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 Update on Addison Payne


On March 17, 2011, I received a gmail from Alice Marie Beard, a foremost genealogist and researcher of the Payne Family and their relatives .  She is always good at keeping me up to date with her new findings.  The following is her latest discovery about Addison Payne, Permelia brother.  Permelia must have loved her younger brother a great deal as she names her first born son (by her first marriage) after him, "Addison" Doyle.

Alice wrote:


          Also, some more info on Addison Payne, brother of Permelia, William, and Abel:


          It's from an 1887 "mug book" from Ringgold Co., Iowa.


          Normally, mug books were put together by printers who solicited information from locals, and then printed the

            books that had been pre-ordered.  People pretty much would write their own bios.  At the very least, they would

          provide the info for their own bios.  For the mug book bio, Addison gave his date of birth as Feb. 29, 1844.


         With the info from the mug book bio, I was able to find Addison on the 1860 census.  He was listed as "Adison Cooper"

           and living with the John COOPER family in Vermilion County, IL.


         However, he was *not* with the John Cooper family for the 1850 census.


Below is a copy of this "mug book" bio.    I have seen this same kind of short biographies featuring Malcom and Humphreys  family members in Woodbury County History books.  If you want to view this bio online on the Ringgold County website, click this link here. 


from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 382-83



 Addison C. PAYNE, one of the leading agriculturists of Ringgold County, now living in Mt. Ayr, is a native of Vermilion County, Illinois, born February 29, 1844, a son of John and Letta (O’NEAL) PAYNE. The grandfather of our subject, John PAYNE, was a native of New York, and one of the early settlers of Vermilion 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 [Civil] 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 Vermilion 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 [Illinois], to Miss Sarah H. GUYMON, of Vermilion 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 March, 1864 (sic), when, on account of failing health, he left his farm and removed to Mt. Ayr, where he has since lived somewhat retired, tough 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 acres.

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, Pp. 382-83, 1887.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009