Richard PAINE 1
The earliest documented male in the Paine line, Richard was a churchwarden in the Parish of Elstead in Surrey during the Civil War. Greta Turner (2004) has described how the Payne family of Pitfold (near Haslemere) accumulated land following the upheavals of the Black Death and the Reformation, and moved to Elstead in the early 1600s. Several members of this family were also churchwardens in Elstead, and it seems likely that Richard was related to them. Richard moved north to the Parish of Seale in the mid 1650s, where he was also a churchwarden. He was a farmer, and had seven children with his wife Sarah, the first two born in Elstead, and the others in Seale.
Richard married Sarah. (Sarah was buried on 13 Jan 1698 in St Laurence, Seale, Surrey 2.)
1 Church Register, St James Elstead Register; Surrey County RO (baptism of son Richard).
Church Register, Transcript of Seale Burial register 1539-1764, Surrey County RO.