Arnold Travers1,2

M, #1521, d. circa 1125
Last Edited=28 Oct 2007
     Arnold Travers, was born at Normandy, France.2

Arnold Travers married Dame Allison Tulketh, daughter of Lord Marmaduke Tulketh.3

The following is quoted directly from The Family of Travis or Travers and Its Allies by Robert Jesse Travis in 1954.

The ancient and honorable family of Travis or Travers, has been known by this name for approximately nine hundred years. Of the members of this family it has been written: "They have been noted for their energy, ambition, piety, industry, integrity, perseverance, patience, fortitude, loyalty, resourcefulness, and courage."
It has been suggested by some who have written of this family that the name came probably from the French: "de la traverse," referring to the residence of its first bearer near or at a cross road. But this present compilation, in the opinion of its author, gives the authenticated and historic beginning of the name.
The first of the name was a companion of William, the Conqueror, and his name in the Battle Abbey Roll, is simply carried as TRAVERS. He was undoubtedly at the Battle of Hastings in 1066...It might be that this name, which carried no French prefix simply referred to the cross he bore on his armor.
On the distaff side, the Travis family is descended from the Haydock family, through the Leghs of Lyme and the Lathoms, and Joseph Gillow in his "The Haydock Papers," London, 1888, p. 51, was under the impression that the family was an ancient Saxon family...
Travers was no wayside peasant, known only by his occupation or the location of his home, but was "a chief" in the Norman army. He seized Tulketh Castle, which still stands on an eminence near Preston, the seat of MARMADUKE TULKETH, a Saxon lord, and this became one of the seats of the family. He married Alison, the daughter and heir of Tulketh. His epitaph in the Freery at Preston is probably the most ancient in England and is one of the most remarkable compositions of the period and significantly tells the story of early Norman life...
A complete account of the Travis family history will be found in "History of Garstang Parish." Vol. 104, part one, pp 247-250.
This is the famous epitaph:
          "I Travers by birth a Norman
          To gaine victorious conquest
          With Wm Conqueror in I came
          As one Chief rol'd among the rest.
          His guerdon was a crowne
          And our subjectes spoyle
          Some ransomed Towr and Towne
          Some planted English soyle
          Tolketh his castle and herison
          My captives maulger were
          His daughter and heire Dame Alison
          I espoused to my fere
          Thirty winters thus were worne
          In spousals mirth and glee
          Four begotten she had and borne
          Er crowned was Beauclark Henry.
          Arnold and Jordan Fitz Travers
          Th' one me succeeded the other toke orders
          With Constance and Blanch my daughters
          The one to Spousals, the other vowed cloisters."
The descendents of this Travers have scattered through most of the English speaking world. It is impossible to connect all of these descendants with the original ancestor, but after many years of investigation and three visits to England, the compiler found the entire record of the earlies immigrant to Virginia, Edward Travis, in the "Visitation of Lancashire" by St. George; recorded in the College of Heralds, and accepted in any English Court as true evidence. This record is published in the "Chetham Society Publications," Vol. 82, p. 85; Harleian Ms 1437 fo 87.1

Arnold Travers died circa 1125 at England.2

Child of Arnold Travers and Dame Allison Tulketh


  1. [S91] Robert Jesse Travis, The Travis (Travers) Family and its Allies: Darracott, Lewis, Livingston, Nicholson, McLaughlin, Pharr, Smith and Terrell, including royal lines of descent (Decatur, Georgia: Bowen Press, 1954). Hereinafter cited as Travis (Travers) Family.
  2. [S127] Laurie Roper, "Ancestry of Laurie Roper", 4 May 2003 (e-mail address). . Hereinafter cited as "Laurie Roper Genealogy."
  3. [S23] Mary Collins Landin, The Collins and Travis Families and Their Allies (Route 3 Box 290, Tom Collins Road, Utica, Mississippi 39175: Self Published, 1982). Hereinafter cited as Collins and Travis Families.