From the Normans to the Present Day

The main figure here is William the Conqueror. The lineage has been traced. Maybe this post will help you find family connections.

Let’s start with genealogical tables to get the big picrture.

Here is C. Warren Hollister’s table of the House of Normandy to the Plantagenets:

So we have these links in the chain from Rollo (Rolf the Viking) to Henry II, the first Plantagenet:

Dan Jones’s table from his book the Plantagenets:

Let’s get started.

Please click on the links to find out more information.

1. Rollo, the Viking jarl (earl)

2. William Longsword, duke of the Bretons, count of Rouen

3. Richard I, count and marquis 

4. Richard II, duke of Normandy 

5. Robert I, duke of Normandy 

6. William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders

This illegitimate son, duke of Normandy, forever changed the course of English history. He was born at Falaise in 1027 or 1028, probably in the fall of 1028. His mother was Herleva, a girl of the town. He became the King of England on 25 Dec 1066 and before that he was the Duke of Normandy, a title he kept after becoming King. He was injured while riding a horse at the border town of Mantes. He was carried back to Rouen and moved to the Priory of Saint Gervais outside the city. Surrounded by clergy and magnates, he died on 9 Sep 1087. His corpse was transported by river and sea to Caen and was buried in the Abbey church of Saint-Etienne (Stephen).

Also named Maud, she was of diminutive (short) size (4ft. 2in.). Her parents were Baldwin (Baudouin) V, the Count / Marquis of Flanders, from 1035 to 1067 and Regent of France 1060-1067, son and heir. He was born about 1010. One researcher says Baldwin married at Paris in 1028 Adele of France, daughter of Robert II, King of France, son of Hugh Capet, namesake of the Capetian dynasty of French kings. Adele was Robert’s daughter by his third wife Constance, daughter of William II, Count of Arles. Adele was born at Ypres, probably in 1009. Baldwin died at Lille on 1 Sep 1067 and was buried in the church of St. Pierre (Peter), Lille. Adele retired to the Abbey of Messine near Ypres, where she died on 8 Jan 1079. Matilda died 2 Nov 1083 and was buried in St. Trinité in Caen. The inscription around her tombstone survives.

Tracy Borman, who wrote a biography about William the Conqueror’s wife, Matilda of Flanders, shows that Matilda’s line goes right back to Charlemagne:

Matilda and William are on the bottom right.

7. King Henry I and Edith-Matilda of Scotland

He was nicknamed Beauclerc. He was William the Conqueror’s fourth son and third surviving one. He was born in 1068 or 1069. On 11 Nov 1100, he married (1) Edith-Matilda, daughter of Malcolm III, King of Scots by his second wife (Saint) Margaret (see above). Edith-Matilda was born in about 1079. Edith is an English name, and she changed it to the Norman French name Matilda when she married Henry. Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury, performed the marriage ceremony and crowned the new queen. When Henry’s wife Matilda died before their son William did, he had to think of a male succession. He married (2) Alice or Adeliza, at Windsor, Berkshire, on 29 Jan 1129; she was the daughter of Gottfried I, Duke of Lower Lorraine, Count of Louvain, by his first wife Ida, daughter of Otto II, Count of Chiny. They had no issue.

He died at Lyons-la-Forêt, near Rouen, Normandy, on 1 Dec 1135, supposedly eating Lamprey eels, an eel-like, flesh-eating fish, a rich delicacy (but it could be another intestinal cause). He was buried at Reading Abbey, Berkshire.

Matilda was the daughter of Malcolm III (Canmor), King of Scots by his second wife (Saint Margaret), daughter of Edward Atheling. They married about 1068-69. Malcolm was born about 1031. Malcolm III defeated and killed Macbeth (of Shakespeare fame), King of Scots, at Lunfanan 15 Mar 1057. Malcolm became King of Scots on the defeat and death of Lulach 17 Mar 1057/58. He was crowned at Scone 25 Apr 1058. He married (2) Margaret at Dunfermline, Fife, 1068-69.

