'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 carries no French prefix simply referred to the cross he bore on his shield.
'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.' [The Travis Family And Its Allies, p. 1]
The ancient seat of the Travis family was at Trevas, France, near Luxembourg. [The Travis Family, 1066 through 1976].
His epitaph from The Travis (Travers) Family and Its Allies, pp. 1-2: 'I Travers by birth a Norman Thirty winters thus were worne To gain victorious conquest In spousals mirth and glee With Wim Conqueror I came Four begotten she had and borne As one Chief rol'd among the rest. Er crowned was Beauclark Henry.
His guerdon was a crowne Arnold and Jordan Fitz Travers And our subiectes spoyle Th'one me succeeded the other toke orders Some ransomed Towr and Towns With Constance and Blanch my daughters Some planted English soyle The one to Spousals, the other vowed cloisters.'
Tolketh his castle and herison My captives maulger were His daughter and heire Dame Alison I espoused to my fere
"Unknown Travers from "Related Royal Families" by Marilu Burch Smallwood:
An unknown first name Travers, a Norman, came into England with William the Conqueror, seized Tulketh Castle and married Allison, daughter of Marmaduke Tulketh.
12/31/2001: From Mary Anne Rick from Travis Listserver:
Travers was one of William the Conqueror's men, a Norman Chief whose name is carried on the Battle Abbey Roll simply as Travers. He seized Tulketh Castle and married the daughter of the resident Lord. The ancient seat of the Travers/Travis family was at Trevas, France, near Luxembourg. There were four children from this marriage, Arnold, Jordan, Constance and Blanch. Jordan and Blanch took Holy Orders; Constance and Arnold both married. Source: From Dogwood to Bluebonnets.
Children of Arnold Travers and Allison Tulketh are: