Capt Morgan Lewis Payne


Capt Morgan Lewis Payne

Orange County, New York, USA
Death 29 Apr 1878 (aged 73)
Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois, USA
Burial Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 28569913 View Source
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Became Captain of a Company of Militia from Vermilion Co., IL, in the Black Hawk War in 1831-32. Men from the county were called out to the village of Chicago (then a part of Vermilion Co.) to protect it from Black Hawk's Indians. They went to the settlements at Naperville, Joliet, and Kankakee, the settlers having fled these areas for Chicago. After the area had been cleared of Indians, Capt. Morgan Payne was stationed in the Naperville-Joliet area to erect a Fort and return the settlers to their homes. He and his men spent 30-40 days there before they were released to return to their homes in Danville.

In 1836, he became involved in a law suit over a right-of-way dispute which developed into a fist-fight with the landowner. Abraham Lincoln of Springfield, the Circuit Judge for this District, was the presiding Judge over the trial that was held in Danville. [Lincoln had also been a captain during the Black Hawk War.]

Morgan and his younger brother John, Jr., both went to Texas and fought in the Mexican War. Captain M. L. Payne commanded a company in Texas until his enlistment ended. He returned to his old Indiana home where he raised another company, remaining in the conflict until Texas was "liberated" from Mexico.

When the Civil War broke out, Morgan raised a company to serve in the Union Army. Once when home on furlough, he did not get back to his company on time; consequently, he was mustered out of service. He immediately began working to get the mustering out order set aside by getting all the names of the officers on his petition which he sent to Washington, D.C. , to his old Danville friend, Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln's former law partner and his personal body guard. When Lincoln saw the petition, he asked Lamon if this was the same Payne who had been in the law suit in Danville years before. He learned it was, and Payne was restored to this former rank and commission. [from Beckwith's History of Vermilion Co., IL, published 1879]

MARR: 20 Jul 1826, Ohio Co., IN
NOTE: Civil War Captain. In Eppard's Point, Livingston Co., IL, 1860.



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