Malcolm was killed by Morel of Bamborough at Alnwick, Northumberland 13 Nov 1093. He was buried at first at Tynemought, but his son, King Alexander I, later moved his body to Dunfermline, fife. Margaret died at Edinburgh Castle 16 Nov 1093 and was buried before the high altar in the church of the Holy Trinity at Dunfermline, Fife. She was canonized by Pope Innocent IV in 1250.

Edith-Matilda was born in 1079. Edith is an English name, so she adopted the French name Matilda when she married into the French Normans. Margaret was the great-granddaughter of Edmund Ironside, a kinswoman of King Edward of the true royal family of England (i.e. no Norman interference). She died at Westminster 1 May 1118. He married again.

8. Empress Matilda and Geoffrey of Anjou

Henry had a daughter named Matilda (Maud), who married Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, on 7 Jan 1114. Henry V died, and they had no issue, so her father Henry I called her back home.

She was born at London on 7 or 8 Feb 1102. She married (1) Heinrich at Mainz on 7 Jan 1114 Heinrich (Henry) V, Holy Roman Emperor. She had been crowned Queen of the Germans on St. James Day, 25 July 1110, in the early Romanesque Cathedral of Mainz by Frederick, archbishop of Cologne. Heinrich had initiated the search for a bride and thought Matilda would be the one. Her father accepted because he needed Germany on the French flank. However, Heinrich V died at Utrecht on 23 May 1125. They had no issue. She kept the title Empress. Her father recalled her in 1126 and proclaimed her presumptive heir in 1127. She married at Le Mans, Maine, on 17 June 1128 Geoffrey (Geoffroi), Count of Anjou, later Duke of Normandy, son of Fulk. He was born 24 Aug 1113. She was twenty-six and he was fifteen. He took the nickname Plantagenet.

What kind of child does a Scotswoman (Edith-Matilda) and a Norman Frenchman (Henry I) produce? A Medieval sources says she “displayed her father’s courage and her mother’s piety; holiness in her found its equal energy, and it would be hard to say which was more admirable.” What did she look like as she grew up? The Medieval sources are silent, but her father was short and stocky with receding black hair. Her mother Edith-Matilda was Scottish and was considered very holy (she was canonized in 1250), but was also a beauty.

She probably was educated very early in the household of her mother. Her mother sometimes travelled around with her husband, Henry I, so Matilda saw charters signed (documents granting privileges or permission or money to institutions like monasteries). Her mother’s household was cultured and religious, living at Westminster after birthing two children. Little Matilda may have met the great Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury. The elder Matilda loved the music of the church and attracted to her court musicians and learned poets, who were generously paid.

Geoffrey was reportedly good looking (his nickname was le Bel or the Fair or Handsome). He was lithe and athletic. His face was “glowing like the flower of a lily, with rosy flush”; he “dressed in finest armor with golden spurs and a sparkling gem-studded helmet, golden lions proudly on his shield.” He liked to wear a sprig of bright yellow broom blossom (Planta genista in Latin) in his hair. This earned him the nickname Plantagenet.

9. King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine

He was born on 5 Mar 1133 at Le Mans to Empress Maud and Geoffrey of Anjou. Eleanor was born in 1124 (or 1122). She married (1) King Louis VII of France at thirteen on 25 July 1137 in the Cathedral of Bordeaux. He was a couple of years older than she. They had two daughters Marie and Adelicia. They divorced. She married Henry on 18 May 1152, in a low-key ceremony, swift and discreet. Henry was crowned king in Westminster Abbey on 19 Dec 1154, while Queen Eleanor was heavily pregnant. He died on 6 July 1189. She died in 1204, at 80 years old.

10. King John and Isabel of Angoulême

He was born on 24 Dec 1167 at Beaumont Palace, Oxford. He was crowned King of England 27 May 1199 at Westminster Abbey. She was the daughter of Hamelin, 5th earl of Surrey, by Isabel, daughter and heiress of William of Warenne, 3rd Earl of Surrey. He died 18/19 Oct 1216.

