1876) and Garnet (b.
1878), both alive for the 1900 census (Wisconsin,
Milwaukee, Milwaukee Ward 19, District 171). Thus, while John Payne,
Sr., and his 2nd wife had no children together,
one of his grandsons married one of her
daughters, and that union produced descendants.
At one time Squire Payne was Highway Commissioner
of Danville Township. He must have left Vermilion
Co. about 1854-1855, settling on a farm near
Chenoa in the southern part of Livingston Co.,
Illinois. For the 1860 census and 1870 census,
Squire was in Eppard's Point, Livingston County,
Illinois, with more children from his second
The children of Squire and his wife Margaret
Craycraft are below:
....F) Albertine Payne (daughter): born
July 1855, Illinois; she 1st m. George W. SHELTON
in 1875 in Livingston Co., Illinois, and had four
children: Charles, b. 1875; Frank, b. 1877;
Clara, b. 1888; and Edna, b. 1890. In 1898, in
Vermilion Co., Illinois, she 2nd married William
....G) Florence H. Payne: born Aug. 30,
1857, Illinois; she 1st m. William SELLMAN in
1878 and had daughter Eva I., b. 1880. In 1883,
she 2nd m. Marion BURROUGHS, grandson of Jesse
Burroughs and Mary Wilson, the couple with three
other children who also had married PAYNE
descendants -- Mahala Burroughs, Wilson
Burroughs, and Judith Burroughs. Marion Burroughs
was the son of Jesse & Mary's son Leander
Burroughs (1830-1867). With her 2nd husband,
Florence had five children: Chester (b 1884),
Squire (b. 1886), Eunice (b. 1887), Guy (b.
1892), and Jean (male, b. 1896). Florence and her
husband Marion Burroughs were buried at Oakridge
Cemetery, in Catlin, Illinois.
....H) Margaret Elvira Payne: born Sep.
17, 1859, Illinois; died Jan. 9, 1932, in
Livingston Co., Illinois. On Nov. 8, 1877, in
Livingston Co., Illinois, she married George Oren
REED. Children: James L., Thomas Edward, Robin
Dale, Otie L., Squire Oren, Eva Cora, Ben K.,
Fred George, Margaret P. (who married Omer
ASPER), and Helen R.
....I) Matilda A. Payne: born June 2,
1861, Illinois; died March 13, 1882. (m. William
....J) Lucy E. Payne: born 1863,
....K) Franchon C. Payne (daughter):
born Nov. 14, 1869, Illinois; on Dec. 30, 1886,
in Livingston Co., Illinois, she married Charles
B. CORE. One son known: Glenn, b. 1888 in Kansas.
Squire and Margaret divorced Oct. 13, 1870, in
Livingston Co., Illinois. Squire married his
third wife on July 19, 1871, in White Co.,
Indiana. Wife #3 was Eliza B., a woman who came
into the marriage with a daughter named Mabel
BURKEY. Squire died in Cook Co., Illinois, on
Feb. 7, 1884, while visiting his son Thomas.
Squire's body was interred at Payne Cemetery,
Eppards Point Township, Livingston Co., Illinois,
on his own farm.
Beckwith's "History of Vermilion Co.,"
written in 1879, describes Squire L. Payne as
operating a large stock farm near Chenoa,
10) Cynthia Payne was born on Sept. 15, 1813, perhaps in
Ohio. There is no record of her in Vermilion Co.,
Illinois. It is assumed that she must have died
in Ohio or Indiana before the family came to
11) John Payne, Jr., was born April 6, 1815, Ohio; died
Sept. 13, 1863, Danville Township, Vermilion Co.,
Illinois. (Click for
He married 1st (license issued Jan. 17, 1836)
Virletta O'NEAL. Virletta was born Sept. 8, 1819;
died April 25, 1847; she was the daughter of William O'Neal and Melinda GRIMES. Both John and Virletta are buried in
Songer Cemetery, north of the Tilton-Catlin Rd.,
west of Tilton in Vermiilion Co., Illinois. In
1848 or 1849 (after Verletta's death), John Jr.
left Vermilion Co. and went to Texas. He and his
brother, Morgan L., served in the "War of
Liberation of Texas" under Sam Houston. John
Jr. left his seven children in Vermilion Co. with
friends and relatives. He must have returned to
Illinois early in 1854; there was a marriage
license issued in Danville on Aug. 31, 1854, to
him and Priscilla Breezely; Priscilla's maiden
name was Priscilla NIXON; she was born 1824,
Ohio. After this 2nd marriage, John Jr. lived in
Danville where three children were born to him
and Priscilla. From about 1855 to 1860, his name
and her name are found on property deeds and land
transactions showing transfers of property from
his father to him and the sales of property by
him to others. In "Deed Book T," a
notice was served for the sale of property of the
estate of Nelson Miles, a brother-in-law. John
Jr. was named as the administrator and was
authorized in the will to sell the land. The sale
was held on the steps of the Court House, Aug.
