William de Tourville1,2
William de was born in Tourville, Normandy, France. Thisright across the channel from England. He came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066 and is the progenitor of the Turvile families in England. It is douibtful that he is the father of Ralph who is shown as his son. He is more likely to be the grandfather or great grandfather of Ralph.
- [S939] John Ordish Hulme, History of Thurlaston, Leicestershire including Normanton Turville, New Hall Park, and Bassett House, page 105.
- [S926] John & John Bernard Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britian & Ireland, pages 1442-1443 - The family of Tourville, or Turvile, is of Norman extraction, and the name may be found on the roll of Battle Abbey, but from which of the ten seigniories of Tourville, in the duchy, the patronymic is derived, cannot now be ascertained.
Soon after the conquest of England the Tourvilles became extensive proprietors in the counties of Warwick and Leicester, being lords, in the former, of the manors of Pallington, Herdeberwe, Bedworth, Chelmescote Fulbrooke, and Neueaton ; and giving, in the latter, their name to the manor of Normanton-Turvile, the original seat of the family.
William de Tourville the companion in arms of William the Conqueror, and was the first settler in England.