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From: Allan Stapleton <>
Subject: [STAPLTN] Stapletons of Stapleton-on-Tees
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2000 11:22:30 -0500
I have traced my line back to Devon ca 1570, but took interest in the
origin of my name.
The story goes like this - Horsa & Hengis were two Jute generals (
brothers) that commanded a troop of 300 mercenaries.They sailed to South
East England in 450 ? and met the King of England . He asked them to go
North to stop the Picts coming South from Scotland. They built a fort near
the Tees River, near to present day Darlington in Yorkshire. They named the
Fort "Stapleton on Tees". Later this group were involved in the" Night of
the Long Knives" where they kidnapped the King and received large grants of
land for ransom.
You are fortunate as the Stapletons there have a recorded history due to
Knighthoods,wars,the Crusades and appointments for work with the Kings. See
the Domesday Book.