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The Surname of Goostrey
Regrettably yet more misinformation

The information copied below from;  is, in the most part inaccurate. I do not particularly blame the family who posted it on the web, they are undoubtedly victims of those Bucket Shop "History of Your Surname" con merchants.

I have left the information (sorry misinformation) in tact and added my comments in black print where appropriate.
A correctly researched pedigree of the original family to bear the name Goostrey can be found here.

  The History of the Goostree Name..

The name of Goosetree is one of the early surnames that was taken from the shire in which the family lived.
[For what it is worth, this bit is OK in that the family did take its name from the manor of Goostrey (then known as Gostre), the Shire being Cheshire. The progenitor of the Goostrey line being Michael De Gostre who was the third son of Lidulph de Twemlow]
They who went by the name Goostree (goosetrey) came to Normandy with Viking Conqueror Rollo (860-933)
[This bit is utter rubbish, the Goostrey family are descended from Godric who held the manor of Goostrey at the time of the Conquest. Godric is described in the Doomsday Book as a Saxon. Therefore Vikings and Normans are total figments of someone's imagination]

[What follows is pure waffle to fill the page, it has no relevance to the history of the name and is pure school boy Hollywood but do read on, it may amuse you.]
The ships of the Vikings were only open boats by oar as well as by sail, the sailors were very strong men, bold and would make voyages thousands of miles from home in their ships.  The Vikings seem to have no fear and loved danger and adventure for they were brave men.  The poor people along the coastline of France and England were terrified when they saw the Viking ships approaching the coast.  The ships had the black raven painted on their sails.  The forward part of the ships (called prow) had large images hewn into them the forms of dragons, along the defensive wall of the ship hung large glittering rows of shields and standing lines of strong men ready to come ashore.  The Northmen were pirates!

Villages, monasteries, churches and even whole cities were just burned to the ground.  Whole cities and districts were gone after the raid of the Vikings.  Each year more and more Vikings came.  Then came a large band of Vikings led by Rollo  He forced a descendant of Charles the Great to turn over to them a whole district of the best land in northern France.  The Northmen settled down in the region they had conquered and gradually gave up their fierce customs.  They married the women of the country and learned to speak French instead of the rude northern tongue.  They became practically Frenchmen, but they were always noted for their energy, their love for adventure and courage in war!! Their province was called Normandy, and did become the most prosperous parts of all of France.

Normandy was just across the British Channel from England and the Normans knew that country was still weak.  When one  of the English Kings died without a son, the leading men of England chose Harold, who was a powerful noble, to be their ruler.  But William, Duke of Normandy, whom men have always called William the Conqueror, declared that the late King had promised him the throne, so he gathered an army of adventurous Normans and sailed across the channel and there was fought a famous battle.The army knew how to fight on horseback and how to skillfully use archery, and after all they had William to lead them!
But the English stubbornly stood together to fight off every attack with axes and their swords.  So William the Conqueror decided that he and his army of men would trick the English, so he and his men pretended to retreat.  The English had no one to lead them at this time because Harold their leader had been wounded, therefore they broke line and ran in no order after their enemies.  At this time William gave signial for his men to rush the English army and by nightfall,  the English had been destroyed.  William rewarded his followers by making them nobles and giving them large estates in England, the land they had taken by war.  They built castles, and the architects and the masons knew how to build these stone building, which were stronger than the wood buildings the English people had built.

[There then follows a number of extracts from Wills etc. which are probably OK but I have deleted the info so that we can come to the next bit of information which I really find amazingly inaccurate and so misleading it must have been invented to flatter someone's ego]

Earl of Chester gave his third son Michael, a half of the village of Goosetree. Therefore he was called Michael de Goostree.

[The above misinformation really hurts me. Anyone who knows how to research family history will know that the family of a Peer of the Realm (as the Earl of Chester was - the present earl of Chester being HRH The Prince of Wales) would have a WELL documented history. We know from our own research that the above statement is only "partially" correct in that Michael de Gostre WAS a third son but most definitely NOT the third son of the earl of Chester. A pedigree drawn up by John Booth, of Twemlow, based on early deeds &c. Harl M.S. 2011, f. 94b, and 2059 f. 245. shows that Lidulph de Twemlow had three sons - Richard de Croxton, Robert de Winnington and Michael de Gostre. He gave Michael half of the manor of Goostree. Lidulph is a direct descendant of Godric (the Saxon). NONE are remotely related to the then earl of Chester who's history and family tree are well documented and can easily be found.]

In the little town of Goostree, in England, there stands a chapel.  It appears to have been a side [ presumably "site"] of the ancient manor house of michael de Goostree. The building has been described as a quaint little building!!!!!!!

[Goostrey is not a town, it is a village. It does not have a chapel but a church which is actually quite an imposing building !!!!]

Please note, I have tried to contact the author/webmaster of the site in question to discuss the blatant inaccuracies published on the site and would be delighted if they would contact me. I tried to ask if the misinformation could be corrected but to no avail. I can not emphasize enough that this information probably came from a bucket shop "Name History" merchant and it really hurts me that people who have a genuine interest in their past can be so mislead. If you are researching your family history, you MUST check the facts for yourself.

Martin Goldstraw

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