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  • Name ENGLAND, William 
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    Nickname Conqueror 
    Born 14 Oct 1024  Falaise, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 1066 
    Gender Male 
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    Buried Sep 1087  Caen, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 10 Sep 1087  Rouen, Seine-Inférieure, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
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    Person ID I27972  Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith
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    Father NORMANDY, Duke Robert I ,   b. 22 Jun 1000, Falaise, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1035, Nicaea, Bursa, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother FALAISE, Harlette de ,   b. 9 Jun 1003, Falaise, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1078, Grestain, Eure, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 1023  France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Notes 
    • ~SEALING_SPOUSE: Also shown as SealSp 1 Aug 1924, SLAKE.
    Family ID F15136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family FLANDERS, Dutchess Mathilda ,   b. 1031, Flandre, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1083, Caen, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 1050  Cath Notre Dame D'eu Castle, Angi, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • MARRIAGE: Also shown as Married , Angi, Normandy, France.
    Children 
     1. CURTHOSE, Prince Robert ,   b. 1053, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1134, Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     2. ENGLAND, Prince Richard ,   b. 1054, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1081, New Forest, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     3. ENGLAND, Princess Cecilia ,   b. 1055, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1126, Caen, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     4. ENGLAND, Princess Margaret ,   b. 1059, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1112  (Age 53 years)
     5. ENGLAND, King William II ,   b. 14 Oct 1056, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1100, New Forest, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     6. ENGLAND, Princess Constance ,   b. 1061, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1090, St Donants, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
    +7. ENGLAND, Countess Adela ,   b. 1062, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1135, Marsilly, Charente-Inférieur, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +8. ENGLAND, Countess Gundred ,   b. 1063, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1085, Acre, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     9. ENGLAND, Princess Agatha Mathilda ,   b. 1064, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1135, Marsilly, Charente-Inférieur, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     10. NORMANDY, Anna ,   b. 1066, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1065, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    +11. BEAUCLERC, King Henry I ,   b. 13 Jun 1068, Selby, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1135, Lyon, Eure, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F15468  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Duke of Normandy --Other Fields Ref Number: 1710 Descent From the English Crown - William I (1025-1087, King of England (see #8 Pg. 5 of this file) a son of Robert I (The Devil), Duke of Normandy and Arletta, a Tanner's daughter of Falise, Normandy, born in 1025. He became William II, the Duke of Normandy in 1035, upon his father's death, until 1077 when his son Robert II became Duke. The father of Duke William, Robert I was son of the Richard II, from 1041 to 1066, was a son of Aethelred "the Unready," King of England from 968 to 1016 and a Norman woman, Emma, the King's second marriage Emma was a sister of Duke Richard II of Normandy, thus King Aethelred was a brother-in-law of Duke Richard II and uncle by marriage to Duke William II of Normandy. King Edward and William were cousins and so, in 1051, King Edward, whose only son had died, promised the Throne of England, upon his death to the Norman Duke, William II. The King died on Jan. 5, 1066. Immediately, Harold, a son of Goadwine, Earl of Essex and father-in-law of King Edward, had practically ruled England for several years, placed himself upon the Throne as King Harold of England. Upon hearing of this, Duke William II prepared for an invasion of England and, in Sept. of 1066, he did so to claim his Kingship. His army met that of Harold's at the celebrated "Battle of Hastings," or Senlac, on Oct. 14, 1066, in which Harold was throughly defeated and slain. On Dec. 25, 1066 he was crowned King William I of England and thereafter was known as "William the Conqueror." He was a progressive and industrious king who ruled his subjects firmly but well. One of his great achievements was the compiling of the "Doomsday Book" in 1085, a census which stands even today as an outstanding work of all time. His reign was stormy at home and abroad, being in intermittent war with his own son, Robert II, Duke of Normandy and Britany, and with King Philip I, of France. It was during a battle against the latter that he was injured by falling from his horse and died at Rouen, Normandy, Sept. 9th, 1087. William I was married, 1053, to Princess Mathilda, A Flemish daughter of Baldwin V, Count of Flanders, France. To this marriage were born four sons and five daughters: 1. Eldest son, ca. 1054-1084 d. before the father, William I. 2. Robert II ca. 1055-1134 was not considered by his father, as possessing qualities for a King but was made Duke of Normandy, 1077. 