Hastings of Gissing, Norfolk, England
Robert de Hastings[a], Seneschal of Hastings, b abt 1055, near Caen, Normandy, d aft 1086, of Sussex, England. The identity of his wife is undetermined.
Children of Robert de Hastings were:
Sir Hugh de Hastings [c] b abt 1114, of Gissing, Norfolk, England, d bef 1166. He md Erneberga de Flamville abt 1132, daughter of Hugh de Flamville. She was b abt 1117, of Flamville, Lancashire, England.
Children of Hugh de Hastings and Erneberga de Flamville were:
Child of Thomas de Hastings was: Sir Hugh de Hastings [e] b abt 1174, of Gissing, Norfolk, England, d bef 1203 He md Helena de Alveston abt 1194/95, daughter of Alan de Alveston. She was b abt 1180, Alveston, Yorkshire, and Crosby Ravensworth, Westmoreland, England, d bef 1231.
Child of Hugh de Hastings and Helena de Alveston was:
Nicholas de Hastings [g] b abt 1225, of Gissing, Norfolk, and Allerston, Yorkshire, England, d bef 1284/85. He md Emmeline abt 1258. She was b abt 1242.
Child of Nicholas de Hastings and Emmeline was:
a. Seneschal of Hastings, he appears in Domesday as a tenant in Sussex of the Abbey of Fecamp.
b. In an 1130 Pipe Roll, he owed debts in Essex and Sussex, and in the latter county "William son of Robert de Hastings" rendered an account for Lestgo, Hastings, and Rye. He married the sister of Maurice de Windsor, dapifer of the Abbey of St. Edmund's. He appears to have also had a brother, Ralf, who, in or about 1155, was confirmed by Henry II the dapifership of St. Edmund's and the lands which his maternal uncle had held. Ralf died about 1166 and was succeeded by his nephew, William, son of his younger brother, Hugh.
c. He appears in a Pipe Roll, 1130, where as Hugh de Hastings, he was excused from danegeld in Leics., Bucks., Warws., and Middlesex on the lands of Robert de Flamville, his uncle.
d. Younger son, on 1 Apr 1182 he appeared before the Abbot of St. Edmund's, leading "his nephew Henry de Hastings", and demanded for him his hereditary office of dapifer of the Abbey. Thomas received Gissing from John de Hastings, and this gift was confirmed by Henry (the aforementioned nephew), son of John de Hastings, to Hugh, son of the said Thomas, at the end of the 12th century. The date of Thomas' death is uncertain, but he was alive on 1 Apr 1182, certainly dead by 1195, and evidently before the accession of Richard I in 1189. The name of his wife is not known.
e. His father's successor in Gissing, by his marriage to Helena, daughter and heiress of Alan de Alveston, the estates of Alveston, co. Yorks, and Crosby Ravensworth in Northumberland, came to the Hastings family. Hugh died prior to 1203, when the King granted the wardship of his lands and the marriage of his widow.
f. He inherited Gissing from his father, as well as his mother's manors of Alveston and Crosby Ravensworth. Around 1220-35, he confirmed to Whitby Abbey the gifts of Torfin de Alveston and Alan his son, "my grandfather", in Crosby Ravensworth, this charter being witnessed by Philip de Hastings (probably a brother), Gilbert de Aton, and Henry and Alan de Hastings, probably also brothers. Thomas and Amice had at least two proven sons, Nicholas, the elder son, and Thomas.
g. In 1247, he settled dower upon his mother, Amice, widow of Thomas de Hastings. He died before 1184/85.
GL: English Origins of New England Familes, Series 1, Volume 2, Origin of the Hastings, by G. Andrews Moriarty, pp. 686-699, from an article appearing in NEHGR, republished by Genealogical Publishing Co.; CP: Vol IV.
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