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(Fairbairn's or Fairbank's Book of Crests, Vol. I, p 142) CROCKAT or CHOCKETT-on a rock a Solon goose ppr. CROCKAT or CROCKETT-Scotland, a dog sleeping sa., spotted arg. Motto: "Tak tent" (Take care, i.e., "Let sleeping dogs lie.") CROCKER (J. Hedley, M.D., Gort House, Petersharn, Surray)--a raven ppr. Motto: "Crow not, croak not." ( Burke's General Armory) CROCKETT-Ireland, Ar., a Chev. az. between three mullets az. Crest: on a rock a solon goose ppr. Motto: Vincet veritas ("Truth conquers"). CROCKETT-Scotland, Ar:, a Chev. az. between three mullets of the last in chief, in base a crescent Zu. Crest: a dog sleeping sa., spotted ar. Motto: "Tak tent. CROCKETT (Little On or Owen Hall, Stafford Co.)Ar., three Cornish choughs ppr. Crest: Cornish Chough ppr. Motto: "Crow not, croak not. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE IRISH BRANCH CREST: Solon Goose, noted for the altitude of its flight. its grace of motion, its power of wing, and for the fact that it always FLIES AGAINST THE WIND. re enters the water like a bolt for its food and always gets what it goes after. SHIELS: Silver denotes purity and the three stars cadence, i.e. ,. descent from father to son, through three generations. Blue stands for love and fidelity. SOLON: The name SOLON is taken from SOLENT, the name of the old English Channel. MOTTO: Vincet veritas" (Truth conquers). The Crockett Name
Opinions vary as to the origin of the name Crockett, Crocket, Crockitt, Crockat, but the earliest record to be found is in Normandy, dated 1180. Hcnry S King, of London, published a book, The Norman People, and Their Existing Descendants in British Dominion and in the United States. In this book he mentions Ruduiphus and Rainald Crockitt, in Normandy, in the year 1180. Another reference is of a "Nicholas Croquet," found in: Parme les Notables Commercants de Paris 1a Moi itie' du XVI siecle se itrouvait un Nicholas Croquet, Moisy, Noms de Fam. Norm., p.92. 5. Baring-Gould, in Family Names and Their Story, chapter titled "Early French Names," mentions a trained nurse, who was a Crockett of ancient Norman extraction, doubtless from Criquetot in Normandy. Rietsitop's Armorial General gives only the following coats of arms which might seem to have any significance for the Crocket family.
Crockaerit (Brab.) Crocq (de) Crocq (du) du Hill de Malleville Crocq (du) (Delfit, V. S.) Crocquet de Saveuse (Pic., V S.) Crocquet ou Croquet (Flandre) Crocquet de Belligny (Martinique) BURTON HISTORICAL COLLECTION
All of which but strengthens the argument that the name is of Norman origin. Some insist that the name is of Scottish extraction, but no mention of the name is to be found there until many years after the Norman Conquest.
Scotland first became known during the Roman occupation of Britain, though for many centuries little is known of its history. It is supposed that the earliest inhabitants of the country were a race resembling the Iberian, and typified now by the Basques. A Celtic people seem subsequently to have entered the country and to have gained predominance.
On the advent of Malcolm Canmore (1058) to the throne after the death of Macbeth, the able usurper and murderer of Duncan, the purely Celtic monarchy came to an end. Malcolm's mother, the wife of Duncan, was an Anglo-Dane, sister of Earl Siward of Northumbria, and his youth had been spent at the court of Edward the Confessor.
The conquest of England by William of Normandy involved Malcolm in many a serious struggle. Edgar Atheling, the heir of the English line, and many of the English nobles sought and found refuge in Scotland. In 1066, William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy and a descendant of Rollo, obtained the English throne from his rival Harold, son of Earl Godwin-an event known as the Norman Conquest.* During the Norman Conquest, it is most likely the Crocketts with many others, fled to Scotland and Ireland, also into France. There was a family of Crocketts established at Little Owen Hall, Stafford County, in 1609. They used the English coat of arms seen in this book: Argent, three Cornish choughs ppr. Crest: Cornish Chough ppr. Motto: "Crow not, Croak not. We also find in England at time of Edward I a William de Crucket, of Southampton County. And in time of Edward III, an Avecia de Chucket, of Dorset County.
