Family history is just the business for David

FAMILY BUSINESS: David Payne's dad, Edward George Payne (right) and his brother Howard, outside the shop of their father, Samuel Charles Payne, in Elwick Road. The picture was probably taken around 1930
FAMILY BUSINESS: David Payne's dad, Edward George Payne (right) and his brother Howard, outside the shop of their father, Samuel Charles Payne, in Elwick Road. The picture was probably taken around 1930

DAVID Payne’s ancestry is very much a tale of Hartlepool’s flourishing business world in the late 1800s.

Last week, we told how the Hartlepool man’s great grandmother Elizabeth Payne - nee Rowe - raised a family of seven on her own after the death of her husband and also kept up a business.

This week, we look at other members of the family who seemed to have a knack for commerce.

FROM pipe makers to grocers.

The Rowe family, also known as Row, certainly knew how to conduct business. Yet it seemed for many in the clan that business life was often accompanied by a lack of luck in their own lives.

The links with commerce got under way with the success of Elizabeth’s father Harrison who was first employed as a tobacco clay pipe maker in the family business run by his father, John Row, in Yarm, North Yorkshire.

David said: “He eventually moved to Hartlepool from Cornforth in County Durham where he had set up a pipe making business. His father and brother had, at the time, a pipe making business in Hartlepool called John Row & Sons.”

But business success did not always mean happiness in his own life for Harrison. He and his wife Margaret “separated some time before 1881, as at the time of the 1881 Census

he was living in West Hartlepool as an assistant at a grocery shop, owned by one of his sons,” said David.

A younger brother of Elizabeth was Robert Halton Rowe. David said: “Robert was well known in Hartlepool as a successful grocery shop owner.

“At one time he owned six shops in Hartlepool and West Hartlepool. In 1894 and 1895 he served as the Mayor of Hartlepool.”

But again, not everything in the family ran smoothly.

David explained: “Robert Halton Rowe accompanied Thomas Henry Payne when he was placed into the care of the Seaman’s orphanage in Hull.

“Thomas Rowe, another brother of Elizabeth, accompanied Samuel Charles Payne when he was placed into the care of the Seaman’s orphanage in Hull.”

Elizabeth married Edward George Payne, a sailor from Walcott in Norfolk, on February 17, 1866 at St Hilda’s church.

“It must have been a shotgun wedding as their first son, Robert William was born in August of that year,” said David.

He added: “I had always thought that Edward George was the first of the Payne family to settle in Hartlepool but I have recently discovered that his brother, Lazarus James Payne, was living in Dock Street in West Hartlepool in 1864 when he took his mates ticket.”