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The early history is conjecture, because of conflicting information and dates. The existence of Sheriffs of Lincolnshire pre-Conquest is tenuous, so the suggested connection with Lady Godiva (who died perhaps 1067) could be equally erroneous.
[THOR291] ? m. ? . [THOR302] Lady Godgifu of Lincolnshire m. [MERC331] Earl Leofric of Mercia . [THOR301] Thorold m. ? . . [THOR311] Alwin m. ? . . . [THOR321] Thorold m. [MALE322] Beatrice . . . . [THOR332] Lucia of Mercia m1. [TAIL322] Ivo Taillebois . . . . [THOR333] Lucia of Mercia m2. [ROUM411] Seigneur Roger FitzGerold de Roumare . . . . [THOR334] Lucy of Spalding m3. [BAYE331] Earl Ranulph of Chester
[THOR302] Godiva ([born c.988], said to be sister of Thorold, Sheriff of Lincolnshire) married [MERC331] Earl Leofric of Chester and later Mercia (see MERCIA EARLDOM (2)).
[THOR301] Thorold ([born c.990], said to be sister of Godiva), Sheriff of Lincolnshire.
[THOR311] Alwin ([born c.1015], assumed to be son of Thorold), Sheriff of Lincolnshire].
[THOR321] Thorold (born c.1040, said to be son of Sheriff Alwin), Sheriff of Lincolnshire. He married (c.1065) [MALE322] Beatrice Malet (born c.1046, daughter of William Malet, see MALET). Thorold held lands at Bucknall (Lincs), which he gave to the Abbey of St. Cuthbert of Croyland, "for his soul". Thorold died by 1079, and afterwards Beatrice married 2. [ARCS331] William d'Arches (see ARCHES).
[THOR338] Lucy (born at Spalding, c.1068, daughter of Thorold) married 1. (c.1086) [TAIL321] Ivo Taillebois, see TAILLEBOIS), died c.1094; then 2. (c.1095) [ROUM411] Seigneur Roger FitzGerold de Roumare (see LINCOLN (ROUMARE) EARLDOM), died c.1097; then 3. (c.1098) [BAYE331] Earl Ranulph (see CHESTER (BAYEUX) EARLDOM).