The Rogers Coat of Arms
The following data is extracted from Rogers Family Records.
ACOAT of Arms is an emblem or a device which is displayed by titled persons, persons of royal blood, and their descendants. Coats of Arms were originally used for purposes of identification and recognition on the field of battle as well as in civil life.
It is claimed by some writers that Coats of Arms, in a crude form, were used by Noah's sons after the flood. There are records of other Coats of Arms, in one crude form or another, at different periods of ancient history. Heraldry, however, as we know it today, did not become of much importance until soon after the invasion of England by William the Conqueror, A. D. 1066. Heraldry became of general interest at about the time of the Crusades.
The Rogers Coat of Arms shown in the front of this volume is the Arms of the Rogers, Baronets of Devonshire, of which family was John Rogers, the Martyr, progenitor of several families whose pedigrees are contained in this book. Coats of Arms very similar to it are used by the Rogers of Wisdome, Co. Devon, Bart.; Yarlington; Barons Blackford, and many others. Numerous other branches of the family have Coats of Arms resembling it.
This is the most widely used of all Rogers Coats of Arms and has been in existence for many centuries. It is described in BURKE'S GENERAL ARMORY, BURKE'S LANDED GENTRY, BURKE'S PEERAGE AND BARONETAGE, BETHAM'S BARONETAGE and other reliable works on heraldry, in some cases accompanied by illustrations. It is the Arms of the New England families descended from the Martyr, and has been used for generations by their descendants and by many other American branches of the Rogers family.
HERALDIC LANGUAGE ENGLISH DESCRIPTION
Arms Argent, a chevron gules between three bucks courant sable. A silver shield bearing a red chevron between three running bucks, all black.
Crest On a mount vert, between two laurel branches of the last, a buck courant proper. On a green mount, between two green laurel branches, a buck in natural colors.
Motto Nos nostraque Deo. (Latin). We and ours to God.
Sir Bernard Burke, of Heralds College, London, said "Heraldry is prized by all who can show honorable ancestry or wish to found honorable families."
Besides its family significance this Coat of Arms makes an excellent mural decoration and inspires the admiration and comment of all who see it.
It is quite appropriate that members of the Rogers family who have a pride in their ancestry should display the family Coat of Arms, in proper colors.
Source: Rogers Family Records