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Elisha Payne
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Birth: Mar. 7, 1730
Canterbury
Windham County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Jul. 20, 1807
Lebanon
Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA

Vermont and New Hampshire political figure. Payne graduated from Yale University in 1750 and became an attorney, also partnering with his brother in law in a successful mercantile business. From 1765 to 1768 he served in the Connecticut Assembly. In 1774 he relocated to Orange, New Hampshire, where he practiced law and farmed. In addition, Payne served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In 1775 he was appointed a Lieutenant Colonel of the militia. In 1776 he was named a Court of Common Pleas Judge and Register of Probate. In 1780 Payne relocated to Lebanon. During this period Vermont was independent, and for several years there was a movement to join New Hampshire's western towns to Vermont. In 1781 Payne was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives. He was subsequently elected Lieutenant Governor and appointed Vermont Chief Justice. In addition he was appointed a Major General in the Vermont militia. Payne was appointed in 1782 as one of Vermont's delegates to negotiate with the Continental Congress. After the attempted union of western New Hampshire and Vermont ended, Payne served in the New Hampshire Senate from 1786 to 1787 and the New Hampshire House from 1787 to 1788. He served in the New Hampshire House again in 1790, 1793, 1796 to 1797, and 1800. Payne was Treasurer of Dartmouth College from 1779 to 1780, and a Trustee from 1784 to 1801. In 1788 he was a Delegate to the New Hampshire convention that considered the U.S. Constitution and he voted for its ratification. 
 
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 Parents:
  Elisha Paine (1693 - 1775)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Spaulding Payne (1727 - 1809)*
 
 Children:
  Elisha Payne (1763 - 1808)*
  John Payne (1765 - 1820)*
  Ruth Payne Jewett (1770 - 1828)*
  William Payne (1772 - 1826)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
East Lebanon Cemetery
Lebanon
Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA
 
Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Dec 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82348536
Elisha Payne
Added by: Stephen Payne
 
Elisha Payne
Added by: Stephen Payne
 
 
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- Mike Appleby
 Added: Mar. 24, 2014
May GOD Bless you Elisha Payne, Sr. and our other Harvey/Harvie families as you so have blessed these UNITED STATES of North America and Europe! Thank you for your being and service!
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: May. 8, 2013
For my 5th Great-Grandfather
- Stephen Payne
 Added: Jan. 26, 2012
 
 
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