Jared Mansfield Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at the Ohio Genealogical Society this month and listened to a program about heraldry.
Heraldry arose in the Middle Ages as a way of identifying armies in battle. Before there were countries there were kings and kingdoms. A king granted lands to barons who serviced as advisors. The barons further granted lands to knights under whom there were lesser classes of laborers. The feudal system required allegiance and military service owed to those noblemen above in the hierarchy.
When these armies went to battle they were identified by a coat of arms belonging to the House and family they served. Heraldry is a complex system of granting a coat of arms to a family. Included in the heraldry system is a unique language used to “blazon” the arms or describe them. Colors, symbols, animals have precise meanings and their arrangement in the coat of arms must be specific.
Coats of arms may be differenced by making a small change to include a specific symbol to indicate that this version of the family coat of arms is carried by the second son or the fourth son and so on.
Although the system of heraldry is some 900 years old, it is still practiced in Europe. The display of a coat of arms is regulated by the College of Arms. Display of a coat of arms by someone not entitled to it can results in legal problems for that person. Linda Hills is a Charter Member of the Heraldry Club of Ohio.
After the program, Regent Gail Adams called the meeting to order. Women’s Issues Chair Betty Korol shared information concerning education on mental health issues.
Magazine Chair Joyce Vanatter shared the latest issue of American Spirit and Daughters Newsletter and promoted subscriptions to them. Veterans’ Affair Chair Joanie Wyatt shared the plans for participation in the ceremonies on Veterans Day, Nov .11.
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was formed in October 1890. Membership is open to any woman 18 or older who can provide direct lineal descent from a soldier or patriot who served the American cause during the American Revolution. For more information on membership contact the Regent at 419.347.1726 or the Registrar at 419.683.3667.