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William Payton (1888)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler
Date: 11/10/2007 at 17:34:13

Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Friday, August 17, 1888
Page 4

Death of Wm. Payton.

Mr. Wm. Payton, formerly of this city, father of W. F. and J. W. Payton, died at his home in Guthrie Center, Thursday, the 8th inst.

Mr. Payton was born in Union county, Ind., January 18, 1821. Married Catharine Norris August 22, 1840, in Delaware county, Ind. In 1852 he removed to Iowa, and in 1854 settled in Madison county, living for many years on a farm in the northern part of the county, now Jefferson township.

Several years ago he and his sons, W. F. and J. W. Payton, removed to Winterset and engaged in the hardware business under the firm name of Wm. Payton & Co., which is still carried on by his sons, the senior member retiring in a few years and removing to Guthrie Center, which continued to be his home till his death.

He united with the Methodist church in 1846 and continued a faithful and consistent member till death, a period of forty-two years. In the pioneer days in Madison county his home was the house of Methodism and for some years the preaching appointment on the northern extremity of the Winterset circuit.

He was a member of the I.O.O.F. and occupied all the principal offices of the order. He leaves a widow, two daughters and two sons, mentioned above. He was universally esteemed an upright and honorable citizen and a consistent christian man.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, August 16, 1888
Page 4, Column 4


DIED:-At his residence in Guthrie Center, on August 9th, 1888, Wm. Poyton (sic).

Wm. Payton was born in Union county, Indiana Jan, 18, 1821. He married Catherine Norris, Aug. 22, 1840 in Delaware Co., Ind.

He united with the M. E. church in Huntington co., Ind. and moved to Dallas Co., Iowa in 1852. He settled in Madison Co. in 1854. In those early pioneer days his home was the home of Methodism and his house the preaching point on the north end of Winterset work.

He died at his home in Guthrie Center Aug 9th, 1888, leaving a wife, two daughters and two sons with their families and a host of friends. He was a kind father and loving husband and has gone to his reward.

Coordinator's note: Of the two dates of death given in the two obituaries, August 9th is correct per the gravestone.


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