William Paynter
1870 - 1888

 Relationship to me: Great Uncle Gen -2 

 Born: 1870  
 Died: 20th April 1888  
 Age 18  
 Father:      Henry Paynter
 Mother: Henrietta Paynter (nee Newman)
 Brothers: (elder) Henry Ernest 1869 - 1938
  Fredrick 1872 - 1945
  (younger) Edwin Coleman 1882 - c1975 
 Sisters:   (elder) Katie 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: Never Married
 Children: none


Photos: Left: Fred and William c. 1875 (I guess); Right: Fred, Lilian, William c.1884

Outline his Life: The following information was sent to me by Ray Farnsworth (see email dated 11 Jan 2005) and by Alfie Windsor who runs the website for HMS Conway (see email dated 19 June 2015):

Ray Farnsworth offered further information and the illustration below in an email dated 25th Jan 2005 as follows:

"I have obtained a copy of picture of the "Cumeria" from the Hilton family.  I have now been authoritively advised that the Cumeria was last sighted on June 12th 1888 at Lat. 30degrees South, Long. 50degrees West off the South American East Coast, between Port Alegre and Rio Grande, about 300 miles North of Montevideo. I had previously understood (wrongly) that the ship was last seen off the South African coast."

Below is a copy of a very early photograph of the Cumeria sent to me by Ray Farnsworth in July 2006 taken in San Fransisco in 1872 (copyright is with the museum in San Francisco)

An earlier note from Ray dated July 2002, stated: "I did the original research re the fate of William, your Grandmothers brother. The family data was that he was lost on The Conway. I checked with detailed maritime records both in the UK and in Nova Scotia, and came up with the true ship record and crew lists etc. It was definitely The Cumeria".

Ian Caldwell relates a similar story which concludes with the following anecdote: "William was presumed drowned but his body was never found. His mother always laid an extra place at the table every Christmas for him as she never knew for certain he was dead."

Last updated 10 Aug 2016 - Olive's birth year corrected.
Updated 20 Jun 2015 - Information from Alfie Windsor added.
Page updated 29 Jul 2006 - Photo added of the "Cumeria".