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It is likely that almost everyone who has any recent British blood in them
is descended from one or more of the people mentioned below so this family
features in many genie databases. However, it appears that the only proven
knowledge that there is on the family is based on references to Gunnor,
wife/mistress of Richard, Duke of Normandy. It is known that she had a
brother called Herfastus but, although many sources also name her father
as Herfastus or similar, her parentage is not known for sure. It is understood
that the family was originally of Danish origin although whether it was
Gunnor's father who moved from Denmark into Normandy or an earlier generation
is not known. Suggestions that Gunnor's father was a son of Harald
'Bluetooth', King of Denmark & Norway, appear to be wholly speculative.
2 The following was originally based on reports in various web sites which are inconsistent with each other, not least in respect of their dates. The position is further complicated by the fact that the different daughters are often confused with each other, different sources allocating their husbands differently between them. The following now broadly but not fully follows the view taken by Todd Farmerie reported on www.rootsweb.com/~medieval/, kindly brought to our attention by a site visitor PK, 09.02.07 which makes no mention at all of "Crepon" but does of Cotelin, Normandy and which names only Senfria, Duvelina and Wevia as definitely Gunnor's sisters. This section remains subject to further review.
|Herfastus or Herbastus de Crepon
|1.||Herfastus Herfast or Arfast de Crepon|
|A.||Osbern, Steward of Normandy a 1030||
|m Emma dau of Ralph, Count of Ivry||
|2.||Senfrie or Sainfrie or Sibell, Senfria, Seinfreda de Crepon||
|m1 ?? forester|
|Some sources show Senfrie as daughter rather than sister of Herfast but that appears to be mistaken. Tradition holds that Senfrie was the lady who, when married to a forester, distracted the attentions of Richard, Duke of Normandy, by introducing him to her sister Gunnor. Various sources show her as wife of the following Hugh de Montgomeri but this is not certain and would certainly be wrong if Senfrie was mother of the Josceline who married Hugh's son Roger.|
|m2 Hugh de Montgomeri||
|Cr30.||Wevia or Aveline de Crepon||
|m Osborn or Osberne de Bolbec b c940||
|Many sources show them as having had a daughter Josceline who married Roger de Montgomery. We show that connection but, although it is known that Josceline was a niece of Duchess Gunnor, it is not certain that the connection was through Wevia.|
|4.||Duvelina or Awelina or Wevia de Crepon||
|m Thorold Turulf de Pont-Audemer d after 1040||
|5.||Sibell de Crepon According to Robert of Torigni, not long after Emma's death, Duke Richard see below went out hunting and stopped at the house of a local forester. He became enamoured of the forester's wife, Seinfreda, but she being a virtuous woman, suggested he court her unmarried sister, Gunnor, instead. Gunnor became his mistress, and her family rose to prominence. Her brother, Herefast de Crepon, may have been involved in a controversial heresy trial. Gunnor was, like Richard, of Norse descent, being a Dane by blood. Richard finally married her to legitimize their children.|
|m Thorold de Harcourt|
|Cr31||Gunnora Gunnor de Crepon d 1031 see above||
|m Richard I, Count of Rouen, Duke of Normandy b 28.08.933/4, d 20.11.996||
|Some web sites suggest that Gunnora married Gilbert, Count de Brionne b c1000, d c1040. Although the dates may make this seem a possibility, it is surely not possible for both marriages to be correct since, if Gunnora was the wife of Richard of Normandy, Gilbert of Brionne would have been her grandson or step-grandson ! We think it likely that this was a result of confusion with the Gunnora d'Aunou who married Gilbert Crispin, Baron de Bec who is often confused with Gilbert, Count of Brionne.|
|Possibly one of the above other than Gunnora, but possibly another daughter of Herbastus altogether, was the mother of Beatrice below of whom TCP Surrey reports "whose mother was almost certainly a sister of Gunnor, 2nd wife of Richard I, Duke of Normandy."|
|m Rodulf or Ralph de Warrenne b c998, a 1074||
|Airauld de Chatellerault|
|1.||Airauld de Chatellerault|
|A.||Airauld or Airald, Vicomte de Chatellerault d after 976|
|m Gersinde de Mortimer|
|i.||Boso I, Vicomte de Chatellerault d 1014|
|m Amelia d 1010|
|a.||Hugh I, Vicomte de Chatellerault d 1075|
|m Gerberge de la Rochefoucauld dau of Foucaud, Sire de le Roche|
|1||Boso II, Vicomte de Chatellerault d 1092|
|m c1075 Eleanor de Thouars dau of Aimery IV, Vcte de Thouars|
|A||Aumary I, Vicomte de Chatellerault b c1076, d 07.11.1157|
|m Dangerosa de l'Isle Bouchard dau of Bartholomew de l'Isle Bouchard|
|i||Hugh II, Vicomte de Chatellerault d 1176|
|ii||Raoul, Sn de Faye-la-Vineuse d 1190|
|iii||Eleonore de Chatellerault b 1103, d after 03.1130||
|m 1121 William VIII/X, Count of Poitou, Duke of Aquitaine b 1099, d 09.04.1137||
1 various web sites, references in TCP Hereford, etc.
2 various web sites
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