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Joseph Loomis Payne 2018

Joseph Loomis Payne was born March 2, 1842, in Randolph, Ohio, son of Connecticut native Solomon Loomis Payne (b. 1799) and Massachusetts native Martha Sage (b. 1806).

In 1850 Joseph was attending school with two of his siblings, including his older brother John S., and living with his parents in Rootstown, Portage County, Ohio. By 1860 his father and family had settled in Ganges, Allegan County.

Joseph stood 5’6” with blue eyes, sandy hair and a ruddy complexion and was a 20-year-old farmer living in Ganges, Allegan County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861. According to one source, he was among the second wave of recruits to come out of Ottawa County and did not in fact enlist until the end of May, along with Albert Hamlin, Calvin Hall, Nelson Davis and David Davis, Albert Gardner, James Rhodes, Perry Goshorn, Sylvester Gay, Joseph Solder (Josiah Schuler), Quincy Lamereaux, William Suret and John Ward.

He was sick in the hospital, possibly in Philadelphia,  from August of 1862 until he was mustered out on June 20, 1864, at Detroit.

After the was discharged Joseph returned to Michigan where he reentered the service in Company I, 8th Michigan cavalry on April 7, 1865, at Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County for 1 year, and was mustered on April 8, crediting Ganges. Joseph joined the Regiment on May 9 at Pulaski, Tennessee, was sick at Nashville, Tennessee, and was transferred to Company E on July 20 and was mustered out with the regiment on September 22, 1865, at Nashville.

Joseph returned to Michigan after the war, probably to Allegan County.

He married Ohio native Mary K. Pratt (1842-1931) on September 6, 1868, in Ganges, Allegan County, and they had at least two children: Bertha (1869-1874) and Edith (b. 1872, Mrs. Weaver).

By 1870 Joseph was back in Ganges working as a farmer and living with his wife and daughter; next door lived his brother John Payne and his family.

Joseph and his daughter Bertha were killed in an explosion at a steam mill owned by John S. Payne on May 1, 1874, in Douglas, Allegan County. His obituary read:

“Earth to earth; Dust to dust.” The last token of respect paid, the last sad duty performed. In Douglas cemetery lie the remains of Joseph Payne and his little daughter. The place that once knew them will know them no more. How true the saying, “In the midst of life we are in death.” Little did he think as we saw him passing to his accustomed duty, with happiness beaming from his countenance, that in the short space of one half-hour the sad accident would occur, which launched him from time to eternity. Sorrow and sadness hang over the community. Never have we seen more heart-felt sympathy or more genuine kindness than was exhibited o that day; each viewing with the other in rendering all the assistance within their power. Medical skill was of no avail, the injuries were too severe. The little girl lingered but a short time, but his hardy constitution battled with death for about ten hours, loth to give up its claim to life.

My Payne, by his kind ways and obliging disposition rendered himself a favorite with all who knew him. He was a kind father and affectionate husband and the community sympathizes with the bereaved in her affliction. She will miss him — she will miss the joyous prattle and sweet companionship of little Bertha, but should console herself with the thought of Him who said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”                                              

Joseph and Bertha were buried together in Douglas cemetery.

By 1880 Mary was living in Ganges with her daughter Edith. She eventually remarried to George Kingwell and was living in Ganges, Allegan County in 1900. In 1916 Mary applied for and received a widow’s pension (no. 823979) based on Joseph’s service in the war.

note the inscription near the base of the stone: "Little Bertha"

note the inscription near the base of the stone: "Little Bertha"

William Payne - updated 1/19/2016

William Payne, also known as “Paine,” was born in 1836.

William was 35 years old, and possibly living in Muskegon County, Michigan, when he enlisted as Corporal in Company H on May 6, 1861. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers,” was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.)

William deserted near Washington, DC on September 10, 1861. He was tried by a regimental court martial sometime in late 1861 (probably November) and fined $5.00 for the month of December. At some point he was reduced to the ranks and was reported as a Private and deserter on January 23, 1862, at Camp Michigan, Virginia.

There is no further record, and no pension seems to be available.

Lorenzo Wheeler Payne

Lorenzo Wheeler Payne was born on December 7, 1826, in St. Lawrence County, New York, the son of Pardon (1789-1867) and Betsey K. (Boutwell, b. 1803).

Pardon was born in Rhode Island and Betsey in Vermont and they were married, possibly in New York or Vermont sometime before 1826, and Lorenzo was the oldest of 12 children. By 1850 his family was living in Antwerp, Jefferson County, New York.

Lorenzo was married to New York native Harriet A. Walworth (b. 1831), probably in New York, and they had at least four children: Josephine (b. 1852), Matta (b. 1859), Charles (b. 1864) and a daughter Jessie (b. 1868).

