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Rollo Rognvaldsson

846-930 AD
34th Great Grandfather
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The Viking Rollo also known as ‘Rolf the Ganger’, ‘le Marcheur, the Walker, The Dane, and Duke of Normandy.
Rollo’s name at birth was Hrolf Ragnvaldsson. He was know as ’The Walker’, as when he became an adult he was to large for a horse to carry so he walked everywhere. Rollo was supposedly born in Maer, Jutland, Nord-Trondelag, Norway about 842 AD.
Rollo became the ‘Duke of Normandy’ in 911 AD. (although the title of Duke was not used at this time, his title was ‘Count’.)
The earliest ‘well-attested’ historical event associated with Rollo is his leadership of the Vikings who besieged Paris in the year 885 AD. Early documents contradict each other with regard to whether Rollo was Norwegian or Danish.
The 10th century historian, Dudo of Saint-Quentin, records that Rollo seized Rouen, France in 876 AD. Rollo was friends with Guthrum, the King of the Danish Vikings who controlled the region called ‘Danelaw’ in England and who later waged war against King Alfred in Wessex. King Alfred later baptized Guthrum who became known as Athelstan and later the King of the East Angles.
In the late 9th century Rollo attacked the city of Bayeux and took as captive the daughter of Pepin de Pronne, the son of Bernard, King of Italy, and made her his wife or mistress. Poppa became the mother of Rollo’s son and successor, William Longsword, Count of Rouen, and 2nd Duke of Normandy.
Count Rollo reigned in Normandy, a region of France, for about 16 years, from 911 to 927. The King of West Francia, King Charles the Simple, gave the lands that were south of the Seine River, including the city of Rouen, to Rollo in exchange for Rollo’s agreement to end his hostilities against the Franks.
Rollo was the leader of the Viking settlers, recorded in a charter of 918, and he continued his reign over Normandy until at least 928. Rollo agreed to be baptised and he took the name of Robert. Rollo died sometime between the year s 928 and 933. His son, William Longsword succeeded him. Rollo was the third great grandfather of William the Conqueror, or King William I of England.
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Donald Scott Lee (1945)
Wendell Lee (1922-1999)
Wendell Orie Lee (1922 -1999) married Marilyn Maxine Miller (1924-1996) in Bellflower, California on September 13, 1942. Wendell served in U.S. Coast Guard in 1942-3. He died on February 26, 1999 in Rogue River, Jackson County, Oregon. Wendell’s father was Orie Finiae Lee.
Orie Finiae Lee (4 Jan 1896-16 Dec 1984)
Orie Finiae Lee (1896-1984) was born in the Indian Territory of Heartshorn, Oklahoma. He had five brothers and one step-brother. When he was 20 years old he married  Alberta Lewis  (1898-1963) in Colton, California, in about 1916. Orie died in December of 1984. Orie’s father was Joseph Francis Lee.
Great Grandfather
Joseph Francis Lee (c1868-1933)
Joseph Francis Lee (1867-1933) was born in Miller County, Missouri. Joseph married Luella Ricord in Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri on September 30, 1891. Joseph and Luella had 6 boys, Charles, Alvin, Orie, William, James, and Frank.  Luella had one boy, Ed Wright, from a previous marriage.  By 1920 Joseph had moved the family to Colton, San Bernadino, California and became a miner. Joseph died on December 8, 1933, and is buried in Colton at the Hermosa Cemetery. Joseph’s father was Charles Henry Lee.
2nd Great Grandfather
Charles Henry Lee (13 Oct 1837-15 May 1905)
Charles Henry Lee (1837-1905) was born in 1837 in Missouri. Charles is listed in U.S. Civil War Draft Registration Records in Adams County in 1863. He had formerly served with the 78th Illinois Infantry. Charles married Nancy Melvina Tanner in Hancock, Illinois on August 27, 1857. Charles died in 1905, in Grass Valley, Nevada County, California. He is buried in the Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Grass Valley. Charles was a Union Army Civil War Veteran of Company B, 78th Illinois Infantry. Charles’ father was James Henry Lee.
