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Fay Sampson’s Family History

This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines, and some go back 30 generations. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from my own as (1)

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ADAM DE KARI was the first of this line to be truly rooted in English soil. Several members of the d’Ivry family of Normandy took part in the Norman Conquest and were rewarded with English manors. But they retained their links with Normandy, being born and dying there.

The shift began with Adam’s grandfather William Lupellus (Young Wolf). When he died, he left his estates in Normandy to his eldest son Waleran, but his English manors to his second son Ralph. When Ralph died without issue these passed to Adam’s father Henry Lupellus. Ralph and Henry both died in Somerset, but had been born at Ivry in Normandy.[1]

Adam is the only known child of Henry Lupellus and his wife Alice. He was the first generation both to be born and to die in England.

Nevertheless, he was a Norman in culture and speech, not an Englishman.

His home was the hilltop castle of Cary, of which only earthworks now remain. It stood above the present town of Castle Cary in Somerset, 12 miles NE of Yeovil. It takes its name from the River Cary, a tributary of the Parrett which flows across the Somerset Levels.

He was born around 1170, in the reign of Henry II.


ANN TREVETT was the daughter of Sir William Trevett and his wife Isabel. The Trevetts were a Somerset family, but like Adam’s ancestors they had come from Normandy in the previous century.

Ann is their only known child.


We know of only one child from their marriage. John was born around 1200 at Castle Kary.


A Baron de Kari took part in the Crusades in 1195. We have no confirmation that this was Adam, but it seems likely. If it was, then Ann would have taken responsibility for maintaining the family estates in his absence in the Holy Land.

The Crusade called in 1195 was known as the Emperor’s Crusade. It was led by the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI. It was largely a German undertaking, but crusaders were recruited from across western Europe.

Twelve days before the crusaders arrived in the Holy Land, Henry II, King of Jerusalem, died in a fall from a window while reviewing troops. He was either dragged out by a dwarf entertainer who had accidentally fallen, or vice versa. The king died of his injuries, mostly caused by the dwarf landing on top of him.

The Emperor Henry appointed in his stead his protégé King Aimery of Cyprus and had him marry the widowed Queen Isabella, extending his power to Jerusalem.

The crusaders were still besieging towns on the Mediterranean coast when news reached them that the Emperor Henry had died in Sicily. His father had also died on crusade without reaching the Holy Land. The majority of knights abandoned the crusade and returned to what was likely to be a  contested succession to the Holy Roman Empire.[2]


We know that Adam was still alive and Lord of Cary in 1198.

It is very likely that he lived to see the reign of the unpopular King John, 1199-1216. He may well have been one of the barons who witnessed the signing of Magna Charter at Runnymede on the Thames near Windsor in 1215. This was a document intended to assert the rights of the barons and the Church in the face of John’s autocratic rule. John’s failure to comply sufficiently with its terms led to the Barons War.

King John signing Magna Carta [3]


We have no confirmed death date for either Adam or Ann.


[1] Sources include https://familytrees.genopro.com/azrael/skaggs/deKari-Adam-ind16268.htm
[2] https://www.worldhistory.org/German_Crusade_1197-8_CE/
[3] Britannica. https://cdn.britannica.com/28/144228-050-FB55C473/engraving-King-John-Magna-Carta-Runnymede-England-June-15-1215.jpg




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