Tancred, the earliest known ancestor of the Washburn Family, must have been born hardly later than the year of our Lord, 890, and may have been born considerably earlier. It is probable he was twenty years old, at least. When about 912, he is recorded as holding land in Normandy. The lands, divided at this time among the companions of Rollo, were bestowed by him as to free and equal comrades, fellow-victors, with him in the conquest of the part of France which commemorates the Norse Vikings, fierce, heathen ravagers during the Ninth and early tenth centuries, who by 912, decided to become settlers instead of raiders, worshipers, of Christ in place of Thor and Woden. The present Normandy, as to its general area, was ceded to Rollo by Charles the Simple, King of France, in 912, and he, in turn, gave generous shares to the friends and followers, who, of free choice, had chosen him as leader. Though this whole research of Tancred and of the d’Abitot’s may or may not be in any relation in part of the Washburn ancestry. It is unclear. The earliest Washbourne we know of for a fact, is Lord Roger de Washbourne, born about 1227, died about 1299. Married to Joan and had one known son, John de Washbourne, who was born in Worcestershire, England.
The surnames of the Washburn ancestors were the names of the lands, lordships, fiefs, manors, which they owned or held feudally at different periods. The first of these land-surnames, known to us, is Tancarville, as the name is Washburn, in America, Washbourne, chiefly in England.