The first Turberville in Great Britain was Sir Payne de Turberville who was alleged to have come over with William the Conqueror during the Norman Invasion of 1066, and in return for his services was rewarded with the Lordship of Coity. The remains of Coity Castle can be seen in the middle of a residential suburb of Bridgend, Glamorganshire in Wales. I have yet to establish any links between Sir Payne, and my branch of the family - although there is no shortage of published pedigrees for his descendents.
It is known that one branch of his descendents settled in the parish of Bere Regis in Dorset, and their descendents who were to inspire Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbervilles". It seems that my Turberville branch had more in common with poor Tess than Sir Payne.
The earliest I have been trace my Turberville ancestors is to 1710 in St Brides, Monmouthshire when David Turberville married Jennett Williams. Their great grandson, Thomas, was a Canal Lock Keeper on the Monmouthshire Canal, and his son, Thomas Edward was an accountant and schoolmaster in Newport.
Last update: 21 Mar 2004