|Relationship to me:||Great Uncle||Gen -2|
|Father:||Henry Paynter||1846 - 1919|
|Mother:||Henrietta Paynter (nee Newman)||c1849 - 1914|
|Brothers:||(younger) William||1870 ~ 1888|
|Fredrick||1872 - 1945|
|Edwin Coleman||1882 - c.1975|
|Sisters:||(elder) Katherine||1868 - 1953|
|(younger) Lilian||1873 - 1958|
|Eva||1876 - ????|
|Winnie||1878 - 1943|
|Violet||1883 - ????|
|Rose||1885 - 1930|
|Edith May||1889 - 1982|
|Olive||1893 - c.1953|
Outline his Life: From Ian Caldwell: b.1869, trained as a solicitor but went off to Canada as a fur trapper and married a chorus girl. The marriage was soon a failure. He worked at fur trapping and intended to save enough money to return to England and live with his unmarried sister, Eva, with whom he had a good relationship. He had almost saved enough but injured his back when he dived from a bridge to rescue a drowning child and had to use up his savings when he was hospitalised as a result of his injury. He never left Canada and later died by being run over by a truck.
Ian's notes conflict with what Marion Paynter told me. She confirmed that Ernest went to Canada and later lived in a hut in a forest in Washington state (USA) where he lived with his dogs. However she records that he came home to Alnwick around 1910 to a great welcome, when everyone was amazed that it only took him two weeks to travel there from the west coast of the USA.
Marion Paynter told me (in 2001) that Ernest and Jum trained as lawyers but were made to work for their father for nothing, revolted and "fled to freedom" in Canada. She adds that according to Jum, Henry and Henrietta argued incessently about money - and that suitors visiting the girls had no idea of the parlous state of the family's finances. Henrietta never had enough money for housekeeping or for the entertaining that they did, nor for the charities that she supported.
Note: Burke's Landed Gentry (1972) shows "Henry Ernest Paynter b.1869 d. young". I wonder why the conflicting information.