Brick walls come in all shapes, sizes, and thickness. Over the years, with a surname like JONES, you can imagine the number of obstacles that presented themselves along the way. The purpose of this blog has been to communicate the different approaches I have used that might be helpful in your own tree climbing experiences. The next several posts will begin a series on one method that has been the most fun, helpful, and yet most difficult. It is the method using the topic called "Heraldry".
There were several stages in this process that need to be told. It really begins when after some 20 years of tree climbing, I was able to connect my family tree from Kentucky, which began in 1811, back to its roots in Virginia. "Pewmansend Creek" [in present Caroline County] was the geographic landmark that helped make the connections. It was the use of "Heraldry" that took this Virginia location across the great pond to Wales.
Of course, this did not happen all at once. From my earliest days of tree climbing [starting at age 9], an interest in all things pertaining to knights, castles, swords, shields, coat of arms, and such things had a special attraction. However, it was not until a book by Sir Bernard Burke was found during one of my many trips to "rare book stores" that got me going in earnest. The title page is shown:
In this text it states: "Heraldry may be defined 'the art of blazoning, assigning, and marshalling coat armour' or more particularly 'the art of arranging and explaining in proper terms all that relates or appertains to the bearing of Arms, Creast, Badges, Quarterings, and other hereditary marks of honour".
Whew, quite a mouth full. Anyway, this text was to serve as a reference and resource for this stage of the process. It has served me well. Let's keep going. The next group of posts will describe this adventure.