William was the natural son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, and was born at Falaise, in 1027. He was brought up at the court of the King of France, and succeeded to the duchy at the age of eight. But during his minority there were frequent revolts of the nobles, and his authority was not fully established for many years. On the death of Edward the Confessor, King of England, William made a formal claim to the crown, alleging a bequest in his favour by Edward, and a promise which he had extorted from Harold. His claim being denied he at once prepared for an invasion of England, effected a landing at Pevensey, September 28, 1066, while Harold was engaged in opposing the Norwegians in the north, and fortified a camp near Hastings. The decisive battle of Hastings (or, more properly, Senlac) was fought on Saturday, October 14, 1066 Harold was defeated and slain, and the Norman Conquest was commenced. William's rival, Edgar Atheling, was supported by some of the leading men for a short time, but they all made sub mission to William at Berkhampstead, and on the following Christmas- day he was crowned, "King of England"
William of Jumieges, Deeds of the Dukes of the Normans (c. 1070)
William, Duke of Normandy, never allowed himself to be deterred from any enterprise because of the labour it entailed. He was strong in body and tall in stature. He was moderate in drinking, for he deplored drunkenness in all men. In speech he was fluent and persuasive, being skilled at all times in making clear his will. He followed the Christian discipline in which he had been brought up from childhood, and whenever his health permitted he regularly attended Christian worship each morning and at the celebration of mass. William of Poitiers, The Deeds of William, Duke of the Normans (c. 1071) Duke William excelled both in bravery and soldier-craft. He dominated battles, checking his own men in flight, strengthen- ing their spirit, and sharing their dangers. William was a noble general, inspiring courage, sharing danger, more often command- ing men to follow than urging them on from the rear. The enemy (at the Battle of Hastings) lost heart at the mere sight of this marvellous and terrible knight. Three horses were killed under him. Three times he leapt to his feet. Shields, helmets, hauberks were cut by his furious and flashing blade, while yet other attackers were clouted by his own shield. Pope Gregory VII made the following comments about William the Conqueror in a letter to a friend. (1081) The king of England, though in certain respects he is not as religious as we would wish, still shows himself to be more acceptable than other kings... he neither destroys nor sells the churches of God.. and he bound priests by oath to dismiss their wives. Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Version E, entry for 1083. He (William) made large forests for the deer, and passed laws, so that whoever killed a hart or a hind should be blinded. The rich com- plained and the poor murmured, but the king was so strong that he took no notice of them. Ordericus Vitalis, The Ecclesiastical History (c. 1142) William the Conqueror... realised that death was imminent... The wise king ordered all his treasures to be distributed among the churches and the poor. Confession made by William the Conqueror on his deathbed in 1087. Quoted by Ordericus Vitalis in The Ecclesiastical History (c. 1142) I tremble my friends/ when I reflect on the grievous sins which burden my conscience, and now, about to be summoned before the awful tribunal of God, I know not what I ought to do. I was bred to arms from my childhood, and am stained from the rivers of blood I have shed.. It is out of my power to count all the injuries which I have caused during the sixty-fouryears of my troubled life.
Of the lines I have to King William 1, “the Conqueror” King of England this one is through his granddaughter, Constance dau. of his son Henry. Her bro. Robert is another connection. William the Conqueror is my 31st time great Grandfather
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William I 'the Conqueror' Duke of Normandy, King of England
