Ernest Paynter
1869 - c1958

 Relationship to me: Great Uncle Gen -2   
 Born: 1869  
 Died: c1958  
 Age ~89  
 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 
 Married: ??? ??
 Children: probably none  


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.


Last updated 10 Aug 2016 - Olive's birth year corrected.