He was considered a bad king because he was ruthless (had his nephew Prince Arthur, son of John’s brother Geoffrey, murdered); he lost France; and he signed the Magna Carta—bad for the Monarchy, but good for the barons (and eventually for us).

She was the daughter and heiress of Adémar (or Aimar) III Taillefer, Count of Angoulême, by Alice. Alice was a daughter of Pierre (Peter) de France, seigneur of Courtenay, Montargis, and Chateaurenard, younger son of Louis VI, le Brun (Brown-headed), She was born in 1188 and was previously contracted to marry Hugh IX le Brun (died Nov 1219), but John took her away and married her at Bordeaux 24 Aug 1200. John had divorced his first wife Isabel of Gloucester in 1199 on the grounds of consanguinity or too closely related, before they had children. Isabel of Angoulême was crowned queen on 8 Oct 1200, while Isabel of Gloucester was kept a state prisoner. King John died testate at the Bishop of Lincoln’s castle at Newark 19 Oct 1216. Hugh de Lusignan went on a Crusade to the Holy Land in 1248. He was mortally wounded at the capture of Damieta 6 June 1249. He left a will dated 8 Aug 1248. Isabel took refuge in Fontevrault Abbey. She died there testate 4 June 1246.

11. King Henry III and Eleanor of Provence

He was born at Winchester 1 Oct 1207. He ascended the throne 19 Oct 1216 and was crowned at Gloucester 28 Oct 1216 and again at Westminster Abbey 17 May 1220. He declared himself to be of age in Jan 1227, so he claimed personal rule. He was first contracted on 29 Oct 1216 to marry by proxy to Yolanda of Brittany, but it was annulled. He married by proxy in 1235 Jeanne (Joan) de Dammartin, but that was annulled. He married at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, 14 Jan 1236, Eleanor of Provence, 2nd daughter and co-heiress of Raymond Berengar, Count and Marquis of Provence (etc.). He died at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, 16 Nov. 1272 and was buried at Westminster Abbey. His widow Eleanor entered Amesbury Priory, Wiltshire, where she was veiled 7 July 1286. She died testate at the priory 24 July 1291 and was buried in the Convent Church 10 Sep 1291. In 1292 Henry’s heart was delivered by the Abbot of Winchester to the Abbess of Fontrevault. He had promised it to her when he visited her house in 1254. Her heart was buried in the Franciscan church in London, near her daughter Beatrice.

12. King Edward I and Eleanor of Castile

Edward was born at Westminster, Middlesex, 17 or 18 June 1239. He married Eleanor of Castile at the monastery of Las Huelgas, Spain, 18 Oct 1254. He was crowned king of England at Westminster on 19 Aug 1274. He married a second time Margaret or Marguerite of France, daughter of Philip III, the Bold, King of France, by his second wife Marie, daughter of Henri III, Duke of Lorraine and Brabant. Margaret was born in about 1279. They had three children. Edward died testate at Burgh-on-Sands, near Carlisle, Cumberland 7 July 1307 and was buried at Westminster Abbey. Queen Margaret died testate at Marlborough Castle 14 Feb 1317/18 and was buried 15 Mar 1317/18.

She was born about 1241. She was the daughter of (Saint) Fernando III, King of Castile (etc.). Her mother was Juana or Joan (Jeanne), Countess of Ponthieu, Montrueil, and Aumale. Queen Eleanor died at Harby, Nottinghamshire, 28 Nov 1290 and was buried at Westminster Abbey 17 Dec 1290.

