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Thomas Hardrick Payne

Thomas Hardrick Payne

Male 1917 - 1997  (80 years)

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  • Name Thomas Hardrick Payne  [1
    Born 17 Jan 1917  Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Apr 1997  Shasta County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Duncan Weekly Banner
      Friday, Jan. 19, 1917
      Born - To Mr. and Mrs. Tom Payne, east of town, Wednesday, Jan. 17, a fine twelve pound boy. Congratulations are in order.

      Thomas was educated in a boarding school/orphanage for Native American boys after his father left the family. It was a different school than that attended by his sisters, whom all attended St. Elizabeth's in Purcell.

      Thomas H. Payne, Jr. Chief Petty Officer

      Thomas H. Payne, jr. son of Mrs. Bessie Payne, 915 Oak, has been promoted to the rank of chief petty officer in the U.S. Maritime Service. his address now is Los Angeles, California, and he is stationed at west coast ports. Payne attended Duncan High School. He formerly was employed by Lynn COURSEY. (Undated, unreferenced news clipping, courtesy of Fay Payne Yeager).

      Information from the California Death Index at Rootsweb.com:

      Payne, Thomas Hardrick Mother's Maiden Name: Gentry Born: January 17, 1917 in Oklahoma Died: 4/12/1997 Shasta County, California SSN:  549-01-5512 Age: 80 years

      Great nephew Tom Strong recalls that Thomas Payne worked as a butcher in California.
    Person ID I1551  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Thomas Hamilton Payne, II,   b. 20 Mar 1893, Marlow, Indian Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1957, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Bessie Bird Gentry,   b. 14 Dec 1894, Alma, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1958, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 27 Dec 1912  Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Vol. 3, Stephens County Marriage Book: , Lic. # 101
           Thomas H. Payne, 19 to Bessie Gentry, 18 married  12-27-1912

      Because of his outgoing nature, it must have come as a surprise to some when Tom Payne and Bessie Gentry were married a few weeks after her 18th birthday. Bessie was timid and shy by nature, and much happier in town than in the outdoors.  They had five children in fairly short order, and times were tough in Oklahoma during the dust bowl. Charles Strong, Bessie's oldest grandson, also remembers that Bessie had very high standards, which her husband found hard to live up to. She was a thorough and dedicated housekeeper, and was almost obsessive about things being neat and tidy at all times. Charles recalled a story one of Bessie's brothers related to him about dropping by one afternoon for a visit. Bessie had just mopped, and refused to let him in, not wanting her immaculate floors stepped on.
    Family ID F21  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Living 
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F1076  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Living 
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F1077  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Jan 1917 - Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Apr 1997 - Shasta County, California Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Gentry, Bessie ca 1940, with son Thomas Hardrick Payne and daughter Fay Payne Pierce
    Gentry, Bessie ca 1940, with son Thomas Hardrick Payne and daughter Fay Payne Pierce
    Bessie Payne went to visit her children in California in the 1940's. This photo was taken at Fay Pierce's home, 847 1/2 Pointsettia Place in Los Angeles.
    Payne, Thomas Hardrick ca 1917
    Payne, Thomas Hardrick ca 1917
    Thomas Hardrick Payne was the only son of Thomas Hamilton Payne. This is assumed to be an infancy photo of Thomas Hardrick. This was from Fay Payne Yeager's collection of family photos, and included in the same collection was a similar photo of Anna Laura and Fay, as toddlers, seated in the same chair.
    Payne, Thomas Hardrick ca 1933
    Payne, Thomas Hardrick ca 1933
    Taken in Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma ca 1933
    Payne, Thomas Hardrick ca 1940's
    Payne, Thomas Hardrick ca 1940's
    Thomas was a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Maritme Service, stationed at west coast ports
    Payne, Thomas Hardrick ca 1940's in California
    Payne, Thomas Hardrick ca 1940's in California
    Labeled "Our Trailer", presumably his home while in the Maritime Service near Los Angeles.
    Payne, Anna Laura, Fay, Tom, Lois ca 1956
    Payne, Anna Laura, Fay, Tom, Lois ca 1956
    The Payne Siblings, circa 1956. From left to right, standing in order of their birth, Anna Laura (42), Fay (41), Tom (39) and Lois (36)

  • Sources 
    1. [S332] Rootsweb, California Death Records, 1940 thru 1997, (http://vitals.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi).