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Gen Edward Paine
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1746
Tolland County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Aug. 28, 1841
Lake County
Ohio, USA


My 5th G-Grandfather General Edward Paine, from whom Painesville takes her name, was born in Bolton, Tolland county, Connecticut, in the year 1746.

General Paine took an active part in the exciting times which preceded the war of the Revolution and was a Whig of the most pronounced type.

When the war broke out he entered the service of the United States as an ensign in a regiment of Connecticut militia. He served in this capacity seven months, at the end of which time the whole company was discharged.

He again entered the service in June, 1776, as first lieutenant in Captain Brig's company, was ordered to New York, and was in the army at the time of the retreat to White Plains.

At the expiration of his term of service, he was discharged in December, 1776. In 1777, he was commissioned lieutenant of the Fifth company of the Alarm List m the 19th regiment of Connecticut militia, and later, in 1777, was made captain of the same company and served as such until the close of the war.

Such was his revolutionary record.

In early manhood he moved from Bolton to New York state, locating on a point on the Susquehanna river, whence he moved to Aurora.

While living in Aurora, he served for several sessions as representative in the State Legislature, and was made brigadier-general of the militia. In the fall of 1796, he conceived the project of making an excursion into Ohio for the purpose of trading.with the Indians. With this in view, he and his oldest son, Edward Paine, Jr., started on a perilous journey. They reached the mouth of the Cuyahoga, now the site of Cleveland, and elected a place at which to establish themselves.

At that time there were but two white people living there, Job Stiles and wife. General Paine remained there only long enough to arrange matters so that his son might carry out the plan of the journey, when he started on foot and alone to return to his home in New York. His son remained at the mouth of the Cuyahoga during the winter of that year and the following spring returned to the home in Aurora, and in 1798, went to Connecticut and purchased, in Tract No. 3, one thousand acres of land, in what afterwords, in honor of its first settler, was called Painesville. In the summer, after the purchase had been made, General Paine prepared for the removal of his family to the site which he had selected. He used his influence to induce a number of friends to go with him as settlers. Among this party were Eleazer Paine, Jedediah Beard, and Joel Paine, who were the heads of families the whole company numbering 66.

The start was made from Aurora, with sleighs, on the fifth day of March, 1800, but it was the first of May before the families were able to reach here. After they arrived on Grand River, General Paine and his little colony lost no time in getting to work.

He erected his first log cabin about one mile south of Lake Erie and two miles north of Painesville, and later, on the same site, built a more pretentious home, nothing of which now remains but a few foundation stones opposite the present Shorelands.

The colonists found on their arrival that the Indians had made some improvements, so the party, at the earliest seed time, planted these cleared grounds and in due time reaped an abundant harvest.

As has been stated, Painesville took its name from General Paine ; but his activity and his usefulness did not close with the founding of this village. Twice he was elected to the Territorial Legislature of Ohio, and as long as he lived was one of the enterprising and influential men of the northeastern part of the state. He lived in this, his new home, for a period of forty years.

At the advanced age of ninety-five years and eleven months, on the 28th of August, 1841, he closed his life on the banks of Grand River, revered, respected, and esteemed, not only by his immediate friends and acquaintances, but by that large circle of active and influential men of his day, who laid the foundation of what is now the great and leading state of Ohio.

General Paine possessed in an eminent degree the traits and characteristics which distinguished that large body of pioneers who led the tide of immigration into the wilderness. These men were of a class by themselves, and stand preeminent among the pioneers of all preceding and succeeding times for the special qualities of hardihood and adventure, united with intellectual powers and capacities of the highest order. They not only introduced the plowshare into the virgin soil of the wilderness, but they brought with them the Bible and the spelling book, the artisan, the circuit preacher, and the school master, as co-ordinate parts of their enterprise.

A common man with the ordinary muscular ability, courage, and inherent traits of his race, without possessing intellectual attainments, cannot be the pioneer of intellectual and refined social life. Edward Paine was not merely a pioneer of a pioneer band ; but he was a leader of civilizing and refining influences among his own associates, and hence these first settlers that came into the town of Painesville brought with them the seed of that intellectual development which has made its public schools, its colleges, and its seminaries famous throughout the land.

Source: Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society Publications

- Chapter: Lake County and its Founder
Family links: 
  Stephen Paine (1708 - 1797)
  Deborah Skinner Paine (1710 - 1778)
  Elizabeth King Paine (1748 - 1795)*
  Elizabeth Paine Thurston (1770 - 1827)*
  Edward Paine (1776 - 1848)*
  Nancy Paine Frisbie Dickinson (1782 - 1858)*
  Lydia Paine Phelps (1786 - 1856)*
  Charles Henry Paine (1788 - 1859)*
  Asahel King Paine (1790 - 1870)*
  John Payne (____ - 1811)*
  Edward Paine (1746 - 1841)
  Ezra Paine (1749 - 1803)*
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Charter Oak Park
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Originally Created by: Cherie Atkinson Clark
Record added: May 06, 2006
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Gen Edward Paine
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Gen Edward Paine
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