|Seal on a letter from George Jackson (1766-1840) to Robert Haslett, his land agent based in Coleraine. Jan 4, 1800. PRONI D668/H2|
So why did the Royal Herald include a shoveller in the arms of Sir Thomas? Was it because our family were “want-to-be-relations” of the more prestigious Jacksons and he was convinced by our tale (Sir Thomas could spin a great yarn), or were we really “kin”? And what does "kin" mean?
|The impression from a signet ring that belonged to Sir Thomas Jackson. |
Thanks to Thomas Bowman-Vaughan.
I found his full name in the National Archives: William Henry Mutton Jackson (1839-1916), and from there it became clear where he fit into the Cuddeson-Jackson family tree. He left no record of any children or a marriage and there was no probate, so it is no surprise that his research has disappeared. I am also puzzled by the curious ending of his obituary: Will friends accept this, the only, intimation? No flowers:
Back to my theory of birds of a feather fly together. Marriages between certain land-owning families often occurred more than once, and often were repeated in succeeding generations. If you see one, it is worth looking for others.
A genealogy prepared by Mary L. Jackson in 1925 traces a line of JACKSONs whose crests included various shoveller/sheldrake-like birds. She notes: THE Jackson family was anciently established in Yorkshire, some members of which settled in the South of Scotland. There were other families of Jackson, in other parts — notably that derived from the great Norman house of Lasalles, but of no blood connection with this one. This particular family is traceable to a common origin by means of a similarity of coat-armour among its scattered branches, which have been recorded from time to time, showing the basic theme of development to have been a fosse between three birds. In some cases these three birds were shovellers, in others, shadrakes, hawks, and jackdaws
#1. The crest of the Gilbert Jackson who married Jane Aldworth is described in Burkes General Armory of England Scotland Ireland and Wales. 1884:
#3. The family of the WARD-JACKSONs of Normanby Hall, Yorkshire. NOTE: Normanby is a small village near Eston 4 ½ miles W.N.W. of Guisbrough. History, Gazetteer and Directory of the East and North Ridings of Yorkshire.
|Arms of the Ward - Jackson
family of Normanby - St. Nicholas' Parish Church, Guisborough.|
#6. Some of the DUCKETT-JACKSONs lived in Wiltshire (same as the Cuddeson Jacksons). Also of interest is the fact that Sir Bradwardine JACKSON’s (1670- btw 1727-1739) held leases in Co. Donegal in the early 1700s ( see: Jacksons in Co. Donegal) and a DUCKETT-JACKSON pedigree alleges – probably mistakenly - that they are related to this Sir Bradwardine.
NOTE: A researcher in The Herald and Genealogist Vol 5, 1870, penned a devastating takedown of a pedigree in Burke's 1859 Peerage and Baronetage which has the DUCKETT-JACKSONs being descended from the Hickleton or Edderthorpe JACKSONS: