Through the marriage of Jeanne de Mesmes with Jewin Daspit in 1568, the Daspit de St Amand family may claim descent from the Merovingian line by connection with the Kings of Navarre, Counts of Bigorre, the de la Barthe lords of the Four Valleys, the Royal dynasties of Merovingian, Carolingian and Capetian Kings of France and the Exilarchs of Narbonne of the Royal House of David. The dynasties of France all descend from the Merovingian line traced back to the Cimmerian tribe on the Black Sea in the lands of Scythia. By legend the King (Euxim) of the Cimmerians was descended from the Royal line of Troy. It is from this line that the Merovingian dynasty has its source.
The following genealogy was developed by Pere Anselm for the Regent of France and was augmented by genealogical research done later at the command of Napoleon I to determine descendants of the Merovingian royal house.
Contributed by Ray Olivier
Antenor's wife is unknown. One son is recorded: Marcomir
b. 460 B.C.
Marcomir brought his people of the Cimmerians across the lands of
the Danube into Gaul. One son is recorded: Antenor I b. 442
Antenor married the nobel lady Cambra ca. 419 B.C. It is from her
name that the Sicambri received its name. At least one son is recorded
from this marriage: Priamus, b. 417 B. C..
His lady wife's name is not known. One son is recorded: Helenus,
b. 385 B.C..
One son is recorded: Diocles, b. 360 B.C.
Diocles aided the Saxons in their war on the Goths. One son
is recorded: Bassanus, b. 339 B.C.
Bassanus married the daughter of the King of the Orcades (a tribe of ancient Norway). One child is recorded of this marriage: Clodomir, b.290 B.C.
His lady wife is unknown. One son is recorded: Nicanor,
b. 275 B.C.
One son is recorded: Marcomir, b. 296 B.C.
One son is recorded: Clodius, b. 189 B.C.
Clodius was slain in battle in 359 B.C. One son is recorded:
Antenor, b. 169 B.C.
One son is recorded: Clodomir, b. 149. B.C.
One son is recorded: Merodachus , b. 128 B.C..
A son is recorded: Cassander, b. 106 B.C.
Cassander was expelled from his kingdom by the Goths. He died
in exile. One son is recorded: Antharius , b. 80 B.C.
Antharius was slain in battle with the Gauls. One son is recorded:
Francus, b. 58 B.C..
Francus changed the name of his people to Franks. He also made
a perpetual alliance with the Saxon and East German tribes. One son
is recorded : Clodius, b. 37 B.C.
A son was recorded: Marcomir, b. 16. B.C.
One son is recorded: Clodomir, b. 2 A.D.
One son is recorded: Antenor, b. 25 A.D.
A son is recorded: Ratherius, b. 52 A.D.
One son is mentioned: Odomar, b. 96 A.D.
Odomar is mentioned in the records of the Roman Empire as making
a pact with Rome and the Gaulic tribes. One son is recorded: Marcomir,
b. 114 A.D.
Marcomir married in 129 A.D. to Athildis, daughter of Coilus King
of the Britains (125-170). Through this marriage the blood of the
ancient Roman houses of the Julii and Claudii, as well as the ancient Royal
lines of the Silures, become mixed with the ancient Merovingian line.
Coilus was the son of Marius, King of the British Silures and a daughter
of Boadicia, the great Queen of the Iceni. Marius was the son of
Arviragus, King of the Silures and Venissa, daughter of Claudius I, Emperor
of Rome. (See Ancient Roman genealogy). A son was born of this
union: Pharabert (Farbert) in 131 A.D.
Pharabert's lady wife is not known. One son is recorded:
Sunno, b. 156 A.D.
During his reign the Franks had many wars with Romans and Gaulic
tribes. One son is recorded: Hilderic, b. 175 A.D.
One son is recorded: Bartherus, b. 205 A.D.
One son is recorded: Clodius, b. 230 A.D.
A son is recorded: Walter, b. 252 A.D..
One son is recorded: Dagobert, 275 A.D.
A son is recorded: Genebald, b. 296 A.D.
One son is recorded: Dagobert , b. 314 A. D.
One son is recorded: Clodius, b. 332 A.D.
One son is recorded: Marcomir, b. 351 A.D.
One son is recorded: Pharamond, b.370 A.D.
Under Pharamond reign the Franks were united under one crown. He succeeded his father as Duke of the East Franks in 404 A.D.; became King of the West Franks in 419 A.D. and King of Westphalia in 420 A.D. He married Argotta, daughter of Grimald, Duke of the West Franks, in 409 A.D. At his father-in- law's death in 419 A.D., Pharamond became Duke of the West Franks. A son is recorded from this marriage: Clodio , b. 389 A.D.
