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Vol I File 10: The Paternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James
7. Pharamond to Maud St. Liz
8. Pharamond to Judith, Wife of Louis the Debonaire and to William de Albini, Surety of the Magna Charta
9. Descendants of Clovis, First King of the Franks, to William Malet, the Surety of the Magna Charta
Duke of the East Franks, 404 A.D., elected King of the West Franks,
419, died in 430, 16th in descent from Boadicea. He married Argotta, "the mother of all the kings of France."
They were the great great grandparents of Clovis. He was descended
13 generations from Athildis, who married in 129 A.D. Marcomir
IV., King of Franconia, who died in 149. Athildis was the daughter
of "Old King Cole," known also as Colius I., who died
in 170 A.D. He was educated in Rome, King of Britain in 125.
Colius I. was the son of Marius (Ref.: Wurts p. 2530).
Duke of Moselle, died in 491.
Duke of Moselle, died in 528.
Duke of Moselle, died in 570.
married Richemeres, Duke in Franconia. She died in 655.
married Ega, Major-Domo in France, died in 646.
Major-Domo, died in 661.
Major-Domo, died in 680.
Duke of Alsatia, died in 720.
Duke of Alsatia, died in 741.
Duke of Alsatia.
Lord of Altorf in Suabia, had large estates in Bavaria, married
father of the Guelphs, Lord of Altorf, in the Court of Charlemagne,
14. Guelph (Welf), "so called because
the nurse said they were welphs that she had in her apron,"
Count of Andech, born in 787, died in 818, married Edith of Saxony. They had two children
15. Conrad I, Duke of Burgundy, born
in 800, died in 863, married Adela,
daughter of Hugh, Count of Tours.
They had a son and a daughter as follows:
1. Mahaud Bourgogne, who married Baldwin III See the continuation of this
lineage in the Line of Noble Ancestors from Flanders in Volume
2. Conrad II, Duke of Burgundy. See below.
16. Conrad II, Duke of Burgundy, born
in 825, died in 881, married Ermentrude,
daughter of Luitfrid III., Count of
Upper Alsace, a descendant of King Clovis.
17. Adelaide of Burgundy married Richard,
Duke of Bourgogne, died in 921.
18. Alice of Burgundy married Regnier II, Count of Hainault, died in
19. Regnier III, Count of Hainault, died
in 973, married Adele.
They had at least two sons as follows:
1. Regnier IV, Count of Hainault, married
Edith of France,
daughter of Hugh Capet.
See the continuation of this lineage in the earlier section of
the Line of Kings and Nobility of France.
2. Lambert I See below.
20. Lambert I, Count of Louvaine, died
in 1015, married Gerberga of Lorraine,
daughter of Charles, Duke of Lorraine,
who was the son of Louis IV, King of France, born in 953. Charles
married (2) Agnes, daughter of Henry, Count of Vermandois and
Troyes, and his wife Princess Edgina, granddaughter of King Alfred
the Great. From this second marriage was a daughter, Gerberga.
Lambert and Gerberga of Lorraine had
a daughter, Maud.
married Eustace I,
Count of Boulogne. They had a son, Lambert of Lens.
22. Lambert of Lens, Count of Lens (Sens),
died in 1054, married (2) Adelaide,
sister of William the Conqueror.
They had a daughter, Judith of Lens.
23. Judith of Lens, born in 1054, married
Earl of Northampton, beheaded in 1073, son
of Siward the Saxon, Earl of Northumberland.
the eldest daughter, married in 1089 (1) Simon de St. Liz I. (Senlis)., become
in the right of his wife, Earl of Huntingdon and Northampton,
whose honors Judith of Lens had forfeited. Shortly after the
year 1100 he made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in the Holy Land and
on the return journey in 1115 died at the French Abbey of Our
Lady of Charity. They had the following three children:
1. Simon de St. Liz II., who succeeded his
father. He succeeded to the Earldom of Northampton only. The
Earldom of Huntingdon was by special grace of King Henry I. conveyed
to David of Scotland, who on ascending the throne in 1124, transferred
it to his only son, Henry, but on Henry's death in 1152, it reverted
to Simon. He married Isabel de Beaumont and died about 1154,
leaving a son and heir, Simon de St. Liz III. Again the earldoms
were divided. Simon III. became the Earl of Northampton, while
the Earldom of Huntingdon was given by King Henry II. to Malcolm
IV., King of Scotland, the eldest son of Prince Henry, who predeceased
his father, and therefore the grandson of King David I. The controversy
over the earldom continued, and the King of England, angered by
the continual strife and dissension concerning it, ordered the
2. Waltheof, Abbot of Melrose.
3. Maud St. Liz. See continuation of this
lineage elsewhere in Volume I.
Maud then married (2) David I. (St. David) of Scotland, son
of Malcolm III., who became one of
the most renowned kings of that country. Through this marriage
came the connection between the Earldom of Huntingdon and the
royal house of Scotland. They had four children as follows:
4. Henry of Scotland., Prince of Scotland,
Earl of Northumberland and Huntingdon. See the continuation of
this lineage in the Line of Scottish Kings in Volume I.
Ref: Casteries, De Rene de La Croix, "The
Lives of the Kings and Queens of France," (1979).
Ref: Gregory, Bishop of Tours (Translated
by Ernest Brehaut),"History of the Franks" (written
originally in 594) (Published originally in 1916) (Reprinted in
died in 428.
2. Clodio (Clodion), died in 447.
3. Merovech (Meerwig) (Merovee),died in
4. Childeric I, son of Merovech, died about
482, leaving his inheritance to his son, Clodovic, whose name
had been corrupted by modern historians into Clovis. The records
show several children of Childeric I., as follows:
1. Clovis I See below.
2. One daughter, Albofled, died shortly
after being baptized in the Christian faith (ref: Gregory of Tours).
3. Another daughter, Lanthechild, a heretic
practicing Arianism, was also baptized into the Christian faith
(ref: Gregory of Tours).
5. Clovis I (Chlodwig), also known by
some historians as Louis and Lodowig, born 467, died 511, the
first king of all the Franks, the founder of the empire of Franks,
ruling from 482 to 511, son of Childeric I., chief of the Salian
Franks, whom he succeeded in 481 at the age of 15. His capital
was at Rheims and later at Paris. He had the Salic law drawn
up about the year 500. At the death of Clovis I. the empire was
divided into four parts, which were held by his sons.
Clovis at the age of twenty-five, fathered
a bastard son by an unknown concubine who was not of royal blood.
Their son, the first born, was Theodoric (Thierry) I. He died
in 534. Theodoric had a son, Theodobert.
In 493 Clovis married Clothilde (Clotilda) of Burgundy (afterwards St. Clothilde),
born 475, died at Tours in 545, "the girl of the French Vineyards".
She was the daughter of Gondebaud
(Chilperic II.?), King of Burgundy.
She was Arian by religion, but with strong Roman Catholic tendencies.
This marriage was of primary importance, as the real shape of
France dated from it. It was she who led her husband to abandon
his old beliefs and embrace Christianity. He was baptized in
the 15th year of his reign at Rheims on Christmas Day in 496,
with 3,000 of his followers. When Clovis first heard the story
of Christ's crucifixion, he was so moved that he cried, "If
I had been there with my valiant Franks, I would have avenged
Him." Henceforth the Church played a decisive role in the
history of the kings of France. By his wife, they had the following
1. Ingomer, who died after being baptized,
according the Gregory of Tours (see reference cited above, p.
2. Clodomir (Chlodomer), the eldest legitimate
son, died in 524. At the death of his father, he obtained the
Loire from Orleans to Tours, plus the cities of Chartes, Sens,
and Auxerre. He had three sons, two of which were murdered by
their uncles. The third escaped the massacre and is said to have
founded a monastery and was canonized as Saint Cloud.
