Exploring family roots in France

Guillaume DeChateauNeuf En- Boutieres


Guillaume

DeCHATEAUNEUF,

ler seigneur de Randon

B. 1050 Châteauneuf, Haute-Loire, Auvergne,

France

D. 1126

=

Elizabeth D’EPERNON

[DURANDONNAT]

B. 1070

Guerin  I

de Châteauneuf-Comte

Du RANDONNAT

B. 1100

 France

D. 1134

=

Alasie

DePAYRE

B. 1105

Bertrand

Lucas [deluc]

B. 1140 France

D. 1171

Guiges Meschin DeChateauneuf

B. 1145  -

D  1200

Bertrand ou

Guerin

de Chateauneuf

B. 1160  -

 D. 1177

=

Jeanne

CHOCQUENE

B. 1140

M. Châtillon-Sur-Seiche,

Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne,

France

Guillaume II DeCHATEAUNEUF Randon

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Odilon

 I de Châteauneuf-Randon, Seigneur de Châteauneuf de Randon

B. Abt 1105

France

D. 1126

Why would the family want to cross into England ?

We know the family originates from Lucca (Luca) which had a strong weaving  heritage. East Anglia in particular was a major wool and cloth making area.


Their Italian roots would suggest they could speak or at least understand Latin (the language of the Church) Their time in France would also enable them to speak to the Norman rulers in the own tongue. Clearly an advantage in communicating when few Normans wouldn’t belittle themselves by learning the Germanic Anglo Saxon language used by the peasants.

The family built up  a close relationship between  and St Edmunds Abbey. The Abbey at the time was a major pilgrimage site in Christendom, did some family members visit the Abbey on a pilgrimage and stay? Maybe the weaving opportunities played a big part.

Guillaume

deChateauneuf

B. 1130 France

D. 1175

FRANCE

Prince de Luc suo juris, Seigneur de Joyeuse jure uxoris, Seigneur de Luc

Edmund

Lucas

B. 1160 Suffolk England

D.

John

??


[A]Egidius Lucas

It has been suggested that Egidus is mentioned

in the Domesday Book. I have found no record.

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