History of Clarion County, Pennsylvania, 1887

T. J. Payne Biography

Mr. T. J. Payne was born in Norwich, Chenango county, N.Y., in 1839. He received, his education in the public schools of his native city, and at the age of eighteen he began an apprenticeship at carriage manufacturing, completing his term in three years. He then worked at his trade as journeyman, until the breaking out of the Civil War.

During the years of 1862 - 64, Mr. Payne served the government in a. civic capacity, building bridges for the Army of the Cumberland, having fifty men under his charge.

In December, 1864, he removed to Warren county, Pa., where he engaged in the lumber business. Three years later he came to Tylersburg, Clarion county, where he has been engaged in the lumber business, and along with the same has conducted a mercantile business during most of the years of his residence in this county.

He has been interested in the oil business since 1872, and since 1880 has had interests in the Bradford oil field, which have engaged a portion of his attention up to the present time.

In 1858 Mr. Payne married Miss L.L. Lewis, of Broome county, N.Y., who continued to share with her husband the vicissitudes of life until her death in October, 1885.

While at Tylersburg, Mr. Payne erected a fine residence, but after occupying it two years he sold it on account of the ill health of Mrs. Payne, and in company with his wife visited a number of cities and watering-places in the hope of restoring her health.

In August, 1886 he married Miss M.E. Hicks, of Clarion county. During the present year (1887) he purchased from the Arthurs Coal and Lumber Company their extensive property in Paint township, and on the first of April moved to Arthurs to take personal charge of this business. Mr. Payne has been successful in his business career, and by his integrity and executive ability has attained a high position in the estimation of his neighbors.

Source: History of Clarion County; Davis, A. J.; Syracuse, NY; D. Mason and Co., 1887.

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