15, 1857, and Hiram Beckwith bought 30 acres at
$10 an acre. In 1859, John Jr. sold lots in
Danville which he had bought from his father. On
Aug. 24, 1863, the first riot in the history of
Danville took place with John Payne Jr. being one
of the main participants. Feelings were running
high between Northern and Southern sympathizers
in Danville. John Jr. got into an argument on the
square in Danville. Others in the fight were
Lyman Guinup, a Danville businessman, and Col.
Hawkins, a Tennessee soldier. The argument was
over the Union & Southern cause. During the
quarrel, John Jr. was shot. By the next morning
people from all over the county had assembled on
the square in Danville. Some were threatening to
burn the town. William Milton Payne, the County
Sheriff and the older brother of John Jr. was
sent for. As the sheriff was on his way to the
square, he asked a Mr. Lamm, a businessman, to
come with him to help quell the mob. Mr. Lamm was
mortally wounded by George Barker who was
arrested the next day. John Payne Jr. died from
his gunshot wound on Sept 15, 1865; he was buried
next to his 1st wife in Songer Cemetery.
The seven children born to John Jr. and Virletta
....A) William O'Neal Payne: born April 2, 1837; died Dec. 29,
1888. (Click for
His mother died when he was only 10 years old.
When his father went to Texas a year or two
later, William was turned out to shift for
himself. In the 1850 census he was making his
home with George and Mary Rishner. In 1857 he was
married to Emma GREEN, who was born in about 1837
in Jefferson or Switzerland Co., Indiana. By
1857, William O. Payne was a butcher and owned a
shop in Potomac, Illinois, northwest of Danville.
He and Emma (Green) Payne were the parents of
five children (four sons and a daughter, only two
of whom were living by 1879). In February of
1860, William O. Payne enlisted in Co. E., 149th
Illinois Inf. Records show that he deserted after
the war ended but before his term had expired;
however, there is a military marker on his grave.
Emma died in 1869. In 1871 William O. Payne
married Elizabeth OLIVER, a native of Albany Co., New York. She
entered the marriage with a son from a previous
The children of William and Emma follow:
"Millie" A. Payne: born Aug. 13,
1859; died March 2, 1910; buried Potomac
Cemetery, Potomac, Vermilion Co., Illinois;
married Sept. 5, 1876, in Vermilion Co. to
William M. HOWELL. Child: John Clarence
Howell, b. Dec. 9, 1883.
........2) Charles Buchanan
"Charlie" Payne: born Feb. 23,
1868, Tilton, Vermilion Co., Illinois; died
Aug. 7, 1941, Illinois; buried Potomac
Cemtery, Potomac, Vermilion Co., Illinois;
married Mar. 28, 1889, Danville, Vermilion
Co. (marriage license #8040, page 116), to
Mary Viola MILLS, born 1871/72 Ohio; died
Jan. 5, 1924; daughter of W. C. & Sarah
Mills. Children: Dolly, C. Ray, Charles, Fred
........3) James P. Payne: born before 1869;
lived in Potomac; dead by 1911.
|The children of
William and Elizabeth whose names are known
follow. At least four of their children died
without leaving records and may never have been
Frenetta Payne: born June 15, 1880; died June
22, 1880, Vermilion Co., Illinois.
........5) Mary Louise Payne: born June 1, 1883, Marysville,
Vermilion Co., Illinois; died Aug. 20, 1953,
Niles, Berrien Co., Michigan; buried Potomac
Cemetery, Potomac, Vermilion Co., Illinois.
She married Dec. 19, 1900, Vermilion Co.,
Illinois, to Itha Elmer DOYLE, born 1874,
died Jan. 22, 1958, son of Thomas Reed Doyle & Lucy PETERSON. Lucy and her husband had five
children: Lucy (m.
