The World of Grandpa Don

The Roman Connection

This page looks at the ancestors of St. Arnulf  who is himself an ancestor of both my paternal and maternal alines.

You will find him and his descendants at Charlemagne and his Ancestors


The relationships of the ancestors and the description of their lives were verified and taken from Wikipedia.

This is their story, as I know it.

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Arnoldus of Saxony

 Arnoldus of Saxony (562-601 AD) was the father of  St. Arnulf. He was born and died at Old, Sachsen, Germany. His wife was Oda De Savoy who was born at Austrasia, France in 562 and died at Old, Sachsen, Germany in 640 AD. Nothing else is known of either of them.


Ausbert of The Moselle

Ausbert of The Moselle (536-560 AD) was the parent of Arnoldus along with his wife, Berthe (Aldeberge Blithildis) of Paris. He lived all his life at Old, Sachsen, Germany. Berthe was born in Paris in Abt. 541 AD and died at Metz, Moselle, Lorraine, France in 580 AD. Nothing more is known of them.


Ferreolus De Moselle

The father of Arnoldus was Ferreolus De Moselle born in 465AD at Metz, Moselle, France and died at , Moselle, Lorraine, France. His wife was Outeria De Metz who was born at Metz, Moselle, France in 470AD. Nothing more is known of them.


Bishop Sigimaerus De Auvergne

Father of Ferreolus De Moselle was Sigimaerus De Auvergne who was born at Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany in 465 AD. His wife, at a time when the Catholic clergy still married, was Tonantia V Ferreolus who was born in Rome, Italy in 449AD. We can surmise that the couple met while Sigimaerus was in Rome studying for the priesthood since clergy did not marry after ordination.  She died at  Sachsen, Germany in 529 AD. These were our 48th great grandparents of whom we know nothing else.



Chlodio (c. 392/395–445/448; also spelled Clodio, Clodius, Clodion, Cloio or Chlogio) was a king of the Salian Franks from the Merovingian dynasty. He was known as the Long-Haired King and lived in Thuringian territory, at the castle of Duisburg. He became chief of the Thérouanne area in 414 AD. From there, he invaded the Roman Empire in 428, defeating a Roman force at Cambrai, and settled in Northern Gaul, where other groups of Salians were already settled. Although he was attacked by the Romans, he was able to maintain his position and, 3 years later in 431, he extended his kingdom south to the Somme River in the future Francia. In AD 448, 20 years after his reign began, Chlodio was defeated at Vicus Helena in Artois by Flavius Aëtius, the commander of the Roman army in Gaul. Like all Merovingian kings, Chlodio had long hair as a ritual custom. His successor may have been Merovech, after whom the dynasty was named 'Merovingian'. The non-contemporary Liber Historiae Francorum says his father was Pharamond, whom many believe to have been a legendary person linked to the lineage sometime in the 8th century. The Chronicle of Fredegar makes Chlodio son of Theudemeres, one of the leaders of the Salian Franks and king of Thérouanne (409–414).

His wife is reported to be Basina I Dethuringia born in 398AD at Thueringen, Germany and died at Cologne, Koln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany in 470AD.



With evedence mentioned above and from we recognize Theodemer (Theudemeres,) as the father of Chlodio. Theodemer (also Theudomer) was a Frankish king. He was the son of the Roman commander Richomeres and his wife Ascyla. Not much is known of Theodemer. According to Gregory of Tours a war broke out between the Franks and the Romans some unknown time after the fall of the usurping Emperor Jovinus (411-413) who had been supported by the Franks. Around 422, a Roman army entered Gaul. King Theodemer and his mother Ascyla were executed by the sword. Theodemer's reign is supposed to be before that of king Chlodio, and the Chronicle of Fredegar makes Chlodio his son. Theudemeres must have been a cousin of Arbogastes.


Flavius Richomeres

Flavius Richomeres (Richomer) was a Frank who lived in the late 4th century. He took service in the Roman army and made a career as comes, magister militum, and consul. He was married to Ascyla, with whom he had a son Theodemer, who became king of the Franks. He was an uncle of the general Arbogastes.

 Around the years 377/378, Richomeres was Comes domesticorum of Emperor Gratian and was transferred from Gaul to Thracia, where he was involved in the Gothic wars of Emperor Valens. At Adrianople he tried to persuade Valens to wait on Gratian for support. When the Gothic leader Fritigern demanded hostages to secure peace from the Romans he volunteered and departed the Roman camp to bring the other hostages safely to Fritigern, but before he arrived some elements of the two armies got out of control and engaged, starting the famous Battle of Adrianople. Richomeres ended up at a battlefield in complete chaos but he saved himself by withdrawing and survived. However the Roman army of Valens was largely destroyed and many officers fell including emperor Valens. Around 383 he was general in the east (magister militum per orientem) and became consul in 384. In 388 Theodosius I sent him together with his nephew Arbogastes and Promotus and Timasius against Magnus Maximus, who was defeated. From the year 388 he served as supreme commander in the Eastern Empire (comes et magister utriusque militiae) until his death in 393. Richomeres was interested in literature and was acquainted with rhetoricians such as Libanius and Augustinus. He introduced the rhetorician Eugenius to his nephew Arbogastes. A few years later Arbogastes seized power in the West Roman Empire. After the death of Valentinian II, Arbogastes promoted Eugenius to be his Emperor, while he himself remained the leader and generalissimo. In 393 Theodosius I organised a campaign against Arbogastes and Richomeres was asked to lead the cavalry against his nephew. On the way from the East to the West he died before the battle took place. Arbogastes lost the battle and committed suicide with his own sword.

 Of Flavius Richomeres nothing is known of his birth but he died in 393AD. We found one report that he was born in 350AD and there were conflicting and unreliable reports of his parentage. We could assume from other known facts that he may have been the son of a Roman soldier probably a unit commander of some influence and a Frankish bride. Thus, his father could have his son well established in Roman service. But this is merely an assumption ... anathema in the science of geneology.


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