ARMS - Argent a Chevron gules between three roebucks courant sable attired and gorged with ducal coronets or branches of laurel vert.
MOTTO - Nos Nostraque Deo (We and Ours to God)
In the fanciful lore of Heraldry, Argent (silver) means innocence and purity. Gules (red) is the badge of deathless courage, sable (black) signifies good judgement and constancy in adversity. The description of this ROGERS Coat-of-Arms means translated "A silver shield with a red chevron on it between three running roebucks black with antlers and each one wearing a gold coronet around his neck. He is on a green mound and between two branches of green laurel."
The mantling represents the knight's cloak, torn and rent in battle. It hung from the helment and protected the wearer from the wheather and his armour from rust. The crest was carved of light wood or of leather boiled and compressed into a mould and laced to the lelmet with thongs. The crest rests on a wreath of the colors. The wreath was made of two strands of heavy silk together.
A chevron was never given for anthing by military achievement and so is accounted the most honorable of all heraldic charges. It is said to represent the roof of a house and so denotes protection.
Each family's Coat of Arms had to be registered with the College of Heralds of College of Arms -just as we register our signature at the bank today - and to use another man's was considered a forgery. The College of Arms is still powerful in England today and dictaltes proceduure when a new King or Queen is crowned.
Colors used in Coats-of-Arms were clear and bright so that they could easily be seen in the dust and heat of battle. Knights fought in battle with helmets closed and for indentification had their Coats-of -Arms embroidered on horse trappings and surcoat.
Heralds carried messages from King to King or castle to castle and were identified by Coats-of-Arms, while some distance away.
When SAMUEL ROGERS' half-sister, ROSEY ROGERS CRAWFORD, came to Texas, after the war between the states, she brought with her a ring with the ROGERS crest which probably came to her from her Uncle JOHN ROGERS, who mentioned her in his 1822 will. Unfortunately this ring has fallen into the hand of those who will not share it.
A study of the ROGERS who are listed in "Cavaliers and Pioneers," as having come to Va. before the year 1669, reveals that some TWENTY-FIVE JOHN and WILLIAM ROGERS migrated to VA. where we first find firm records of the line we are following. of these countiers; James City, Chas. City, Gloucester, and Warick Cos, have lost their records. However, we were fortunate to be able to obtain very good records of early York, Elizabeth City, Northumberland, Accomach, Northampton, Southampton, Surry, Isle of Wight, Brunswick and Norfold Cos. and to compare them with findings in "Cavaliers and Pioneers," and with early York.
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