Soc. of Descendants of the Founders of Hartford

 
Mark Olivo
 
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Mark Olivo
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22 July 2015 10:38
 

A bit of a genealogy post…  I was doing a little bit of family history research, and discovered that I am descended from Thomas Hooker, a prominent puritan and founder of Connecticut.  There are many images and sculptures of Thomas Hooker, and I was trying to determine whether any of these images were made in his own lifetime.

Long story short, in doing so I came across an organization called the Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford.  They are apparently very much like many other genealogy-based societies in the U.S., but what I found interesting is their use of what they call ‘insignia’; medals of a heraldic nature.

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The shields themselves are England, with the stag of Hartford in the first quarter, and the Connecticut grape vines in the other three.

I found this very interesting, and thought I’d share with the group.

I’m not planning on joining, but I do appreciate that societies like this exist and that they use heraldry in some way.

Is anyone familiar with this group?

 
Joseph McMillan
 
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22 July 2015 10:43
 

Mark Olivo;104550 wrote:

Is anyone familiar with this group?


Not beyond being aware of it, but I agree that the arms are excellent.

 

(The basic shield isn’t England, by the way, but a cross of St. George.  It represents England, but the arms of England are Gules three leopards gold (or, for those who prefer the post-medieval syntax, Gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or).

 
Michael F. McCartney
 
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22 July 2015 12:38
 

Technically, yes; but more technically, the three old leopards on red were the arms of the monarch.  The cross of St George was / is a badge for England, whether shown on a banner or shield or otherwise, used by English soldiers and now sporting teams & their fans.  And during the Cromwellian Commonwealth, it was the arms of the nation.

Similar distinction between the Scottish treasured lion, technically reserved for the monarch and special deputies acting in loco tegis (just made that up! smile ) while the saltire was/ is the proper badge and flag for the nation and sporting teams ,& fans.  IIRC it was one of the first entries in the Lion Register, though don’t know if shown on a shield there.