Name: William le DANEYS 1 2
ALIA: William le /Dacus/
Birth: ABT 1160
Death: AFT 1241 in Offord Darcy, St Neots, Huntingdonshire, England 2
The tenant of the manor under the Countess Judith in 1086 was Hugh, who may have represented Norman, the pre-Conquest holder. Their descendants seem to have adopted the name of the parish. William de Offord appears in 1114-30; Robert de Upford or Hofford had the advowson of the church, and his daughter Emma married William le Daneys or Dacus, to whom she brought the manor and advowson. William le Daneys and Emma had two daughters, Isabella (who married firstly Richard de Haselbewe, and secondly Hugh de Kingesdon or Ringkesdune), and Maud, who married Robert Grimbald. Their daughter Isabella Grimbald married Richard Pauncefot. William le Daneys, however, in 1241 granted to John le Daneys, probably his brother, a knight's fee, being all the lands in Offord which had formerly belonged to him and Emma his wife. John le Daneys seems to have died in the same year, and the manor was delivered to Philippa, his widow, who was holding in 1242-3. John and Philippa had two daughters, Ella who married William de Bolevill, and Joan or Juliana who apparently died unmarried in 1245. On the death of Ella before 1259 without issue, there was much litigation as to the ownership of the manor. Brice le Daneys claimed to be heir as the son of William, son of William, son of Richard le Daneys, brother of John le Daneys, father of Ella. William le Daneys, probably the father of Brice, claimed in 1261 4 carucates except a virgate in Offord against Robert de Hereford and Richard Pauncefot and Isabella his wife. Robert de Hereford was probably the third husband of Isabella, daughter of William le Daneys, or possibly the husband of her daughter. In the same year he conveyed these 4 carucates less a virgate to William Daneys.
From: 'Parishes: Offord Darcy', A History of the County of Huntingdon: Volume 2 (1932), pp. 322-327. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42509&strquery=offord darcy Date accessed: 05 May 2012.
NOTE: According to SGM, the wife of Robert de Hereford was Isabella, the daughter of Isabella le Danyes by her 2nd husband Hugh de Ringesdon.
NOTE: There is probably something screwy with the info above. William and Emma have to be born fairly early to accomodate the Richard -> William -> William -> Brice descent. They would have been very old in 1241, and many of their children, particularly Isabella, would seem to have been born well after their child-bearing age. Thus it seems that there may have been a later William & Emma who had Isabella; perhaps the William who m. Mabel as his 2nd wife, had a 1st wife named Emma. Speaking of William & Mabel: it is unusual for the inheritance of a wife to go to her husband's uncle, who is presumably no relation to her, which is what happened with the manor of Tickencote.
Emma de OFFORD b: ABT 1163 in Offord Darcy, St Neots, Huntingdonshire, England
- William de DANEYS , of Great Staughton b: ABT 1185 in Offord Darcy, St Neots, Huntingdonshire, England
- Richard le DANEYS b: ABT 1187 in Offord Darcy, St Neots, Huntingdonshire, England
- Isabella le DANEYS b: BEF 1198 in Offord Darcy, St Neots, Huntingdonshire, England
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- Title: VCH of Rutland: (1935), URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/
Page: vol 2, p. 322-7, Offard Darcy