3. Childebert I. received Paris, the valleys
of the Seine and Somme, and the Channel coast as far as Brittany.
He ruled from 511 to 558. He died childless in 558.
4. Clotaire (Chlothar) I, died in 561. See
5. A daughter, betrothed to Amalaric, son
of Alaric, the Visigoth King of Spain.
Following upon the deaths of the above four
sons, the history becomes somewhat confused by the various successions
of sons and nephews. Thierry (Theodoric), who received at the
time of his father's death, the Ripuary country, the Moselle Valley
with Metz and Trier, French Hesse, Champagne, and the Alemanni
protectorate. He also took the largest share of the disposed
Goth territory. Thierry tried to murder his half-brothers but
failed. He died shortly afterwards, leaving a son, Theudebert
(Thibert) I, who allied himself to Childebert against Clotaire.
He died in 548, and he was succeeded by his son, Theudebald,
who died in 555. None of these were sole king, except Clotaire
I., who held the position from the death of Childebert I. in 558
until his own death in 561.
Clovis's achievement was a tremendous one:
he had created France.
According to Gregory of Tours:
"Clovis I. died at the age of forty-five,
having reigned for thirty years. Queen Clotilda came to Tours
after the death of her husband and served there in the church
of St. Martin, and dwelt in the place with the greatest chastity
and kindness all the days of her life, rarely visiting Paris."
6. Clotaire (Clothaire) (Chlothar) I,
King of the Franks, 558-562, born in 500 and died in 562. He
married, according to Gregory of Tours, (1) Guntheuca, wife of
his dead brother, Chlodomer. He married (2) Chunsina; (3) Ingunde;
(4) Aregunda, Ingunda's sister; (5) Radegunda, daughter of the
Thuringian king Berthar, who became a nun at Poitiers about 550;
(6) a concubine; and (7) Vuldetrude, Theodovald's widow. At the
time of his father's death, he received Soissons, Laon, Noyon,
and the old Frankish country: Cambrai, Tournai, and the lower
side of the Meuse. According to the "History of the Franks,"
the children of Clothar I. were as follows with each wife.
From the first marriage with Guntheuca:
Bishop of Metz. died 601, married Oda of Saxony.
9. St. Arnolph (Arnulf), died about 635, married
Dodo of Saxony.
10. Anchises (Ansegis), died 685, married
Begga of Brabant,
daughter of Pepin I. of Landen, Mayor of Austrasia, who died in
639. Begga died in 698.
11. Pepin II. of Heistal, died 714, married
and (2) Plectrudis. From the first marriage there was a son,
12. Charles Martel, born 689, Mayor of
the Palace, 719-741, married Rotrude,
13. Pepin the Short, born 714, died on
September 24, 768 at St. Denis. He married Bertha of Laon, died 783.
born 742, died 814, married Hildegarde.
15. Louis the Pious (Debonaire), married
(2) Judith of Bavaria,
daughter of Count Welf of Bavaria.
Louis the Pious (Debonaire) died 843.
16. Charles II., the Bald, born 823, married
Ermengarde of Orleans.
He was the last Carolingian king to have truly reigned.
17. Judith of France, born 844, widow
of Ethelwulf, married (2) Baldwin I, Count of Flanders.
18. Baldwin II, Count of Flanders, married
daughter of Alfred the Great.
19. Arnulph I, Count of Flanders, married
Alice (Adela) Vermandois.
20. Elstrude of Flanders, married Sigfrid,
Count of Guines, died 965.
21. Heloise Guines, married Crispin de Bec.
22. Gilbert Crispin I, Baron of Tillieres,
married Gunnore d'Aunou,
daughter of Baldric the Teuton.
See Crispin and Macary for details on earlier Crispin lineage.
23. Elise (Esilia) Crispin, married (1)
William Malet, Lord Malet,
died 1072, called grandson of Godiva. They had a number of children.
See the continuation of this lineage in the
Malet Line in Volume II.