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  • Name TOENI, Ralph de 
    Prefix Sir 
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    Born 1130  Conches-en-Ouche, Eure, Upper Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1162  Flamstead, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    WAC 18 Apr 1933  ARIZO Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
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    Family ID F16061  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family DE BEAUMONT, Lady Margaret ,   b. 1125, Leicester, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1185, Leicester, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 61 years) 
    Married Aft 1154  Leicester, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Notes 
    • MARRIAGE: Also shown as Married Aft 1155 ~SEALING_SPOUSE: Also shown as SealSp 10 Apr 1995, SLAKE.
    Children 
    +1. TONI, Goda de ,   b. 1142, Egginton, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1228, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. TOËNY, Countess Ida de ,   b. Jan 1154, Norwich, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1226, Framlingham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     3. TOENI, Roger de IV ,   b. 1160, Flamstead Castle, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1209, Flamstead, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F15865  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Robert de was born circa 1036 at Tosni, Normandy, France. He later became known as Robert de Stafford. He was the son of Roger de Tosni and Adelaide Borrell of Barcelona. Robert married Adelisa de Savona circa 1060 at Normandy, France. Robert's wife, Adelisa, died, leaving him a widower. Prior to William the Conqueror conquest in 1066, Robert had removed to Leichestershire. It was after this move that he took on the name de Stafford. In the late 11th century, he built Belvoir Castle as well as a Benedictine priorywichwas just over the border in Lincolnshire. He was keeper of Stafford Castle which was demolished before 1086. He held 81 manors in Staffordshire, 26 manors in Warwickshire, 20 manors in Lincolnshire & 4 manors in other counties equally 131 in all.5 Robert married 2nd Avice de Clare. Robert departed this life in August 1088 at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, England. He was buried in the chapel of the Benedictine priory also refered to as Evesham Abbey.
      Family 1
      Adelisa de Savona b. 1042
      Child
      Adelisa de Toesni b. c 1061, d. 1136
      Family 2
      Avice de Clare b. c 1058
      Children
      Nicholas de Stafford+ b. c 1076, d. c 1138
      Nigel Stafford b. c 1078, d. 1115
      Citations
      [S1032] Falconer Maddan, The Gresleys of Drakelowe, Preface: page viii - A Nigel de Stafford who also appears as an extensive landowner at the time of the Domesday Survey, was in all probability the son of Robert, and was certainly the father of the first who bore the name of Gresley. The curious legend of the Devil of Drakelowe suffices the reason why the family name was Gresley rather than Drakelowe.
      Page 17 - As has been already mentioned, the estates held in England at the time of Domesday (1086) by Ralph de
      Toeni were far exceeded by the broad acres of his younger brother Robert de Stafford, who must have stood high in
      the favour of the Conqueror, although we have no record of actual services at the Conquest. In Staffordshire he
      owned 81 manors, in Warwickshire 26, in Lincolnshire 20 and 4 in other counties, 131 in all. He is not however
      recorded as holding a manor in Stafford itself, although he owned 54 manors there, but Dugdale explains this by
      the fact that Stafford Castle, of which he may very probably have been governor, was demolished before 1086, and the new one had not yet been built. The ground and surroundings of the old castle were held in 1086 by Henry
      de Ferrers. Of Robert we have certain authentic details. That his surname was de Stafford and that he was a younger brother of Ralph II de Toeni (he is actually called Robertus de Toenio by his grandson) are absolutely certain from the long charter already mentioned. He must have been born not later than about 1041, and married Avice daughter of the Earl of Clare, who probably survived him.
      Page 20 - The above may be said to represent all the facts which we at present know about the Nigel de Stafford of Domesday: what remains is more or less probable conjecture. We can only say that it is very improbable that Nigel had no connexion with Robert de Stafford, and that if he was a son of the latter, all the facts we know about him fall into their places. The rather rare name Nicholas, it may be noticed, occurs in both Nigel's and Robert's families.
      [S1033] Robert de Stafford, Robert de Stafford (Robert de Toeni) (c. 1036–1088) was a Norman nobleman, the builder of Stafford Castle in England. He held a large number of lordships in the Domesday Survey, a high proportion lying in Staffordshire. They included Barlaston and Bradley in Staffordshire and part of Duns Tew in Oxfordshire. He is buried in Evesham Abbey.
      He was son of Raoul II of Tosny, and so brother of Raoul III of Tosny. He married Adelisa de Savona, with whom he had a daughter Adelisa de Toeni, who married Roger Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk. He then married Avice de Clare, with whom he had sons Nicholas de Stafford, Nigel de Stafford, Robert II de Stafford. The Gresley family of Drakelow, baronets, were descendants of the de Tosny family through their de Stafford ancestors, including Robert.
      [S1035] Roger I of Tosny.
      [S1044] Roger de Toeni (de Conches) - ****************************************.
      [S1031] Belvoir Castle, Belvoir Castle stands dramatically, on a Leicestershire hilltop, dominating the surrounding countryside. The first castle was built by Robert de Todeni in the late 11th century. He had also built a Benedictine priory nearby, just over the border in Lincolnshire, and on his death, in 1088, he was buried in the chapel of the priory. His stone coffin was discovered there in the ruins in the 18th century and it is now in the castle chapel.

      In 'Collections for a history of Staffordshire' (1880) we are introduced to the following account of the events surrounding the case know as The Devil of Drakelowe and the abandonment of the hamlet. The story may have its origins in the Anglo Saxon meaning of Drakelow, 'Dragons Mound' which may indicate a burial site with a guardian spirit.

