Co. E, 149th Illinois Infantry
William was a married man with a young child at home when he entered the U.S. Army during the Civil War. He served in 149th Illinois Infantry, Company E. After the war, he had two more children with his wife, Emma GREEN. Emma died in 1869, soon after the birth of a son. A year later, William married for a second time to Elizabeth Ann OLIVER, a divorcee who had a little boy when they married. With his second wife, he had two children who survived to maturity. He supported his family owning his own butcher shop.
OBITUARY: Appeared January 2, 1889, probably in the Danville Commercial News.
Another Soldier Gone
Died, after a long sickness, Wm. O. Payne, at his home in Potomac, on Saturday, aged 51 years, of diabetes. The deceased was the father of thirteen children, four only surviving, two by his first and two by his second wife, who survives. He was born in this county, and served through the war. A large congregation was present at his funeral on Saturday. The deceased was a large hearted and most generous man, and died with the friendship of every one.
gr-grandfather of page creator
Elizabeth Ann Oliver Payne
1845–1920 (m. 1870)