Hi Zenobia, I seem to remember you connections to the Payne family of St. Ives (?). From an old book found at the flat we had at St.Ives last week. A short history of Cornwall. Following the reinstatement of Royalty after the end of Cromwells short reign there was quite a bit of retribution against people who did not support Charles 1 in the civil war. St.Ives apparently went against the trend and supported Cromwell. John Payne,Mayor of St.Ives, was requested to build a gallows in the Market Square. He was then invited to a meal with the Kings Commissioner. At the end of the meal he asked who the gallows was for and was told it was for him. He was promptly hanged. I suppose he could be the John Payne bapt.24th.apr.1612 to George and Christian (?). Anyway a very interesting snippet. Roy
This sounds suspiciously like the story attached to John Payne, port-reeve of St Ives, who was hanged following the 1549 Prayer Book rebellion - but that was 100 years or more before the restoration of Charles II.