Quick), Wm. Lester, Hettie (m. Shaner),
Ralph, Elizabeth Ann (1st m. Smith, 2nd m. Beard). An
interesting aside is that the first wife of
Thomas Reed Doyle was Permelia Payne,
1843-1935, sister of William O'Neal Payne, b.
April 2, 1857.
........6) Hettie Warner Payne: born May 5,
1885, Potomac, Vermilion Co., Illinois; died
about 1958, Gary, Indiana; married three
times. First married Nicholas BATY of
Bismark, Illinois; Baty was born Oct. 8,
1876; died Nov. 25, 1918. With Mr. Baty, she
had a son and a daughter: Helen V. (b. 1903)
and Harold E. (b. 1906). After Mr. Baty died,
Hettie married Bert Fornam DAVIDSON, a
widower with three children. That 2nd
marriage ended in divorce. She third married
a Mr. TICKNOR.
Grimes Payne: born May 20, 1838; died March
4, 1905. (Click for
He married Jan. 2, 1859, Bloomington, McLean Co.,
Illinois, to Rhoda GREEN, daughter of William and
Eliza Green of Madison, Switzerland Co., Indiana.
Alonzo and Rhoda were the parents of five
children, all five who were living in 1879. A.G.
Payne was a member of the Danville Masonic Lodge,
No. 82, and the Catlin Lodge, No. 285. He
enlisted in the Union forces on Sept 14, 1861, as
a Pvt. in Co. C., 5th Illinois Cav.; he became a
Sgt. on March 15, 1865; re-enlisted Jan. 1, 1864;
appointed Quartermaster Sgt. on Sept. 1,1864;
appointed 1st Sgt. on Feb. 17, 1865; appointed
1st Lt. on May 19, 1865; appointed Brig.
Provost-Marshall on Aug. 25, 1865; appointed
Capt. of Co. D. on Oct 4, 1865. He was in the
siege of Vicksburg and Champion Hill; at Yazoo
City; Jackson, Mississippi; Grand Gulf and other
battles. He was mustered out at Springfield,
Illinois, Oct 27, 1865. Part of the time when he
was in service his wife, Rhoda, was with him.
After the Civil War, the Paynes settled on a farm
in Catlin Township, Vermilion Co., Illinois. They
lived there until 1871 when they moved into
Catlin. A.G. Payne became a partner with J.M.
Crutchley in the mercantile business in Catlin,
Illinois. He was a member of the Catlin Grange,
No. 4, Patrons of Husbandry, a member of the
Catlin School Board and a trustee on the Catlin
Town Board when the town was organized and
incorporated on Mar. 24, 1865. He died March 4,
1905; Rhoda (Green) Payne died April 30, 1915.
Both are buried in Springnill Cemetery, Danville,
Illinois. Their five children follow:
........1) Margaret M.
Payne: born Oct. 22, 1859; died Mar. 4, 1863;
buried Springhill Cemetery, Danville,
........2) Charles W. Payne: born July 17,
1867; died .Aug. 13, 1939; married to Mary
McCLINTOCH; both are buried in Springhill
Cemetery, Danville, Illinois. (no children)
........3) John Howard Payne: born May 9,
1869, Vermilion Co., Illinois; died Dec. 11,
1898; buried Springhill Cemetery; married
about 1890 to Carrie Edna GILGIS, born Feb.
1, 1870, near Indianola, Illinois; died Dec.
12, 1959, San Antonio, Texas; buried next to
her parents, Joseph Gilgis and Matilda
McFARLAND, Woodlawn Cemetery, near Indianola,
Illinois. John Howard Payne and Carrie Edna
Gilgis were the parents of Joseph Gilgis
Payne who was born Oct. 19, 1891, and died
Nov. 20, 1957. Joseph Gilgis Payne was
married June 6, 1914, Guthrie, Oklahoma, to
Elizabeth BERN, born Feb. 14, 1891,
Rochester, New York; died 1946. Joseph Gilgis
Payne and Elizabeth Berne were the parents of
Joseph Courtland Payne, born Oct. 7, 1918,
Blackwell, Oklahoma; died Aug. 29, 1982, San
Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas. [NOTA BENE:
Mr. Joseph Courtland Payne was a major
contributor to this Payne family history;
this history is based largely on his
........4) Harriet A. (Hettie) Payne: born
Oct. 24, 1875; died Nov. 5, 1878; buried
Springhill Cemetery, Danville, Illinois.