Pharamond is the ancestor that has a clear documented line. Earlier
rulers were documented from ancient records and annals referenced
in church histories.
Clodio married ca. 410 A.D. to Princess Basina, daughter of Widelphrus, King of the Thuringians (a state in Germany near Bavaria). Of this marriage there were three sons recorded:
1. MEROVIUS, b. 411 A.D.;Merovius succeeded his father as King of the Franks. Albero became Duke of Moselle, and the ancestor of the Carolingian kings of France, the Duke of Bavaria and the Kings of Lorraine (see Carolingian line).
2. Sigemerus, b. 413 A.D.; and
3. ALBERO, b.417 A.D..
Merovius gave the name to his descendants and his dynasty.
Merovius had one recorded son: Childeric, b. 436 A.D.
Childeric married his cousin Basina, daughter of Basin, King of Thuringia. Basin was the grandson of Widelphrus and first cousin to Merovius. In 465 A.D. a son was born of this marriage: Clovis, b. 465 A.D.
Clovis became the great conqueror king uniting all of the tribes
under one rulership. He married in 493 A.D. to Clothilde, daughter
of Chilperic II, King of Burgundy. Clothilde died in 540 A.D.
She was later canonized for her saintly life. Of this marriage there
was born: Clothair , b. 497 A.D.
He married first to the Princess Theodosa, daughter of the Sigemond, King of Burgundy and his queen Theudegoth, daughter of the King of the Ostrogoths. He secondly married Radegonde, daughter of the King of the Thuringians. Thirdly he married Ingunda. There were four children recorded:
1.( 1) CHARIBERT, b. 521 A.D.;Charibert became King of Paris (561-567). He married the lady Ingeberga as his first wife. The union produced Princess Bertha who married St. Ethelbert, King of Kent. (Saxon Royal houses).
2.(1) CHILPERIC, b. 523 A.D.;
(3) SIGEBERT , b. 535 A.D.; and
(2) BLITHILDIS,b. 527 A.D.
Chilperic became King of Soissons (561-584). He married Fredegunde and became the progenitor of the main branch of Merovingian Kings of France (Genealogy of Aragon, Navarre, Gascony and Aquitaine).
Sigebert became King of Metz ( 561-574). He married the Princess Brunhilda, daughter of Athanagild, King of the Visigoths. From this union came Childebert, King of Austrasia and Ingunda wife of St. Herminguild, Prince of the Visigoths, son of Leuvigild, King of the Visigoths. (Genealogy of the Cid)
Blithildis married Ausbertus, Duke of Moselle, grandson of Albero, Duke of Moselle, son of Clodio I, King of the Franks and Argotta, daughter of Theoderic, King of Verona. From this union came the royal line of the Carolingians (Genealogy of Capetians and Counts of Champagne).
Eventually the Royal line of Navarre is descended from all four children
of Clothair I.
Chilperic married Fredegunde. A son is recorded: Clothair
b. 584 A.D.; d. 628 A.D.
Clothair married three times. By his third wife Sichilda he
had: Charibert b. 603 A.D.
His older brother Dagobert became King of Neustria and of the Franks. Charibert was given the Kingship of Toulouse and Acquitaine. His capital was Toulouse. Charibert married in 618 A.D., the lady Gisela, daughter and heiress of Amandus, Duke of Gascony. Two children were recorded of this marriage:
1. Bertrand, b.619After the death of Charibert II, the children were raised by their grandfather Amandus. Both sons married daughters of their cousin Childebert, son of Theodoric, son of Childebert II, King Austrasia and Burgundy. Childebert II (b.587; d. 613) was the son of Sigebert I, King of Metz and his wife Brunhilda, daughter of Athanagild, King of the Visigoths.
2. Boggis, b. 621 A.D.
Bertrand married Phigberta. Boggis married Oda.
Boggis married Princess Oda, daughter of Childebert, King of Austrasia
and Burgundy. Oda was a lady of great virtue and compassion. She was canonized
as a saint in the 8th century. She died in 723 A.D. One son was recorded
of this marriage: Eudes (Odo) b. 644 A.D.; d. 735 A.D.
