It seems that 2011 snuck away from me. My quest for the accurate lineage of Claron is still alive!

Each weekend I will be devoting time to my mission – and hopefully providing good information for those of you that share my lineage.

Until the next…


I‘m a descendant of Claron de Marcham (Markham) of West Marcham (Little Marcham), Nottinghamshire, England. (abt 1040 to abt 1088)

Claron de Marcham is my 29th Great Grandfather.

My personal quest is to create a true account of the Marchams (Markhams) and what better place to begin? With the first recording of the one who took the name.

I will be analyzing and researching all I can to discover the incredible history of my forefathers.

This blog is to document that process. I expect good and bad during my ventures. I expect frustration and long hours trying to distinguish from accurate records and “guesses”.

Typically when starting an ancestry tree you would start with yourself. I have done that and have discovered that along the way confusion avails.

So I am beginning with, well the beginning!

I hope you enjoy this journey I’m venturing on. Perhaps it will help you if you are a descendant of Claron.

Always feel free to post comments and ask questions.

Michelle Irene Wable Raybourn Markham

My names explained: “Wable” my given name, but I believe I am not my father’s biological child. “Raybourn” my married name that I kept after divorce as I didn’t want to go back to “Wable” since I am not one. “Markham” is the name I am adopting legally, once that is complete my name will be Michelle Irene Markham.

Prior to discovering I am Claron’s descendant I had been playing with taking “Markham” as my last name to honor my Grandfather Harland C. Markham, 1902-1988  (the only Grandfather I truly ever knew and loved). He was my step-grandfather, but that did not matter. We had a connection that to this day I have never shared with another family member.

When I started playing with genealogy I did my step-grandfather’s tree out of curiosity. There I discovered the richness of his heritage.

It was only a few days ago I discovered that while continuing work on my tree I am actually related to my Step-Grandfather Harland C. Markham.  We are cousins! His wife, my Grandmother Vivian E. Miller Markham (1913-1997) is actually his cousin as well. It was while working on “Millers” that I discovered my “Markham” connection.

We all share Penelope Bement Markham and Phebe Markham Bement as a aunt/grandmother to different “great” degrees.

I have to dig deeper into Penelope Bement Markham (1735-1825), my 6th Great Grand Aunt. She married Israel Markham in 1757.

Could she have brought two Markham families together? Did I record it wrong in my findings? What is Isreal’s lineage? Ahhh, a quest that I will return to later.

Do you see how confusion avails when you start with yourself?

That’s why I’m setting that tree aside and starting with Claron.

There were two Marchams, West Marcham (Little Marcham) and East Marcham (Great Marcham). Our Marcham forefathers actually come from West Marcham.

Marcham (it is now known as Markham Clinton) is nestled in Nottinghamshire England.

I am beginning my “conquest” with the Norman Conquest at the time when William de Normandy (William the Conqueror) took throne of England December 25, 1066. It is during this time that Claron claimed the last name of “Marcham”, which he was a resident in prior to the Norman Invasion.

Here’s an adorable video of William the Conqueror and gathering the statistics for the Doomesday Book (also spelled Domesday)

(If viewing on your iPad click the video a couple of times to open and play in a new window. If you aren’t viewing this blog in you iPad you should. It’s quite adorable!)

Now a little history of Marcham:

“East or Great Markham, situated on the edge of the great forest of Sherwood, is the “ham” or “home” of the “Mark,” the organised self-acting township. In Danish, Mark means a field or common. In this parish we have both Markham Moor and Markham Field, which are tautological expressions of the same idea—Markham, in fact, is the village or land outside the forest. It is situated on a ridge which forms the watershed of the rivers Trent and Idle. Its precise geological formation is that of the new red sandstone, and its soil is rich and strong, particularly suitable for plum and other fruit trees, whose produce forms one of the chief industries of the modern village. A few feet below the surface a considerable quantity of gypsum has been found. Going back to the earliest days of its history we find that during the two centuries before the Norman Conquest, Markham was peopled by the Danish immigrants, who settled in the valley of the Trent and mixed with the previous English settlers. The names of two of these in East Markham have been preserved—Ulchel and Godwin. When the length and breadth of the land was parcelled out among the followers of the Norman Conqueror, Markham was given to Roger de Busli, the list of whose lands in this county covers more than five pages of Doomesday Book. This Roger de Busli, or Bully, built Tickhill Castle, and in A.D. 1088 founded the monastery of Blyth. Under the “Land of the King” in Domesday it is recorded “In Markham three carucates of land and a half to be taxed. Land to ten ploughs. Twenty-five sokemen and fifteen villanes have here ten ploughs. There is a church and a priest, and forty acres of meadow, and a very little coppice wood.” The tenants of Roger de Busli in East Markham were Turold and Fulc. Among his tenants in West Markham was Claron, who was the forefather of Alexander de Marcham, constable of Nottingham Castle during the reign of Henry II. (A.D. 1154-1189). His son, William, married Cecilia Lexington, and their son Richard was lord of West Markham and Tuxford.”

The above an excerpt from Nottinghamshire History.

I’ll talk about the Norman Conquest later on. When I was researching my Grandfather’s lineage I discovered that he is also a descendant of William de Normandy (William the Conqueror referencing Norman Conquest and his claim to the throne on Christmas Day 1066). Ahh the confusion and foggy mental state this can all create!

Another ancestor of mine, Charlemagne (King of Franks), also assumed reign on Christmas Day in 1800 in Rome by Pope Leo. One day we’ll be discussing that.