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Capt David Lewis Payne

Capt David Lewis Payne

Death 28 Nov 1884 (aged 47)
Wellington, Sumner County, Kansas, USA
Burial Stillwater, Payne County, Oklahoma, USA
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Captain Co F 10th Kansas Infantry

Capt. David Lewis Payne

Payne enlisted in the 4th Kansas Volunteer Infantry.
In April 1862, his regiment and the 3rd Kansas were consolidated to form the 10th.
He served from August 1861 to August 1864 as a private in Company F.
During his service the unit saw action in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and the Cherokee Nation.

At the end of his three–year service Payne returned to Doniphan County and was elected to the Kansas Legislature, serving in the 1864 and 1865 sessions.

Considered the Father of Oklahoma for work in opening the state to settlement. He organized, trained, and led the Boomer Army on its forays into the Unassigned Lands. His actions eventually succeeded in opening the public lands for settlement some four years after his death.

The opening of the Indian lands soon followed, leading the formation of the Twin Territories and eventually to the entry of the state of Oklahoma into the Union.

Born 12-30-1836. d. 11-28-82, son of William and Celia
Lewis Payne.

In 1859, went west with brother Jack and settled in Brown County, Kansas. Capt. Payne took part in the border-ruffian war in 1859-60 in Kansas and Missouri. In 1861, upon outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the 7th
Kansas Cavalry.

After the war he served 4 more years with the command of Gen. George Custer and fought the fierce Comanche Indians through Kansas and Colorado. Shortley before leaving the military, Gen. Custer offered him a pay increase if
he would accompany the 7th Cavalry against the Souix in Montana. David refused and returned to Wichita Kansas where he met Rachel Anna Haines, who became his common-inlaw wife (a common practice of that day) and they had one son George.

In 1865 Capt. Payne was elected to Kansas State Legislature. In 1881 conceived the idea to start agitation for opening of Oklahoma Territory to settlement. While orgainzing the 4th invasion of the Oklahoma Territory, he died suddenly of
a heart attack 11-28-84. Less than 5 years later the territory was opened. 110 years later, his family was finally able to move his body to Stillwater Oklahoma in Payne County (named for him) and a monument was dedicated.


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  • Maintained by: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 17 Aug 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15403958
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt David Lewis Payne (30 Dec 1836–28 Nov 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15403958, citing David Lewis Payne Gravesite, Stillwater, Payne County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (contributor 48353502) .