Ancient Aristocrats-William the Conqueror

DFH Volume 1 Issue 21

My personal favorite Ancient Aristocrat grampa is King William I, more commonly known as William the Conqueror.  Our lineage is as follows:

Lineage of Wilber Thomas Dayton Sr. to William the Conqueror

  1. WILBER THOMAS DAYTON SR & Jessie Belle White
  2. Nancy Goodnow & Charles Dayton
  3. Thomas Goodnow & Lucy Harris
  4. Stephen Goodnow & Mary McAllister
  5. Abigail Wilson & Thomas Goodnow
  6. Hopestill Rice & Edward Wilson
  7. Daniel Rice & Bethiah Ward
  8. Edward Rice & Agnes Bent
  9. Edmund Rice & Thomasine Frost
  10. Thomas Rice & ?
  11. William Rice & ?
  12. Katherine Howard & Rice Au-Griffith
  13. Thomas Howard & Elizabeth Tylney
  14. Duke John Howard & Catherine Moleyns

At this point in our ascendency, we arrive at grampa John Howard, Duke of Norfolk, who was born in 1420 A.D.  This is only one path we have to William the Conqueror and other English nobility.   We have several paths that will establish lineage to him.  This path establishes lineage through Duke John Howard.  From Howard to Wilber Thomas Dayton Sr the lineage is always the same.  Therefore, I am going to list Wilber Dayton’s complete lineage to Duke John Howard here, and then remind you of this same lineage in future issues of this newsletter without showing it in the interest of brevity.

Now we continue the lineage to William the Conquer:

  1. Margaret De Mowbray & Sir Robert Howard
  2. Earl Thomas  De Mowbray & Elizabeth Fitz Alan
  3. Elizabeth Seagrave & Baron John Mowbray
  4. Duchess Margaret Marshall Plantagenet & John Seagrave
  5. Earl Thomas Plantagenet & Alice Halys
  6. Princess Marguerite  of Le Hardi & King of England Edward I “Longshanks” Plantagenet
  7. King Phillip III of France & Mary of Brabant
  8. King Louis IX of France & Queen Marguerite Berenger
  9. King Louis VIII of France & Blanche of Castile
  10. King Phillip II of France (Augutus) & Isabella of Hainaut
  11. Queen Adela De Champagne, of France & King Louis VII of France
  12. Count Theobald V “the Good” of Blois & Maud of Carthinia
  13. Adele of England & King of England Stephen II of Blois
  14. King William I, of England “the Conqueror” & Matilda of Flanders


The Normans were descendants of Vikings who had settled by force in North East France around the mouth of the Seine River. The land they occupied became known as Normandy. (The name Normandy comes from the French Normand, meaning Norsemen and Normans)

  • King William I, the Conqueror 1066 – 1087
  • King Henry I 1100 – 1135
  • King Stephen 1135 – 1154
  • (Empress Matilda 1141)

King William I, the Conqueror 1066 – 1087

  • Age 38-59
  • Born: September 1028 at Falaise, Normandy 
  • Parents: Robert I, Duke of Normandy, and Arlette daughter of Fulbert (illegitimate)
  • Ascended to the throne: 25 December 1066 aged 38 years
  • Crowned: 25 December 1066 at Westminster Abbey
  • Married: His cousin Matilda, Daughter of Count of Flanders and granddaughter of  the King of France
  • Children: 4 sons including William II and Henry I, and 6 daughters
  • Died: 9 September 1087 at Rouen, France, aged 59 years
  • Buried at: St Stephens Abbey, Caen, Normandy
  • Succeeded by: his son William I

The Norman Duke, William was friendly with English King, Edward the Confessor and attacked England on Edwards death because he had been promised the English crown by Edward but denied it by the Saxon Harold.

Defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

In 1085 the Domesday Survey was begun, and all England was recorded so William knew exactly what his new kingdom contained. The Domesday Book was, in effect, the first national census.

doomsday book

The Domesday Book

William ruled simultaneously in both England and parts of France. This set the scene for regular land battles over territory in France for the next 500 years.

When William died his lands were divided between his eldest two sons. Robert inherited Normandy, while William became king of England.

 [William the Conqueror profile was copied in its entirety from (Project Britain [])


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