Page 678-679, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


F. M. Payne, one of the leading farmers and stock raisers of Glencoe township,, is a native of Ohio, and was born in Licking county in 1843. His parents were Irvin and Ruth (Hall) Payne, natives of Ohio. The following children of the Payne family are living; H. C. Payne, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. Esther E. Ulum, Kesswick, Iowa; and F. M. whose name introduces this sketch.

F. M. Payne is one of the veterans of the Civil war who, in the stirring days of the early sixties, responded to President Lincoln's call for defenders of the flag. On August 11, 1862, he enlisted in the Twenty-second regiment, Iowa infantry, and for two and a half years carried his musket in the Southland in defense of the Union. He participated in the battles of Champion Hills, Port Gibson. the seige of Vicksburg, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek and a number of lesser engagements and skirmishes. He was captured at Cedar Creek and was held prisoner four and one-half months at Salisbury, N. C.

In 1872, Mr. Payne came to Butler county, and bought out a claim of 160 acres in Glencoe township, and engaged in farming and stock raising. He has added to his acreage and now owns 448 acres, where he conducts an extensive and profitable farming and stock raising business. Mr. Payne was married in 1877 to Miss Rosa Dobson, a daughter of George and Elizabeth (Goodwin) Dobson, and to this union have been born six children, as follows: Mrs. Alta Ledgerwood, Leon, Kans.; L.


D., Leon; Mrs. Vina McMullen, Bular, Kans.; Mrs. Iva G. Cannon, Leon, Kans.; E. E., Leon, and W. H., Fort Smith, Ark.

When Mr. Payne located in Butler county there were no railroads in the county, his nearest railroad point being Emporia and he frequently drove there for supplies, and El Dorado was his nearest town, which was about twenty miles distant. Mr. Payne is a Republican, but has never aspired to hold political office. He is one of the progressive farmers and stockmen of Butler county and keeps himself well posted on current events. He and his wife are members of the Baptist church.

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