Biography of Earl J. Paine
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


The Paine family were among the first settlers of the State of Connecticut. James Paine, the father of the subject of this sketch, and the progenitor of the Paine family in this county, was born in Litchfield county, Conn., January 27th, 1783. He moved to Herkimer county, N. Y., about the year 1800, and married Polly Dana, the result of the union being five children, three of whom are now living, named Earl J., L. F. and j. A. A deceased daughter, Mary A., was the wife of Rev. Mr. Stilson, a celebrated Burmah missionary.

Mr. Paine moved with his family to Nunda, March 15, 1817, and was one of the earliest pioneers in this region. The limits of the town of Nunda at that time were so extensive that three days were consumed by him in attending townmeeting, being obliged to walk from his home to the voting place. He died April 8, 1866.

Earl J., the subject of this brief sketch was born at Paine's Hollow, Herkimer county, March 24, 1807, and was ten years old at the time of his father's settlement in this town. He was married to Catharine, daughter of Richard Grimes, of Nunda. Four children were born to them, two of whom are now living, Wells and Ann. Mr. Paine by his untiring industry has succeeded in carving a fine farm out of the wilderness that he settled in.

He possesses a powerful constitution, which has succeeded in carrying him through several very severe trials during his life, and at present, (April, 1881,) is rapidly convalescing from a painful malady that has confined him to his room for more than a year. Although having lived more years than are usually allotted to man, his friends have hopes of his companionship for several years to come. His wife died Feb. 25th, 1879.

He and his brother L. F. are the only ones left of the early pioneers who were here at the time they moved in. Of his children, Ann married Mr. Buck, of Vincennes, Ind., and Wells is one of the most extensive and successful farmers in this section of the county, having over six hundred acres of land on "East Hill," conveniently located and under a fine state of cultivation. Mary Jemison, the celebrated "White Woman," was a frequent visitor at the early home of the family.

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