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Moreover, thou son of man, take you one stick, and write upon it, 'For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the Stick of Ephraim, and all the House of Israel his companions, and join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in your hand...

I have shown elsewhere that the fulfillment of this prophecy is a result of a man from the tribe of Judah marrying a woman from the tribe of Ephraim and thus the son born will be the fulfillment of this particular prophecy.


However, at the time, I did not realize that there was much more to it than this.

The simple fact is, that in the Scriptural Laws of Heraldry (which is how the Scriptures will be fulfilled), the son would not be able to bear his mother's crest (because the mother, in turn, was not allowed to bear her father's crest) and thus, could not Scripturally or Legally claim an inheritance from her. Thus, under normal circumstances, one individual could not bear two Ancestral Staffs at the same time.

However, there just happens to be one exception to this rule (Num 27:6).

If the woman was the last issue from that lineage then, in order to raise up children to her father, she would be her father's heir and her son and heir would be allowed to bear both crests and quarter his shield (or combine the crests), showing that he was legal heir of both his father and his mother and literally the two ancestral sticks would become one in his person.

"In the next generation the son and heir would have descent from his mother equally with his father and the arms of her family would be equally arms of descent to him and no longer the mere territorial emblem of Lordship. Consequently, they became on the same footing as the father. The son would naturally, therefore, quarter the arms."

The Complete Guide to Heraldry, Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, Bonanza Books, Crown Publishers, Inc., 1978, pg 540

Now, it just so happens, that my mother Joan Dalphine Roberts was the onlyl child of her father Arlo Lester Roberts and when she married Howard Dawson Hill (September of 1954, plus or minus one year, in the City of Ipswich, or Topsfield or Beverly, Mass), the lineage was in danger of becoming extinct as it is called in the Laws of Heraldry.

She had an older brother that was still born (which she always considered to be named John) and she and I were talking about this one day and I made a promise to her (which I still intend, Y'shua ben Y'hava willing, to fulfill) that one day, in accordance with the Scriptural Commandment, if she had no objection, that I would raise up a son to her father's name and she agreed (and was actually relieved and happy that I had actually thought of this and made the request). It was this very discussion that motivated me to do the ancestral research on both of my parents to find out what their crests were.

It was because of this and the fact that I had supported both of my parents to the tune of $40,000 through the years (she kept count, not I) that they made me the Executor of their Estate (which they actually obtained through the sale of Arlo's Estate and House that he had built with his own hands - he was a carpenter by trade) thus showing that Howard was "enjoying the Estate" of his wife signifying that she was her father's heir and gave me a large portion of the land that they purchased from the sale of her inheritance, all the above of which I laid in Abba's hands for safekeeping when he sent me out to Denver.

Thus we see that Scripturally I can claim the Crest of my father and my mother and they have become one in my person in perfect fulfillment of the Scriptures above.

It is also interesting to me that in other editions of Burke's Peerage, as well as other Peerages (i.e. Debrett, etc), that it is specified that the mullets are "six points" and that the Eagle itself is "on a mount vert" which is on a Green Mountain (which happens to be the nick name of the state that I am from) and I can't help but call to mind the verse in in Isaiah (18:6) which is talking about Ephraim in the end days and it says, "They shall be left together unto the Fowls of the Mountains and to the Beasts of the Earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them."

In context, the Beasts of the Earth would be the invading armies, and thus, the Fowls of the Mountains would be referring to God's People, in this country, who flee to the mountains from this invasion and are protected and fed by the Lord himself, from the Harvest of the Fields. Thus, the Princes in the Word are symbolic of God's People, who will be the ones spared when his judgment is poured out and they are symbolized by Fowls and specifically Eagles - where both Eagle and Prince come from the same Hebrew Root Word - Netzer.

I haven't had the chance to do further research into her lineage, but if the Lord tarries I will, and I am convinced, one way or another, that the "Garland" around the Eagle's neck of her lineage (which anciently were called crowns) shows that she is, herself, (and thus Arlo is) descended from the Kings of the Ancient Northern Kingdom, thus giving me the right to claim title to the same.

My suspicions concerning the garland have subsequently been confirmed.

"A Glossary of Terms used in Heraldry" Henry Gough and James Parker, Gale Research Co., 1966, originally published by James Parker and Company, Oxford and London, 1894, pgs 100-02

"Chaplet, (old fr. chapelet, pl. chapeus): is, when not otherwise described, a garland of leaves...it may be of Roses (and this, perhaps, is the most frequent) or of flowers generally, or it may be of leaves, and often of Laurel leaves. In the latter case it is termed a Crown Triumphal...the term garland as well as wreath, it will be observed, is used sometimes instead of chaplet."

Where at least one of the Roberts family with this same Crest specifically stated that the Garland was made out of the Laurel Leaves. Thus, we see, as with the Heraldic Crest of Ephraim that this Garland, in fact, is a Crown of sorts. Further, another source has stated that the Eagle (both single an double headed) has long been an emblem of the Germanic Kings and, since my ancestor was rich enough in the tenth century to build his own mansion, it is highly indicative that I am, in fact, descended from the Kings of Israel in Exile, through my mother's lineage.

Burke's Peerage has this to say about my ancestor.

"Roberts (Glassenbury, co. Kent; descended from the marriage of Stephen Robertes, temp. Richard II. with the dau. and heiress of William Tyllye of Glassenbury. Their descendant, Sir Thomas Roberts of Glassenbury, was created a Baronet 3 July 1620). Az. on a chev. or. three mullets sa. Crest - An eagle displ. ar. gorged with a chaplet vert."

But further they had this to say, ("Burke's Geneological and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry" Burke's Peerage Ltd. London, MCMLII, pg 2169)

"Stephen Rookhurst or Roberts, m. temp. Richard II, Joanne, dau. and heiress of William Tilley, of Glassenbury, and removed to this manor, and built a manor on the Hill of Glassenbury. This mansion was inherited by the lineal descendant, Walter Roberts, temp. Edward IV, who pulled down the ancient seat, and built another lower down the valley, being the present seat of Glassenbury, which he moated round, and enclosed a Park. Sir Thomas Roberts, of Glassenbury, was created a Baronet 1620."

And, as far as this name Rookhurst, one of his descendants, and, apparently, one of my cousins had this to say:

"Rookhurst originated in the eleventh century, shortly after the Battle of Hastings, when William, son of Robert "The Rook", moved from the Annandale region on the England/Scotland border to Kent. He built a manor on Winchett Hill which he called Rookhurst. His son began using the surname Roberts.

About 250 years later, in the thirteenth century, Stephen Roberts married Joan Tyllye, the heiress of Glassenbury, which was a short distance from Rookhurst. They built a new moated manor which they also called Glassenbury just down the valley from her childhood home.

My ancestors remained at Glassenbury for another 250 years. In 1623, Thomas Roberts arrived in America with William Hilton. He settled in what is now the Dover area of New Hampshire."

And, from my own research when I picked up where my mother had left off, Thomas Roberts married the daughter (and heiress if I am not mistaken) of William Hilton. They arrived, actually, in Connecticut, and he later moved to Dover.

I am still looking into the name Rookhurst and this ancestor of mine named Robert the Rook, and will post any pertinent information I find.



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