Dr. Thomas Barton (1751)

The coat of arms of Dr. Thomas Barton of New Jersey.

The coat of arms of Dr. Thomas Barton: Argent, three boars' heads couped gules armed of the first.

The Arms of Dr. Thomas Barton

It is recorded that Dr. Thomas Barton came to North America in (or about) the year 1751 from Ireland. Dr. Thomas Barton would come to live in New Jersey.

The Coat of Arms Blazoned: Argent, three boars’ heads couped gules armed of the first..
Crested: A boar’s head as in Arms.
Motto: Crescit sub pondere virtus.

The arms were most likely awarded in England by the College of Arms of Great Britain.

The citation for Dr. Thomas Barton in Crozier's General Armory

The citation for Dr. Thomas Barton in Crozier’s General Armory

As cited on page 19 in the 1904 Edition of Crozier’s General Armory; William Armstrong Crozier, Fox Duffield & Company, New York.

Motto Translation

The phrase Crescit sub pondere virtus comes from Latin and can be translated into English as, Virtue grows under suffering (oppression).

The coat of arms and family crest of Dr. Thomas Barton

The Arms and Crest of Dr. Thomas Barton

Hatching Arms

In times of old, when a coat of arms was found emblazoned in print or carved in stone, color was not usually an option, unless the art was hand-painted after the fact. To surmount this technological shortcoming, heraldic artists devised a system of “hatchings” or carved lines to represent each of the tinctures or colors used in heraldry. You can see Dr. Thomas Barton’s coat of arms, shown in hatchings below.

The coat of arms and family crest of Dr. Thomas Barton shown with hatchings

Coat of Arms of Dr. Thomas Barton as shown without color printing.

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Portrait of Dr. Thomas Barton of New Jersey

Portrait of Dr. Thomas Barton. Image courtesy of Colonial Clergy of the Middle Colonies

There is a record of a Thomas Barton born in County Monaghan, Ireland in 1730 who attended Trinity College in Dublin who came to the Americas in 1750 and served as a missionary and military chaplain. It is not known if this is the same Thomas Barton to whom Crozier refers.

It is important to note that Crozier was more interested in coats of arms than in genealogy, as such many mistakes and misattributed family legends made their way into his work. It is therefore advisable to always look for multiple collaborating sources when building your own family history and not to rely upon the work of a single source.
You can find more information about Dr. Thomas Barton and the Barton family of New Jersey by looking at these links:

Some History of North America in 1751

Colonial New Jersey
New Jersey was much different when the Barton family came to North America from Ireland. Explored by Sir Henry Hudson in 1609, the region that would become New Jersey was colonized by the Dutch and Swedish before the English acquired the area in 1664. Prior to European settlement however, the land had been the home of the Acquackanonk, Hackensack, Navesink, Raritan, Tappan, and other tribal groups. Charles the Second of England gave the territory between New England and Maryland to his brother, the Duke of York (who would later become King James II. In honor of the Duke, the area was named New York. The land between the Delaware and Hudson Rivers were then given to two loyal friends who had aided James through the English Civil War: Lord Berkeley of Stratton and Sir George Carteret—this new partition was then named New Jersey.

In 1751 New Jersey was still a Royal Colony under the direction of the British Crown. In February the Royal Colony of New Jersey passed An Act to revive an Act, entitled, An Act for the better settling and refulating the Militia of this Colony, for the repelling Invasions, and suppressing Insurrections and Rebellions. In June was passed legislation entitled an Act, entitled, An Act for the relief of poor distressed Prisoners for Debt and in October, An Act to encourage the killing of Wolves and Panthers. and An Act to prevent the killing of Deer out of Season and against carrying of Guns, and hunting by Persons not qualifyed.

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Immigration Collection

Other people noted as having the same or similar Coats Armor according to Crozier’s General Armory

Three boars’ heads on a coat of arms is one of the most common designs to come out of British Heraldry.

The Boston Public Library has a bookplate bearing the arms Argend three boars’ heads couped gules. with the motto Fide et fortitudine which was said to belong to Thomas Pennant Barton (1873)

Ancestral Arms

Older arms in the name of Barton can also be found by looking in An Alphabet of Arms.

Edmondson lists many coats armor awarded to persons with the last name Barton, a few from Cheshire and Lancashire as having arms blazoned very similar to these.

Notes about the Barton arms & symbols used in heraldry

The charges (symbols) used on a coat of arms usually have links to the name of the bearer or the place they were from, often in the form of puns (called canting in heraldry): John Ashman, would likely have an Ash tree on his arms, Robert Bakerridge might have a loaf of bread on top mountain, while Joshua Talbot, would likely have a type of dog, called a Talbot, figuring prominently on either the shield or crest. Other times, the charge might have to do with some accomplishment of the armiger, perhaps the man who lent the King a horse may be granted arms with a mighty steed. Sometimes less specific symbolism was used. Over the years, some generic meanings for many charges were developed which could add some flair to describing the merit of less illustrious charges. Can you see any puns in the blazon: Argent, three boars’ heads couped gules armed of the first. used in the Barton arms?
Edward Rittenhouse Barton, Equire of Englewood, New Jersey is recorded as having the same arms.

The following heraldic elements are predominate in the Barton coat of arms:
Boar Head.

Can be used to represent Hospitality or loyal service to one’s lord. In 1898, W. Cecil Wade wrote in The Symbolisms of Heraldry concerning Boar Head, “hospitality especially to one’s lord.”

There may be more specific and important meanings for the Barton family. Unfortunately, without reading the original grant of arms from Ireland, we are only able to assume the more generic meaning of the symbols used in the coat of arms.

The colors or tinctures used in this coat of arms also have traditional meanings. The primary tincture of the arms, Argent (silver) can be used to represent Divinity, Peace, and Sincerity. May also indicate Innocence or Cleanliness.. The secondary tincture of the arms, Gules (red) traditionally means Magnanimity or Military Fortitude. Gules serves as the tincture of warriors and martyrs.

The student of heraldry should always note that these “traditional” meanings of the colors used in heraldry may not be the reason the color was used in these specific arms. The achievements of the original Barton to carry these arms may have granted some more specific meaning for these arms, but the details would be contained in the original grant of arms from Ireland. More information about the colors, furs, and metals used in heraldry can be found by clicking this link.
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What was the Coat of Arms of the Barton family from New Jersey?

Argent, three Boars’ Heads couped Gules, armed Argent.

What was the Motto of the Barton family from New Jersey?

Crescit sub pondere virtus, which can be translated as Virtue grows under suffering (oppression).

What is the family crest for the Barton family of New Jersey?

It is important to know that coats of arms are awarded to individuals, not to families per se. This is the reason there are no family crests which broadly apply to all members of a given family. This coat of arms would apply only to direct male-line descendants of Dr. Thomas Barton. This is not to say though that it isn’t nice to discover the coat of arms of all your ancestors and heraldry is great as a form of family-oriented folk art. More information on family crests: click here.


Coat of Arms of Dr. Thomas Barton of New Jersey: Argent, three Boars’ Heads couped Gules, armed Argent. Dr. Thomas Barton came to North America about 1751 from Ireland.


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