Sunday, March 7, 2010

William De La Ferte De Mace

William the Conqueror was the first of the Norman kings of England 1066-1087), but he was born in Falaise, Normand and was the son of Robert I, Duke of Normandy. Per, "the Normans were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. They descended from Viking conquerors of the territory and the native population of mostly Frankish and Gallo-Roman stock."


William De La Ferte De Mace (Massey) served under William the Conquer in the Battle of Hastings and may have been his half-brother (no proof). I have been told (genealogy rumor) that he is our ancestor, so we could be English/French/Viking. On a side note, La Ferté-Macé is a commune in the Orne department in north-western France.



1 comment:

  1. I'm a Massey too. I'm on Look under Melissa Spring and contact me! I've been researching the line during that time and trying to clean up the connections.