13. Joan of England and Gilbert de Clare

She was sometimes styled Joan of Acre because she was born at Acre, Palestine, in spring 1272. She was the second daughter of Edward I. She had two marriages. She married (1) Gilbert de Clare at Westminster Abbey about 30 Apr 1290 by dispensation dated 16 Nov 1289, since they were related in the 2nd or 3rd degrees. Joan was Gilbert’s second wife. He was a Knight and the 6th Earl of Hertford, Steward of St. Edmund’s Abbey, son and heir of Richard de Clare, Knight, and Earl of Gloucester and Hertford by his second wife Maud, daughter of John de Lacy, Knight, Earl of Lincoln, a Magna Carta Baron. He was born at Christchurch, Hampshire 2 Sep 1243. They had one son, Gilbert, Knight, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford; and three daughters: Eleanor, Margaret and Elizabeth. Son Gilbert married Maud de Burgh; daughter Eleanor married (1) Hugh le Despenser and (2) William la Zouche Mortimer; daughter Margaret married (1) Peter de Gavaston and (2 Hugh de Audley; daughter Elizabeth married (1) John de Burgh, (3) Thebaud de Verdun, and (3) Roger Damory. Their father and Joan’s first husband Gilbert, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford, died at Monmouth Castle 7 Dec 1295 and was buried at Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire.

Joan married a (2) second time to Ralph de Monthermer, early in 1297. His parentage is unclear. They had Mary, who married Duncan of Fife, Knight and 10th Earl of Fife in Scotland and of Glapthorn and Cotterstock, Northamptonshire, son and heir of Duncan of Fie, 9th Earl of Fife, by Joan, daughter of Gilbert de Clare, Knight and 6th Earl of Gloucester, 6th Earl of Hertfordshire.

Joan died 7 Apr 1307 and was buried in the Austin Friars at Clare, Suffolk.

As to Joan’s first marriage to Gilbert de Clare, earl of Gloucester, Margaret Howell writes:

The matriarchal role which Eleanor of Provence could fulfill even near the end of her life is revealed by an important document dated at Amesbury [where Eleanor entered into religious life] dated 17 Apr 1290. It recorded an oath taken by Gilbert de Clare, earl of Gloucester, who was about to marry Edward I’s daughter Joan, to uphold the succession to the English Crown as it has been laid down by the king. Gloucester swore that in the event of the king’s death he would give his allegiance to Edward I’s surviving son, Prince Edward, who was of course a grandson of Eleanor of Provence. The boy was six years old at the time, and it was intended that he should marry Eleanor’s great-granddaughter Margaret, daughter of King Eric of Norway and heiress to the Scottish throne. On the same day that Gloucester made his oath, Edward I dispatched a letter to King Eric, asking him to send to send his daughter to England without delay, a papal dispensation for the marriage having now been secured. … The purpose of holding the meeting at Amesbury would have been a sense of the propriety of her involvement in this dynastic settlement. (p. 305)

The point here is that Eleanor of Provence was remarkably active for her family, even while living out her life as a religious woman.

14. Elizabeth de Clare and Roger Damory

She was born probably at Caerphilly, Glamorgan in Nov 1295. She was married three times: (1) John de Burgh, 2nd but 1st surviving son of Richard de Burgh, Knight, 3rd Earl of Ulster, Lord of Connaught by his wife Margaret. They married 30 Sep 1308 at Waltham Abbey, Essex. Their son was William de Burgh.

Her second (2) marriage was near Bristol on 4 Feb 1315/16 without the King’s license to Thebaud or Tebaud de Verdun, Knight, 2nd Lord Verdun, Buckinghamshire; Brandon in Wolston and Bretford in Wolston, Warwickshire; Wilsford, Wiltshire, etc. They had daughter Isabel de Verdun who married Henry De Ferrers.

Her third (3) marriage was to Roger Damory or Dammory or Damary before 3 May 1317. He performed well at the Battle of Bannockburn, so he and his wife Elizabeth were granted the manors of Vauxhall in Lambeth, Surrey; Holton, Oxfordshire; and Sandal, Yorkshire in 1317. He was summoned to Parliament from 20 Nov 1317 to 15 May 1321 by writs directed Rogero Damory or Dammory, whereby he is believed to have become Lord Damory.

