from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 382-83
ADDISON C. PAYNE
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
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