Re: Philo Payson b. 1838 then WI.
I have a Philo D. Payson who married Julia ? and had a son John Edward Payson (1864-1915) who married Emma Agnes Bleskachek (1862-1921).Family notes say - "Death Certificate of John E. Payson gives his middle name as "Edwin", while his tombstone gives it as "Edward".I had always heard it as Edward, and assumed that that was correct, as one of his sons was named "Edward".It gives his father's name as "Philo D. Payson", born in Norway.For the maiden name of his mother, it gives "Julia", which I presume was her given name, not her maiden name.The birthplace of "Julia" only gives N.Y., so it is hard to determine if that means New York City or the State of New York.Cause of death states: 'Killed instantly by train, severing body at waistline'."John E. Payson was born in NY or WI and died in Chippewa Falls, WI......"
The 1850 US census shows a Philo D. Payson, age 12, in Eaton, Madison Co., NY, in a large Wm. P. Payson (age 43)family.William's birthplace appears to be Rhode Island.
In a listing of American Civil War Soldiers there is a Philo D. Payson who seems to have enlisted twice - (1) res Otsego, WI enlisted 19 apr 1861, and (2) res Ripon, WI enlisted 12 Nov 1863.
Philo D. Payson is NOT that common a name.I am trying to see if my Philo D. Payson is the same as the 12 year old boy in Eaton, NY in 1850.If so, then the migration pattern seems to be RI to NY to WI (don't know if or how the Norway fits in).