3rd Great Grandmother
Betsy Ann Benson (31 Mar 1814-21 Dec 1889)
Betsy Ann Benson married James Henry Lee (1807-1904) in Missouri in 1830. Betsy’s family of Benson were early followers of the Latter Day Saints, or Mormon, movement. Betsy was a Mormon, however it not known whether her husband, James Lee, was a follower of the faith. Perhaps he was and was converted once he emigratedBetsy’s father was Benjamin Benson.
4th Great Grandfather
Benjamin Benson (3 Aug 1773-8 Oct 1846)
Benjamin Benson married Keziah Barber Messenger (1780-1857) in Mendon, Adams County, Illinois.  The Benson and Messenger families were Mormons. Benjamin’s father was Stutson Benson.
5th Great Grandfather
Stutson Benson (2 Mar 1741-1 Mar 1820)
Stetson Benson was born on March 2, 1741 in Rochester, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Stutson came to Dutchess County, New York with his parents as a small boy, sometime before 1744.  He married Bersheba Lewis (1746-1830) in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
6th Great Grandfather
William Benson Jr. (18 Apr 1710-9 May 1797)
William Benson Jr. was born on April 12, 1710 in Rochester, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He was described as a ’sea faring man of Rochester’ in a quitclaim deed in 1740, releasing rights in the estate of Joel Ellis.  He married Elizabeth Ellis (1719-1762), one of Joel Ellis’ daughters on March 22, 1738/9 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts. During their marriage they had seven children: Ellis b. 31 Mar 1740, Stutson b. 2 Mar 1741, Benjamin, Joel b. Oct 1749 in Fredericksburg, Duchess County, New York, Thankful b. 1752, Elnathan b. abt. 1760, and Seth Stutson b. about 1761 (William’s mother had a half brother named Seth Stutson. William died on May 9, 1797, most likely in Providence, Saratoga County, New York, where he and his son Stutson and wife, Bathsheba had moved. William’s father was William Benson.
7th Great Grandfather
William Benson Sr. (1680-10 Sep 1710)
William Benson Sr. was born in Hull, Plymouth, Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth Stetson in 1710, in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts. William Benson Sr. died in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts on September 10, 1710. Their son was William Benson Jr.
8th Great Grandmother
Elizabeth Mary Marsh (8 May 1638 - 26 Feb 1704)
Elizabeth Mary Marsh was born on 8 May 1638 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Marsh III (1611-1674) and Susanna (Skelton) Marsh (1620-1695). Elizabeth married John Benson (1634-1711) abt 1660 in Hull, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. John was the son of John Benson (1608-1678) and Mary (Williams) Benson. John and Elizabeth Benson were the parents of the following known children: Elizabeth, Joseph, John, Hannah, Isaac and William Benson. Elizabeth died on 26 Feb 1704 in Hull, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. (Ref. WikiTree Mitchell Hopper)
9th Great Grandmother
Susanna Skelton (3 Apr 1620-12 may 1695)
Susanna Skelton was born on 3 Apr 1620 in Tattershall, Lincolnshire, England. Susanna was the daughter of Rev. Samuel Skelton (1591-1634) and Susanna (Travis) Skelton (1597-1631). Susanna arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629 with her parents, sister and brother. She was 9 years old.
Susanna married John Marsh, III (1611-1674) in Salem, Essex, MA in 1635. John was the son of John Marsh Jr. (1589-1626) and Grace (Baldwin) Marsh (1592-1667). John and Susanna Marsh were the parents of the following known children: Mary Marsh, Susanna, Samuel, Benjamin, Jacob, John, Elizabeth, Zachariah, Bethia, Ezekiel and Ruth Marsh. Susanna (Skelton) Marsh died on 12 May 1695 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. She was 75 years old. Her burial information is unknown.(Ref. Wikitree SM Reaper)
10th Great Grandfather
Reverend Samuel Skelton (26 Feb 1592-2 Aug 1634)
The Reverend Samuel Skelton was baptized Coningsby, Lincolnshire, 26 February 1592/3, son of William Skelton. Matriculated at Cambridge from Clare College, 7 July 1608; B.A. 1611-2, M.A. 1615. Married in Sempringham, Lincolnshire, 27 April 1619 Susanna Travis, baptized Horbling, Lincolnshire, 11 September 1597, daughter of William Travis, who died Salem 15 March 1630/1. Came from Tattershall, Lincolnshire to Massachusetts Bay in 1629 on the "George Bonaventure," and settled in Salem. Died in Salem MA, 2 August 1634. When the Salem church was organized on 20 July 1629, Samuel Skelton was chosen as pastor [ Perley 1:151-70]. As the first church founded in Massachusetts Bay, its organization and practices were of great interest to other Puritan ministers still resident in England, and John Cotton especially wrote to Skelton with some of his opinions. Rev. Hutchinson was his 1st "teacher" in the Salem Church. He selected Rev. Roger Williams to assume this position after Hutchinson died, & the congregation selected Williams as their pastor when Skelton died. "Upon the eighteenth day of March came one from Salem and told us that upon the fifteenth thereof there died Mrs. Skelton, the wife of the other minister there, who, about eighteen or twenty days before, handling cold things in a sharp morning, put herself into a most violent fit of the wind colic and vomiting, which continuing, she at length fell into a fever and so died as before. She was a godly and an helpful woman, and indeed the main pillar of her family, having left behind her an husband and four children, weak and helpless, who can scarce tell how to live without her. She lived desired and died lamented, and well deserves to be honorably remembered" ALICE BEGGARLY {1630, Salem}, also known as Alice Daniel, was in some manner related to Samuel Skelton, as she had control of his estate for some time after his death. Source: Anderson's Winthrop Fleet.