(b 1027, d 07.09.1087) m. (1053) Mathilda of Flanders (b 1032, d 02.11.1083, dau of Baldwin V, Count of Flanders) Henry I 'Beauclerc', King of England (b 1068, d 01.12.1135) m1. (11.11.1100) Matilda of Scotland (b 1079, d 01.05.1118, dau of Malcolm III 'Canmore, King of Scots) Raoul VII (Roscelin) de Beaumont, Vicomte de Maine and Beaumont (d c1176) m. (before 1135) Constance (dau of Henry I 'Beauclerc', King of England) Ermengarde de Beaumont (Bellomont) (d 12.02.1233-4) m. (05.09.1186) William 'the Lion', King of Scots (b c1143, d 04.12.1214) Fergus, Lord of Galloway (d 1161) m. daughter of Henry I, King of England Gilbert of Galloway and Carrick (d 01.01.1185) Duncan, 1st Earl of Carrick (d 13.06.1250) m. Aveline (dau of Alan FitzWalter, 2nd High Steward) Neil, 2nd Earl of Carrick (d 1256) m. Margaret Stewart (dau of Walter Stewart, 3rd High Steward) Sir Robert de Bruce, 6th Lord of Annandale (d by 04.04.1304) m1. Marjory, Countess of Carrick (d 1292, dau of Neil, Earl of Carrick)
Robert 'the' Bruce, King Robert I of Scots(b 11.07.1274, d 07.06.1329 m1. (c 1295) Isobel of Mar (dau of Sir Donald, 6th Earl of Mar) Stewart to Bruce Walter Stewart, 6th High Stewart of Scotland (b 1292, d 1325 m. (10)Marjorie Bruce (dau of Robert Bruce, King Robert 1 of Scots) Robert Stewart, King Robert II of Scots (b 02.03.1316, d 19.04.1390) m1. (1347) Elizabeth Mure (dau of Sir Adam Mure of Rowallan) Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Regent (b 1339, d 03.09.1420) m1. Margaret Graham, Countess of Menteith (d c1380) Abernethy to Stewart (5)William Abernethy, 6th of Saltoun (b by1365, d 1420) m. (6)Mary Stewart (dau of Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany) (4)Sir William Abernethy (dvp Harlaw 24.07.1411) m. Margaret Borthwick (dau of Sir William Borthwick) (3)Laurence Abernethy, 8th of Saltoun, 1st Lord Saltoun (b c1400, d before 13.03.1460-1) m. (by 1448) Margaret Gordon to Abernethy (2)Elisabeth Abernethy m. (1)John Gordon, younger of Scardargue, 1st of Auchleuchries John Gordon, 2nd of Auchleuchries (d c1496 m. Margaret Forbes (dau of Sir Alexander Forbes, 3rd of Pitsligo) John Gordon, 3rd of Auchleuchries, 1st of Pitlurg (d 1546) m 1. Jane Stewart (dau of John Stewart, 1st Earl of Atholl) John Gordon, 2nd of Pitlurg, 4th of Auchleuchries (d Pinkie 10.09.1547) m. (1542-3) Janet Ogilvie (dau of Alexander Ogilvie of Deskford) Sir John Gordon, 3rd of Pitlurg (d 16.09.1600) m. (1567) Isabel Forbes (b 16.10.1548, bur 22.03.1622, dau of Forbes, 7th Lord) John Gordon, 4th of Pitlurg (d 1619) m. Nicola Kinnaird (dau of Patrick Kinnaird) Robert Gordon of Straloch, 5th of Pitlurg (b 14.09.1580, d 18.08.1661, geographer, etc) m. (1608) Katherine Irvine (d 03.08.1662, dau of Alexander Irvine of Wester Beltie, cadet of Drum) Arthur Gordon of Straloch (b 1625, d 1680) m. Catherine Menzies (dau of Alexander Menzies of Kinmundy Abercrombie to Gordon *Lady Mary Gordon 1671-1742 m. Sir James Abercromby 1668-1734 2nd baronet of Birkenbog James Alexander Abercrombie, II. b. 1713 in Scotland near St. Andrews d. 1782 m. 1st Hannah Pickard no issue, m. 2nd Katherine Thompson. COLVILLE ABERCROMBIE, b 04 Oct. 1763, Ninety- Six Dist., SC, d. 01 Nov. 1837 Laurens Co., SC. m 11 Jul. 1785, Ninety- Six Dist., SC, MARY LINDLEY b. 1764, d. 12 June 1852, dau. of Thomas Lindley (son of, James Lindley, born April 16, 1681 and Eleanor Parke, born Jan 2, 1683.) b. 1706, Ballyredman, County Carlow, Ireland, d 14 Sep. 1781, Orange Co., NC. m 1731, Chester Co., PA, Ruth HADLEY, dau. Simon and Ruth (Miller) Hadley, b. 1711 d. 1785, Orange Co., NC. Sims to Abercrombie *Ruthie ABERCROMBIE b. 1803 Laurens Co., SC m. Alfred Franklin (Banks) SIMS 1800 – 1886 was the son of, Clayborn C. Sims Jr. b. 1760 Halifax, Virginia & d. 1812 m. 1785 Martha “Paddy” Parker b. 1766 & d. 1819 Laurens, SC dau. of William Parker SC. Alfred Sims and Ruthie Abercrombie moved to Georgia in 1834. Alfred d. in Rockdale Co., Ga. on April 2, 1886. Ruthie d. in Rockdale Co. Ga. 1892. Both are buried in Smyrna Church Cem., Rockdale Co., Ga. (um) the 1950 DeKalb Co., Ga. Puckett to Sims *Sarah Elizabeth Sims b. Jan. 1, 1827 d. m. John A. Puckett b. Jan. 16, 1827 Newton C., GA son of John H. Puckett and Tabitha Richards. John A. Puckett was a soldier in the Confederate Army and the US Dakotas Indian Wars. John Rufas Puckett b.17 Mar. 1861 Henry Co., GA d. there 24 June 1951 m. 1st Harriett Ludella Pattillo b. 1869 Henry Co., GA d. 1929. Harriett was the dau. of James Martin Pattillo and Elizabeth Hightower. Corley to Puckett *Fannie Louisa Puckett b.8 Aug 1887 d. 10 Jan 1923. m. William Dauphus Corley 12 Dec. 1903 born July 23, 1884 died May 11, 1967 Son of William A. Corley and MAry Elizabeth Callaway. James Calvin Corley b. 1 Aug. 1921 d. 8 Aug. 1973 m. Ruby Virginia Johnson b. 20 Mar. 1924 (Living) dau. of Nathan Lewis JOHNSON b. 16 July 1902-10 d. June 1989-Dallas N.C. and Lois Lillian WESTBROOK b 30 Apr. d. 23 Mar. 1928. Lois was the dau. of James Westbrook and Mary Lynch. David E. Corley m. Sherry Gentry (Living) Joe Aaron Corley m. Paula Eversole (Living) Issue: William Landon Corley, Adalyn Maris Corley Justin Daniel Corley (Living)
