Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Walkeline de FERRERS Baron of Oakham [Parents] 1 was born 2 about 1135. Walkeline married Alice de LECHE.

Walkeline was also known as William.

Going back from Walkelin's line doesn't appear to be correct in Call's book The Royal Ancestry Bible, so I have used Cecil Stewart Filmer Ferrer's Book The Ferrer Family History and the Rev. Henry Norris' book Baddesley Clinton, Its Manor, Church and Hall With some Account of the Family of Ferrers from the Norman Conquest to the Present Day.

William, said to have been a Templar, but Glover states that he was the eldest son and denominated earl of Tutbury, and was slain in his father's lifetime.

The William Ferrers that was a Templar was the seventh Earl of Derby and husband of Sibil Marshall the daughter of William Marshall who was also a Templar..

Alice de LECHE [Parents] was born 1 about 1140. Alice married Walkeline de FERRERS Baron of Oakham 2.

They had the following children.

  F i Isabel de FERRERS.

Robert de FERRERS 1st Earl of Derby [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born in 1085 in Ferrieres, Saint Hilaire, Normandie, France. He died in 1139 in Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom. Robert married Hawise de VITRE 2.

Robert I de Ferrers, 1st Earl of Derby (c. 1062 – 1139) was born in Derbyshire, England, a younger son of Henry de Ferrières and his wife Bertha l'Aigle. His father, born in Ferrières, Normandy, France accompanied William the Conqueror during his invasion of England. The family was rewarded with a grant of Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire and 114 manors in Derbyshire.
Robert's elder brother William's main interests were in France. He joined Robert Curthose and was captured at Tinchebrai. His other brother Engenulf died shortly after his father and so Robert succeeded to the estates in 1088.

From the beginning, he gave great support to Henry I. As part of his tenure of Duffield Frith in 1129–30, he is on record as having interests in lead mines at Wirksworth. At about this time he granted the church of Potterspury, Northamptonshire, to Bernard the Scribe.

It is, however, during his last years that he is most in evidence as a leading supporter of King Stephen. He took a large body of Derbyshire men northwards to assist in repelling an invasion of the Scots under King David I of Scotland, nominally on the behalf of Matilda. Little actual fighting took place, but Thurstan, Archbishop of York, won the Battle of the Standard on Stephen's behalf, fought near Northallerton, on 22, August, 1138.

Robert was mainly instrumental in securing the victory for his Sovereign, who for this and other important services created him Earl of Derby, although charters and chronicles during this period refer to him interchangeably as Earl Ferrers, earl of Nottingham or earl of Derby.

He died in the following year (1139) and was succeeded in his earldom by his second but eldest surviving son Robert de Ferrers, 2nd Earl of Derby often known as Robert de Ferrars the Younger.

As with most Norman lords, the Ferrers brought their Norman underlords to England with them – in this case, the Curzon (of Kedleston), Livet (Levett) and Boscherville (Baskerville) families, who held their fiefs in Normandy from the Ferrers, and who subsequently held their English lands from Ferrers as well. (The undertenant family names derive from Notre-Dame-de-Courson, Livet-en-Ouche and Boscherville, all part of the Ferrers barony in Normandy.) These undertenant retained their ties to the Ferrers after the families had moved to England following the Norman Conquest.

Hawise de VITRE [Parents] 1. Hawise married Robert de FERRERS 1st Earl of Derby 2.

They had the following children.

  M i Walkeline de FERRERS Baron of Oakham was born about 1135.
  M ii Robert De FERRERS Junior, 2nd Earl of Derby was born in 1101. He died in 1163.

Alan de LECHE was born 1 about 1110.

He had the following children.

  F i Alice de LECHE was born about 1140.

Hugh de MORTIMER [Parents] was born 1 about 1085. He died 2 in 1150.

He had the following children.

  M i Hugh de MORTIMER was born about 1115. He died on 26 Feb 1181.

Philip De BELMEIS [Parents] was born 1 about 1105. Philip married Maud de MESCHINES before 1139.

Maud de MESCHINES [Parents] was born 1 about 1118. She died 2 after 1190. Maud married Philip De BELMEIS before 1139.

