Vol II File 2: The Paternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James

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Vol II File 2: The Paternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James



In the early days of civilization, the preservation of a pedigree was necessary to maintain all that was valuable in blood, station, and property. Without a pedigree a man was an outlaw; he had no clan, consequently no legal rights or standing. Genealogies were guarded with extreme jealousy and recorded with painful exactitude by the bards of each clan. On the public reception into the clan of a child at the age of fifteen, his family genealogy was proclaimed, and all challengers of it commanded to come forward.

Today we are not so deeply committed to our ancestors as in those ancient times, but the knowledge of where each of us derives our genetic heritage, the varied experiences of out forbearers, can enrich our overall understanding of where we came from and where we are in the great web of existence.

Volume II

French and English Nobility from 10th Century to the 15th Century

1. Abrincis Line (Earls of Chester)

The following individuals were brother and sister:

2. Albini (Aubigny) Line (Earls of Arundel and Sussex)

Ed. Note: It is noteworthy that the following Albini (Aubigny) family which is the ancestral line which eventually comes to the Fitz Alan line is not the family which contains William de Albini, the Surety of the Magna Charta. The information in Burke is consistent with the proper ancestral line and is confirmed by the information found in the Harliean Society.

The following genealogy is derived from Burke, pp. 2-3, and from the Harleian Society, Vol 80, "Knights of Edward I" Vol 1 (A to E), with additions from Crispin and Macary, pp. 6-7.

From Crispin and Macary is the following:

"The family of Aubigny derived its name from Aubigny, near Periers, in the Contentin, and Wace, the chronicler, mentions `li boteillier d'Aubigny.' The pedigree commences with Grimoult du Plessis, the traitor of Valognes and Val-Des-Dunes, who died in a dungeon in 1047. William d'Aubigny, first of the name, married the sister of Grimoult and had issue Roger, who married Amicia, sister of Geoffrey, Bishop of Coutances, and of Roger de Montbray (i.e., Mowbray). The latter had issue, William d'Aubigny II, pincerna to Henry I., who married Maud Bigot, daughter of Roger Bigot, and died in 1139."

" Roger de Montbray, referred to in Wace as `cil de Moubrai,' was a brother of Geoffrey de Montbray, Bishop of Coutances, whom he accompanied to the battle of Hastings. He witnessed a charter in Normandy, 1066, and was the father of Robert de Montbray or Mowbray, Earl of Northumberland, who died about 1125 and is therefore not believed to have attended the conquest of England. He joined the conspiracy against William Rufus and died in prison."

"Geoffrey (Geoffroi, Eveque de Coutances was from Montbrai (Montrai) in the canton of Percy, arrondissement of Saint-Lo. Geoffrey de Montbray, Bishop of Coutances, was at the battle of Senlac. Dugdale remarks, "This Geoffroi being of noble Norman extraction and more skillful in arms than divinity, knowing better to train up soldiers than to instruct clergy, did good service at the battle of Hastings," for which he received vast possessions in Somerset and other counties, amounting to 280 manors, and dedicated his immense wealth to the building of the cathedral of Coutances. In 1069 he marched against the insurgents of Dorset and Somerset and raised the siege of Montacute. Two years later he represented the king in a suit against Bishop Odo and Archbishop Lanfranc, and in 1074, with Bishop Odo, suppressed the rebellion of the Earls of Hereford and Norfolk, at which time he was appointed Earl of Northumberland but soon relinquished the earldom to his nephew, Robert, who became his heir. He assisted at the coronation of the Conqueror and died in 1093/94."


The following is obtained from Wurts, Vol I., pg. 39-42, which shows no connection to the lineage of the Fitz Alans or any other direct relations. Similar information is found in Crispin and Macary. Therefore, the William de Albini, who was the Surety of the Magna Charta, is lost to this ancestry and cannot be claimed, based on the information available

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