David was born in 1881, in Little Wymondley. The son of John Payne and Mary Payne. He was baptised on the 8th May 1881, in Little Wymondley. The 1891 census recorded David as aged 10, at school and living with his parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters, in Little Wymondley. By 1901 he was living with his widowed mother and sister in Little Wymondley. His occupation is a Gardener Domestic. David married Lizzie Bygrave from of 44 Alleyns Stevenage on the 23rd January 1904, in Stevenage. In 1911, David, now married and 30 had one son and three daughters, living at 44 Alleyns Road, Stevenage. His occupation is a Groom, Gardener, Domestic.