William [Guillaume] de Warenne accompanied William, Duke of Normandy, to England in 1066. At the Battle of Hastings, William de Warenne was commander of a Norman detachment. After the conquest was complete, William received many estates in Norfolk. He ultimately became Earl of Surrey (at title one might consider like a "great landlord") with a castle at Norwich. William, 2nd Earl of Surrey [d. 1138] was son and heir of first earl, William de Warenne [d. 1088]. William married a French noblewoman, Isabel, daughter of Hugh, Earl of Vermandoise. Isabel was wealthy widow of Robert de Beaumont, Earl of Mellent of Normandy. William was keeper of Norwich Castle. The couple had three sons and two daughters. Isabel, Countess of Surrey, d. Feb 13, 1131, while the 2nd Earl of Surrey d. May 11, 1138 and was buried at the feet of his father in the Chapter House at Lewes Priory. He was succeeded by William de Warren, 3rd Earl of Surry, who became keeper of Norwich Castle.
The second son of William II, Reginald de Warren, became Keeper of Norwich Castle and Baron of the Exchequer, sort of a Secretary of Commerce under the British king. His son, William de Warren, likewise became Keeper of Norwich Castle, but added a new twist - as a supporter of King John, William de Warren became a "Magna Carta Baron." His loyalty to the crown during an attemped coup did nothing to diminsh his status.
In five generations, the House of Warren left Normandy for a new country, fought in a major battle over rulership of England, was a major contributor to the success of King William I, and was rewarded with an earldom and castle. The House of Warren contined to support the Anglo-Norman crown. The last William de Warren found a place in history by his adherance to duty and went down in the history as a loyal and faithful server of the King.
The lineage of the Warren family of Norfolk, England, continues in an unbroken line from William de Warren, Magna Carta Baron, to Humphrey Warren of Md. from the death of the second Earl of Surrey in 1138 to the birth of Humphrey Warren Jr. on June 7, 1632 in Charles Co Md.
Almost 500 years of English history passed under the moated bridge of Norwich Castle between the death and birth of these two Warrens. War, plague, famine and finally immigration to the American colonies were events in time connecting one with the other. The Warren lineage offers Maddox descendants a rare chance to view history beginning with the Conquest in 1066 to the English Immigration in 1662.
More on the Warren Family and Ancient Lineage on contributor Pat Doster's Spaulding/Dawson Website
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