~1095, William born in England, s/o 159918656. Otes Fitz Otes.
8/2/1100, Henry I crowned King of England.
1101, William’s grandfather Otes died; his father Otes succeeding.
~1110, Gille born in England.
Bef. 1116, William’s father died.
1116-20, The king confirmed to William son of Otho, the goldsmith, the “ministerium cuneorum” (coinage dies) which his father, Otes, used to render; along with Benfleet, Chalvedon, Chilidit, Lilleston, and tenements within London and without. (S) Gentlemen’s Magazine, V198, 1855, P158.
1120-25, The coinage is considered to be inferior, the dies not matching. [William may have been apprenticed at this time.]
1126, William may have completed his apprenticeship, as there was a significant inprovement in the quality of the dies [or was now working with someone “who must have been the best numismatic artist England had until the time of Henry VII.” (S) Numismatic Circular, V16, 1908, P169.]
~1128, William married Gille.
1128-9, William Fitz Otho’s charter addressed to Alberic de Vere, sheriff of London. (S) Numismatic History, Andrew, 1901, P374.
1130, William, ‘ne ampilus hebeat Magistrum super se’, son of Otho pardoned geld in the counties of London, Essex and Middlesex. (S) The Government of England Under King Henry I, Green, 1989, P280.
1130, One of the men of William Fitz Otho was murdered in Devonshire [likely distributing dies]. (S) Numastic Circular, V16, 1908, P169.
1130, William, “Aurifabri of London”, received from the Exchequer fees, and 60s 10d for coal.
1131-2, Hubert, the clerk of William fitz Otho, owed 2 marks of silver, but because he is dead, he is discharged. (S) Gentlemen’s magazine, V158, 1835, P358.
12/22/1135, Stephen crowned king of England.
1139, Empress Matilda invaded England from the west to claim the crown of England.
4/7/1141 at Winchester, Empress Matilda acknowledged as “Lady of England and Normandy” by Bishop Henry.
1141, The Empress granted William seisin of his land in Benfleet, Childerditch, and Lisson Green, as he held in the time of her father. [Witnessed by the Chancellor and the Earl of Gloucester.]
12/25/1141, Stephen again crowned King. [The civil war would continue for 12 more years.]
1146, William, son of Otho, brother of Everard, the first abbot of the abbey of Thame, gave 7 hides in Sibdon, Buckinghamshire to the abbey. (S) The Victoria History of the County of Oxford, V2, P84.
~1154, William died.
(S) Descent from a Domesday Goldsmith, Craig, 1990.
Child of William and Gille:
i. Otes Fitz William (39979664), born ~1130 in England.