Ancestors of Tim Farr and Descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. of Concord, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England


Ralph MORTIMER-13519 was born in 1054 in Caen, Normandy, France. He died on 4 Aug 1137 in Wigmore, Hereford, England, United Kingdom. Ralph married (MRIN:5551) Melisende\Milicent De FERRERS-13520.

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]-13520 was born in 1065 in Ferrieres, Saint Hilaire, Normandie, France. She died in 1088 in Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom. Melisende\Milicent married (MRIN:5551) Ralph MORTIMER-13519.

They had the following children.

  M i Hugh de MORTIMER-13461 was born about 1085. He died in 1150.

Ranulph De BAYEUX [Parents]-13567 was born 1 about 1045. He died 2 after 1089. Ranulph married (MRIN:5552) Maud D'AVRANCHES-13568.

Maud D'AVRANCHES-13568 was born 1 about 1050. Maud married (MRIN:5552) Ranulph De BAYEUX-13567.

They had the following children.

  M i William Le MESCHINES-13462 was born about 1080. He died in 1130.

Baron Henry de FERRERS [Parents] [scrapbook] 1-13466 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 (MRIN:5553) Bertha D'AIGLE-13467 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 1-13467 was born on 4 May 1040 in L'Aigle, Basse-Normandie, France. Bertha married (MRIN:5553) Baron Henry de FERRERS-13466 in 1061 in Normandie, France.

They had the following children.

  M i Robert de FERRERS 1st Earl of Derby-13464 was born in 1085. He died in 1139.
  F ii Melisende\Milicent De FERRERS-13520 was born in 1065. She died in 1088.

Andre De VITRE [Parents] [scrapbook]-13528 was born 1 about 1055. He died 2 about 1139. Andre married (MRIN:5554) Agnes De MORTAIN-13529.

Agnes De MORTAIN [Parents]-13529 was born 1 about 1065. She died 2 about 1120. Agnes married (MRIN:5554) Andre De VITRE-13528.

They had the following children.

  F i Hawise de VITRE-13465.
  M ii Robert De VITRE Lord of Tillars-13579 was born about 1090. He died before 22 May 1161.

Walkeline de FERRERS Count Ferrieres 1-13468.

It is believed that Walkeline and Hugh lord Monfort had a great strife and participated in a jousting match to settle the matter. They both died that day form their wounds.

He had the following children.

  M i Baron Henry de FERRERS-13466 was born about 1042. He died after 1093.

Giles de GOUSHILL-13473 was born 1 about 1215. He died 2 after 1269. Giles married (MRIN:5556) Aveline de FAUCONBERG-13474.

Aveline de FAUCONBERG-13474 was born 1 about 1220. Aveline married (MRIN:5556) Giles de GOUSHILL-13473.

They had the following children.

  M i Petre de GOUSHILL-13470 was born about 1245. He died before 1 Jul 1287.

Ralp de CAMOYS-13472 was born 1 about 1219. He died 2 before 11 Mar 1277.

He had the following children.

  F i Ela de CAMOYS-13471 was born about 1248.

Fulk Fitz WARIN-13477 was born 1 about 1215. He died 2 on 14 May 1264. Fulk married (MRIN:5558) Constance de TOENI-13478.

Constance de TOENI [Parents]-13478 was born 1 about 1234. She died 2 after 1265. Constance married (MRIN:5558) Fulk Fitz WARIN-13477.

They had the following children.

  M i Fulk Fitz WARIN-13475 was born on 14 Sep 1251. He died on 24 Nov 1315.

Gruffydd Ap GWENWYNWYN-13479 was born 1 about 1210. He died 2 in 1286. Gruffydd married (MRIN:5559) Hawise le STRANGE-13480.

Hawise le STRANGE-13480 was born 1 about 1234. She died 2 after 1310. Hawise married (MRIN:5559) Gruffydd Ap GWENWYNWYN-13479.

They had the following children.

  F i Margaret Verch GRUFFYDD-13476 was born about 1254. She died on 11 May 1336.

Ralph De TOENI-13532 was born 1 about 1190. He died 2 about 29 Sep 1239. Ralph married (MRIN:5560) Petronilla De LACY-13533.

Petronilla De LACY [Parents]-13533 was born about 1194. She died 1 after 25 Nov 1288. Petronilla married (MRIN:5560) Ralph De TOENI-13532.

They had the following children.

  F i Constance de TOENI-13478 was born about 1234. She died after 1265.

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