(Wikitree Gene Adkins)
11th Great Grandfather
William Skelton (1560-1602)
William Skelton married Sarah. (England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975). Their son was Samuel.
12th Great Grandmother
Isabel Markham (1542-20 May 1579)
Isabel Markham married Roger Skelton (1534-1618) on 23 Jun 1560, in Irby Upon Humber, Lincoln, England. (England Select Marriages, 1538-1973). Their son was William Skelton.
13th Great Grandfather
William Markham (1526-Jul 1571)
William Markham was born in alverton, Nottinghamshire, England. William was the father of Isabel Markham (Skelton).
14th Great Grandfather
John Markham (abt.1490-bef. 28 Oct 1559)
John Markham, Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, had three wives. 1) Anne Neville b. c1490, w/2 children, John and Henry. 2) Margery Longford b. c1495, w/2 children, Robert and Magaret (widow of Robert Moreton) and 3) Anne Strelley b. c1495 and d. 12 Oct 1554, w/4 children, thomas, William, Frances (wife of Henry Babbington, and Isabel, wife of John Harrington.
15th Great Grandmother
Alice Skipwith
Alice Skipwith was born in Allerton, Nottinghamshire, England. Alice was the daughter of William Skipwith and Agnes Constable. She married Sir John Markham (1490-1559) around 1488. Sir John was the son of Sir Robert Markham, High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire.
16th Great Grandmother
Agnes Constable
Agnes Constable was born in Burton, Yorkshire, England in 1428. Her father was Sir John Constable, the High Sheriff. Agnes married William Skipwith (1415-1482). William was the HIgh Sheriff of Lincolnshire.
17th Great Grandmother
Margaret Umfraville
Margaret Umfraville was born in Harbottle, Northumberland. She married Sir John Constable, Knight (1388-16 Jan1451) from Halsham, Yorkshire. Sir John was the High Sheriff of Yorkshire.
18th Great Grandfather
Thomas Umfraville II
Thomas’s mother was Joan Roddam (1328-1386). Thomas was a Knight and was appointed Sheriff of Northumberland. Thomas married Agnes Grey (1365-1420), the daughter of Thomas Grey of Heaton. He was a Knight and a Chronicler, the author of the English chronicle, the Scalacronica, that documents the history of Britain until 1363. Thomas Grey was also imprisoned by the Scots
19th Great Grandfather
Thomas Umfraville I
Thomas Umfraville I ‘The Elder’ was the 1st Baron of Umfraville. He was the son of Robert de Umfraville and Eleanora de Lumley. Thomas’ wife was Joan de Roddam. Thomas died at the Castle Harbottle in Northumberland. Henry II granted the lands around Harbottle to the Umfravilles.
20th Great Grandfather
Robert Umfraville IV
Robert de Umfraville was the 8th Earl of Angus and he was the second son of Gilbert de Umfraville and Ellizabeth Comyn, who was the daughter of Alexander Comyn, 2nd Earl of Buchan. Alexander Comyn was the Guardian of Scotland froom 1286-1289. He became the chief counselor of Alexander III, King of the Scots. Upon the death of Alexander III, Earl Alexander acknowledged Margaret of Norway as heiress to the Scottish throne. Earl Alexander married Elizabeth, the daughter of Roger de Quincy, 2nd Earl of Winchester.
