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THE NORMAN PITCHFORDS
Posted by: Marie Pitchford (ID *****5424) Date: August 24, 2008 at 03:42:10
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is there anyone who is studying the early Pitchfords who can help/collaborate with me? I have, I believe, found out who Norman and Ulgar Venator were. Ulgar Venator was given the manors of Kinderton, by then he was known as Roger Venator,- - in the French , Roger de Venables-. from Venables in France. His Father was Gilbert de Venables, there seems to be some dispute as to whether he actually came over with William the Conqueror, or whether he came later to find his fortune. (Battle Abbey Rolls) However, Roger ( Ulgar) and his brother Norman were granted land, Norman's ( Venator) issue Ralph became Pitchford (modern spelling)( living 1102)( Broomhalls Family of Pitchford).The manors which were given were the Manors of Albrighton and Pitchford. Having decided to live in Pitchford, he therefore took that name.

Eventually in 1226 another Ralph of that line went to Ireland and was given the manors of Louth and Dragheda. He was constable of Dragheda Castle and Sherriff of Louth.The last mention of a Pitchford in Shropshire was 1303. He left three sons, Ralph, William and Nicholas. We only hear of Nicholas when he married in1316 a lady named Joan in Cantelow Cambridge. There appears to have been no issue. see also Studia Hibernica- The de Pychford Family in 13th century Ireland. - Bremdan Smith.

What happened to Ralph and William?

The black Death was prevalent at around that time, did it wipe them all out?
Someone a bit more academic than I am may be able to discover some link to 1500 when the line starts again. I realise that many of you will think it was any old 'Joe Bloggs' who just said he was from Pitchford and took that name. I dont think so. If only we could get some DNA from Ralphs tomb in Pitchford, I bet some of us would match up!

Sorry to have gone on, this has been a quest of mine for over 30 years, Its got to join up one day, I know it!

Marie Fellows


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