He died testate at Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire 13 or 14 Mar 1321/22 and was buried at St. Mary’s Ware, Hertfordshire.

In 1338 she refounded University Hall at Cambridge University under the name of Clare Hall and gave it to the rectory of Great Gransden, Huntingdonshire.

Elizabeth died 4 Nov 1360 and was buried with her third husband at St. Mary’s Ware, Hertfordshire. She left a will dated 25 Sep 1355, proved 3 Dec 1360.

15. Elizabeth Damory and John Bardolf

She was daughter and heiress and was born before 23 May 1318. She married John before 25 Dec 1327. He was a Knight and 3rd Lord Bardolf, of Wormegay, Cantley, Caistor, Fincham, etc. He was the son and heir of Thomas Bardolf, Knight and 2nd Lord Bardolf and was born 13 Jan 1313/14 (aged 40 in 1357).

They had one son, William, 4th Lord Bardolf; and two daughters Isabel and Agnes.

Sir John died testate at Assisi, Italy, 29 July 1363, Elizabeth predeceased him.

16. William Bardolf and Agnes Poynings or Poynges

He was born 21 Oct 1349 and became Knight, 4th Lord Bardolf of Wormegay, Caister, Cantley, Fincham, Stow Bardolf, and Strumpshaw, Norfolk; Ruskington, Caythorpe, Digby, Fillingham, and Westborough, Lincolnshire; Clopton, Suffolk; Addington, Surrey; Plumpton, Sussex, etc. He was the son and heir. He married Agnes after 10 Feb 1365/67; she was the daughter of Michael de Poynings, Knight, 1st Lord Poynings by his wife Joan.

William and Agnes had these children: Thomas Bardolf, Knight and 5th Lord Bardolf (m. Amice or Avice Cromwell); William Bardolf, Knight, (m. Joan ____); Elizabeth Bardolf (m. Robert Scales and then Henry Percy of Atholl (descendant of Henry III and King Edward I, and King John); and Cecily.

Agnes was a legatee in the 1369 will of her mother Joan, Lady Poynings, and in the 1374 will of her brother Thomas de Poynings, 2nd Lord Poynings.

William died 29 Jan 1385/86. He left a will dated 12 Sept 1385, requesting burial in the quire of the church of the Friar Carmelites at Lynn, Norfolk.

His widow married shortly after 10 Apr 1386 Thomas Mortimer, Knight. He was prominent is English society, but they had no issue. He died before 14 Mar 1402/03.

Agnes died 12 June 1403 and was buried in Trinity Priory, Aldgate, London. She left a will dated 9 Jan 1402/03, proved 13 June 1403.

17. Cecily Bardolf and Brian Stapleton

She married Brian Stapleton, Knight, de jure Lord Ingham, of Ingham, Norfolk, North Moreton, Berkshire, Codford, Langford, and West Dean, Wiltshire, Bedale, Yorkshire, etc. He was sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk, 1424-26; Knight of the Shire for Yorkshire, 1436-37; son and heir of Miles, Knight, de jure Lord Ingham of Ingham, Norfolk, Bedale, Yorkshire etc. by Ela, daughter of Edmund de Ufford, Knight. Brian was born about 1379 (aged 40 in 1419).

They had two sons: Miles, Knight; and Brian, Esq. (married Isabel ___); and one daughter: Anne, wife of Thomas Hethe and Walter Trumpington, Knight. Brian and Cecily were legatees in the 1414 will of his father, Miles Stapleton.

Cecily died 29 Sep 1432. He died 7 Aug 1438. He left a will dated 5 Apr 1438, codicil dated 4 May 1438. He and his wife Cecily were buried in the chancel at Ingham, Norfolk.

