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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)

Sampson  Tree



ROBERT D’IVRY was the elder son of an older Robert d’Ivry and Aubrée de Bayeux. He was born around 1030. After his father’s death he became Seigneur of Ivry on the River Eure west of Paris. He held the castle of Breherval, NW of Ivry. This was one of the Norman border fortresses. He was also known as Robert de Bréval.[1]

He made an agreement with the monks of Coulombs in the Church of Notre Dame d’Ivry that they would exercise justice in the lands of Tilly, Mondreville and Saint-Hilier. In recognition of this, he donated a chalice known as “Saint Ursin” to the chapel of Ivry Castle dedicated to this saint.

He was co-founder, with his brother Roger, of the Abbey of Notre-Dame d’Ivry.


HILDEBURGE DE CHATEAU-GAILLARD was the daughter of Herve, Seigneur de Château-Gaillard, and his wife Beatrix. She is also known as Hildeburge Gallardon.

Her life story is recorded in the Vita Dominae Hildeburgis (The Life of Lady Hildeburge).

 She married Robert d’Ivry in 1044.

They had three sons: Ascelin called Goel. William, a knight, and Robert, who became a priest.


Robert d’Ivry was third cousin to William the Conqueror. He held a distinguished place in the Norman army and joined William in the invasion of England.

After the Battle of Hastings he was rewarded with the manors of Cary and Harptree in Somerset.

Robert stayed only a few years in England, He fell gravely ill. Sensing that his death was near, he returned to Normandy and became a monk at the Benedictine abbey of Bec. He died and was buried there in 1083.

Bec Abbey [2]

Hildeburge refused to marry again.

Their son Ascelin seized the castle of Ivry, built by his great-great-grandmother, from Guillaume de Breteuil and surrendered it to Robert III, Duke of Normandy. This resulted in war with Guillaume. It ended with Ascelin capturing him and forcing him give his illegitimate daughter Isabel de Breteuil in marriage to Ascelin.

In 1116 Hildeburge donated property to the abbey of Saint-Martin de Pontoise, with the consent of her son Ascelin le Goel, his wife Isabel, and her sons William and Robert..

She died on 3 Jun 1116 and was buried at the abbey. Her piety is recorded in the Vita Dominae Hildeburgis, which describes her as Hildeburgis Sanctimonialis, “the holy Hildeburge”.


[1] Principal sources: Connected Bloodlines: https://www.connectedbloodlines.com/getperson.php?personID=I10607&tree=lowell and Ivry, the old stones: https://ivry-lesvieillespierres.fr
[2] https://i.pinimg.com/originals/94/8b/e0/948be0d26864cdae4d5e88f3c8f80f37.jpg




Sampson Tree