21st Great Grandmother
Elizabeth Comyn
Gilbert de Umfraville was born in Northumberland. Gilbert married Elizabeth Comyn (1248-1329). Their son was Sir Robert de Umfraville, the 9th Earl of Angus. Gilbert’s mother was Maude (Matilda) de Angus. Gilbert was the first of the Anglo-French ‘de Umfraville’ line to rule the Earldom of Angus.
22nd Great Grandfather
Sir Alexander Comyn, Knight
Maude (Matilda) Angus was married three times. First to a John Comyn, who died in France. Her second husband was the Earl of Angus, Gilbert de Umfraville, son of Richard de Umfraville, in 1243. Maude and Gilbert had their son Sir Gilbert de Umfraville.. Maude’s third husband was the Sheriff of Berkshire and the Constable of Wallingford Castle.
23rd Great Grandfather
William Comyn
Mary (Maude) de Berkeley was the daughter of Lord Humphrey de Berkeley of Scotland. Her mother was named Agatha. Mary married the 6th Earl of Angus, Malcom de Angus. Angus is associated with the Pictish Kingdom of Circinn. Angus country is located on the east coast and is marketed as the birthplace of Scotland.
24th Great Grandmother
Hextilda Fitz Uchtred
Humphrey de Berkeley was the son of Lord Theobald and Eve FitzUchtred. He was born in Glenfarquharln, Kincardinshire, Scotland. Humphrey became the 4th Laird of Gartley. Lord Humphrey married Agatha. Their daughter was Mary who became Mary (or Maude) of Angus.
25th Great Grandfather
Uctred FitzWaltheof
Eve FitzUchtred was born at Redcastle in Galloway, Scotland. Her father was Uchtred de Galloway (1120-1174) and her mother was Gunnild de Dunbar (1134-1166). Eve married Theobald de Berkeley (1110-1166) who was born in Banffshire, Scotland. One of Eve and Theobald’s sons was Humphrey De Berkeley
26th Great Grandmother
Judith de Lens
Gunnild de Dunbar was the daughter of Waltheof, the 1st Baron of Allerdale. She was born in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland, where she also died. Gunnild married Uhtred de Galloway (1120-1174). Uhtred was Lord of Galloway from 1161 to 1174. Uhtred of Galloway may have been the son of one of King Henry the First’s many illegitimate daughters. When he was a boy he was sent as a hostage to the court of King Malcolm IV of Scotland. Uhtred was made co-ruler of Galloway. During the invasion of Northumberland under King William I of Scotland ‘The Lion’, Uhtred of Galloway was “brutally mutilate, blinded, castrated and then killed by his own brother, Gill Brigte, who then seized control of Galloway. Gunnild de Dunbar and Uhtred of Galloway were the parents of Eve of Galloway, wife of Walter de Berkeley.
27th Great Grandmother
Adelais de Normandie
Waltheof de Dunbar held the title of ‘1st Baronn of Allerdale. He was born in Cumbria. Waltheof was the son of Princess Aethelreda and the Earl of Northumberland, Gospatric. Waltheof married Sigrid of Scotland, most likely a daughter of Scotish royalty.
28th Great Grandfather
Robert de Normandie
Robert I ‘the Magnificent’, Duke of Normandy, was born on June 22, 1000 AD in the city of Rouen, Normandy. He was the sonn of Richard of Normandy and Judith de Bretagne. Robert I was the father of Guillaume (William I the Conqueror), Duke of Normandy I, King of England, who was the father of Henry I, King of England. Robert I was also the father of Adelais (Alice) de Lens, who was the mother of Judith ‘Countess of Northumberland’ and the mother of Maud Huntingdon, Queen of Scotland, wife of King David I Dunkeld of Scotland. Queen Maud, sometimes called ‘Matilda’ is the 28th great grandmother of D. Scott Lee, Webmaster, and the mother of Prince Henry of Scotland, the nephew of King Henry I of England, his namesake. Prince Henry had three sons of which two of them became King of Scotland.
