Brett Payne's Family History Home Page
A selection of material relating to my genealogical research
by Brett Payne
of Tauranga, New Zealand
A static, online family tree database that I created using GED2HTML in December 2001. Much further research has been done and many more discoveries made since that time, so it's now rather out of date. However, most of the basics are there.
More recently I have created and updated dynamic online family tree databases for portions of the family, hosted by TribalPages. To access these you will need a password, for which you will have to email me
I'm always very happy to provide more detailed, up-to-date information about selected branches of the family on request. My PicasaWeb Album
contains some old family photographs but is mostly more recent stuff.
My Family History
Links to articles that I have written about, and material relating to, my family history research, listed roughly in chronological order for each family group.
MILLER and BROWN families
BENFIELD, LUNN and PARKER families
SMIT & SCHIPPER families
BINNIE and MANSOUR families
- Peter Payne's Jug, 1829 - 175th Anniversary article (22 February 2004)
- Henry Payne's childhood - Growing up in Woodville and the Workhouse, 1848-1857 (25 February 2001)
- Sergeant Henry Payne - Henry's time in the West Bromwich Police Force, 1861-1864 (2 August 2003)
- Fifty Years of Payne Journeys to North America, 1872-1921 (7 September 2003) - Introduction
- Henry Payne in Virginia & Nebraska, 1872 (7 September 2003) - Henry loses his watch and chain on a farm
- St Andrew's Middle Class School, Litchurch, Derby (10 June 2008) - Charles Vincent Payne and St Andrew's Middle Class School
- Hardy's "Starbright" in Bottle, for Family Trade (28 April 2008) - The Payne family grocery and off-licence in St James' Road, Normanton, Derby
- Coming to America (26 July 2007) - Henry & Henrietta Payne's attempt at a new life in America in 1880
- Farming at Bladensburg in Maryland, 1880 (7 September 2003) - The climate does not agree with Henrietta's health
- Transport contraption or tourist trap in St Malo? (31 October 2008) - Henry Payne's visits to St Malo in France, 1881-1882
- Have space suit - Will travel (18 October 2009) - More about Henry Payne's visits to St Malo and Le Pont Roulant
- More photos from St James' Board School (14 September 2008) - A school photograph of Charles Vincent and Charles Hallam Payne
- Whistling Bird, the Arizona Cowboy and the Disappearing Lady (31 October 2009) - Charles Vincent Payne's brief singing career
- Chicago, Pullman & the World's Fair, 1891-1892 (7 September 2003) - The Payne boys do America
- Letter to America - A moment in the life of a young girl in late Victorian Derby (13 February 2009) - The childhood of Lucy Mary Payne (1876-1953)
- Charles Leslie Lionel Payne - Early Childhood & Schooldays, 1892-1912 (18 July 2003) - Grandpa's childhood in Derby
- St James' Board School, New Normanton, Derby (11 June 2008) - Charles Leslie Lionel Payne at St James' Board School, Normanton
- Henry & Henrietta Payne of New Normanton (13 April 2008) - Digital colourisation of Henry & Henrietta Payne's 1898 portrait
- Henry & Henrietta Payne – A "Noble" Life (13 April 2009) - The amazing story of my great-great-grandparents
- Portrait of a young man in Derby, by Milton ... or perhaps Frost? (20 October 2008) - Probable ID of two portraits as Fred Payne (1879-1946)
- CLLP's First Canadian Sojourn, 1912-1914 (18 July 2003) - Leslie Payne's adventures in Canada before the Great War
- Enlistment in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Winter 1914/1915 (18 July 2003) - Leslie goes off to the War
- Leslie Payne with the CPR in Saskatchewan & Eatons in Winnipeg (7 September 2003) - Another account of Grandpa's adventures in Canada
- Training in Kent, Summer 1915 (18 July 2003) - Leslie trains with the C.E.F. during the summer of 1915
- His Lordship taking his rum ration (13 August 2007) - Leslie Payne training with the C.E.F. in Kent during the Great War, August 1915
- The Continent & War (18 July 2003) - Leslie spends the winter of 1915/16 on the Western Front
- At the Ypres Front with the C.M.G.C., Summer 1916 (18 July 2003) - Leslie and his friend Bud Willox join the Machine Gunners
- The Blood Baths of the Somme, Autumn 1916 (18 July 2003) - Leslie's company fights at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on the Somme
- Canadian War Graves - Ed Pye and the 5th Canadian Inf. Bn. (3 September 2008) - A P/C photo from the Great War & its connection with Leslie Payne
