The coat of arms of Rev. John Bartow of New York, New York.
The Coat of Arms Blazoned: Or, on a bend sable, between six annulets gules, three plates.
Crested: Issuing from a ducal coronet, a cross radiant or.
Motto: [None Recorded].
The arms were most likely awarded in England by the College of Arms of Great Britain.
As cited on page 19 in the 1904 Edition of Crozier’s General Armory; William Armstrong Crozier, Fox Duffield & Company, New York.
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 Rev. John Bartow’s coat of arms, shown in hatchings below.
More information on Rev. John Bartow
The Rev. John Bartow was the son of Doctor Thomas and Grace Bartow of Crediton, Devonshire, England and early graduate of Christ College, Cambridge. In 1702 Bartow was sent by the Society for the Progpagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts to America. He arrived in New York September 29th and preached intermittently at Jamaica (New York). Dissensions and disturbances with both the Presbyterians and Anglicans using the old stone Church and contending for its possession.
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.
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Some History of North America in 1702
New York, New York was much different when the Bartow family came to North America from Crediton, Devonshire, England. The Province of New York (1664–1783) was an English and later British crown territory that originally included all of the present U.S. states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Vermont, along with inland portions of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine, as well as eastern Pennsylvania. The majority of this land was soon reassigned by the Crown, leaving territory that included the valleys of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, and Vermont. The territory of western New York was Iroquois land, also disputed between the English colonies and New France, and that of Vermont was disputed with the Province of New Hampshire. The province resulted from the Dutch Republic surrender of Provincie Nieuw-Nederland to the Kingdom of England in 1664. Immediately after, the province was renamed for James, Duke of York, brother of Charles II of England. The territory was one of the Middle Colonies, and ruled at first directly from England. Contested between natives, the English and the Dutch.
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Notes about the Bartow 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: Or, on a bend sable, between six annulets gules, three plates used in the Bartow arms?
The following heraldic elements are predominate in the Bartow coat of arms:
Can be used to represent Defense or Protection. In 1898, W. Cecil Wade wrote in The Symbolisms of Heraldry concerning Bend, “The Bend is also a bearing of Crest, of high honour, and probably represents either the scarf or the shield suspender of a knight or military commander. (See arms of Shakespeare.) It is held to signify Defence or Protection. It was, like most other bearings, at first assumed by men of knightly and military rank, and it has since often been granted by the heralds to those who have distinguished themselves as commanders.”
Traditionally represents, The Finger Ring or the Annulet is well known as the emblem of fidelity.. Wade’s notes on Annulet state, “Joseph was highly honored by the one given to him by Pharaoh. The Romans are said to have worn a ring as a sign of knighthood, and one is still used at coronations and institutions of knighthood.
There may be more specific and important meanings for the Bartow family. Unfortunately, without reading the original grant of arms from Crediton, Devonshire, England, 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, Or (gold) can be used to represent as Wade writes, Or denotes Generosity and, according
to Sir John Feme, Elevation of Mind. This and the next color represent the two Metals of Heraldry. The secondary tincture of the arms, Sable (black) traditionally means Wisdom, Constancy and Prudence. The connection of black with grief and mourning is a modern connotation, not appropriate for traditional armory.
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 Bartow 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 Crediton, Devonshire, England. 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 Bartow family from New York, New York?
Or, three plates on a bend Sable, betwixt six annulets Gule.
What is the family crest for the Bartow family of New York, New York?
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 Rev. John Bartow. 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 Rev. John Bartow of New York, New York: Or, three plates on a bend Sable, betwixt six annulets Gule. Rev. John Bartow came to North America about 1702 from Crediton, Devonshire, England.
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