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William I (III) "Towhead" Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou1,2,3   30th great grandfather
b. circa 915, d. 3 April 963, #26756
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Father   **Ebalus Manzer Bastard of Poitou4 b. 869, d. 934
Mother **Emillanne

Name Variation William I (III) "Towhead" Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou was also found as William III 5th Duke of Aquitaine.5 
Name Variation William I (III) "Towhead" Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou was also found as Guillaime III of Aquitaine.6

Birth circa 915 William I (III) "Towhead" was born circa 9151 in Poitiers.
Birth circa 925 To as late as circa 925.6

Marriage 935 William I (III) "Towhead" Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou married Gerloc of Normandy, daughter of Rollo the Dane 1st Duke of Normandy and Poppa de Valois, 935.1,2,7  

He was Count of Poitou, Auvergne, Velay, Limousin and Duke of Aquitaine.8 He claimed the Duchy of Aquitaine from his father's death, but the royal chancery did not recognise his ducal title until the year before his own death.

Shortly after the death of King Rudolph in 936, he was forced to forfeit some land to Hugh the Great by Louis IV. He did it with grace, but his relationship with Hugh thenceforward deteriorated. In 950, Hugh was reconciled with Louis and granted the duchies of Burgundy and Aquitaine. He tried to conquer Aquitaine with Louis's assistance, but William defeated them. Lothair, Louis's successor, feared the power of William. In August 955 he joined Hugh to besiege Poitiers, which resisted successfully. William, however, gave battle and was routed.

He was given the abbey of Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand, which remained in his house after his death. He also built a library in the palace of Poitiers.

Death 3 April 963 William I (III) "Towhead" died on 3 April 963. He is buried at St. Cyrien or St.Maixent in Poitiers, France.1,7,5,8,9 

Family  **Gerloc of Normandy  b. circa 917, d. circa 14 October 962
Children  1. **William II (IV) "Ironarm" Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou+ b. 937, d. 3 Feb 9951
  2. **Adelaide , of Aquataine+ b. 945, d. 15 Jun 10066,10
  3. **NN of Aquitaine+ b. c 95011

Citations
  1. [S10141] BigKings Pedigree, online Church Yard Genealogies, Dates nots consistent.
  2. Download, http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~cousin/html/d0007/g0000087.html#I5098.
  3. Download, http://www.dcs.hull.ac.uk/cgi-bin/gedlkup/n=royal?royal03084.
  4. [S10141] BigKings Pedigree, online Church Yard Genealogies, dates not consistent.
  5. Download, http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~cousin/html/d0006/g0000029.html#I5389.
  6. , Weis Ä144A-19.
  7. , Weis Ä144A-20.
  8. Download, http://www.dcs.hull.ac.uk/cgi-bin/gedlkup/n=royal?royal.
  9. [S1308] Download, http://larryvoyer.com/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I132912&tree=v7_28.
  10. [S10141] BigKings Pedigree, online Church Yard Genealogies.
  11. Download, Dr. Suzanne Doig Rootsweb.

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