18. Miles Stapleton and Katherine de la Pole

He was born about 1408 (aged 40 in 1438). He was Knight, de jure Lord Ingham, of Ingham, Norfolk, North Moreton, Berkshire, Weybread, Suffolk, Codford, Langford, and West Dean, Wiltshire, Bedale, Yorkshire, etc. Knight of the Shire for Suffolk, Knight of the Shire for Norfolk and Suffolk, 1439-40.

He married (1) before 18 Nov 1424 (date of license to grant lands) Elizabeth Felbrigg, daughter of Simon Felbrigg, Knight of the Garter of Felbrigg, Norfolk, by his first wife Margaret, daughter of Przemyslaw Noszak, Duke of Teschen and Glogau. They had no issue.

He married (2) Katherine de la Pole, daughter of Thomas de la Pole, Knight, of Marsh (in Marsh Gibbon), Buckinghamshire, Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire, Norton sub Harndon, Somerset, etc. by his second wife Anne, daughter of Nicholas Cheyne.

Katherine was born about 1416 (aged 14 in 1430) and was heiress in 1430 to her brother, Thomas de la Pole. They had two daughters: Elizabeth and Joan (or Jane).

Miles was a legatee in the will of his father Brian Stapleton, Knight. He achieved honors from the Privy Council in 1443.

Miles died 1 Oct 1466 and was buried in front of the high altar at Ingham, Norfolk. He left a will dated 4 Aug 1442, codicil dated 18 Sep 1466, and proved 31 Dec 1466.

His widow married (2) before Easter term 1470 (date of lawsuit) as his 3rd wife Richard Harcourt, Knight, of Witham, Berkshire; Minister Lovel and Cornbury, Oxfordshire, London, and Corfe Mullen in Surminster Marshall, Dorset, Knight of the Shire of Oxfordshire, 1445-46, 1460-61, 1478, Sheriff of Oxfordshire and Berkshire 1460-61 and 1466-67, Knight of the Shire for Norfolk, 1472-75; King’s Esquire.

Richard died 1 Oct 1486. He left a will proved 25 Oct 1486, requesting burial in Abingdon Abbey, Oxfordshire. His widow Katherine died 13 or 14 Oct 1488 and was buried in Rowley Abbey, Oxfordshire. She left a will dated 7 July and 5 Sep 1488 and it was proved 23 Jan 1488/89.

19. Elizabeth Stapleton and William Calthorpe

She was born about 1441 or 1442 (aged 25 in 1466). She married (1) before 7 Mar 1463/4 as his second wife William Calthorpe, Knight, of Burham Thorpe and Norwich, and in right of his second wife of Ingham, Norfolk; and Northmoreton, Berkshire; sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk, 1441-42, 1458-59, , 1463-64, 1475-76. He was the son and heir of John Calthorpe, Knight, of Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk by Anne, daughter of John Wythe, Knight.

William was born at Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk 30 Jan 1409/10. Elizabeth Stapleton and William Calthorpe had three sons:  Edward; Francis, Knight; and John; and two daughters: Ann, wife of Robert Drury; and Elizabeth, wife of Francis Hasilden, Esq. of Guilden Morden, Cambridgeshire.

William had married (1) Elizabeth Grey (died 1437), daughter of Reynold Grey, Knight, Lord of Hastings, Wexford, and Ruthin. They had two sons: John, Knight, and William; one daughter: Anne, wife of William Gurney.

William died at Norwich, Norfolk 15 Nov 1494. He left a will dated 31 May 1494, which was proved 23 May 1495, requesting burial in the white Friars, Norwich, Norfolk.

Elizabeth married a second time to John Fortescue, Knight, of Ponsbourne, Hertfordshire, Chief Butler of England. He died 28 July 1500.

She married (3) Lord Edward Howard, Earl Marshal of England, Lord High Treasurer by his first wife Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Frederick Tilney, Esq. Edward was slain off Brest 25 Apr 1513.

Elizabeth died 18 Feb 1504/05.