The family moved from New York to Michigan sometime between 1852 and 1859, and by 1860 Lorenzo was a master carpenter living with his wife Harriet and their children in Thornapple, Barry County.

He stood 6’0” with black eyes and a light complexion and was 34 years old when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861. He was left at Grand Rapids, presumably sick, when the Regiment departed on June 13, 1861, for Washington, DC, but eventually rejoined the Regiment and was reported as a bugler and absent sick in the hospital from October of 1862 through December. He was discharged on January 11, 1863, at Third Corps hospital, for varicose veins.

Lorenzo eventually returned to Barry County. By 1870 he was working as a carpenter and living with his wife and children in Middleville. By 1880 he was working as a sewing machine agent and living with his wife next door to a dry goods merchant named William Brightrial (?) in Middleville. He was still living in Middleville in 1888, 1890 and 1894; indeed he probably lived the rest of his life in Middleville.

He was a member of G.A.R. Hill post no. 159 in Middleville. In 1884 he applied for and received a pension (no. 388997).

Lorenzo died on October 23, 1899, presumably in Middleville, and was buried in Mt. Hope cemetery, Middleville.

In November of 1899 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 492111).

Joseph L. Payne updated 2018

Joseph Loomis Payne was born March 2, 1842, in Randolph, Ohio, son of Connecticut native Solomon Loomis Payne (b. 1799) and Massachusetts native Martha Sage (b. 1806).

In 1850 Joseph was attending school with two of his siblings, including his older brother John S., and living with his parents in Rootstown, Portage County, Ohio. By 1860 his father and family had settled in Ganges, Allegan County.

Joseph stood 5’6” with blue eyes, sandy hair and a ruddy complexion and was a 20-year-old farmer living in Ganges, Allegan County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861. According to one source, he was among the second wave of recruits to come out of Ottawa County and did not in fact enlist until the end of May, along with Albert Hamlin, Calvin Hall, Nelson Davis and David Davis, Albert Gardner, James Rhodes, Perry Goshorn, Sylvester Gay, Joseph Solder (Josiah Schuler), Quincy Lamereaux, William Suret and John Ward.

He was sick in the hospital, possibly in Philadelphia,  from August of 1862 until he was mustered out on June 20, 1864, at Detroit.

After the was discharged Joseph returned to Michigan where he reentered the service in Company I, 8th Michigan cavalry on April 7, 1865, at Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County for 1 year, and was mustered on April 8, crediting Ganges. Joseph joined the Regiment on May 9 at Pulaski, Tennessee, was sick at Nashville, Tennessee, and was transferred to Company E on July 20 and was mustered out with the regiment on September 22, 1865, at Nashville.

Joseph returned to Michigan after the war, probably to Allegan County.

He married Ohio native Mary K. Pratt (1842-1931) on September 6, 1868, in Ganges, Allegan County, and they had at least two children: Bertha (1869-1874) and Edith (b. 1872, Mrs. Weaver).

By 1870 Joseph was back in Ganges working as a farmer and living with his wife and daughter; next door lived his brother John Payne and his family.

Joseph and his daughter Bertha were killed in an explosion at a steam mill owned by John S. Payne on May 1, 1874, in Douglas, Allegan County. His obituary read:

“Earth to earth; Dust to dust.” The last token of respect paid, the last sad duty performed. In Douglas cemetery lie the remains of Joseph Payne and his little daughter. The place that once knew them will know them no more. How true the saying, “In the midst of life we are in death.” Little did he think as we saw him passing to his accustomed duty, with happiness beaming from his countenance, that in the short space of one half-hour the sad accident would occur, which launched him from time to eternity. Sorrow and sadness hang over the community. Never have we seen more heart-felt sympathy or more genuine kindness than was exhibited o that day; each viewing with the other in rendering all the assistance within their power. Medical skill was of no avail, the injuries were too severe. The little girl lingered but a short time, but his hardy constitution battled with death for about ten hours, loth to give up its claim to life.

My Payne, by his kind ways and obliging disposition rendered himself a favorite with all who knew him. He was a kind father and affectionate husband and the community sympathizes with the bereaved in her affliction. She will miss him — she will miss the joyous prattle and sweet companionship of little Bertha, but should console herself with the thought of Him who said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”                            

Joseph and Bertha were buried together in Douglas cemetery.

By 1880 Mary was living in Ganges with her daughter Edith. She eventually remarried to George Kingwell and was living in Ganges, Allegan County in 1900. In 1916 Mary applied for and received a widow’s pension (no. 823979) based on Joseph’s service in the war.

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