As sole heir to Boggis, Eudes became the heir to the Merovingian claim. He was contemporary with Charles Martel (the Hammer). Eudes fought to keep his territories safe from the acquisitive Merovingian cousins and the powerful Mayors of the Palace. Although history credits Charles Martel with successfully defeating Arab invasion of the Frankish territories, Eudes was known as the great warrior Duke who first fought the Arab invaders and in partnership with Charles defeated the Arabs in Acquitaine. During his life time he was given the title of "Great". In order to secure his position Eudes married a cousin of Charles, the lady Valtrude, daughter of Walchigise, Count of Verdun and his wife Valtrude.
Walchigise was the son of St. Arnould (Arnulf) (b.583, d. 641) and the lady Dode of Boulougne. St Arnould was Bishop of Metz, Mayor of the Palace and Margave of the Schelde. His sister Itta married Pepin of Landen. His elder son Angise married Begga, daughter of Pepin of Landen and Itta. They were the parents of Pepin of Heristal, father of Charles Martel.
Eudes the Great and Valtrude produced three sons:
1. Hunold. b.683Hunold succeeded his father as Duke of Acquitaine in 735. Hatton became Duke of Gascony. Aznair Remistan became the first Count of Aragon. Through the De Mesmes connection the Daspit de St. Amand family are descended from all three sons of Eudes.
2. Hatton, b. 685
3. Aznair Remistan, b. 687
Hunold along with his brothers fought against the growing power of
Charles Martel and his sons Carloman and Pepin. During his long life
he was a force of resistance and a rallying point for the Meroviginian
claim to the throne of the Franks. Hunold is recorded as having one
son Waifre, b. 690 A.D. In 745 Hunold handed over his dukedom to
his son Waifre. He retired to a monastery on the isle of Re.
After Waifre's death in 768, Hunold was again called to lead the resistance
to Pepin I , son of Charles Martel. Pepin finally annexed Acquitaine.
Hunold is recorded to have died in a monastery in Pavia in 774. His
descendants removed themselves to the mountain areas of the Pyrenees and
founded the Kingdom of Navarre.
Waifre was the only son of Hunold, duke of Acquitaine. He married in 726 A.D. to his cousin Adela, daughter of Loupe I Duke of Gascony. Loupe I (d. 774) was the son of Hatton, Duke of Gascony and brother of Waifre's father Hunold. Through this marriage descended the early Dukes of Gascony and Kings of Navarre. Of this marriage there is recorded one son:
1. Loupe II, b. 727 A.D..
The name of his lady wife is not recorded. One son is recorded of this marriage:
1. Adelric (Adelrico) b. ca. 750.
1. Ximeno, b. 780 A.D.
2. Cantule, b. 783.
Ximeno married the lady Munia. Two sons are recorded :
2. Inigo Arista
Inigo Arista married the lady Iniga Ximena, daughter of the Count of Oviedo. He married secondly Theida, daughter of the Count of Biscay. From his first marriage there is recorded one son GARCIA INIGO, b.834. From the second is recorded one son DONAT LOUPE, Count of Bigorre (see Bigorre).
The de Mesmes family is descended from Inigo Arista through children Garcia Inigo and Donat Loupe,
Garcia Inigo married the lady Urraca Major, daughter of Sancho II, Duke of Gascony. Sancho II of Gascony was the son of Sancho I, Duke of Gascony (son of Ximeno, Duke of Gascony). Four children are recorded of this marriage:
1. Fortune ,b. 857 A.D. (reigned as King of Navarre 880 to 905 A.D.)
2. SANCHO I, b. 860 A.D.
3. Ximeno b. 864
4. Sanctiva , b. 870
Sancho married the lady Theida (Toda), daughter of Aznar Galindez, Count of Aragon. Aznar Galindez was the son of Galindo Aznares, Count of Aragon. Galindo Aznares was the son of Aznar of Aragon. (The Counts of Aragon were the younger branch of the House of Gascony, descended from Eudes the Great). Several children were born of this marriage:
1. Urraca Ximena;
3. GARCIA II SANCHEZ b. 890 A.D.
Garcia II Sanchez married the princess Theresa Iniquez of Aragon. (Theresa Iniquez was the daughter of Endregota Aznarez, son of Galindo Aznarez Count of Aragon; thus cousin to Garcia II). Five children were recorded of this marriage:
