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The PAYNE and DILLON Website

Updated May 27, 2011

THOMAS DILLON PAYNE
Son of David Lee Payne and Marilyn Jean Dillon
created this genealogy site. He currently lives near
Seattle, WA, United States
815-550-2779
Fax: 815-550-2779
tom@theCounselors.com

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The surname PAYNE first appeared as PAGEN and PAYEN among Norman lords claiming lands in England during the 11th century. Around 1080, according to the Doomsday Book of English estates, PAGEN OF HAMPSHIRE held property in sixteen counties "directly of the King". His eldest son, EDMUND OF PAGEN, inherited most of this property. A younger son, SIR HUGH De PAYEN, went on the First Crusade to the Holy Land in 1099 and founded the Order of the Knights Templar. After the Crusade, Hugh's son Thomas returned to England, dropped the Norman spelling PAYEN, and began signing his name PAINE. The Doomsday Book records that SIR THOMAS PAINE held a "manor house in the King's Forest"...

Historical documents show SIR ROBERT PAYNE of Huntingdonshire, England had five sons and at least two of them settled in The New World. I've located some good candidates for our connection to Sir Robert, but no clear documentation. "The Immigrant" JOHN PAYNE, commander of the ship "John and Dorothy", sailed to Virginia in 1635 and started a well documented southern Payne dynasty. John is associated through historical records with the Huntingdonshire Paynes. That very same year, WILLIAM PAYNE settled in Boston, beginning a northern Payne lineage. William is historically documented to descend from the Payne family of Bury St. Edmonds in Suffolk, England. There is ongoing DNA research to determine how northern and southern Paynes may be related. Whatever the relationship, the names ROBERT, JOHN and WILLIAM PAYNE all appear in the Jamestowne Charter and Stockholder Lists...

Profound thanks go to my first cousin Virginia Jean "Ginger" Payne for sharing data files from her research into the PAYNE and DEETON family tree. On the DEETON side, Ginger traced back to GEORGE & ANN DEETON in Yorkshire, England about 1750. Their son CHRISTOPHER W. DEETON and his wife ISABELLA LAMBERT arrived in Virginia around 1804. Christopher and Isabella are both buried in Alexandria, Virginia...

My father's PAYNE family tree dead-ends with my great, great Grandfather SILAS PAYNE, who appears as SILAS PAINE in the 1850 census. He has 1847 marriage records in both Franklin and Roanoke counties, Virginia. He fathered five well documented children, including my great Grandfather WILLIAM AUGUSTINE PAYNE. Silas probably died before 1856, because his wife remarried JABEZ GILBERT that year and moved to Tennessee, where they and the children are found in subsequent census books...

Fortunately for my family research, Silas married well. He wed MARY ELIZABETH SAUNDERS, whose bloodline traces back to the royal houses of England and France. Owing to her royal relations, Mary's ancestry has been meticulously documented by many families. Thanks to their research, we can reliably trace our own ancestors back to the 11th century with "The Conqueror" WILLIAM OF NORMANDY and his son HENRY I, King of England. Below you will find the "Ancestors Tree" of my father DAVID LEE PAYNE, which explores the more ancient English, Welsh and Norman family history...

My mother's DILLON family tree also has dead-ends. The surname traces back to the 1700s in Tennessee, Kentucky and Ireland. The NEWKIRK family name dead-ends around 1801 in New York. However, bloodlines of my great, great, great Grandmother LUTITIA RIGGS trace back to ROLLO OF NORMANDY, CHARLEMAGNE and Viking lords of the second century. The family tree of my mother MARILYN JEAN DILLON includes English, French, German and Scandinavian branches...

The PAYNE and DILLON Family Trees below document arrival of the BENNET, BELCHER, HARDY, JACKSON, RIGGS, SNOW, STOCKLEY and WALKER families in America before 1650. Right-clicking on the individual names in any of my trees will give you more menu options. Complete "Gedcom" computer files are available upon request. I welcome questions, additions or corrections...

GEDCOM Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later)

  • Ancestor Tree of My Father DAVID LEE PAYNE (3075 KB)
    Journey back 41 generations through the PAYNE, SAUNDERS, HARDY, STANLEY, DeFERRERS, and GLOUCESTER families to the 11th century with "The Conqueror" WILLIAM OF NORMANDY and his son HENRY I, King Of England.
  • Ancestors of "The Conqueror" WILLIAM OF NORMANDY (242 KB)
    Journey back another 49 generations past CHARLEMAGNE and DAGOBERT to NERO, TIBERIUS and MARC ANTONY of ancient Rome. The famous names are fun and they demonstrate that EVERYBODY is related to everybody!
 

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