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Moses W. Payer (abt. 1920 - 1973)

Moses W. Payer
Born about in Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died at about age 52 in Nebraska, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Feb 2020
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Moses was Ho-Chunk.




Moses was born in Oct. 1920. (1933 census) However, the date of his birth varies in sources from 1919 to 1921.


His height was 5' 9", and he weighed 156 lbs. (Enlistment record)


He had remained in school up to the 6th grade of grammar school. (1940 census, Enlistment record)


His enlistment record states that he was a "semiskilled painter, construction and maintenance" worker. (Enlistment record)

Marital Status

As of 1942, he was single, without dependents. (Enlistment record)

Ambush and Jailbreak

“Neillsville, Wis., Mar. 1 — Circuit Judge Emery W. Crosby today sentenced Henry Payer, 22 year-old Black River Falls Indian, to serve one to 20 years in Waupun state prison on a charge of armed assault with intent to rob and commit murder. Payer pleaded guilty to the ambush shooting of Mrs. Evelyn Jonas, wife of a game warden, two weeks ago. Moses Payer, 18, brother of Henry, pleaded guilty to a similar charge and received a sentence of one to seven years in Green Bay reformatory. Judge Crosby sentenced Harry Wolf, 28, also of Black River Falls, to serve two to four years in Waupun for abetting an attempted jailbreak. Sheriff George Dettinger was beaten in the attempted break of Payer and Wolf yesterday.” (Wisc. Rapids Daily Tribune)

Moses was still in prison in 1940. (1940 census)

Military Service

Moses W. Payer enlisted in the Army at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois, on 4 Mar 1942. (Enlistment record)

Land Grant

In 1968, Moses received a share of an allotment of land in Dixon County, Nebraska, formerly belonging to Green Cloud. The land was 72 acres and was granted in various parcels to Samuel Thunderchief, jr., Agnes Payer, Minnie Payer, Joseph Payer, Moses Payer, Harry Mason Blackhawk, Susie Smith, Stacy Payer, Wilbert Backdeer, Benjamin Walker, Vincent Walker, LeRoy Walker and Elizabeth Jean Walker. Its location was in the SW ¼ of the NE ¼ of Section 32, Lot 5, in Township 27 N, Range 6 E (42.273222 -96.753448). (Land Patent, 26-69-0002)


He died in 1973 and was buried at the Winnebago Cemetery, Winnebago, Thurston County, Nebraska, USA. (Find a Grave)


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