John Seeley Adams, Esquire

The arms of John Seeley Adams, Esquire, of Syracuse, New York.

Unfortunately Crozier gives us no date information on this entry, however, he directs us toward the arms of Robert Seeley of Watertown, Massachusetts.

The shield of John Seeley Adams of Syracuse, New York.  The Arms blazoned: Sable, between two flaunches argent, a lion rampant or.

The Coat of Arms Blazoned: Sable, a lion rampant or between two flaunches argent.
Crested: A lion rampant or.
Motto: [None recorded].

As cited in the 1904 Edition of Crozier’s General Armory; William Armstrong Crozier, Fox Duffield & Company, New York.

Since there is no date and Crozier himself describes this coat of arms as beloning to someone else, it is questionable if John Seeley Adams had a firm claim this coat armor.

The coat of arms above is a very low resolution example used for illustration of the basic design of the arms. If you need a bigger and prettier version of this coat of arms or that of one of your ancestors, please contact me. Just leave a comment stating what you need and I’ll send you an email.

Originally posted 2010-10-23 18:25:03.

Richard Ambler (1643)
Thomas Arnold (1635)

1 Comment

  1. The rights of a subject in a monarchy differ from those of a citizen in a republic. Exclusive monarchists historically used heraldry to differentiate caste or class based on heredity and property; Inclusive republics generally do not.

    The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” John Seeley Adams was exercising his right to bear arms; a shield of arms is auxiliary equipment.

    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The free speech clause indicates John Seeley Adams had the right to display his chosen arms.

    John Seeley Adams (1855 – 1927), s. of Sabria Seeley Adams (1835 – 1905), d. of Munson Seeley (c. 1800 – 1873), s. of Abner Seeley (1776 – 1819), s. of Lieut. Nathan Seelye (1743 – 1787) — all descendants of Lieutenant Nathan Seeley are eligible for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and to apply for their educational scholarships; s. of Nathan Seelye (1714 – 1766); s. of John Seeley (1694 -1722), s. of John Seeley (1661 -1708), s. of Capt. Nathaniel Seeley (16 September 1627 • London, Middlesex, England – 19 December 1675 • Narragansett, Washington County, Rhode Island Colony, English Empire), s. of Robert Seeley (June 1602 • St John, Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, England – 11 October 1668 • New York City, Province of New York, English Empire) — Robert arrived 1630 • Gerry’s Landing, Watertown, Massachusetts Bay Colony, English Empire. First known as Saltonstall Plantation, one of the earliest Massachusetts Bay settlements. Settled early in 1630 by a group led by Sir Richard Saltonstall and the Rev. George Phillips. Early alternate spelling “Waterton” in some documents.

    Thus the coat of arms of Robert Seeley descend in unbroken line to John Seeley Adams. Until 1776, the arms descended based on English heraldic tradition within American colonial society.


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