Individual Author Record
Barnes was born in Michigan but since infancy have lived in Illinois, first in Elwood then Batavia. Educated in Batavia then at Michigan State University, he received his medical degree at the University of Illnois College of Medicine. His book is a historical account of the first settler of Kane County Illinois, Batavia, and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He was Christopher Payne an early pioneer and Indian fighter, who died a broken old man in Wisconsin where he is burried.
Biographical and Professional Information
Robert Forrest Barnes serves as Historian for the Batavia Historical Society.
- Christopher Payne, American Pioneer, 1786-1871, Batavia, (Il) Historical Society , 1998
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Christopher Payne: American pioneer, 1786-1871
Batavia Historical Society. 1999
This is the story of the life of Christopher Payne, the first white settler in Kane County and Batavia, Illinois. Payne had many unfortunate encounters with Native Americans in several states as he moved west from his birthplace in Pennsylvania to his final resting place in Wisconsin.