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John Cleveland Payne
Birth: Feb. 22, 1885
Deep Gap
Watauga County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 7, 1977
Walnut Creek
Contra Costa County
California, USA

He was tall with large hands, dark brown eyes and hair. He was one of four brothers and four sisters that were born and raised in an area called Job's Cabin, near Deep Gap and Summit in the western hills of North Carolina. He said "my father was a red-headed Irishman and my mother was part Indian".
His father, had a "still in a holler" in North Carolina. A sliding door was available for inserting a quart jar with cash. When government government revenuers were on their way up the hill one day looking for illegal stills, the Payne's were warned by the locals. So the sons and father rode their horses down the hill to intercept them. There was a shoot out and when the smoke cleared a revenuer lay dead.
John left the area so that the incident could be blamed on him and joined the Marines.
He told of many intriquing stories from his Marine days in the Phillipine Islands and Shanghai dring his tour of duty from 1910 to 1914.
After mustering out of the Marine on January 1914 he and Theodosia Clark married in Seattle. They had a son, Sherman, July 1915, and a daughter, Gloria, in 1925. He and Theodosia divorced in 1930.
He first earned his living working in logging camps and as a longshoreman in Washington, after which he was away from home gambling professionally on the Mississippi River paddle boats. He had a North Carolina "hills" accent and although liquor was never renounced was strongly against tobacco.
His favorite songs were "The Tennessee Waltz", "The Old Wooden Cross" and "When They Call The Roll Up Yonder". He was a dapper stylish dresser and wore an elk's tooth tie tack and chain on his vest. He believed in healthy food, especial raw foods "for their enzymes" he would say.
In his later years he married second to Aurora De Forge Austin and they enjoyed many happy years together. They shared a beautiful love and are resting together. 
Family links: 
  William Franklin Payne (1839 - 1908)
  Sarah Catherine Church Payne (1853 - 1917)
  Theodosia Eugenia Clark Thibault (1895 - 1948)*
  Aurora Martha De Forge Payne (1895 - 1983)*
  Sherman Clark Payne (1915 - 1989)*
  Gloria Elaine Payne Tambornini (1925 - 1991)*
  Nancy Ann Payne (1874 - 1930)*
  Laura Etta Payne Church (1877 - 1946)*
  William Andrew Payne (1878 - 1947)*
  Adeline Payne Church (1883 - 1976)*
  John Cleveland Payne (1885 - 1977)
*Calculated relationship
Oakmont Memorial Park
Contra Costa County
California, USA
Plot: Hope 225/2E C4
Created by: James and Sharon Cissell
Record added: Nov 01, 2011
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