This Crockett Genealogy starts with the French Huguenot, Antoine Desasure (or Dessaussure) Perronerte de Crocketagne', and pronounced: Anthony Desso'so' Pernossi' Crockashawny. He was the son of Gabriel Gustave & Crocketagne' and was born in the south of France, July 10, 1643. He was said, according to tradition, to have been one of the handsomest young men in the south of France. Was an excellent horseman and devoted to his calling. He attracted the attention of the King (Louis XIV) by his fine personal appearance and love of duty. The King was eager to retain him in his service and to place him as second in command of the household guards. In 1664, at the age of twenty-one, he was granted a commission in the household troops of Louis XIV. While in this position he met many of the nobility and among them was the beautiful Louise de Saix,* whom he married in 1669. He then resigned his commission from the King's household troops in order to establish a home of his own. He became commercial agent for the Maurys and Fontaines, who had a monopoly in the wine and salt trade in the south of France. It was through the influence of the sainted Mathew Maury that he was converted to the Protestant faith.
His first child, Gabriel Gustave de Crocketagne' II, was born at Bordeaux, France, Oct. 12, 1672. In that same year, the Bishop of Lyons, through the King, issued the edict ordering all heretics (Huguenots) to leave the south of France within twenty days. Antoine, with his wife and infant son, fled across the English Channel (old Solon Channel) and remained in England for a short time, but as the hatred for the Huguenots grew stronger, they fled to Ireland, and, eager to lose their French identity, changed their name to CROCKETT. They resided at Bantry Bay, Ireland.
In 1895, Mrs. Anna Bell Tuck (now Mrs. David Sapp) of Plymouth, Ill., was Secretary of the Crockett Clan, and read a letter before them, at a meeting at Alamo, Tenn., Crockett County.
Mrs. Tuck spent many years in research work and her letter has been read with much interest and has been published far and wide. In her research she wrote Samuel Rutherford Crockett, the Scotch novelist, and he replied that he knew very little about his ancestry, but a tradition existed that the Scottish branch was descended from a French refugee. This statement has been corroborated by a similar one from Rev. Wm. S. Crockett of Scotland, whose letter will be found under the heading of the Scottish Crocketts.
The children en of Antoine and Louise de Saix Crockett were:
I. Gabriel Gustave II, b. Bordeaux, France, Oct.12, 1672. We have no records as to his marriage or children; it is very likely he was the ancestor of the Scottish branch.
II. James, b. Nov. 20, 1674, at Bantry Bay, Ireland; m. Martha Montgomery, dau. of Thomas Montgomery of the Naval service of England. We find no records of James as an emigrant to America, though some of his children came. Among the number was SAMUEL CROCKETT, who married Esther Thompson, dau. of Rev. John Thompson, a Presbyterian minister of Colonial days, whose descendants, through his daughter Esther, have Colonial records for entrance into the Colonial Dames. He emigrated in 1715. A sketch of his life appears elsewhere.
III. Joseph Louis, b. Jan. 9, 1676, in Ireland; m. Sarah Stewart of Donegal, Ireland, and a relative of William Stewart who married Catherine Elliott and emigrated to America when their son, Rev. George Stewart, was a young child. The said Rev. George Stewart was the grandfather of Rev. J Stewart French, husband of one of the authors. Joseph Louis Crockett emigrated to America between the years 1715-1717, settling first in Pennsylvania and later going to Virginia. His son, Joseph Louis Crockett
- Normandy is an ancient province in the north of France. On the doctrine of the Roman Empire it was seized by the Franks, to be wrested from them in the ninth century by the Normans or Northmen, from whom it received its name. The Northmen made repeated incursions into France and it became necessary to purchase their retreat with gold. Bands of them settling permanently and Charles the Simple was obliged (912) to cede to them the province afterwards called Normandy and to give his daughter in marriage to Rollo, their chief. Rollo embraced the Christian religion and became the first Duke of Normandy. The course of events was somewhat similar in England. Egbert in the beginning of the ninth century had no sooner made approaches toward a regular government than the Danes (Northmen) made their appearance. Under Alfred (871-901) they overran great parts of England but were finally defeated and those of them who remained in the country had to acknowledge this sway. But they returned under his successor, in great force, obtained possession of the northern and eastern part of the country and in the beginning of the eleventh century three Scandinavian princes (Canute, Harold and Hardicanute) ruled successfully over England. The Saxon line was then restored; but in 1066 William the Bastard-Duke of Normandy and a descendant of Rollo-obtained the English throne from Isis rival Harold-son of Earl Godwin-an event known as the Norman Conquest. On the death of William Normandy was separated from England and ruled by William's son Robert; afterwards it was ruled by the kings of England until Philip Augustus wrested it from John and united it to France in 1203. Although several times invaded by the English it was finally recovered by the French in 1450. Today it is one of the richest and most fertile parts of France. (The Crocketts are related to Marquis de Lafayette through this marriage, his mother having been a Miss De Saix, a cousin of Louise.