1. Urraca, b. 919
2. Ermenside, b. 921
3. Theresa Florentina, b. 924
4. SANCHO II b. 927
5. Ramirez, b. 930.
Sancho II married his cousin the princess Urraca Clara of Navarre, daughter of Fortunio Ximenez of Navarre. (Fortunio Ximenez was the son of Ximeno of Navarre, third son of Garcia Inigo of Navarre and Urraca Major of Gascony. Two children were born of this marriage:
1. GARCIA III SANCHEZ, b. 958 A.D.
1. SANCHO III, b. 985 A.D.
Sancho III married princess Donna Munia Elvira, daughter of Sancho Garcias, King of Castile and Urraca of Navarre. Four children were recorded from this marriage:
1. GARCIAS III, b.1005
2. Fernando, King of Leon and Castile b.1008
3. Gonsalvo, Count of Sobrarve and Ribagorce b. 1011
4. Ramirez, King of Aragon b.1015.
Garcias III married the lady Estaphania of Barcelona, daughter of Count Raymund of Barcelona and the lady Ermensinde of Carcassone. Three children are recorded of this marriage:
1. Sancho IV, b. 1038, d. 1076After the death of Garcias III the kingdom of Navarre was inherited by his eldest son, Sancho IV. In 1076 Sancho was assassinated by his brother Raymond who also was assassinated in the same year. In that year the Kingdom of Navarre was offered to Sancho Ramirez, King of Aragon, the son of Ramirez , son of Sancho III the Great of Navarre. In 1094 at the death of Sancho Ramirez his son Pedro King of Aragon succeeded to the throne. By 1104 the Kingdom again was succeeded by another of the Aragon line, Alfonso. At the death of Alfonso in 1134 the kingdom was elected to Garcias V Ramirez, grandson of Ramirez, son of Garcias III.
2. Raymond, b.1039, d. 1076
3. RAMIREZ b. 1040.
Ramirez married the lady Teresa Gonsalez de Salvadores, daughter
of Gonsalvo de Salvadores and Sancha. Of this marriage there is one
1. Ramirez II, b.1062.
Married the noble lady Christina Diaz de Vivar, daughter of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (the illustrious CID) and the noble lady Ximena of Asturias, daughter of Diego Rodriguez, Count of Asturias and the Princess Ximena of Leon. Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar was the son of Diego Lainez de Castro and the lady Teresa Nunez de Amaya de Castro, granddaughter of Alphonso V of Leon and Guitierra de Castro. (see genealogy of the CID at Brian Thompsett's Directory of Royal Genealogical Data).
One son is recorded of this marriage:
1. Garcia V of Navarre, b.1090, d. 1150.Related Information on Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar: El Cid Campeador; "The Lay of The Cid"
Garcia V married first to Marguerite de l'Aigle. After Queen Marguerite's death in 1141 he married a second time to the Princess Urraca, daughter of Alphonso II , King of Leon and Castile. Of the first marriage there was one child:
1. Blanche b. 1141.Of the second there were three children:
1. SANCHO VI, b. 1150
2. Marguerite, b.1146
3. Sancha, b. 1147.
Sancho VI married in 1173 to Sancha, daughter of Alphonso VII, King of Castile and Berenguela of Barcelona. Three children were born of this marriage:
1. Sancho VII, b. 1173In 1194 Sancho VII succeeded his father as King of Navarre. He reigned until his death in 1134. His only son Ferdinand died before his father without issue. Berengaria had already predeceased Sancho VII in 1130 without issue. The Kingdom was then inherited by Blanche who allowed her husband THIBAUD of Champagne to be styled King of Navarre.
2. Berengaria,b. 1174 (married to Richard I of England)
3. BLANCHE, b. 1176.
Blanche married in 1195 to Thibaud III, Count of Troyes and Meaux and eventually Champagne (see Champagne genealogy) son of Henry I, Count of Champagne and Marie of France, daughter of Louis VII of France and his first wife Eleanor of Guienne and Acquitaine. Thibaud was the descendant of Charlemagne through decent of the Counts of Vermandois, and Pepin King of Italy. Thibaud died in 1201 and Blanche died in 1229. One child was born of this marriage:
1. THIBAUD I, b. 1201.
Thibaud inherited the Kingdom of Navarre at the death of his uncle Sancho VII in 1234. Thibaud married firstly in 1220 to Gertrude of Dachsburg, daughter of Albert, Count of Metz. She died in 1222. He then married in 1225 Agnes, daughter of Guichard IV, Count of Beaujeau. One child was produced from this marriage:
1. Blanche, b. 1226 , d. 1283.Agnes died in 1231 and Thibaud married a third time in 1232 to Marguerite daughter of Archambaud IX, Count of Bourbon and Beatrix de Montlucon. Of the third marriage there were five children recorded:
1. Thibaud II, b. 1240
2. Pierre, b. 1241
3. HENRY I, b.1243;
4. Marguerite, b. 1244
5. Beatrix, b. 1245.
Thibaud died in 1253 and was succeeded by his eldest son Thibaud II. Thibaud died in 1270 without leaving heirs.