20. Anne Calthorpe and Robert Drury

Ann married before 1494 as his first wife Robert Drury (born before 1456), Knight, of Hawstead, Suffolk. He was Knight of the Body of Kings Henry VII and Henry VIII; Knight of the shire for Suffolk; Speaker of the House of Commons; Privy Councilor. He was son and heir of Robert Drury, Esq. of Hawstead, Suffolk by his second wife Felice, daughter and heiress of William Denston.

They had two sons: William, Knight, and Robert, Knight; and four daughters: Anne; Elizabeth, wife of Philip Botelier, Knight; Bridget, wife of John Jernegan, Knight; Ursula, wife of Giles Allington, Knight.

Robert was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn in 1473. Anne was named in the 1494 will of her father. He was legatee of Ellesmere Chaucer, which bears his signature of Robert Drury on the flyleaf from John de Vere, Earl of Oxford. He attended the King at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520.

Sir Robert died 2 Mar 1535/6 and was buried with his first wife at St. Mary’s, Bury St. Edmund’s Suffolk. He left a will proved 8 Feb. 1535/36.

His widow Anne married before 1543 Edmund Walsingham, Knight, who died 10 Feb. 1550 of Scadbury in Chislehurst, Kent, Lord Lieutenant of the Tower of London.

Anne, Lady Grey, left a will dated 1 Mar 1558 that was proved 8 May 1558.

21. Anne Drury and George Waldegrave

It is hard to know when these people transitioned from the top-level aristocracy to below, but by now we are in the gentry class, who were still better off than the average man at this time.

He was born about 1483 (aged 44 in 1527) of of Smallbridge in Bures St. Mary and Lindsay, Suffolk, Wormingford Hall in Wormingford, Essex, etc. He was an Esquire. He was son and heir to William Waldegrave. George and Ann had these children: William, Edward, and Phyllis.

He died 8 July 1528 and was buried at Bures St. Mary, Suffolk. He left a will that was proved 25 Aug 1528.

His widow Ann married (2) to Thomas Jermyn, a Knight of Rushbrook, sheriffs of Counties Norfolk and Suffolk. They had two sons John, Esq., and Thomas.

22. Edward Waldegrave (or Walgrave) and Joan Acworth or Ackworth

He was of Rivers Hall in Boxted, later of Lawford Hall, Essex. He was the third son, born about 1514.

In Dec 1541 Edward Waldegrave, with many others, including his future wife, were indicted with the trial for adultery of Katherine Howard, Queen of King Henry VIII. His offense was “withholding from his Majesty the King knowledge of certain letters which have been confiscated from a chest.”

He was confined in the Tower during the trial, received a sentence of life imprisonment, but was later pardoned.

He married between May and June 1556 Joan Acworth or Ackworth, widow of William Bulmer, daughter of ____, Wilberforce, Esq. She was born about 1519. They had one son: Edward; and four daughters: Mary, wife of Isaac Astley, Esq.; Anne, wife of Humphrey Monoux, Esq.; Bridget, wife of Thomas Kighley; and Margery (see next).

Edward died 13 Aug 1584. He left a will dated 12 Aug 1584, proved 5 Dec 1584. His widow Joan was buried 10 Dec 1590. They were both buried at Lawford, Essex.

23. Margery Waldegrave and William Clopton

She married William Clopton, Esq., of Castelyn in Groton, Suffolk, and Ramsden and Belhouse, Essex, son of Richard Clopton of Ford Hall in Long Melford and Castelyns in Groton, Suffolk by his second wife, Margery, daughter of William Playters (sic), Esq.

They had four sons: William, Esq.; Walter, Gentleman (see next); Waldegrave; and Thomas; and six daughters: Anne, wife of John Maidstone; Bridget, wife of John Sampson, Esq.; Thomasine; Mary, wife of George Jenney, Gentleman; Margery, wife of Thomas Doggett, Gentleman; and Elizabeth, wife of George Crocke.

His wife, Margery, was a legatee in the 1584 will of her father, Edward Waldegrave, Esq.

