Kent County Biographies
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Railway Officials in America 1906
William Payne was born in Rensselaer Co., N. Y., Oct. 10, 1809, and is a son of David Payne, also of New York.
He was raised on a farm and "educated in the field and in the barn with a flail." He was married Sept.
24, 1834, to Miss Caroline Lasher, of Chatham, N. Y. They have had 10 children, of whotn 6 are living - Lorenzo,
Henrietta, Elizabeth A., Alonzo W., Harriet and Johnnie. One son, Charles W., was a Sharpshooter for the Union
soldiers in the first company which was attached to the 27th Mich, Inf. He was present at the battles of The Wilderness,
Pittsburg Landing and Antietam. He was wounded at the latter place. He fought nobly and gave his life to his country.
Mr. Payne came to Algoma in 1867. He has made a nice farm on sec. 16.
History of Kent County, Michigan
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