29th Great Grandfather
Richard II ‘le Bon’ de Normandie
Richard II, Duke of Normandy, was born on August 23, 963 AD in Evreux, Eure, Haute-Normandie, France. He was the son of Richard I and Gunnnora Crepon. Records show that he was married twice, first to Judith de Bretagne and secondly to Papia Envermeu.
30th Great Grandfather
Richard I ‘The Fearless’ de Normandie
Richard I, called ‘The Fearless’, Duke of Normandy, was born on August 28, 933 inn Fecamp, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandy, France. He was the son of Guillaume de Normandie and Sprote Bretagne.
31st Great Grandfather
Guillaume (William I) Longsword de Normandie
Guillaume William I Longsword, Duke of Normandy was the son of Hrolf Ragnvaldsson, ‘Rollo’, and Poppa Bayeux de Senlis. He was born c900 in Normandy. He died on December 17, 942.
32 Great Grandfather
Hrolf Ragnvaldsson (Rollo) de Normandie
Hrolf Ragnvaldsson, “Rollo”, the Walker, First Duke of Normandy, was born c842 in Maer, Jutland, Nord-Trondelag, Norway.
William the Conqueror
King of England
c1027 - 1087
29th Great Grandfather
29th Great Grandfather
“I attacked the English of the Northern Shires like a lion. I ordered their houses and corn, with all their belongings, to be burnt without exception and large herds of cattle and beasts of burden to be destroyed wherever they were found. It was there I took revenge on masses of people by subjecting them to a cruel famine; and by doing so, alas, I became the murderer of many thousands of that fine race.” Guillaume de Normandie, 3rd Great Grandson of Rollo the Viking; speech given on his deathbed. Wikiquotes
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‘William the Conqueror’ by Unknown Artist
Willliam the Conqueror’s daughter, Adele de Blois, is a 28th great grandmother. His son, King Henry I is a 28th great grandfather.
“William had one spouse, Matilda of Flanders. Their children were Robert Curthose, Richard, William II of England, Matilda, Cecilia, Henry I of England, Adeliza, Constance, Adela the Countess of Blois, and perhaps Agatha but doubtful.” Wikipedia
Rollo’s Descendants
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William I Chronological Tree courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor Zscout370.
Poppa de Bayeux
Duchess of Normandy
34th Great Grandmother
Poppa was taken from her people after the Viking attack on the city of Bayeux by Rollo and became Rollo’s wife. There has been some disagreement as to who Poppa’s father was. She may have been the daughter of Gui, Count of Senlis and a grandaughter of Seigneur Pepin II, County of Peronne.
This would make Poppa , through her mother, a great granddaughter of King Bernard of Italy (797-818) who was king of Italy from 813-817. King Bernard was a grandson of Charlemagne. (see Robert Sewell’s The Ancestry of Poppa, Wife of Rolf the Ganger)
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Statue of Poppa de Bayeux in the ‘Place de Gaulle, Bayeux, France, courtesy to Wikimedia Commons contributor Charles G. Delahaye.
William Longsword
Count of Rouen
William Longsword was the son of the ‘Viking’ Rollo and his Christian wife Poppa of Bayeux. He is sometimes referred to as the Duke of Normandy, however that title was not used in his day. William’s wife was Sprota, a Breton captive and William’s concubine. They were the parents of Richard the Fearless, who succeeded his father as ‘Duke of Normandy’. Wikipedia
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William Longsword Statue image courtesy Wikimedia Commons contributor Finn Bjorklid.
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Page background image ‘Guests from Overseas’ by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947)
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Page background image credits: ‘Guests from Overseas’ by Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947); image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor Alonso de Mendoza.
Gerloc de Normandie d’Aquitaine
32nd and 33rd Great Grandmother
Gerloc (or Geirlaug), baptised in Rouen as Adela (or Adèle) in 912, was the daughter of Rollo, first duke of Normandy, and his wife, Poppa.[1] She was the sister of Duke William Longsword.
In 935, she married 
William Towhead, the future count of Poitouand duke of Aquitaine. They had two children together before she died on 14 October 962:
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Illustration of medieval aristocrat image provided by MaxPixel.
References and Sources: Wikipedia, Wikitree, History of England, Vol. 1, David Hume
Page background image credits: ‘Guests from Overseas’ by Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947); image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor Alonso de Mendoza.
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