I tried a different tactic with this one and once I had finished
searching the regular way for Joan Payson, I tried getting information
by instead investigating her father.
Once again I believe that Joan did not have a middle name, but I have
also come up with what I believe is a plausable theory as to why.
First let me show you this geneology site.
As you will see this traces Joan's family back to her grandfather in
If you look through the list of subsequent children, you will note
that her Grandfather was a Mr William Collins Whitney and Her
Grandmother a Ms Flora Payne.
When they were married, Flora Payne kept her maiden name and became
Mrs Flora Paye Whitney and so most of the children became Payne
Whitneys. The curious thing was that Payne Whitney himself was just
that and no other christian name was given to him.
So they had a tradition in this family when someone was married that
the bride would keep her maiden name as well as adopt her husbands
name and this name would then be passed on to the children.
Payne Whitney married Helen Hay and they had two children, Joan
Whitney and John Hay Whitney.
This carried on when Joan had a son and named him John Whitney Payson.
Therefore if Joan Whitney were going to have a middle name in this
family it would have been Hay. But the person who wrote this page has
obviously done a lot of work on the Whitney family and seen all the
Whitney research group
Her grave only reports the name Payson, which is a little
disappointing since she held onto the name Whitney her whole life only
to be interred in a grave bearing only her husbands family name
Find a grave
I also checked with the following searches
"Joan * Whitney" ", "Whitney Joan *" "Joan Whitney" "full name"
"born" "Payne Whitney" daughter "Helen Hay" Daughter
I Hope this helps.