TRAVERS  EPITAPH 
I, Travers, by birth a Norman
To gaine victorious conquest
With Wm Conqueror in I came
As one Chief roled among the rest.

His querdon was a crowne
And our subjects spoyle
Some ransomed Towr and Towne
Some planted English soyle.


Tolketh his castles and herison
My captives maulger were
His daughter and heire Dame Alison
I espoused to my fere.

Thirty winters thus were worne
In Spousals mirth and glee 
Four begotten she had and borne
er crowned was Beauclard Henry.

Arnold and Jordon Fitz Travers
The one me succeeded, the other tooke orders
With Constance and Blanch my daughters
The one to Spousals, the other vowed cloisters
Ronald D. Travis from USA wrote in my Guest Book on October 13. 2003, 09:37:

Enjoyed your site. What brought me here is my research of my direct ancestor "Travers" - a Chief in the Norman army who came with William the Conqueror and was in the Battle of Hastings according to writings I have read. It is written that later in another battle "Travers and his men took the towers of Tulketh Castle and he proceeded to marry the daughter Alison". I am from many generations of Travers of Tulketh Hall and Nateby Hall, Lancashire. Someday I look forward to visiting your town and other related sites in England. In the meantime I will have to be satisfied with many hours at the computer and library scratching for tidbits of info on those medieval and post medieval times.   Cheers, Ron Travis 



I wrote to Ronald thanking him for visiting my site.
Hello Ivor, E-mail 16th Oct.

Nice to get your reply.

I will send you this just for your general interest. I think the epitaph of "Travers" is kind of neat, written a little over 30 years after the battle. That old epitaph is kept in the Freery at Preston, which I read from an old book and also found in other writings. I had to search for the meaning of a few of those old words. From memory, I will just list here for what it's worth.

Herison - Hedgehog - rolls up in a little ball when faced with danger.  Could have been other use for this word back then but this definition may only apply to the taking of the castle at Tulketh, home of the Saxon Lord Marmaduke Tulketh. It is also a french last name. Also a dialect word from Cumbria.

Querdon - Ravage, Rivulet, Salvation, Veracity  (other than the name of the small town south of Preston).

Maulger - still have not gotten that one (other than used as a first name).

Fere - Companion or Wife

Mirth - Great Merriment, Glee, Gaiety, Jolly

Beauclard Henry - mis-spelled name of the reigning king when the epitaph was written, should be Henry Beauclerk (son of William the Conqueror) who became King around 1100.

Cloisters - of the church, artwork of the church; nativity statuary, religous tapestries, murials, the religous carvings and statuary around doorways, stained glass, etc.

Now you very well may know some of these. I just wanted to list the ones I had trouble with and it made for better reading of this old epitath of that warrior.

I have found reference to him in several writings. Not much but enough for many researchers to have touched on old writings and that historical time. There is found reference to Mount Travers in old writings and it is thought by many that it was referring to the high ground of Tulket, where the castle existed of earlier times and Tulketh Hall existed after, (demolished in 1960 or 1975). Many generations of Travers occupied the Tulketh Hall centuries ago.

Edward Travers, son of William Travers of Nateby Hall was the first Travers to immigrate to the new land in America at Jamestown, Va. He was born at Nateby (Nateby Hall) where Travers families lived for several hundred years until sold in 1626. I may have mentioned this in my original mail from the web site. Sorry if I am repeating myself.

Hey, you may even want to put it on your web site as something that points to a Norman army chief of William the Conqueror. I don't know if it would stir interest or not.

I will point your web site out to others. I enjoyed reading it.

Have a good day. Sincerely,

Ronald D. Travis




I asked Ronald if he would mind me publishing his correspondence on this site . . .
Hello Ivor,  17th Oct.

By all means, go ahead and put the Epitaph on your web site. And I have no problem with my words listed too. I doubt you would need more but should you want a few more tidbits of info for your reading and knowledge let me know. Mostly of other decendants of old and of their manor house ot Tulketh Hall, near Preston.

Incidently, I am from the line of Travers' son Arnold Fitz Travers, one of his four children. Edward Travers, the first of the Travers to come to America came to Jamestown soon after 1626, the date of his last known home in Nateby Hall. The King of England at that time did not allow private ownership of large tracts of land in the colonies until 1635. I have record of his first purchase of over three hundred acres of land near that first English settlement of Jamestown in 1637. There is record of several more additions of acreage in the same area to build up to an 837 acre plantation, a large number of slaves, horses, livestock, etc.

He built a large mansion on the land. After being empty for several years it burned down in 1822. There is only a short description of it today by an old lady that attended one of the last balls held there just before it burned. The plantation was sold in 1831 by the decendants of the family.

A grandson later had recorded deeds for over 2000 acres during the late 1700's. Much history on those Travises of Jamestown and Williamsburg for the beginnings of this country. Three generations were involved in government as Burgesses in the House of Burgesses in Va. (first Jamestown and then Williamsburg when the capitol was moved to the new town on higher ground nearby). One of these men was sent to the convention as one of the delegates for Virginia held at Richmond, Va. to decide to officially declare independance from the King of England. Virginia was the first of the Colonies to do so. Definately, an act of treason by those delegates. But the other Colonies soon agreed to join.

The earliest Travis house still standing today is in Williamsburg, Va. and it was built in 1765. Not old by England's standards but pretty old for U.S., especially for a wooden house. It has been restored on a couple occasions and kept as it was originally. I have a nice photo of that house.

Probably a little more info than you care to have. Just thought I would take you through the transition of the Travers of Nateby and Tulketh into the Va. Colonies, not too many years after the first three boats from England sailed up the James River of Va. to build a fort and create the first English settlement in the new land.

Many, many of those first settlers died from several reasons during the first 15-20 years. indian fights, disease, starvation, etc.

Good luck with your web site and I will have to learn more about the Battle of Hastings myself, and also of the Battle Abbey area too. My next quest for knowledge connected to my old ancestor Travers.   Regards,

Ronald D. Travis
 
                                                                 

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