........5) Udocia V. Payne: born Sept. 28,
1878; died May 27, 1955; buried Springhill
Cemetery, Danville, Illinois. Never married.
Malinda Payne: born 1840, living with James
and Polly Waters, Indianola, Carroll Township,
Illinois, when the 1850 census was taken; dead by
....D) Abel Watkins Payne: born 1841; died March 8, 1923. (Click for
Abel was living with Stephen and Mary Cox when
the 1850 census was taken. (Mary Cox and Abel
Payne were first cousins; Mary was born Mary
Miles, daughter of Nelson Miles and Sabina
Payne.) Abel enlisted in Co. C. 12th Illinois
Vol. during the Civil War, serving in the 8th
Illinois and 37th Illinois Reg'ts. He was wounded
in battle at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and was
discharged. He reenlisted in the 17th Illinois
Cav.; when that term was up, he reenlisted for
the 3rd time. He was held prisoner in
Andersonville Prison for 17 months. After the
Civil War, he returned to Vermilion Co. where he
worked in the coal mines near Danville for a
time. On Oct. 10, 1865, he married Harriet Geneva
BALSIR of Indiana. He rented land in Newell
Township, Vemilion Co., near Bismarck and became
Justice of Peace in that township. Abel and
Harriet were the parents of one son:
........1) Thomas Louis
Payne: born Oct. 25, 1872, Tilton, Vermilion
Co., Illinois; died after Jan. 13, 1947.
and Harriet divorced on October 14, 1889. Two
days later he married Elizabeth A. (Oliver)
Payne, widow of his brother, William. O. Payne,
and became the stepfather of his two nieces. Abel
and Elizabeth had no children.
....E) Permelia Ann Payne: born June 7, 1843, Danville; died Dec.
14, 1935, Oto, Woodbury Co., Iowa; buried under
the name "Permelia Malcolm" in
Peiro-Bethel Cemetery, Woodbury Co., Iowa. (Click for
In the 1850 census, "Pamela" Payne born
1843 was living with John, Sr., and Hannah Payne;
that was Permelia with her name misspelled. In
the 1860 census, Permelia Payne (age 16) was
living with the Samuel Songer Family. She married
May 17, 1864, Vermilion Co., to a man using the
pseudonym Thomas Reed DOYLE; there is no indication she ever knew
the name was false. By this man, she had two
children. She and the man separated; no record of
divorce has been found, but Thomas went on to
marry three more times in Vermilion County.
Permelia secondly joined with Joseph MALCOLM
(1835-1914). By Joseph, she had five children.
Children of Permelia and "Thomas":
........1) Addison Ithamore
Doyle: born Jan. 26, 1865, Danville,
Illinois; died July 1954 Anthon, Woodbury
Co., Iowa; married May 23, 1886, to Alice
Eroa ROGERS, born Jan. 5, 1867; died Mar. 23,
1902. Four children: William Raymond, Thomas
Jasper, Mabel Theresa, and Clyde Fay Palmer.
........2) Francis Marion Doyle: born Aug.
27, 1866, Caitlin, Illinois; died Jan. 31,
1940, Minneapolis, Minnesota; buried Anthon,
Woodbury, Iowa; married 1896 Myrtle Estella
BAYS, born 1876/77; died Dec. 23, 1930;
buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Anthon, Woodbury
Co., Iowa. Four children: Alta Leola, Gladys
Marion, Opal, and Myrtle.
Permelia and Joseph:
........3) Clara Delilah
Malcom: born Jan. 5, 1869, Montgomery Co.,
Iowa; died Mar. 28, 1933, Decatur, Burt Co.,
Nebraska; married Jan. 2, 1889, to Harcourt
Palmer Potter ROGERS; marriage ended in
divorce in 1912; divorce file # 2887,
District Court, Burt Co., Nebraska, papers
filed Oct. 19, 1912; Clara remarried the same
man, and the second attempt at marriage ended
with a divorce Jan. 30, 1920, Burt Co.,
Nebraska. Five ROGERS children, all born in
their first attempt at marriage: Gilbert,
Isora Valentine, Myrtle Irene, William Perry,
and Charles Arthur.
........4) George William Malcom: born Dec.
25, 1870, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa; died Sep.
18, 1959, Woodbury Co., Iowa; married Mar.
