JOHN HOWARD PAYNE, the sixth of a family of nine children, was born in the city of New York, at No. 33 Pearl Street, on the ninth of June, 1791.1 He was the son of William Payne, by his second wife, Sarah Isaacs, whose father--a convert from the Jewish faith, a man of good education, much respected, and of some means--had settled at East Hampton, Long Island, many years previous to the Revolution. On his father's side especially, John Howard Payne was well connected. His paternal ancestors were of English blood. Judge Robert Treat Paine, of Boston, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and Robert Treat Paine, Jr., a poet of no mean ability, were of the same family, as was Dolly Payne, wife of President Madison.
Soon after his marriage to Sarah Isaacs, in____________________