Peter Brown Family History

William Payne (1583) & Mary Head

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General History

William Payne & Mary Head were one of my 11th generation ancestors

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William Payne was probably baptised on 15th January 1583 in East Grinstead, Sussex. He was probably the son of John Payne of Maules( but no parents shown in baptismal record so guesswork). William possibly married Elizabeth Holmwood on 19th April 1607 in Worth, Sussex. William & Elizabeth had maybe five children (1-5). He maybe married secondly Mary Head on 21st October 1613 in East Grinstead, Sussex. Mary was buried on 18th February 1640 in East Grinstead, Sussex ('Mary, wife of William') and William was buried there on 7th October 1657 (' William of Whalesbeech). William & Mary had nine children (6-14).

Mary Head's birth details are not known

NOTE: There are still some anomalies in the following that need to be sorted out.

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William Payne & Mary had six known children:

  1. John Payne was baptised on 7th December 1606 in East Grinstead, Sussex (son of Wyllyam)
  2. John Payne was baptised on 22nd May 1608 in East Grinstead, Sussex (son of Wyllyam).
  3. Henry Payne was baptised on 7th May 1609 in East Grinstead, Sussex (Henrye son of Wyllyame).
  4. Edward Payne was baptised on 1st April 1610 in East Grinstead, Sussex (son of Wyllyame of Walsbeche)..
  5. Elizabeth Payne was baptised on 24th November 1611 in East Grinstead, Sussex (daughter of William & Elizabeth
  6. Henry Payne was baptised on 7th November 1616 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
  7. William Payne was baptised on 30th May 1619 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
  8. William Payne was baptised on 2nd July 1620 in East Grinstead, Sussex. He married Susan Stacey (Susanna) Details of William Payne & Susan Stacey are shown separately as they are direct ancestors.
  9. Mary Payne was baptised on 22nd September 1622 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
  10. Anne Payne (Ann) was baptised on 3rd January 1624 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
  11. Frances Payne was baptised on 16th April 1626 in East Grinstead, Sussex (daughter).
  12. Richard Payne was baptised on 16th July 1627 in East Grinstead, Sussex.(Payne of Maules)
  13. Robert Payne was baptised on 8th July 1632 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
  14. George Payne was baptised on 3rd September 1635 in East Grinstead, Sussex.

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  1. Taken from 'History of East Grinstead'. the Payne family , descended from John Payne of Plawhatch, was quite distinct from the "Paynes of the towne". They occupied small farms on the extreme south border of our large parish and on the verge of Ashdown Forest; such farms were Plawhatch, Legsheath, Monks-hill, Mawles, Walesbeech and, later, Charlwoods, and all owned by some member of the family of what we may call the Paynes of Legsheath, though they seem to have been earlier known as the Paynes of Plawhatch. A bird's-eye view of John Payne's ancestry may be given as follows, and its connection with farms in the parish gives it special interest:—
    1. John Payne, of Monkshill, Yeoman (probably of Plawhatch in 1562), owned freehold lands called Malls ; buried at East Grinstead as John Payne, senr., of Monkhill, in 1597.
    2. John Payne, of Maules, Yeoman, owned 7 acres at Buncegrove, called Baches, Legsheath and Dockets ; died 1624.
    3. William Payne, of Walesbeech, Yeoman, owned Legsheath, Maules, Dockets ; buried at East Grinstead as William Paine, of
      Walesbeech, 1657.
    4. William Payne, of Maules, Yeoman (5th son), owned Legsheath and Monkshill; died 1658 ; by his will " to be buried at
      East Grinstead."
    5. William Payne, of Legsheath, owned Velvicks; his brothers, Edward and Robert, lived at Maules and Monkshill; buried at
      East Grinstead as Mr. Wm. Payne, of Legsheath, 1727.
    6. John Payne, of Legslieath, Esqre., owned Maules, while his cousin, Edward, owned Monkshill; Sheriff of Sussex 1738 ; buried at East Grinstead as " John Payne, Esq.," 1760.
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  1. Sussex Genealogies  (Ardingly Centre) - John Comber 1932
  2. Sussex Record Society -  East Grinstead Parish Registers 1558-1661:
  3. Sussex Parish Registers –Ardingly, Cuckfield, East Grinstead, Lindfield, West Hoathly
  4. Sussex Record Society – Marriage Licenses at Lewes 1586-1642,1670-1732, 1772-1837 (Volumes 1, 6, 25,26)
  5. Lewes Will Microfilm
  6. Sussex Family History Group-Sussex Marriage Index CD
  7. Sussex Family History Group - Baptism & Burial records
  8. Sussex Record Society - PM Inquistions summaries
  9. IGI (International Genealogical Index: Latter-day Saints) - batches of parish records: see LINKS-Research Web sites
  10. History of East Grinstead by WALLACE HENRY HILLS,1906