Ancestors of John Philip Davies

Thirty-First Generation

1310720176. Thurston Basset was born about 1050 in Ouilly-Basset, Normandy. [Parents]


1310720180. Reginald Robert De Dunstanville was born about 1054 in Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England. He died about 1124/1135 in Tewkesbury, Wiltshire. Reginald married Adeliza Alicia Deinsula Delisle. [Parents]

1310720181. Adeliza Alicia Deinsula Delisle was born about 1058 in Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England. [Parents]


1310720192. Henry De Ferrers (Ferrieres) was born about 1036 in Ferrieres, Normandy. He died in 1088 also between 1093 and 1100 in Castle Tutbury, Staffordshire. Henry married Bertha Roberts about 1061 in Normandy. [Parents]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Domesday records over 200 manors given to Henry de Ferrers"[1]

Henry de Ferrers (also known as Henri de Ferrières) 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. ca. 1040) Seigneur of Ferrières-Saint-Hilaire, Eure in Upper Normandy.[2] The Ferrers family holding at Ferrières-Saint-Hilaire was the caput of their large Norman barony.[3]

The landholdings
Henry became a major land holder and was granted 210 manors throughout England and Wales, but notably in Derbyshire[4][5] and Leicestershire,[4] 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 centre of this was Tutbury Castle[6] where he rebuilt and founded the priory in 1080.

His major landholdings, however, were those of the Anglo-Saxon Siward Barn,[7] 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.[8]

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's Family

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.
St. Mary's Priory Church, Tutbury, 11th century

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),[11] the Baskervilles (Boscherville)[12] and the Levetts (Livet-en-Ouche).[13]

All three families were from villages close by Ferrières-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 Ferrières-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 Arbalaster, Anscelin de Heginton, Robert de St. Quintin.[14]
From Foundation for Medieval Genealogy (

HENRI de Ferrières (-[before 14 Sep] 1101, bur Tutbury).  The Chronique de Normandie, based on le Roman de Rou, names "Henry seigneur de Ferrières" among those who took part in the conquest of England in 1066[484].  Orderic Vitalis records that the king granted “castrum Stutesburie quod Hugo de Abrincis prius tenuerat” to “Henrico Gualchelini de Ferrariis filio”[485].  Sire de Ferrières et de Chambrais, Normandy.  King William I awarded him over 200 lordships, half in Derbyshire, together with the castle of Tutbury, Staffordshire (previously held by Hugues d'Avranches) which became his main seat[486].  “…Henrici de Ferrariis…” witnessed the charter dated 1082 under which William I King of England granted land at Covenham to the church of St Calais[487].  “Henricus de Ferrariis” founded a church “apud castellum meum Tuttesbury”, for the souls of “…uxoris mee Berte et filiorum meorum Engenulphi W, Roberti ac filiarum mearum…”[488].  Domesday Book records land held by “Henry de Ferrers”, including in Nakedthorn and Sutton Hundreds, in Berkshire; several properties in Buckinghamshire; Lechlade in Gloucestershire; numerous properties in Leicestershire; numerous properties in Derbyshire[489].  m BERTA, daughter of ---.  “Henricus de Ferrariis” founded a church “apud castellum meum Tuttesbury”, for the souls of “…uxoris mee Berte et filiorum meorum Engenulphi W, Roberti ac filiarum mearum…”[490].  Domesday Descendants speculates that she was a member of the Laigle family based on the couple naming one of their sons Ingenulf[491], although it is not clear that this family used this name exclusively.  Henri & his wife had four children:

a)         INGENULF [Guillaume] de Ferrers (-after 14 Sep 1101).  “Henricus de Ferrariis” founded a church “apud castellum meum Tuttesbury”, for the souls of “…uxoris mee Berte et filiorum meorum Engenulphi W, Roberti ac filiarum mearum…”[492].
b)         ROBERT Ferrers (-1139).  “Henricus de Ferrariis” founded a church “apud castellum meum Tuttesbury”, for the souls of “…uxoris mee Berte et filiorum meorum Engenulphi W, Roberti ac filiarum mearum…”[493].  He succeeded his father in 1101 in the greater part of his English possessions.  “Robertus comes de Ferrariis” donated property to Tutbury Priory by undated charter after succeeding “in hereditatem bonæ memoriæ Henrici patris mei”[494].  The 1130 Pipe Roll records "Robt de Ferrar" in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire in respect of "Werchesworda"[495].  He was created Earl of Derby in 1138.  
c)         AMICE de Ferrers (-6 Sep ----[496]).  “Robertus comes junior de Ferariis” confirmed donations to Tutbury by “avus meus Henricus…Egenulfus patruus meus…Robertus pater meus”, naming “Nigellus de Albiniaco et Amicia filia avi mei”[497].  m NIGEL de Albini of Cainhoe, son of GUILLAUME Seigneur d'Aubigny & his wife --- (-[1100]).
d)         daughter(s) .  The fact that Henri had more than one daughter is shown by the charter under which “Henricus de Ferrariis” founded a church “apud castellum meum Tuttesbury”, for the souls of “…uxoris mee Berte et filiorum meorum Engenulphi W, Roberti ac filiarum mearum…”[498].

1310720193. Bertha Roberts was born about 1040 in Gostenois, Normandy, France. She died in Darley, Derbyshire.


1310720194. Andre Seigneur De Vitre was born about 1054 in Vitre, Brittany, France. Andre married Agnes De Mortaigne about 1079 in France.

