Alfwen Peche, Suffolk, 11th or 12th century

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There are two versions of Alfwen (Unknown or de Normandy) Peche, of Clopton, Suffolk.  Alfwen UNKNOWN died 1088 wife of and mother of his son William Alfwen (de Normandy) de Peche (1100 - abt. 1188) wife of William, son of

Both version claim to be “created through the import of Dickinson Family Tree.ged on 31 March 2011.” With no other sources.

The sources I can find all suggest that she was the wife of the father, Guillaume, rather than the son, William, with a death date of 1088.

The son, William, appears to have married Anne Grey, of Buckingham Castle, County Norfolk genealogy with sources has her as wife of Guillaume, and mother of William sources has her as wife of Guillaume, with no mention of son William

pg  228 and 233 (in Latin) refer to  “WIllelmus Peccatun et Elfwenna uxor”  in reign of Henry I (c. 1068 – 1135), and  “Willelmo Peche…uxor…Alfwen” in 1088.

The son, William, also needs to be merged,but Alfwen needs to be sorted out first.

WikiTree profile: Alfwen de Peche
asked in Genealogy Help by Janet Gunn G2G6 Mach 5 (59.2k points)

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The Complete Peerage, 2nd ed., Volume 10, p. 331-332 has William Pecche, and his first wife Alfwen, who is alive in 1088 when they receive a grant of Over, Cambridgeshire.  No family is assigned to Alfwen, and given her name seems to be Saxon rather than Norman, I would go with Unknown rather than de Normandy as the name to use in Wikitree.

Feudal Cambridgeshire, p. 93 by William Farrer, also quotes the same grant in 1088 but calls it Ofra rather than Over

The Complete Peerage adds that William Pecche married secondly Isilia, probably daughter and heir of Hervey de Bourges,and their son Hamon de Pecche was the eventual heir of his father's lands.  There were two other possible sons Simon and Ralph that were older and perhaps sons of Alfwen but both seemed to have died without heirs.

There is no mention of a son of William and Alfwen (or William and Isilia) named William, in The Complete Peerage, or in Feudal Cambridgeshire or in the Medieval Lands database.

The Clopton family (rootsweb.ancestry link above) seems to use the Visitation of Suffolk 1561 as its source for the early Clopton family, but that seems to make no link between the first William Clopton and William Pecche.  They have obviously made the assumption that the Clopton name came from the manor of Clopton in Suffolk, held by William Pecche but this may not be correct.  I think the 'son' William should be disconnected or at least marked as Uncertain.

I do have some hesitation over what appears to be a long generation between William de Pecche and his son Hamon, given that William is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and Hamon was still living in 1178, but died before 1185.  However I guess William could still have been relatively young in 1086 (maybe 30) and Hamon as a younger son by a second wife, not born until 1095-1100?

answered by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (317k points)
selected by Darlene Athey-Hill

I have proposed a merge of the two Alfwens.

I have marked the parentage of both Williams as "uncertain".  I am reluctant to do more without responses from the respective profile managers.

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