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ANCESTRY OF VERN ELIJAH ROGERS

NORMAN BRANCH: ELIZABETH DE BERKELEY (GEN. 17) TO RAGNVALD I THE WISE (GEN. 34)

 

Gen. 34: Ragnvald I the Wise Eysteinsson, d. 890; m., Raginhilde Hrolfsdottir. Ragnvald was Jarl of North and South More. He may be the great grandson of the semilegendary figure Halfdan the Old and grandson of Halfdan’s son Ivan. These connections are recorded in the Orkneyinga Saga.

 

Gen. 33: Rollo of Normandy, d. 929, bur. Cathedral of Notre Dame (Rouen, France); m., Poppa of Bayeux. Rollo was a Viking invader who is now often regarded as the first ruler of Normandy. He was also known as Ganger Rolf.

 

Gen. 32: William I Longsword of Normandy, b. between 891 and 905, d. 942; m., Sprota of Brittany. William was Count of Normandy.

 

Gen. 31: Richard I the Fearless of Normandy, b. about 933 (Fecamp, Normandy), d. 996 (Fecamp, Normandy); m2. before 989, Gunnora of Denmark, b. about 950, d. 1027 or 1031. Richard was Duke of Normandy.

 

Gen. 30: Richard II the Good of Normandy, d. 1026; m. between 1000 and 1008, Judith of Brittany, d. 1026. Richard was Duke of Normandy from 996 to 1026.

 

Gen. 29: Robert I the Devil of Normandy, d. 1035; mistress, Herleva of Falais. Robert was Duke of Normandy.

 

Gen. 28: William I the Conqueror, b. 1027 (Falaise, Normandy), d. 1087 (Rouen, Normandy); m. between 1050 and 1053, Matilda of Flanders, b. 1032, d. 1083. William was the Duke of Normandy and became King of England after his victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

 

Gen. 27: Henry I Beauclerc of England, b. 1068 (Selby, Yorkshire), d. 1135 (St Denis-le-Ferment, Normandy), bur. Reading Abbey (Reading, Berkshire); m., Eadgyth of Scotland, b. 1079 (Dumfermline, Fife), d. 1118 Westminster Palace (Westminster, Greater London), bur. Westminster Abbey (Westminster, Greater London). Henry reigned as King of Englay end from 1100 to 1135. Eadgyth is the child of Malcolm III Canmore of Scotland and his wife Margaret, who are listed in the Anglo-Saxon trunk of the ancestry of Vern Elijah Rogers.

 

Gen. 26: Matilda of England, b. between 1102 and 1104, d. 1167 (Rouen, Normandy); m. 1128 (LeMans Cathedral, LeMans, France), Geoffrey V Plantagenet, b. 1113, d. 1151 (Chateau-du-Loir, France). Geoffrey served as Count of Anjou and Duke of Normandy.

 

Gen. 25: Henry II Curmantle, b. 1131 (LeMans, France), d. 1189 (Chinon Castle, France), bur. Fontevrault Abbey (France); m. 1152 (Bordeaux, Aquitaine), Eleanor d’Aquitaine, b. 1122 to 1125, d. 1204 (Fontevrault, France), bur. Fontevrault Abbey (Fontevrault, France). Henry reigned as King of England from 1154 to 1189.

 

Gen. 24: John I of England, b. 1166/7 (Beaumont Palace, Oxford), d. 1216 (Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire), bur. Worcester Cathedral (Worchestershire); mistress, Clemence de Warenne. John reigned as King of England from 1199 to 1216. In response to his autocratic regime, a group of nobles forced him to sign the Magna Carta.

 

Gen. 23: Richard Fitz Roy, b. about 1190, d. about 1246; m. 1214, Rohese de Dover, d. 1264/5.

 

Gen. 22: Isabella de Dover, d. between 1276 and 1277, bur. Abbey of St. Augustine (Bristol, England); m. about 1247, Maurice I the Resolute de Berkeley, b. 1218, d. 1281, bur. Abbey of St. Augustine (Bristol, England). Maurice held the title Lord Berkeley.