3. William II ca. 1056-1100, was chosen to be King at his father's death. 4. Henry I 1068-1135 also became King at death of William II, brother 5. One daughter, Adela md. Count Stephen of Blois (France), whose 3rd son Stephen, became King of England in 1135. ... . ------------------------------ Harris Descent From Norman and English Royal Lines- William II, 1025-1087, 7th Duke of Normandy from 1035-1077. When his son, Robert became Duke of Normandy, William II invaded England in 1066 and became known as 'William the Conqueror' and crowned William I, King of England. He married Matilda, Princess daughter of Baldwin V, Count of Flanders, France. She died in 1903 ------------------- William "the Conqueror," King of England and Duke of Normandy. He succeeded his father as Duke of Normandy in 1035. The history of Normandy claims that William was able to secure from Edward "the Confessor," King of England, the right to succeed to the Throne of England upon Edward's death. He married, c1050, Matilda, daughter of Baudouin V, Count of Flanders. Edward died in January of 1066 Norman Conquest. Harold, son of Godwin, Earl of Wessex, succeeded Edward. William began to build an army and navy to invade England and make his claim good. He landed in October 1066 and defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings. He was crowned King at Westminster Abbey on December 25, 1066. He built many castles throughout his new kingdom including the White Tower in London. He compiled the famous Domesday Book which listed all the estates in England. He was a good organizer as well as good soldier and by the time he died in 1087 Norman rule was firmly established. Ref: Famous Cambridge Men and Women - Hereward of the Fens (The Wake) (11 century) Leader (1070-71) of a revolt against William the Conqueror. Possibly the tenant of the abbey of Peterborough. Hereward and his followers sacked the abbey, perhaps in protest against the appointment of a Norman abbot. He fled to the Isle of Ely, and a band of other refugees, including Morcar, gathered round him. In 1071 King William beseiged the Isle, but Hereward escaped. His later life is obscure, but he may have been reconciled to William. He became the subject of many legends and is the hero of Charles Kingsley's last completed novel, Hereward the Wake (1866). -------------------------- Conclusion - The world It would seem possible that, even with a lot of geographical separation, the MRCA of the entire world is still within historical times, 3000 BC - 1000 AD. Quite likely the entire world is descended from the Ancient Egyptian royal house , c. 1600 BC. (We pick them as an example because they left proven descents for centuries, so it seems likely their descents did not die out, and they are ancestors of some people alive today. Hence probably ancestors of all people alive today.) The interbreeding world The MRCA of almost all of the world is in historical times, quite possibly in classical times, even AD. By "almost all" I mean over 90 percent of the world, including all of the West, almost all of Asia, and most of Africa. Only cases of extreme geographical isolation could prevent this being the whole world, leaving some aboriginal populations out of this recent family tree. If populations were truly geographically isolated for thousands of years then the MRCA of the entire world may be thousands of years ago. Though even that is not certain since there has been a certain amount of interbreeding since these populations were re-contacted in the last few hundred years. And we only need a small amount of interbreeding to get everyone descended from Europeans. That is, we just need to get them genealogically descended, even if it doesn't show in the DNA - even if the European DNA has been swamped by the rest. Quite likely almost everyone in the world descends from Confucius , c. 500 BC. We pick him as an example because he is the proven ancestor of some people alive today. Hence probably the ancestor of all people alive today. The West The MRCA of the West is in historical times, quite possibly as recent as 1000 AD. Quite likely everyone in the West descends from Charlemagne , c. 800 AD. We pick him as an example because he is the proven ancestor of some people alive today (for example, he is a proven ancestor of my children). Hence probably the ancestor of all people alive today. By the same reasoning, as well as from Continental/pre-Norman figures like Charlemagne, quite likely everyone in the West descends from figures like: The English/Saxon/pre-Royal Cerdic , c. 500 AD. The Irish/Celtic Niall of the Nine Hostages , c. 450 AD. Discussion There are some interesting consequences of this world view. Islam, Christianity and Judaism Quite likely every Muslim in