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|I am currently researching the history of my father’s family, the Paines, who have been resident in and around the Worthing area since the early 1700s, and inter-married with a number of old local families. While I have a wealth of information already, I wonder whether any of your readers can help fill a few gaps.|
The Paines are all descendents of William Paine, who is known to have been a blacksmith in Broadwater in 1725. One branch of the family carried on the business in Broadwater, eventually becoming Paine Manwaring Ltd, while my branch settled in the newly developing town of Worthing, becoming mainly auctioneers and printers.
In 1761 my great great great grandfather William son of William Paine, married Jane Parson of Holt Farm, Clapham. I know that several generations of the Parson family farmed at Holt during the 17th and 18th century, but I wonder whether the farm still exists and whether there are any pictures in existence.
In 1803 my great great grandfather, Edward Paine, was appointed Worthing’s first beadle and town crier. He was married to Ann Baker of Lyminster and named their youngest son Duke Edward. Their daughter, Mary Anne, married Edward Stubbs and they named one of their sons Robert Duke.
This seems to relate to the Duke family who crop up in various parts of West Sussex and appears to have some significance, since the name Duke continues for several generations in both the Paine and Stubbs families. However, the precise reason has so far eluded me, but perhaps one of your readers can help.
Finally, Duke Edward’s youngest son, my grandfather Walter Paine, according to his obituary in the West Sussex Gazette dated June 26, 1919, served an apprenticeship with your newspaper prior to setting up his own printing business in Worthing, where he subsequently published The Worthing Intelligencer, later known as The Worthing Observer.
If anyone can help or supply any information, I should be most grateful. I should be especially delighted to hear from anyone who thinks they may be related, however distantly!
Rosemary Pearson (nee Paine)
|Posted by - Rosemary Pearson|