      'One single narrative, part legendary, part historical, has preserved some notice of Drakelowe in the years immediately following the Great Survey*. Dugdale in his Monasticon Anglicanum quotes the Chronica Abbatum de Burton (a sixteenth century manuscrip) which testifies to a common saying ‘The Devill of Drakelowe’, and states Dugdale that it arose from a story of two Stapenhill rustics who fled from the Abbot of Burton to Roger the Poitevin, and for their faithlessness brought down the vengeance of Modwenna the patron saint of Burton Abbey. The Chronicle also states that this was during the abbacy of Galfridus de Mala Terra, who was abbot in 1085-94, so these events probably took place during the period 1090-94, when Drakelowe was held by Roger for the second time. The only surviving narrative is the Tractatus de Miraculis which follows the Life of St. Modwenna written by Gaufridus, who was Abbot of Burton 1114-51 and who may well have been a contemporary witness.

      The tractate states that two villeins who lived at Stapenhill under the jurisdiction of the abbot of Burton fled ad uillam proximam que Drachelawa dicitur, relinquentes inique dominos suos monachos et manere cupientes sub potestate Rogerii Comitis qui Pictauensis cognominabatur. [to the nearby village called Drakelowe, unjustly forsaking their masters the monks and desiring to stay under the authority of Count Roger nicknamed the Poitevin]. The abbey officers promptly seized the corn which was to have been given out to the delinquents, who meanwhile told the Count so mendacious a story, as the chronicle says, that he threatened the abbot, seized all the corn at Stapenhill, and sent soldiers to the abbey lands at Blakepol, who challenged the abbot's ten soldiers to fight. The abbot rushed to St. Modwenna's shrine, while his ten retainers, against orders, sallied forth and fought sixty of the Count’s followers including the dapifer Comitis [the Count’s seneschal], with varying results. The day after the two refugees were seized with illness, died, and were buried the next morning at Stapenhill in wooden coffins (archae ligneae).

      Then followed a terrible scene. That same evening before sunset the figures of these two were seen bearing their coffins in fantastic fashion on their shoulders and rushing about the paths and fields at Drakelowe, assuming the appearance of bears or hounds or other animals. This continued all night, and the position became intolerable when these creatures began to bang their coffins against the walls of the houses, crying, "Forward, forward with haste, bestir yourselves and come.' Every evening and every night this happened, till, to cap everything, an epidemic seized the place and nearly everybody died, except two rustics and Drogo the Count's bailiff.

      The Count went in penitence to the abbot, and made full restitution, but the Saint was not so easily pacified as her Abbot. The two rustics themselves fell ill, and some neighbours, still in deadly fright of the nocturnal visitants, exhumed the bodies of the two original refugees, bore off their hearts ad collem qui Dodefreseford nuncupatur [to the hill called Dodefreseford], and burnt them there. Just as this was completed an evil spirit in the shape of a flying crow was seen to emerge from the flames. This was no doubt the Devil of Drakelowe, and his appearance sent every one into ecstasies of fright. Even the two rustics, as soon as they saw the smoke of the fire, suddenly found themselves quite well enough to rise from their beds and flee with wives and children, bag and baggage, ad uillam proximam que Greseleia dicitur. Thus was Drakelowe utterly depopulated, and remained so for a long time, such fear was there of the wrath of St. Modwenna and such wonder at the miracles wrought for her sake.

      So runs the legend, and we can see through it with some certitude a quarrel between Roger the Poitevin and the Abbot of Burton, an encounter between their retainers, and an epidemic disease which shortly after depopulated Drakelowe and caused a migration of rich and poor to Gresley.'


      --Other Fields Ref Number: 2674 GIVEN NAMES: Also shown as Ralph De Conches

      AFN: Merged with a record that used the AFN GQPM-M2

      ID: Merged with a record that used the ID 43686940+4+

      BIRTH: Also shown as Born Conches, Eure, Haute-Normandie, France.

      ~SEALING_PARENTS: Also shown as SealPar 26 Oct 1994, IFALL.

  • 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. [S64] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      Ralph De TOENI DE CONCHE; Male; Birth: About 1130 Of, Leicester, Leicester, England; Death: 1162; Father: Roger De TOENI DE CONCHE; Mother: Ida OR Gertrude De HAINAULT; No source information is available.
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 29 Sep 2004

    3. [S64] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      ROBERT TONI; Male; Birth: About 1114 Derbyshire, , , England; Baptism: 19 APR 1997 PORTL; Endowment: 10 AUG 2001 WINTE; No source information is available.
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church to request LDS temple ordinances.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 22 Sep 2004

    4. [S64] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      Ralph De Conches De Toeni; Male; Birth: About 1130 Of, Leicester, Leicester, England; Death: 1162; Baptism: 21 MAR 1995 SLAKE; Endowment: 25 JUL 1995 SLAKE; No source information is available.
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church to request LDS temple ordinances.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 29 Sep 2004

    5. [S64] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      MRS. ROBERT TONI; Female; Birth: About 1114; Spouse: ROBERT TONI; Marriage: About 1139 Eggington,Derbyshire, , , England; No source information is available.
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 22 Sep 2004

    6. [S64] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      Ralph De Conches De Toeni; Male; Death: 1162; Spouse: Margaret De Beaumont; Marriage: After 1155 Of, Leicester, Leicester, England; No source information is available.
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 29 Sep 2004