Other marriages:
MORTIMER, Hugh de

They had the following children.

  F i Alice De BELMEIS was born about 1140.

William Le MESCHINES [Parents] was born 1 about 1080. He died 2 in 1130. William married Cecily de RUMILLY.

Cecily de RUMILLY was born 1 about 1085. She died 2 after 1151. Cecily married William Le MESCHINES.

They had the following children.

  F i Maud de MESCHINES was born about 1118. She died after 1190.

Ralph MORTIMER was born in 1054 in Caen, Normandy, France. He died on 4 Aug 1137 in Wigmore, Hereford, England, United Kingdom. Ralph married Melisende\Milicent De FERRERS.

From Find A Grave:
Ralph Mortimer, was Lord of Wigmore, in Herefordshire County, England and Seigneur of St. Victor-en-Caux in Normandy. He was the founder of the English House of Mortimer of Wigmore in the Welsh Marches, in what is today the county of Herefordshire

Ralph was a Marcher Lord and was granted his lands in the Welsh Marches by William the Conqueror. He had holdings in Herefordshire and Shropshire. Most notably, he acquired Wigmore Castle after William Fitz Osbern's son Roger de Breteuil joined the Revolt of the Earls of 1075. 

Ralph Mortimer was born in Normandy before 1070 and died soon after August 4, 1137. He was the son of the Norman baron Roger de Mortemer, his mother was Advisa. His father had originally possessed the castle of Mortemer in Normandy, but had lost it after angering William the Conqueror after the Battle of Mortemer,in 1054.

Ralph married Millicent, whose parentage is unknown, and their daughter Hawise de Mortimer married Stephen, Earl of Albemarle before 1100.

Ralph's son Hugh Mortimer rebuilt Cymaron Castle in 1144. Wigmore Castle remained the Mortimer dynasty's family home. His grandson Hugh II married Maud (Matilda) de Meschines.

Melisende\Milicent De FERRERS [Parents] was born in 1065 in Ferrieres, Saint Hilaire, Normandie, France. She died in 1088 in Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom. Melisende\Milicent married Ralph MORTIMER.

They had the following children.

  M i Hugh de MORTIMER was born about 1085. He died in 1150.

Ranulph De BAYEUX [Parents] was born 1 about 1045. He died 2 after 1089. Ranulph married Maud D'AVRANCHES.

Maud D'AVRANCHES was born 1 about 1050. Maud married Ranulph De BAYEUX.

They had the following children.

  M i William Le MESCHINES was born about 1080. He died in 1130.

Baron Henry de FERRERS [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born about 1042 in Normandie, France. He died after 1093 in Tutbury, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was buried in Tutbury, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom. Henry married Bertha D'AIGLE 2 in 1061 in Normandie, France.

From the book Baddesley Clinton, Its Manor, Church and Hall:
Henry De Ferrers came to England with William the Conqueror, and, as an ancient inscription found in Tamworth Castle states "took his first denomination from said towne Ferries lying in the Dukedome or Normandie." He had 210 lordships (manors) granted him which were scattered throughout 14 counties. His chief seat was at Tutbury, co. Stafford, which he obtained and rebuilt some time after 1071 on its resignation by Hugh d'Avranches, earl of Chester, who had previously held it. In 1080 he founded at Tutbury a religious house for Cluniac monks. He was one of the four commissioners appointed in 1085 by the king for the general survey of Worcestershire (Domesday book). He died according to some accounts in 1089 and was buried at Tutbury in the religious house he had founded there. By his wife Bertha, whose linage is not known, he had three sons and three daughters.

From "Find A Grave":
Henry de Ferrers (also known as Henri de Ferrieres) was a Norman soldier from a noble family who took part in the conquest of England and is believed to have fought at the Battle of Hastings of 1066 and, in consequence, was rewarded with much land in the subdued nation.

His elder brother William fell in the battle. William and Henri were both sons of Walkeline de Ferrers (d.c. 1040) Seigneur of Ferrieres-Saint-Hilaire, Eure in upper Normandy. The Ferrers family holding at Ferrieres-Saint-Hilaire was the caput of their large Norman barony. Henry became a major land holder and was granted 210 manors throughout England and Wales, but notably in Derbyshire and Leicestershire, by King William for his conspicuous bravery and support at Hastings.

