Notes for Wilson Y. ADAMS

Information on this line of the Adams family from this point forward, courtesy
of Rebecca (Carter) Adams.
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Notes for ADELA

Source: The Merovingians web page by Robert Sewell

Adela is accepted by Eckhardt as daughter of Dagobert II but believed by H
lawitscha to be daughter of Hugobert and Irma, mother of Aubri I, Cou nt of
Blois. (The identification of Adela’s parents depends on a forged ch arter.)

The Merovingian Dynasty

According to the seventh century chronicler Fredegar, the wife of semi-leg
endary King Clodio had an encounter with a Quinotaur.  From this encount er
came the ruler Merovich after whom the Merovingians were named.  The s on of
Merovich was said to be Childeric, and his son was Clovis I (465 - 5 11).

The details of the lives and deeds as well as the actual relationship betw een
Chlodio, Merovich and Childeric are shrouded in myth and legend. Howev er
these Salic chieftains were related, they were certainly part of the le ading
family of the Salian Franks. They were distinguished, like other Ger manic
aristocratic families by the fashion of allowing their hair (and som etimes
beards as well) to grow long, and they became known as "the long ha ired
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Notes for Prydain (Brydain) ap AEDD

First of the Celts to settle in the British Isles, of which Brtian takes i ts
(Wurts, 1942)
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Notes for AELFGIFU

Data of Vern Orvel Curtis, 1934; and LDS ancestral File of Augustine H. Ay ers
lists her as the daughter of Ethelred "the Unready" King of Englan d. My data
differs and so does that of Brian Tompsett of the Universi ty of Hull.
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(860-66 AD)
Very little is known about Æthelbert, who took his rightful place in the l ine
of succession to the throne of Wessex at around 30 years of age. Li ke all
other rulers of his day, he had to contend with Viking raids on h is
territories and even had to battle them in his capital city of Winchest er.
Apparently, his military leadership was adequate, since, on this occas ion,
the Vikings were cut off on their retreat to the coast and were slaug htered,
according to a contemporary source, in a "bloody battle."


Anglo-Saxon king of Wessex, and son of King Æthelwulf, who ruled England d
uring a time of great pressure from the invading Danes. He was an affab le
man, a devoutly religious man and the older brother of Alfred the Grea t, his
second-in-command in the resistance against the invaders. Togethe r, they
defeated the Danish kings Bagseg and Halfdan at the battle of Ashd own in 870.


The grandson of Alfred the Great, Æthelstan succeeded his father, Edward t he
Elder, to the throne of Wessex. He was the first English sovereign ev er to be
crowned on the King's Stone at Kingston-upon-Thames in 925. Incor rectly
claimed by some to be the first King of All England, Æthelstan w as a great
warrior, nonetheless, whose fame stemmed from his conques ts in Cornwall and
Wales, and his defeat of a combined force of Scots, Wel sh and Vikings at the
battle of Brunanburh in 938. Æthelstan was a patr on of monastic communities
and especially supported the monastery at Malme sbury, where his tomb can be
found, today.

(from the Kingston Museum & Heritage Service)
There were seven Saxon Kings crowned at Kingston between AD 900 and 101 6. Of
them Aethelstan was the most accomplished.

Aethelstan reigned for a period of 15 years. At the end of the reign he w as
undisputed king of England and monarch over all Britain. He brought maj esty
and style to the office which led him to be recognised across Europ e. He was
a patron of the church, ring giver to men, intellectual and warr ior.

He had been brought up in the Mercian court, although he was to be a We st
Saxon king. This made him the ideal unifier of both ancient kingdoms. W illiam
of Malmesbury (writing in 12th century) describes him as:-
"…..not beyond what is becoming in stature, and slender in body; his hai r, as
we ourselves have seen from his relics, flaxen, beautifully mingl ed with gold

With the Danelaw conquered by Eadweard the Elder, his father, and Aethelfl
ead, Lady of the Mercians, a different sort of trouble was brewing. The No rse
were building a powerblock in York. Olaf Sihtricson took over in Yo rk and got
the support of Guthfrith, king of the Norse in Dublin. Aethelst an wasted no
time in stifling this power build up and marched straight in to York forcing
Olaf into Scotland.
927 - EAMONT BRIDGE in Cumbria. At this meeting, Aethelstan received the f ull
submission of the king of Scotland, Constantine, Owain of Gwent, Hyw el of
Strathclyde and some "independent" Northumbrians.

Aethelstan Now minted coins which styled him as REX TOT[ius] BRIT[anniae ],
king of all Britain

927-931 - Successfully campaigned against independent Welsh kings.

930s - Successfully campaigned against the Cornish in Exeter.

937 - THE BATTLE OF BRUNNANBURH. Olaf, son of Guthfrith of Dublin, team ed up
with the Welsh and the Scots and invaded the north of England wi th a massive
force intent on a final encounter with the English. Aethelst an raised a
massive army from both Wessex and Mercia and met them at an un kown site in
the north called Brunnanburh where the victory was Aethelstan 's. Olaf managed
to escape back to Dublin.