|Johnston M. Peyton|
|Birth: ||unknown, Ireland|
|Death: ||Aug. 20, 1880|
The name of Johnston was recorded on the Elgin death record, but he was primarily known as J.M. Peyton aka Payton. Since few personal records exist for this man, census records must be used as the source for his birth date, 1805-1809, and his place of birth, Ireland.
J.M. Peyton and his wife Mary probably arrived in Kane County in 1838. However the first time J.M. appeared on official records in Kane County, Illinois, was 3 April 1841 when he was listed as a male voter over the age of 21 in Dundee Township. In October the same year he purchased 80 acres in Section 20 Dundee Township from Benjamin and Amelia Raymond.
February 26, 1845, J.M. Payton bought one acre of land from Isaac and Sarah George in Section 19 of Dundee Township with 20 neighbors for a "Burying ground" which was later called Schroeder Cemetery. J.M. was assigned lots #43, 44, and 62. Though it appears that he was never buried in this cemetery, no record can be found that he sold his interest in the cemetery.
J.M. Peyton and Mary, his wife, appeared in the 1850 Dundee Township census with $1200.00 worth of real estate. J.M. and Mary probably moved to Elgin in October 1850 when he purchased Part of Lot 11 Block 29 in Elgin's W.C. Kimball West Side Addition. Throughout the 1850s and 1860s he purchased and sold land in and around Elgin while he worked as a grocer. In 1870 he was listed as a retired grocer.
When J.M. Peyton died, he had a considerable estate which soon became a source of litigation since the couple did not have children. However, the administratrix did purchase gravestones for the couple and the probate file for J.M. included a "Cemetery Deed. The South ½ of Lot No 12 in Blk No 16 in the Plat of the Elgin Cemetery as laid out and recorded in the office of the City Clerk." This would have been the Channing Street Cemetery.
Later the remains from this cemetery were moved to the new Bluff City Cemetery. However, the records do not show that J.M. Peyton's remains were moved.
Channing Street Cemetery
Plot: Block 16, Lot 12
Created by: LindaE
Record added: Jun 03, 2010
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