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Aaron Payne
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Birth: Dec. 30, 1789
Quemahoning Township
Somerset County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 19, 1883
Yamhill County
Oregon, USA


As stated elsewhere, the family of Aaron Payne, during the Black Hawk troubles, found protection in the stockade of Jeremiah Strawn. Although a minister and a man of peace, he felt it his duty to avenge his murdered brother's death, and when volunteers were called for he became a soldier until they were disbanded, and then followed the army in pursuit of Black Hawk. While pursuing the retreating Indians, he passed a squaw and a small Indian boy crouched behind a fallen tree, but thinking the party harmless, passed on without molesting them. After the rangers had passed the boy raised his gun and shot Payne from his horse, and in return they were riddled with bullets. Two balls entered Payne's shoulder, lodging near the spine, and he was thought to be mortally wounded, but was carried to the hospital at Fort Crawford, where the wounds healed, but he could not walk upright thereafter. About three months after this event, Payne, pale and emaciated, rode up to his cabin door, and was hailed by his family and friends as one risen from the dead. The following sketch relating to this event is taken from General Scott's autobiography, a book published many years ago:

"While inspecting the hospital at Fort Crawford, I was struck with the remarkably fine head of a tall volunteer lying on his side and seeking relief in a book. To ray question, 'What have you here, my friend ?' the wounded man pointed to 'the title page of 'Young's Night Thoughts.' I sat down on the edge of the bunk, already interested in the reader, to learn more of his history. The wounded volunteer said his brother, Rev. Adam Payne, fell an early victim to Black Hawk's band, and he (not in the spirit of revenge, but to protect the frontier settlements) volunteered as a private soldier. While riding into the battle-field of Bad Axe he passed a small Indian boy, whom he might have killed, but thought him a harmless child. 'After passing, the boy fired, lodging two balls near my spine, when I fell from my horse.' The noble volunteer, although suffering great pain from his wound, said he preferred his condition to the remorse he should have felt if he had killed the boy, believing him to be harmless."

Payne lived many years at his home on Clear Creek, greatly respected by all. He was an earnest preacher of the Gospel, and equally noted as a bee hunter. Afterward he emigrated to Oregon, where he still lives, a hale and hearty old man. He has filled several public offices, and served one term in the State Legislature.

He is also the subject of an entry in _Records of the Olden Time: or, Fifty Years on the Prairies_ by Spencer Ellsworth, Home Journal Steam Printing Establishment (1858), pp. 228-29.
Family links: 
  Caleb Joshua Payne (1821 - 1858)*
  Margarette A Payne Scott (1822 - 1862)*
*Calculated relationship
Yamhill Carlton Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
Yamhill County
Oregon, USA
Maintained by: Tom Childers
Originally Created by: Sheri West
Record added: May 25, 2004
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Aaron Payne
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Aaron Payne
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Aaron Payne
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