- Harold Victor Payne (1898-1921) of Derby & friends (13 June 2008) - Harold Victor Payne in the Imperial Machine Gun Corps, 1916-1919
- Hospital Blues (19 May 2011) - Grandpa and his brother Harold wounded during the Great War
- Back to Canada on the ‘Old Reliable’ (31 May 2011) - The war over, Grandpa returns to Canada on the HMT Olympic, January 1919
- The Great Train Wreck (3 June 2011) -Grandpa's journey back to Winnipeg interrupted by a train accident
- CLLP in Winnipeg & back to England (18 July 2003) - Leslie's final years in Winnipeg
- Lesley's final years in Winnipeg, 1919-1921 (7 September 2003) - Grandpa gives up on his Canadian adventures and returns to Derby
- Summer holidays at Grand Beach, Lake Winnipeg (28 June 2009) - More photos of Grand and Victoria Beaches
- Amateur photo of a wedding group, 1926 (16 June 2008) - The wedding of Charles Leslie Lionel Payne and Ethel Brown
- Learning to drive (9 March 2011) - Grandpa Payne learning to drive in a Model "T" Ford, c.1926
- Drinking Friends (18 March 2011) - Charles Vincent Payne with friends
- Dale Cottage, Ingleby, Derbyshire (27 October 2008) - Photographs taken of and at Uncle Hallam's house, 1929-2006
- Sidewalk Photographers, Bournemouth & Great Yarmouth (15 March 2009) - Uncle Hallam and Aunt Sarah Payne's visits to the seaside, 1931-1935
- Holidays at the Beach (10 June 2009) - Bud and Bunnie at the seaside, 1931-1938
- Service on the Home Front (23 June 2009) - Photos of Grandpa during the Second World War
- First cameras, first photographs (8 April 2011) - Three generations of first photographs, 1944-1971-1996
- My Dad and Princess Margaret (29 March 2011) - Dad at a ball at State House with Princess Margaret, July 1953
- Cromford Bridge Chapel (14 May 2011) - Grandpa Payne and Cromford Bridge Chapel
- Charles Hallam Payne, 1870-1960 (13 Nov 2008) - Uncle Hallam and Payne family graves at Church Gresley
Old Photographs, Photographers and Photography
Derbyshire Photographers & Photographic Studios
An ongoing study of 19th- and early to mid-20th Century studio photographers from the county of Derbyshire, England.
Victorian & Edwardian Portrait Collection
A selection of old photographs and albums from my own collection.
A series of blog articles about old photographs, photographers and their subjects. Some of these articles are duplicated on my mirror site
South Derbyshire Genealogy
South Derbyshire Genealogy Pages
Transcripts of genealogical resources relating to South Derbyshire, not just relating to my family. I devoted many hundreds of hours to this work in the past but have not added to the resources for a few years now. However, I still receive emails every week from those who have found the material of some use.
The South Derbyshire Graveyard Rabbit
Discovering the churchyards and cemeteries of South Derbyshire, and celebrating those who are buried in them. Another project that I haven't found a lot of time for, but which I hope to add to in due course.
Derbyshire Photographers & Photographic Studios
An ongoing study of 19th- and early to mid-20th Century Derbyshire studio photographers. This started merely as an index to Vistorian and Edwardian Derbyshire photographers and studios, compiled to assist in dating my own family photographs, and then put online to assist others with theirs. However, many family historians started sending me scans of their family photographs, and the project snowballed. I can't say that it's in any way definitive, because I still add newly discovered photographers to the list fairly often, but hopefully the vast majority of studios have been represented in some way.
The Great War
6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company
Research and Transcripts of material relating to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, in which my grandfather Charles Leslie Lionel Payne (1892-1975) served during the Great War.
A journal of my research into the experiences of my grandfather Charles Leslie Lionel Payne (1892-1975) as a machine gunner in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War, presented in the form of a blog. Sadly, I've not added to this material for a while. I do intend to continue, particularly as I was able to visit the Western Front with my brother in October 2007, but other projects seem to have taken priority for the moment.
This page last updated 29 August 2011 © Brett Payne All Rights Reserved