Charles Sampson Payne was the youngest son of Sampson Payne (see below). Born in Salisbury c.1838, Charles moved with the family to Southampton in 1842. He followed in the family china and glass business, becoming assistant to and later partner (as Payne Brothers) of one of his elder brothers, Henry Musgrave Payne. The partnership was dissolved on 22 February 1867, Charles keeping on the older business - in wholesale, retail and shipping - at 68 High Street whilst Henry took over the recently-established retail business at 148 High Street (trading as Payne and Son).

Charles became bankrupt in November 1872. Forsaking the china business, he became an accountant. In May 1876 - described as a young, intelligent man by Alderman Passenger - he was elected rate collector for the borough.

Charles married Eliza Falvey - elder daughter of Timothy Falvey - by licence in All Saints Church, High Street on 14 October 1865. They had three children, baptized in All Saints Church: Charles Edward Falvey (21 December 1867); Olive Marion (30 June 1869); Beatrix Muriel (29 December 1871). The family had moved to Hurst House in Waterloo Road, Freemantle by 1869. Within a few years they were back in Southampton, first at 9 Portland Street and then at 7 Brunswick Place. Timothy Falvey - a widower since 1864 - and his unmarried daughter Marion lived with the family. It was probably Falvey's influence in the Town Council that secured Charles's appointment as rate collector. Eliza Payne died on 17 March 1876, aged 38 years, at 9 Portland Street. Charles and his children emigrated to the United States of America in the early 1880s.

Charles followed family tradition in politics. At the general election of July 1865, he voted for the Radical candidates George Moffatt and T M Mackay. His marriage three months later brought him into the family of the 'Grand Old Man' of Southampton Liberalism, Timothy Falvey.

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