1310720195. Agnes De Mortaigne was born about 1054 in Montagne, S-Mnch, France. [Parents]


1310720196. William "the Elder" Peverel was born about 1062 in Of, , Normandy, France. He died in 17 Apr 1113 Feb 05 Or in Engl. William married Adeline (Adeliza) Mrs Peverel about 1071. [Parents]

1310720197. Adeline (Adeliza) Mrs Peverel was born about 1054 in Of, , Nottinghamshire, England. She died on 19/19 Jan 1119/1120 in Engl.


1310720198. Roger "The Poitevin" Montgomery was born about 1058 in Of, Marche, Poitou, France. He died after 1102 in Dy Sp. Roger married Almodis (Audmodis) Countess Of La Marche about 1083 in Of, , Poitou, France. [Parents]

1310720199. Almodis (Audmodis) Countess Of La Marche was born about 1062 in Of, Marche, Poitou, France. [Parents]


1310720200. William De Braose was born about 1049 in Of, Brienze, Normandy, France. He died in 1087 in Bramber, Sussex, , England. William married Agnes De Saint Clare.

1310720201. Agnes De Saint Clare was born about 1054 in Of, Barnstaple, Devonshire, England. [Parents]


1310720202. Judeal Johel De Totenais was born about 1049 in Of, Barnstable, Devonshire, England. Judeal married Miss De Pecguigny. [Parents]

1310720203. Miss De Pecguigny was born about 1054 in Of, Barnstable, Devonshire, England.


1310720204. Walter "Of Gloucester" FitzRoger was born about 1065 in Of, , Gloucestershire, England. He died before 1129 in , , , England. Walter married Berthe FitzRoger about 1087 in Of, , , England. [Parents]

1310720205. Berthe FitzRoger was born about 1069 in Of, , , England. She died in , , , England.


1310720206. Bernard De Neufmarche was born about 1070 in Of, Neufmarche, , France. Bernard married Nest Verch Osborn. [Parents]

1310720207. Nest Verch Osborn was born about 1079 in Of, , Herefordshire, England. [Parents]


1310720208. Ranulf De Meschines Viscount de Bayeux was born about 1050 in Of, , Normandy, France. He died in 1129. Ranulf married Maud D' Avranches about 1069 in , , Normandy, France. [Parents]

1310720209. Maud D' Avranches was born about 1054 in Of, Avranches, Normandy, France. [Parents]


1310720210. Thorold was born about 1040 in Spalding, Lincolnshire. Thorold married Miss Malet about 1065 in Lincolnshire.

1310720211. Miss Malet was born about 1044 in Alkborough, Lincolnshire, England. [Parents]


1310720212. Henry I "Beauclerc" King Of England was born in 1068 in , Selby, Yorkshire, England. He was christened on 5 Aug 1100 in , Selby, Yorkshire, England. He died on 1 Dec 1135 in , St Denis, Seine-St Denis, France. He was buried on 4 Jan 1136 in Reading Abbey, Reading, Berkshire, England. Henry married Matilda "Atheling" Princess Of Scotland on 11 Nov 1100 in Westminster, London, Middlesex, England. [Parents]

From Wikipedia (
On 11 November 1100 Henry married Edith, daughter of King Malcolm III of Scotland. Since Edith was also the niece of Edgar Atheling and the great-granddaughter of Edmund Ironside (the half-brother of Edward the Confessor) the marriage united the Norman line with the old English line of kings. The marriage greatly displeased the Norman barons, however, and as a concession to their sensibilities Edith changed her name to Matilda upon becoming Queen. The other side of this, however, was that Henry, by dint of his marriage, became far more acceptable to the Anglo-Saxon populace.

1310720213. Matilda "Atheling" Princess Of Scotland was born about 1079/1080 in , Dunfermline, Fifeshire, Scotland. She died on 1 May 1118 in , Westminster, Middlesex, England. She was buried in Jun 1118 in Church Of St Peter, Westminster, Middlesex, England. [Parents]


1310720214. Robert FitzHamon was born about 1070 in , East Chester, England. He died on 10 Mar 1107. Robert married Sibyl De Montgomery about 1084 in Of, , Normandy, France. [Parents]

1310720215. Sibyl De Montgomery was born about 1066 in Of, St Germain Mntgm, Normandy, France. [Parents]


1310720216. Simon I Of Montfort was born about 1025 in Of, Montfort Amaury, Ile De France, France. He died in 1087. He was buried in , Epernon, Normandy, France. Simon married Agnaes D' Evreux about 1058 in Of, , Normandie. [Parents]

1310720217. Agnaes D' Evreux was born about 1030 in Of, Evreux, Normandie. [Parents]


1310720218. Anselm De Garlende was born about 1069 in Garlende, , France. He died in 1118. Anselm married Miss De Montlhery about 1094 in Of, Montlhery, S-o, France. [Parents]

1310720219. Miss De Montlhery was born about 1045 in , Montlhbery, , France. She died in , Rochfort, , France. [Parents]


1310789632. Cudd was born in Breconshire.


1310789634. Iago ap Idwal was born about 974 in Gwynedd. Iago married Afandreg ferch Gwair. [Parents]

1310789635. Afandreg ferch Gwair was born about 984 in Aberffro, Anglesey, Wales. [Parents]


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