William the Conqueror
Here is set down what William, king of the English, established in consultation with his magnates after the conquest of England:
1. First that above all things he wishes one God to be revered throughout his whole realm, one faith in Christ to be kept ever inviolate, and peace and security to be preserved between English and Normans. 2. We decree also that every freeman shall affirm by oath and compact that he will be loyal to king William both within and with out England that he will preserve with him his lands and honor with all fidelity and defend him against his enemies. 3. I will, moreover, that all the men I have brought with me, or who have come after me, shall be protected by my peace and shall dwell in quiet. And if any one of them shall be slain, let the lord of his murderer seize him within five days, if he can; but if he cannot, let him pay me 46 marks of silver so long as his substance avails. And when his substance is exhausted, let the whole hundred in which the murder t ook place pay what remains in common. 4. And let every Frenchman who, in the time of King Edward, my kinsman, was a sharer in the customs of the English, pay what they call "Scot and lot", according to the laws of the English. This decree was ordained in the city of Gloucester. 5. We forbid also that any live cattle shall be bought or sold for money except within cities, and this shall be done before three faithful witnesses; nor even anything old without surety and warrant. But if anyone shall do otherwise, let him pay once, and afterwards a second time for a fine. 6. It was decreed there that if a Frenchman shall charge an Englishman with perjury or murder or theft or homicide or "ran", as the English call open rapine which cannot be denied, the Englishman may defend himself, as he shall prefer, either by the ordeal of hot iron or by wager of battle. But if the Englishman be infirm, let him find another who will take his place. If one of them shall be vanquished, he shall pay a fine of 40 shillings to the king. If an Englishman shall charge a Frenchman and be unwilling to prove his accusation either by ordeal or by wager of battle, I will, nevertheless, that the Frenchman shall acquit himself by a valid oath. 7. This also I command and will, that all shall have and hold the law of the king Edward in respect of their lands and all their possessions, with the addition of those decrees I have ordained for the welfare of the English people. 8. Every man who wishes to be considered a freeman shall be in pledge so that his surety shall hold him and hand him over to justice if he shall offend in any way. And if any such shall escape, let his sureties see to it that they pay forthwith what is charge against him, and let them clear themselves of any complicity in his escape. Let recourse be had to the hundred and shire courts as our predecessors decreed. And those who ought of right to come and are unwilling to appear, shall be summoned once; and if for the second time they refuse to come, one ox shall be taken from them, and they shall be summoned a third time. And if they do not come the third time, a second ox shall be taken from them. But if they do not come the fourth summons, the man who is unwilling to come shall forfeit from his goods the amount of the charge against him -- "ceapgeld" as it is called -- and in addition to this a fine to the king. 9. I prohibit the sale of any man by another outside the country on pain of a fine to be paid in full to me. 10. I also forbid that anyone shall be slain or hanged for any fault, but let his eyes be put out and let him be castrated. And this command shall not be violated under pain of a fine in full to me.
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