 

Gen. 21: Thomas II de Berkeley, b. 1245 (Berkeley, Gloucestershire), d. 1321 (Berkeley, Gloucestershire); m. 1267, Joan de Ferrers, d. 1309, bur. Abbey of St. Augustine (Bristol, England). Thomas held the title Lord Berkeley.

 

Gen. 20: Maurice II de Berkeley, b. 1281, d. 1326, bur. Abbey of St. Augustine (Bristol, England); m. 1289, Eve La Zouche, d. 1314, bur. (Portbury, Somersetshire). Maurice held the title Lord Berkeley.

 

Gen. 19: Thomas III de Berkeley, b. 1292 and 1296, d. 1361, bur. St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard (Gloucestershire); m. 1347 (Charfield, Gloucestershire), Katherine Clivedon, d. 1385, bur. St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard (Gloucestershire). Thomas held the title Lord Berkeley.

 

Gen. 18: John II de Berkeley; m., Elizabeth Betteshorne.

 

Gen. 17: Elizabeth de Berkeley, d. 1478; m., 1420/1, John I Dudley, b. 1400, d. 1487. John was Lord Stewart and the 1st Baron Dudley. He brought home the body of Henry V of England when the king died suddenly in a war against France, and John was standard bearer at the king’s funeral. John began the use of the Dudley surname and was 1st Baron Dudley.

 

 

Principal Sources

Gen. 30 to Gen. 34: “Normandy Dukes; Chapter 1. Dukes of Normandy 911-1106,” Medieval Lands; Weis et al., Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who Came to America before 1700 (8th ed., 2004), Line 121E.

 

Gen. 29: “Normandy Dukes; Chapter 1. Dukes of Normandy 911-1106,” Medieval Lands; Weis et al., Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who Came to America before 1700 (8th ed., 2004), Lines 121 and 130.

 

Gen. 27 and Gen. 28: “England, Kings 1066-1837; Chapter 1. Kings of England 1066-1135 (Normandy),” Medieval Lands; Weis et al., Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who Came to America before 1700 (8th ed., 2004), Line 121.

 

Gen. 26: “Anjou: Comtes d’Anjou, Ducs d’Anjou; Chapter 1. Comtes d’Anjou; C. Comtes d’Anjou 1060-1189 (Comtes de Gatinais)” and “England, Kings 1066-1837; Chapter 1. Kings of England 1066-1135 (Normandy),” Medieval Lands; Weis et al., Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who Came to America before 1700 (8th ed., 2004), Lines 1 and 123.

 

Gen. 24 and Gen. 25: “England, Kings 1066-1837; Chapter 3. Kings of England 1054-1485 (Anjou); A. Kings of England 1154-1399” Medieval Lands; Weis et al., Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who Came to America before 1700 (8th ed., 2004), Line 1.

 

Gen. 23: “England, Kings 1066-1837; Chapter 3. Kings of England 1054-1485 (Anjou); A. Kings of England 1154-1399” Medieval Lands; Weis et al., Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who Came to America before 1700 (8th ed., 2004), Lines 26 and 218.

 

Gen. 22: “England, Kings 1066-1837; Chapter 3. Kings of England 1054-1485 (Anjou); A. Kings of England 1154-1399” and “Untitled English Nobility A-C, Berkeley,” Medieval Lands.

 

Gen. 19 to Gen. 21: “Untitled English Nobility A-C, Berkeley,” Medieval Lands.

 

Gen. 18: “John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley,” Wikipedia.

 

Gen. 17: Curtis, "The Mystery of Thomas Dudley's Paternal Ancestors." This line is based on the contemporary understanding of the Dudley line of descent and could be dropped if the interpretation of the Dudley line changes. Nonetheless, there are other paths from the Normans to Thomas Dudley than the one reported here, so my general position on Thomas Dudley’s Norman origins would not change even if part of the path changes.

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