William De Aldithley
- Born: 1082, Hooton, Wirral Peninsula, Cheshire, England
- Marriage (1): Joan Stanley
Another name for William was William de Alditheley.
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Excerpted from The House of Stanley from the 12th Century
by Peter Stanley at
Debunks this story:
"Two of Adam de Aldithley's grandsons were said to have married Saxon heiresses.... The younger son of Adam de Aldithley, named Adam, had a son, William, to whom another Saxon thane gave his only daughter, Joan [Stanley], and with her as a marriage portion, the Manor of Talk on the Hill in Staffordshire. Later, Adam, the son of Lydulph, exchanged his Manor of Stanleigh and half the Manor of Balterley, with his cousin, William (the son of his uncle, Adam), for the Manor of Talk on the Hill. William, then being possessed of the Manor of Stanleigh, adopted the surname 'de Stanleigh', and became the ancestor of the Stanleys, while his cousin, Adam de Aldithley, was the ancestor of the Audleys of Heleigh in Staffordshire.
"In fact, however, Lydulph (or Liulf), styled 'de Aldithley', was born circa 1115 - some years after the Conquest. His younger brother Adam was born circa 1125. The Manor of Aldithley (Audley) is not situated in Normandy, but is near Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire (as are the Manors of Balterley and Talk on the Hill). These three Manors did not come into the possession of the Audleys until early in the 12th century when they were held by socage, i.e. military service, from the De Verdun family. There is no evidence to support the story that these Manors were acquired through marriage to Saxon heiresses, and the Manor of Stanleigh did not come into the possession of the Audleys until late in the 12th century when it was the gift of their Overlord, Bertram de Verdun, before he left England for the Crusades in 1190."
Noted events in his life were:
• Freehold tenancies: of Manors of Aldithley, Balterley and Talk on the Hill, Abt 1124. per The House of Stanley from the 12th Century
by Peter Stanley at
William married Joan Stanley, daughter of Thomas Stanley and Unknown. (Joan Stanley was born about 1071 in <Hooton, Wirral, Cheshire, England>.)