First, Jane Smallpiece d. 1675—many list her parents as John Smallpiece and Margaret Elliot (Ellyot) of Godalming, Surrey, England, but my Internet searches found only three children for them—John, Nicholas and Damaris.Edward Smallpiece (Smallpeece) and Alice Farley (married 17 Jun 1621) of Cranley, Surrey, England are the only ones I could find with a son, John, b. 1625, and a daughter, Jane. b. 1638, of age to marry Thomas Payne, b. 1625.
In 1664, Thomas Payne and Jane (age 26) arrived in MD with three young daughters.At her death in 1675 (age 37), Jane left seven young children. John Smallpiece immigrated to MD in 1671 and appears to have died shortly before his sister, Jane.
Second, Thomas Payne d. 1673—Patrick Payne suggests Thomas is from the Payne Petworth, Sussex, England family.According to Berry’s Genealogies (Sussex) this family descends from John Payne of Palenwicke, Middlesex, England.(It is interesting to me that the will of John Payne, d. 1552, lists an inn, the Swann, in London, that is also listed in the will of his great grandson, Thomas Payne of Petworth, who died in 1657.). Most of John Payne’s extensive estate was left to his eldest son, William, (who died without issue).His second son, Thomas, originally from Middlesex, but next at Lincoln’s Inn (one of the four inns for training barristers/lawyers) married Elizabeth Walker in 1577.Elizabeth was a daughter of Anthony Walker, sometime clerk of the Royal Wardrobe, who is said to have acquired great wealth before his death.This Thomas Payne is later named as Thomas Payne of Petworth, Sussex.
Thomas Payne and Elizabeth’s eldest son, John Payne, inherited most of his uncle William’s estate while their second son, Thomas, is registered at the Middle Temple (another inn of law) in 1606.Thomas married Margaret Wheatley who had, among other children, a first son, Thomas, b. 1625, and a second son, John, b. 1626.Middle Temple records show:3 Feb. 1645Mr. John, second son of Thomas Payne of the Middle Temple, gent., specially ; bound with Henry Peckham, esq., and his father.
Thomas Payne, wife, Margaret, died in 1657 leaving a will naming his son, Thomas, as executor.In 1671, John Payne of Petworth died leaving a wife, Mary, and children.In the meantime, the eldest son, Thomas Payne, (according to Patrick Payne’s theory) had married Jane Smallpiece, had three daughter and immigrated to Maryland in 1664 where a number of properties were acquired. Four more children, two sons and two daughters, were born before Thomas’s (and Jane’s) death.
Petworth, Sussex records show a Thomas Payne died 16 Jan 1673.I speculate that Thomas Payne learning of his brother’s death in England wrote a will dated 12 Mar 1672 and returned to England to help settle the estate. His death in January of 1673 in England would not be learned until May 1673 when his will was filed in St. Mary’s, Maryland.
I would be happy to provide my sources for the above information and would appreciate comments on the ideas presented.I can be reached at rpaynegen at yahoo dot com.