He first served William I as castellan of Stafford, and in about 1066 or 1067 he was granted the lands in Berkshire and Wiltshire of Goderic, former sheriff of Berkshire, and, by the end of 1068 he also held the lands of Bondi the Staller in present day Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Northamptonshire, and Essex. He is thought to have been appointed the first Anglo-Norman High Sheriff of Berkshire.

Following this in 1070 was the Wapentake of Appletree, which covered a large part of south Derbyshire, granted to Henry on the promotion of Hugh d'Avranches to become Earl of Chester. At the center of this was Tutbury Castle where he rebuilt and founded the priory in 1080.

His major land holdings, however, were those of the Anglo-Saxon Siward Barn, following a revolt in 1071, including more land in Berkshire and Essex and also Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

These included part of the wapentakes of Litchurch and Morleyston, which contained an area later to be known as Duffield Frith. To command an important crossing over the Derwent he built Duffield Castle. In the wapentake of Hamston was the west bank of the River Dove, where he built Pilsbury Castle. Both these were of typical Norman timber motte and bailey construction. The latter history of Pilsbury is unknown, but Duffield was rebuilt as a stone fortress sometime in the Twelfth century.

He was a key administrator in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, and among the most powerful Anglo-Norman magnates. In 1086 he was a legatus ('commissioner') on the West Midland circuit of the Domesday survey.

Henry had by his wife, Bertha, three sons - Enguenulf, William and Robert. A daughter, Amicia, married Nigel d'Aubigny, probably the brother of Henry I's butler. Henry had built Duffield Castle to protect and administer the Frith, and he placed it in the charge of Enguenulf. Meanwhile William inherited the family's Norman estates. He joined Robert Curthose and was captured at Tinchebrai.

The date of Henry de Ferrers' death is uncertain, but it would seem to be between 1093 and 1100. He was buried in Tutbury Priory.

Enguenulf died shortly afterwards and the English estate passed to Robert, who King Stephen later made the first Earl of Derby.

His family tree is well researched and various people are said to be descended from this line. These include, George the First, Lady Diana, George Washington and Winston Churchill, and likely the actress Mia Farrow, a daughter of the Australian film director John Farrow, a descendant of the Farrows of Norfolk, England.

As a leading Norman magnate, Henry de Ferrers was followed to England by a coterie of lesser lords, or vassals, who were part of the feudal structure of Normandy and who owed their allegiance to their overlord. Among the underlords who followed Henry de Ferrers were three families who were lords of villages within the original Ferrers barony in Normandy: the Curzons (Notre-Dame-de-Courson), the Baskervilles (Boscherville) and the Levetts (Livet-en-Ouche).

All three families were from villages close by Ferrieres-Saint-Hilaire. In the case of the de Livets, the village under their control was approximately four miles from the caput of the Ferrers family barony at Ferrieres-Saint-Hilaire.

His grandson, Earl Robert de Ferrers the younger, produced a charter confirming land grants originally made by Henry de Ferrers to his vassals including: Alfinus de Breleford, Nigellus de Albiniaco, Robert Fitz Sarle, William de Rolleston, Robert de Dun, Hugh le Arbalester, Anscelin de Heginton, Robert de St. Quintin. (bio courtesy of: Wikipedia)

Bertha D'AIGLE 1 was born on 4 May 1040 in L'Aigle, Basse-Normandie, France. Bertha married Baron Henry de FERRERS 2 in 1061 in Normandie, France.

They had the following children.

  M i Robert de FERRERS 1st Earl of Derby was born in 1085. He died in 1139.
  F ii Melisende\Milicent De FERRERS was born in 1065. She died in 1088.

Andre De VITRE [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 about 1055. He died 2 about 1139. Andre married Agnes De MORTAIN.

Agnes De MORTAIN [Parents] was born 1 about 1065. She died 2 about 1120. Agnes married Andre De VITRE.

They had the following children.

  F i Hawise de VITRE.
  M ii Robert De VITRE Lord of Tillars was born about 1090. He died before 22 May 1161.

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