Cancor, Count of Hesbaye
In 764, Cancor founded Lorsch Abbey together with his widowed mother Williswinda as a proprietary church and monastery on their estate, Laurissa (Lorsch). They entrusted its government to Cancor's cousin Chrodegang, Archbishop of Metz, son of Cancor's aunt Landrada. Chrodegang dedicated the church and monastery to Saint Peter and became its first abbot. The founders enriched the new abbey later by further donations.
In 766, Chrodegang resigned as Abbot of Lorsch owing to his other important duties as Archbishop of Metz. He then sent his brother Gundeland, another nephew of Cancor, to Lorsch as his successor.
In 770, Cancor married a noblewoman Angila, of unknown parentage. Cancor and Angila had five children:
- Heimrich (d. 5 May 795), Count of the Upper Rhiengau, who died in the Battle of Lüne and the Elbe, a campaign in Charlemagne’s Saxon Wars
- Embert (d. 803), Bishop of Worms, 770-803
- Rachilt (d. after 1 November 792), Nun at Lorsch
- Euphemia, Nun at Lorsch.
- Innes, Matthew (2004). State and Society in the Early Middle Ages: The Middle Rhine Valley, 400–1000. Cambridge University Press.
- Riché, Pierre (1993). The Carolingians, a Family who Forged Europe. Translated by Allen, Michael Idomir. University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Chrondegand, in The Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)