Henry married in 1269 to Blanche of Artois, daughter of Robert I,
Count of Artois and Mahaud of Brabant (see Artois and Brabant genealogies).
Two children were born of this marriage:
1. JUANNA b.1270
2. Thibaud ,b. 1272, d.1273
Juanna married in 1284 to Phillip IV , the Fair, King of France (see the Royal Capetian Genealogy). With this marriage the County of Champagne and of Meaux and Troyes became merged with the Crown of France. Phillip IV died in 1314. Of this marriage were born four children:
1. LOUIS X, b.1289
2. Phillipe V, b. 1294
3. Charles I, b.1294
4. Isabella, b. 1296.
Louis married in 1305 to Marguerite of Burgundy, daughter of Otto of Burgundy and Mahaut of Artois. Marguerite lived from 1290 to 1315. One child was born from this marriage:
1. JEANNE , b. ca 1307Louis X married secondly in 1315 to Clemence of Hungary (1293-1328). Louis X died in 1316, a son was postumously born to Clemence in November 1316 but lived only a few days. This child was named John.
After the death of Louis X in 1316 the thrones of France and Navarre
passed to his son John who lived only months. Afterwards the brother
of Louis X succeeded in turn to the thrones of France and Navarre.
After the death of Charles I in 1328, the throne of France was inherited
by the next senior branch of the Capetian Royal House because of the Salic
law preventing women from inheriting the French throne. The throne
of Navarre was not heritable under the Salic law and reverted to the remaining
daughter of Louis X, Jeanne.
Jeanne married in 1318 to Phillip, Count of Evereux , b. 1301, d. 1343. Phillip was the son of Louis of France, Count of Evereux, d' Estampes, de Beamont-le- Roger, de Meulan and de Gien and his wife Marguerite of Artois, daughter of Phillipe, Count of Artois and Blanche of Brittany. Of this marriage there were eight children:
1. Juanna, b. 1321Through the throne was inherited by Charles II in 1349. Louis the last son was vested as Duke of Navarre and Count of Beaumont-le-Roger. It is through him that the Beaumonts Counts of Lerin descend.
2. CHARLES II, b.1332
3. Phillipe, b. 1333
4. Blanche, b. 1335
5. Marie, b. 1336
6. Agnes, b. 1337
7. Jane, 1339
8. LOUIS , b. 1340
Charles II married in 1352 to Jeanne, daughter of Jean II , King of France. Of this marriage there were seven children:
1. CHARLES III, b. 1361
2. Phillipe, b. 1363
3. Pierre, b. 1365;
4. Maria, b. 1366
5. Jeanne, b. 1367
6. Bonna, b. 1368 - d. 1368
7. Blanche, b. 1368 - d.1368
Charles married in 3175 Eleanor of Castile, daughter of Henry II
of Castile. By her he had eight legitimate children. Charles
III also recognized his illegitimate children. One of these was JEANNE
OF NAVARRE who married as his second wife , her cousin LOUIS I, Count of
Louis married in 1366 to Joanna of Naples who died in 1392. Of this marriage there was no children. Louis had children by his mistress Marie de Lissaracu:
1. Jeanne b.1368
2. CHARLES, b. 1370
Charles was granted recognition as a son of Navarre and given the coat of arms of Navarre for quartering. He was also granted the position of Standard bearer for the Royal Household. He married in 1390 to Anne de Curton, Dame du Guicun en Gascogne. Four children were born of this marriage:
1. Charles, b.1391
2. LOUIS I, b. 1393
3. Jeanne, b. 1394
4. Catherine, b. 1395.
Louis married in 1413 to Jeanne, natural daughter of Charles III King of Navarre. By this marriage there were nine children:
1. Louis II, b. 1414
2. Charles, b. 1416
3. Henry, b. 1418
4. Thibaud, b. 1420
5. Phillippe, b. 1421
6. Jean, b. 1423
7. JEANNE, b. 1424;
8. Anne, b. 1426
9. Madelene , b. 1428.
Jeanne married in 1440 to Jean Sire de Luxe. Her second marriage was to Bernard de Cauna, Chevalier of the illustrious house of Guienne. Of the second marriage there is recorded one daughter:
1. MARGUERITE, b. 1452.