Biography of Rosseel Payne


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Payne, Rosseel, was born in Rossie, St. Lawrence county, January 26, 1817, son of Benjamin and Patty (Dickerson) Payne. Benjamin Payne was born in Scranton, R. I., in 1791, and in 1816 came to Rossie where he died February 12, 1878. His wife was born in Fairfield, N. Y., April 12, 1797, and died April12, 1838. Rosseel Payne was educated in the common schools and at the age of seven began caring for his father's family (his father having been made a cripple) of father, mother and three children. When he was nineteen years of age he learned the carpenter's trade and then assisted in paying for the homestead of forty acres. He worked at his trade for seventeen years and then engaged in the lumber business, his first mill burning in 1852 and he rebuilt and now owns the mill on Payne's Lake. He bought the Abram Cooper place in 1867, where he has since lived. December 28, 1843, he married Cynthia E. Gillett, born in Antwerp in 1824, a daughter of Lucas Gillett, who was born in Hatfield, Mass., July 5, 1786, and came to Antwerp in 1819, where he died in 1884. Mr. and Mrs. Payne had three sons, Charles E., at home; Byron (deceased) and Addison L. Charles E. married Montelia Hunt, and had four children John, Cynthia, Abi and Rosselle. Byron married Carrie McAllister. Addison L. married Alice Henderson and had three children: Ella M., Edgar E. and Willis E. Mr. Payne owns 1,750 acres of lumber land in Jefferson county. He has always been a hard working man and made his own property. He is a strong temperance man and never uses tobacco.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898