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Col. John Wise of England and Virginia (1617-1695) : His Ancestors and Descendants
by Jennings Cropper Wise

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Overview
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IL Col. John Wise, The Immigrant. Scarburgh, Littleton, And Southey Families, And Unrelated Families Of Wise In America. The parentage of the immigrant John Wise is unknown, but, with the many clues which the ancient records of the family of Wise in England afford, and those to be found in the court records of England and Accomack County, Virginia, it would seem to be but a matter of trouble and expense to establish the connection of the English and American branches of the family with exactitude. It seems fairly certain that the immigrant was of the Devonshire family of Wise. The late Governor Henry A. Wise wrote, in his Seven Decades of the Union. that he was descended from Sir William Wise, and that the Wises were from the North of England. He was obviously mistaken as to the locality where the familv was seated. While using the motto of the Devon family?Sapcrc mtdc?he took the head of Minerva for a family crest?the head of the Goddess of Wisdom being appropriate to the family name of Wise. It is thought by some that the Minerva head was first employed by Governor Wise's father?Maj. John Wise?about the time of the Revolution, when old family ties with the mother country were roughly severed. If Major Wise had a right to use the ancient arms and crest, he had a right under the laws of heraldry, as a younger son, to adopt a distinctive crest. None hut his own direct descendants may properly use this new crest, however, and even they may discard it in favor of the old, which has generally been done. While it is not necessary to establish the lineage of the immigrant?John Wise of Accawmacke?consideration of the subject is interesting. His own record is such, and the legal records of his descendants are so perfectly well established for three centuries, t...


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  • ISBN-13: 9780217192002
  • ISBN-10: 0217192009
  • Publisher: General Books
  • Publish Date: January 2012
  • Page Count: 90


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