William Payne, also known as “Paine,” was born in 1836.
William was 35 years old, and possibly living in Muskegon County, Michigan, when he enlisted as Corporal in Company H on May 6, 1861. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers,” was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.)
William deserted near Washington, DC on September 10, 1861. He was tried by a regimental court martial sometime in late 1861 (probably November) and fined $5.00 for the month of December. At some point he was reduced to the ranks and was reported as a Private and deserter on January 23, 1862, at Camp Michigan, Virginia.
There is no further record, and no pension seems to be available.