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Fay Sampson’s Family History

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I have numbered the generations working backwards from my own as (1)

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                               ROBERT D’IVRY and AUBRÉE DE BAYEUX (31)      


ROBERT D’IVRY, Seigneur d’Ivry. We can trace our Cary heritage back to Normandy and beyond. Over the centuries the surname changed, depending on where the family were living at that time. In the 11th century Robert took the name Ivry from the small town on the River Eure, 32 miles west of Paris. It is now known as Ivry-la-Bataille, after a battle that took place there in the 16th century.

Robert was the first of this family to take that name. He was one of the younger of the many sons of Eudes or Eozen I, who acted for a time as Duke of Brittany, and Orguen or Agnes de Cornouaille. He was born around 1024, probably in Breval, a few miles NE of Ivry.[1]

Cornouaille occupies the NW tip of Brittany, in the same way that Cornwall lies in the far SW of England.


AUBRÉE DE BAYEUX. We know that Robert’s wife was Aubrée, or Albreda. She is believed to have been born around 1025. It is thought likely that she is Aubrée, the illegitimate daughter of Hugues d’Ivry, Bishop of Bayeux.

If so, then her grandmother was another Aubrée, wife of Ralph of Ivry, Count of Bayeux. She built the castle of Ivry. It passed to her son Hugh, Bishop of Bayeux, and was taken by DukeRobert I of Normandy, after a siege. It remained in possession of the Dukes, or of castellans appointed by them, until 1087.

The Château d’Ivry stands on a promontory overlooking the Eure valley.

It is one of the earliest earliest examples of a stone donjon or keep, which would become a common feature of Norman castles across Europe. Before this, most castles were built of wood.

The construction of the donjon dates to around 1000 AD; it was constructed by an architect named Lanfred (or Lansfred, Lanfrai) under the orders of Count Rodulf of Ivry (French: Raoul d’Ivry).The story is that Rudolf’s wife, Aubrey or Aubrée had the architect beheaded, so that he could not build a similar castle for another warlord.

Ivry is thought to have served as a model for the Tower of London.

It would have provided her granddaughter’s husband with a claim to the seigneurship of Ivry by inheritance, provided her illegitimacy presented no obstacle.

Château d’Ivry [2]

Robert and Aubrée had two sons: Robert II and Roger.


Robert died around the middle of the 11th century, while still a comparatively young man.

Aubrée married again, this time to Albert de Cravent.

Their son Raoul (Ralf) set out on a military career. In 1080 he attacked a monk on the highway and stole his horse. The monk returned on foot to Pacy, north of Ivry, and begged Albert to protect him from his son. On hearing the news, Aubrée is said to have burst into tears.

Raoul took refuge in Breval, near Ivry, which belonged the Ivry family. He died while still a young man. He repented before his death and Albert made a donation to the Abbey of Ouche Saint-Evroul. Raoul’s “sorrowing father” brought his body to Saint-Evroul for burial.

They also had a daughter, name unknown.


[1] A principal source is Connected Bloodlines. https://www.connectedbloodlines.com/getperson.php?personID=I10609&tree=lowell
[2] https://alchetron.com/cdn/chteau-divry-la-bataille-6ac9a634-e5f3-420c-8f8b-19c50718120-resize-750.jpeg




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