18, 1894, to Minnie Matilda Jane HUMPHREYS
........5) Harriet May Malcolm: born Mar. 8,
1872, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa; died Feb. 4,
1937, Wilmar, Los Angeles Co., California;
married Henry W. DRAKE, born Nov. 16, 1871,
Fairbanks, Sullivan Co., Indiana; died Dec.
7, 1950 or 1951, Los Angeles, California.
........6) Charles Alonzo Malcolm: born July
22, 1874, Avoca, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa;
died May 1, 1966, Lynch, Boyd Co., Nebraska.
........7) Lenore Laurina Malcolm: born July
26, 1879, Avoca, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa;
died Feb. 13, 1961, Correctionville, Woodbury
Co., Iowa; married Oct. 6, 1895, to Otto
Nicoli JORGENSEN, born Dec. 28, 1862,
Arendal, Norway; died Jan. 15, 1935,
Correctionville, Woodbury Co., Iowa. Four
Jorgensen children: Lillian (an attorney in
California), Marguerite H., Otto Norman, and
Addison C. Payne: born Feb. 1844 in
Illinois; died Jan. 24, 1909, Iowa; buried Rose
Hill Cemetery, Mt. Ayr, Ringgold Co., Iowa. (Click for
Married 1st to Sarah GUYMAN, born 1850 in
Illinois; with Sarah, he had two children. Sarah
was the daughter of Franklin and Mary Guyman.
Addison married 2nd, in 1896, to Lizzie A. (last
name unknown), who was born July 1855 in Iowa.
From the 1887 book "Biographical and
Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur
Counties, Iowa" at pages 382 and 382:
ADDISION C. PAYNE, one of the leading
agriculturists of Ringgold County, now living in
Mt. Ayr, is a native of Vermillion County,
Illinois, born February 29, 1844, a son of John
Jr. and Letta (ONeal) Payne. The
grandfather of our subject, John Payne Sr., was a
native of New York, and one of the early settlers
of Vermillion County, Illinois, where his son
John was born. Addison C. was left an orphan at
an early age, his mother dying when he was about
four years old and his father being killed during
the late war in the riot at Danville, Illinois.
At the age of five years he was bound out to John
E. Cooper, a practical farmer and stock-trader of
Vermillion County, with whom he remained for
sixteen years, and during this time received a
limited education in the common schools. On
attaining the age of twenty-one years he started
out in life for himself without means, and the
two years following was employed on a farm,
receiving $20 a month the first year, and the
second year his wages were increased to about $33
a month. He was married in September, 1867, to
Miss Sarah H. Guymon, of Vermillion County, her
father, Frank Guymon, being now a resident of
Carroll County, Missouri. They are the parents of
two children Alta and Ora V. In the spring
of 1867 Mr. Payne went to Madison County, Iowa,
and during that summer broke prairie, and the
same fall bought wheat, which he sold at Des
Moines. He then began dealing in cheap land, in
which enterprise he made his first money. After
his marriage, he removed from Madison to Adams
County, where he purchased a farm, and after
breaking his land sold it. In 1869 he assisted in
laying the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Railroad, and acted as paymaster of three
divisions of surveying companies, locating the
road from Afton to Council Bluffs. He also
furnished supplies for the three companies of
surveyors, each company composed of twenty men,
and furnished his team for the sum of $100 a
month. In January, 1871, Mr. Payne purchased a
farm in the east part of Ringgold County, which
he sold in the fall of the same year, and bought
land in Grant Township, this county, and to his
original eighty acres he has added until he now
owns 640 acres of choice land and was there
actively engaged in dealing in cattle until when,
on account of failing health, he left his farm
and removed to Mt. Ayr, where he has since lived
somewhat retired, though still looking after his
business interests and trading in stock on a
small scale. Mr. Payne may be classed among the
self-made men of this county, having by his own
energy and industrious habits accumulated a
competency for his declining years. Besides his
large farm in Grant Township, he owns other land
in the county, his real estate covering 1,000
........1) Alta PAYNE: born
........1) Ora Virgil PAYNE: born Feb. 3,
1883, Iowa; died Oct. 16, 1975, San
Bernardino, California. Married Viola (last
name unknown) in about 1909; they divorced
before 1930, with no indication of children.
Payne: born & died April 25, 1847;
buried with his mother in Songer Cemetery,
Danville, Vermilion Co., Illinois. (His mother
died with his birth; his name is below hers on
The 3 children born to John, Jr,. and Priscilla
(Nixon) (Breezley) Payne follow:
....H) James Buchanan Payne: born Mar.