the world today descends from the Prophet Muhammad , c. 600 AD. The Prophet is the proven ancestor of some Muslims alive today, hence probably ancestor of all of them. Quite likely everyone in the West descends from the Prophet Muhammad , c. 600 AD. There are also many known or suspected Muslim-Christian crossovers, in particular in medieval Spain. Even if specific ones, such as Zaida, dau of the Emir of Seville , are disproved, our model suggests that there will be others. With the Muslim population of medieval Spain descended from the Prophet, it is almost impossible for the Christian population to stay separate. All we need is a tiny amount of interbreeding and fairly soon all the Christian population are descended from the Prophet too, and hence most or all of the West today. And, as we just said, we even have some actual candidates such as Zaida, or Mawiyah, dau of the Caliph of Cordoba . The number of actual Muslim-Christian matings must be much higher than the few that we can prove. Religious barriers can't seriously push back the MRCA, only geographical barriers can . Quite likely almost every Jew in the world today descends from the Prophet Muhammad , c. 600 AD. By the same logic, there were Jews in medieval Spain, and it's hard to see them staying separate from the gradual descent of all of Muslim and Christian Spain from the Prophet. Again, all we need is a tiny amount of interbreeding for this to happen. And later the Jews of Spain were expelled , and are probably hence the ancestors of much or most of the world's Jews today. It is interesting to think that every Palestinian suicide bombing attack on Israel is almost certainly some descendants of the Prophet killing other descendants of the Prophet. Of course ultimately the whole world will descend from the Prophet. In fact, this may already be true! Alternative History If you have a line of descendants that doesn't die out, eventually you are the ancestor of the whole future world. Through this, you affect all future world history. If the humblest Ancient Egyptian peasant had done anything different (even just had sex five minutes earlier), there would have been no Jesus, no St.Paul, Muhammad, Copernicus, Newton, Darwin, Marx, Freud, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler or Mao. There would have been no Christianity, Islam, Marxism, Freudianism, communism, Nazism or Maoism. - These are belief systems, collections of beliefs accepted due to charismatic founders. There would still have been Copernicanism, Newtonianism and Darwinism. - These are discoveries about the world, that would be made no matter what. Science would still be here, but the religions and totalitarian systems would be different. There may have been no Holocaust. There may have been global nuclear war. Humanity might be extinct. The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History by Michael H. Hart Links - Gary Boyd Roberts Comments on Royal Descent - "probably sixty percent or more of the American people are descended from kings" Roberts also says "Anthropologists claim everyone on earth is a 40th cousin" (i.e. any pair of 2 people can find at least 1 common ancestor since about 800 AD). Jack Lee - Everyone is Descended From Charlemagne There was a discussion about this topic in the Journal of the Northumberland and Durham FHS in 1997-98. See The Ancestor Paradox by Brian Pears. Basically, Brian Pears is right in his conclusions and his critics are wrong. Andrew Millard , Department of Archaeology, University of Durham. Probability of descending from Edward III nicely illustrates that you only need one ancestor to get the Royal Descent. (In his calculations, the odds of any one of your ancestors in 1600 AD not descending from Edward III might be quite high (something like 0.999) but the odds of all of them not descending from Edward III would be tiny (something like 0.999). He concludes that almost every modern English person with predominantly English ancestry descends from Edward III, and Edward III probably has something like 100 million descendants across the West. SURNAME: Also shown as Normandy SUFFIX: Also shown as The Conqueror, King of England BIRTH: Also shown as Born , Falaise, Calvados, France. DEATH: Also shown as Died Hermenbraville, Seine, France. BURIAL: Also shown as Buried Abbey of St. Stephan, Caen, , France.

  • Sources 
    1. [S72] Ancestral File (TM), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (June 1998 (c), data as of 5 JAN 1998).

    2. [S112] Ancestral File (TM), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (June 1998 (c), data as of 5 JAN 1998).

    3. [S64] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      Robert l; Male; Death: 02 JUL 1035; Spouse: Harlette De Falaise; Marriage: 1023 Of H, , , France; No source information is available.
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 26 Sep 2004

    4. [S64] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      Robert l; Male; Death: 02 JUL 1035; Spouse: Harlette De Falaise; Marriage: 1023 Of Falaise,C, , , France; No source information is available.
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 26 Sep 2004

    5. [S617] World Family Tree Vol. 1, Ed. 1, Brƒderbund Software, Inc., (Release date: November 29, 1995), Tree #2243.
      Date of Import: Jan 23, 1998