Payne, Newton
March 16, 2007 03:22PM
County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by
William Henry Perrin. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1884, pp. 394-395.
Hopkinsville City and Precinct.

NEWTON PAYNE is a native of this county, and was born January 14, 1814.
He is the fourth child of Dennis and Nancy Payne, who came from Bourbon
County to this county in 1800. Subject was reared in Christian and Todd
Counties; he then studied law and was admitted to practice in 1834. After
practicing for two or three years he turned his attention to teaching, and
afterward to farming and trading. He was married in Todd County, Ky., on
February 22, 1844, to Miss Mahala Clark, a daughter of Thomas Clark, of
Todd County. This lady was born in Todd County in 1822, and died in 1851.
To her were born two children: Davie Ella and Leslie Elwood, both
deceased. Leslie was educated in the profession of law in the Law
Department of the University of Lexington, Ky., from which institution he
graduated in 1871. He afterward practiced at Hopkinsville, first with D.
O. Graves, now in Louisville, Ky., after, with the late John P. Ritter.
He died February 3, 1877. Miss Davie E. Payne was the wife of James D.
Hooker. Subject married the second time, on July 25, 1853, to Mrs.
Lauvisa A. Faulkner (nee Baker). This lady is the daughter of Peter and
Rhoda Baker, and was born in 1827. This union has resulted in the birth
of five childen: John W., Effie (wife of J. W. Warfield), Minnie (wife of
Dr. W. M. Trice), Felie B. and Edna E. John W. Payne was educated in the
Cumberland University of Lebanon, Tenn., from which institution he
graduated in 1877. He was admitted the same year to practice in the
courts of Kentucky, first with Hon. James Breathitt. From October, 1880,
to January 1, 1884, he was business manager and local editor of the New
Era. In December, 1883, he was elected City Attorney over a prominent
Republican, J. W. Downer, and is now serving in that capacity. He is a
member of the Baptist Church, as are also his mother and sisters, Mrs.
Warfield and Mrs. Trice. The Payne family have been residents of
Christian County since 1844, living until 1866 on their farm in Union
Schoolhouse Precinct, and since that date in Hopkinsville.
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