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Ernest Leopold Payton (1877- ) of Austin
1877 January 11th. Born at Handsworth, Birmingham the son of Francis William Payton, a Broker in Stones, and his wife Bertha Hopley. They had children Ernest Stanley Payton, b. 1902, Kings Norton, Birmingham, and Beatrice Irene Payton, b. 1904, Kings Norton, Birmingham. He married secondly Elizabeth Gertrude Loach and had son John Austin Payton.
1937 Bio Note 
PAYTON, Ernest Leopold; b. 1877 at Handsworth, Staffordshire; s. of F. W. Payton. Educ.: Bridge Trust School, Handsworth Grammar School, King Edward's Grammar School. Deputy Chairman and Financial Director, Austin Motor Co., Ltd.; Chairman and Director of other companies; m. Gertrude, d. of William Joyner; two s. one d. Recreations: Golf, tennis, swimming, cycling. Clubs: Conservative, Midland Conservative, Birmingham; Royal Automobile Club, London. Address: Cranford, Cotton Lane, Moseley, Birmingham.
1941 Chairman of Austin until November 1945