William died 9 Aug 1616 and was buried at Groton, Suffolk. He left a will proved 28 Nov 1616.

24. Walter Clopton and Margaret Maidstone

Second son, he was baptized 30 June 1585 at Groton, Suffolk and was from Boxted, Essex. He married at Boxted, Essex 21 Apr 1612 Margaret Maidstone, daughter of Robert Maidstone, Gentleman, of Great Horkesley, Essex.

They had two sons: Rev. William and Walter; and one daughter: Margaret.

Walter left a will dated 24 Dec 1622.

His widow married (2) by settlement dated 16 Aug 1631 Robert Crane, Gentleman, of Coggeshall, Essex, grocer. He was living in May 1645. His wife Margaret died in 1666.

25. Rev. William Clopton and Elizabeth Sutcliffe

He was baptized at Boxted, Essex, on 19 Apr 1613. He attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, receiving a B.A. in 1634 and M.A. in 1637. He was rector of Much Horksley, Essex, then in 1654 Rector at All Saints, Rettendon, Essex.

He married Elizabeth Sutcliffe, daughter of Rev. Isaiah Suttcliffe of Rettendon, Essex, by Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. Thomas Jolye. They had one son, William, Gentleman.

They were part of the manor of Eastwoodbury after his mother’s death. He was ejected “for conscience sake” in 1662 and thereafter resided at or near Eastwood, Essex. Rev. Clopton left a will dated 24 Oct. 1670, which was proved 14 June 1671.

His widow, Elizabeth, died at Paglesham, Essex, in 1683.

Clopton arms: Sable a bend silver cotised dancetty gold.


Our American forebears worked hard to make it

We don’t have a European-style aristocracy over here in America, but a meritocracy. People advanced by their hard work and merit. They had to earn it.

Let’s pick up from no. 25.

26. William Clopton and Ann Booth

Her father Robert Booth was a co-founder of Jamestowne.

27. Walter Clopton and Mary Jarratt

28. William Clopton and Cassandra Crump

29. Mary Clopton and William Perrin

30. Rebecca Perrin and Robert Anderson

31. Elizabeth Ann Anderson and Champion Wilbourn

32. Amonet Washington Wilbourn and Margaret Nancy Gray

33. William Harvey Wilbourn and Frances Victoria Daniel

34. Ella Washington (Rae) Wilbourn and Frank Rucker Ryland (our grandparents)


1. From the Plantagenets to the Present Day

2.. From the Normans to the Present Day

3.. From the Capetians to the Present Day

4. From Charlemagne to the Present Day


William Clopton and Our Royal Heritage (another path to Medieval royalty)

William Longsword and Life in the Medieval Age and His American Descendants

Royal gateway ancestors of the Northeast

Royal gateway ancestors of the Middle Colonies

Royal gateway ancestors of Virginia


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Marjorie Chibnall, The Normans (Blackwell, 2000).

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Ian Crofton, The Kings and Queens of England (New York: Metro Books, 2006).

David Crouch, The Normans: The History of the Dynasty (Hambledon and London, 2002).

David C. Douglas, William the Conqueror: The Norman Impact upon England (UC P, 1964).

C. Warren Hollister and Amanda Clark Frost, Henry I, Yale English Monarchs (Yale UP, 2001).

Margaret Howell, Eleanor of Provence: Queenship in Thirteenth-Century England (Blackwell, 1998, 2001).

Dan Jones, The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England (New York: 2014).

Jacquette Luquet-Juillet, Occitanie: Terre de fatalité, Tome 1: Seigneurs et Peuples (Paris: Editions Dervy, 1997).

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1 thought on “From the Normans to the Present Day

  1. I really enjoy your columns….I have been researching my husbands line…he is a direct descendant of Jabez Whitaker and Mary Bourchier who were early settlers in Jamestowne. Mary descends from William the Conqueror and Jabez from William the Lion. With your help and lots of additional research, I have been able to identify all the parties in between.


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