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William Paine sued Col. Edmund Scarburgh of Virginia through his “loving friend” and attorney, Col. William Kendall. Kendall’s son-in-law was Hancock Lee, brother of Richard Lee II and his wife, Lettice, daughter of Henry Corbin, all neighbors of the immigrant John Payne, whose son, William, appointed Richard II and Lettice Lee to be the guardians of his children by his will of 1697/8. Additionally, Henry Corbin’s grandfather, George Corbin, of Hallend, Warwickshire, leased land at Polesworth in that county from the Pulteney family, who were kinsmen of the ancestors of William Payne of Boston and of John Payne of Virginia.


Elizabeth Payne, granddaughter of the immigrant John Payne, married Henry Thacker, and he was a kinsman of the Eltonheads, Conways and Gerards- with whom the Payne’s also had close attachments. The immigrant John Payne is documented in primary records as having conducted business with Dr. Thomas Gerard, who ultimately lived nearby in Westmoreland County. In 1626, primary records show that a William Payne had written letters of a personal nature to members of the Conway family- Edward, 1st Viscount Conway, and his sister, Katherine. William Eltonhead and his wife, Jane Gerard, owned a slave by the name of Francis Payne, who purchased his freedom circa 1650. William Eltonhead and Col. Edmund Scarburgh were also closely associated by primary records. The wife of Edward, 1st Viscount Conway, was Dorothy, daughter of John Tracy by Anne Throckmorton, a kinswoman of the Throckmortons mentioned above. Moreover, Lord Conway was closely connected politically to the isle of Jersey during the early 17th-century, and as such, he would have been familiar to the Carteret and Payn families, both of which were actively involved in high political offices of the island at the time.




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