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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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STEPHEN DE HACCOMBE. Eighty years pass between the Domesday Book record of Stephen de Haccombe in 1086 and the next mention of this family. In 1166 we hear of William Fitz Stephen of Haccombe.  “Fitz” may mean either a son or a descendant of Stephen. William held Haccombe, West Clifford and Ringmoor, as the Domesday Stephen did.[1]

If William flourished in the mid-late 12th century, then we may assume that his probable father Stephen lived around the early-mid-12th century. He may be the grandson or great-grandson of the earlier Stephen.     

                                                  West Clifford, now Coombe Hall Manor House, is in the parish of Drewsteignton                                                                                                    

He would have seen the civil war of 1139-54, William the Conqueror’s grandson Stephen seized the throne from his cousin Matilda , daughter of Henry I, whose right the barons had sworn to uphold. The bitter and protracted war ended in 1154, when King Stephen agreed to recognise Matilda’s son, Henry, as his heir. Stephen de Haccombe may well have fought in this war.


We do not know who Stephen de Haccombe married, or how many children he had. His son and heir was William.

He died before 1166.


[1] Genealogical information from A. W. Searley, “Haccombe, Part I, (1086-1330)”,  Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1918.





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