11, 1857, Danville, Vermilion, Illinois; died
Feb. 23, 1939, Potomac, Vermilion Co., Illinois;
buried Potomac Cemetery, Potomac, Illinois. (Click for
James married Hettie O. WARNER. Hettie was born
1857, died Nov. 18, 1932. James worked as an
insurance man in Potomac, Illinois. One child
reached adulthood: Lena V.
....I) Carrie Harriet "Hattie"
Payne: born about Nov. 1859 (1860 census
lists her as seven months old); died 1892; buried
Potomac Cemetery, Potomac, Vermilion Co.,
Illinois. (Click for
Hattie married on March 19, 1879, to James Monroe
BARROWS, a medical doctor. Dr. Barrows was born
1851 in Hilleboro, Highland Co., Ohio. One
Barrows child: Vernie, Sr.
....J) Mary A. Payne: married Mr. Smith.
Mary died before 1939.
In the 1860 census, Hill Payne, 17 years old, was
living with John, Jr., & Priscilla Payne.
This was the youngest son of William M. Payne (b.
12) Martin Payne was the youngest child of John, Sr.,
and Hannah (Earl) Payne. Born Feb. 25, 1817,
Dearborn, Hamilton Co., Ohio; died July 22, 1900,
Albany, Oregon; buried at the Masonic Cemetery in
Albany, Linn Co., Oregon. He first married
(license issued Vermilion Co., Illinois, April
19, 1838) Mary PRICE. She was born 1821 in
Virginia. Martin and Mary (Price) Payne and their
family left Vermilion Co., Illinois, in early
March of 1851, in a train of covered wagons drawn
by ox-teams, and they traveled the Oregon Trail
to Oregon. [To read an account of that journey
written by the daughter of Mary Price's brother,
click here: The Covered Wagon. To read a diary of another traveler on
the Oregon Trail, check this site on the
internet: Coon Oregon Trail
The children of Martin and Mary are listed on the
1850 census for Vermilion Co., Illinois, and on
the 1860 census for Linn Co., Oregon:
....A) Zarilda Payne: born Jan. 13,
1839, Illinois; died Jul 17, 1889, Linn Co.,
Oregon; married Ellis Lewis KNOX (1831-1894) on
April 5, 1857, in Linn Co., Oregon. Children:
Dewit, Ida, Clarence Ellsworth, and Delos.
....B) Morgan Payne: born Feb 16, 1840,
Danville, Vermilion Co., Illinois; died Jul 14,
1923, Lakeport, Lake Co., California. Married
Harriet M. DAWSON (1854-1922) on March 20, 1870
in Albany, Linn Co., Oregon. Children: Clara
Edith, Annie, Mary Belle, Edgar Martin, Ashley
Morgan, Ida Dawson, Marion Francis, Alice Eva,
Irwin Earl, and Alan Edward.
....C) Susan Jane Payne: born March 24,
1841; died Feb. 28, 1845; buried Songer Cemetery,
Vermilion Co., Illinois.
....D) Nimrod Prosper Payne: born abt
1843, Illinois. Married Rosina (last name
unknown). One child known: Herschel C., born June
1892, in Oregon.
....E) George Payne: born abt 1846, IL;
died after 1934, Albany, Oregon.
....F) William Erastus Payne: born abt
....G) Matilda "Lil" Ann Payne:
born abt Dec. 1849, IL, died June 8, 1933;
married Feb. 27, 1867, to John Darian PARSONS.
John was born June1839, Devonshire, England; died
Dec. 24, 1925, Albany, Oregon. Fourteen Parsons
children; nine names known: Charles, Laura,
Frederick W., Sarah Estella (m. Herman Vance
TARTAR), Bessie F. (m. Walter W. HOLLOWAY),
George, Winnie, Elmer, and Ida.
Martin 2nd married Emma S. Busby (dau. of William
R. BUSBY and Meridela TWITCHELL) in about 1880,
about two years after his first wife had died.
Martin was 63; Emma was about 20. Three children
were born to Martin's second marriage:
...H) Everite I. Payne (male): born Nov.
...I) Marguerite G. Payne: born Aug.
...J) Frankie E. Payne (female): born
May 1885, Oregon.
CLICK HERE for tombstones for the John PAYNE family.