Coats of Arms


 The early tribes of Northern Europe and the British Isles were a warring lot. Nomadic tribes were constantly on the move expanding their property base by taking from other tribes. It was necessary during these battles to be able to identify foe and friend. The need for identifying marks was very real.

 The earliest markings were probably daubs of color which quickly evolved into stylized artistic designs and were painted on warriors shields, which led to the shield shape of later Coats of Arms. It was the development of armor which helped name these designs. In the midst of a battle the difference between an armored person and one without armor would be quite obvious. The enemy would then attack unarmored men while avoiding the armored. To camouflage the armor soldiers would wear tunics or coats called tabards over their armor, their identifying designs were then painted on these coats. Thus, the ‘Coat’ of Arms developed.

 By medieval times ‘heraldry’ (the identification by visual markings) had become very complicated with its own language or terms called Blazon. It’s military development and use in the crusades spread the practice throughout western Europe. Since most of the nobility of the era were still ‘unlettered’ an individual crest or Coat of Arms provided a means of guaranteeing a persons authenticity by means of a stamp or seal, possibly engraved on a signet ring used to seal a contract or letter.

 Blazon, the language of heraldry, had its own sets of terms to define a Coat of Arms. The field or shape of the shield was called the ground. The designs drawn on the ‘ground’ are called charges. Several common designs became ordinaries. Ordinaries are always charges, but charges are not always ordinaries. Charges could be almost anything animate or inanimate. There is a complete set of definitions for geometric charges defining position, horizontal or vertical, width of lines, straight, or wavy among a few, and another set of definitions defining how animals and other charges were to be drawn. There are only two metals defined, gold was or, silver was argent or ar. Five basic colors were used: red, gu; blue, azure; black, sable; green vert; and purple, purpure.

 A person’s Coat of Arms was a very personal thing, one man--one coat. A man’s sons could not use their father’s Coat of Arms. A complicated process of modifications were developed to identify a persons place in the family by small changes to the Coat of Arms. One change was called brisures’. A brisure was used to identify a child’s position in the family. The first brisure was a label which was a bar with three tines. The second a crescent moon, third a mullet or a five pointed star, fourth a martlet which was a mythical bird, these were all defined up to the twelfth child.

 When a man married, his Coat of Arms could be divided lengthwise with that of his wife’s, which was called marshaling. In the example of William Gadberry and Francis Curson, whose story we will discuss later, this marshaling would be identified as Gadberry impaling Curson. Impaling meant dividing the ground lengthwise. The husbands arms would be (from a viewers point of view) on the left (dexter), and the wives on the right (sinister).

 Changes were also needed between family lines and branches who would have a right to the same coat of arms, these changes were accomplished by ‘cadency’.

 Cadency is the name given to modifications that were made in the shield design itself. Changes in the background, and changes in the number of charges were the most common, such as adding another goat to the Gadbury coat.

 In researching the Gadbury name two Coats of Arms have been discovered as we discussed in the preceding chapter. One from Burkes General Armory with four goats and the second from the tomb of Sir Richard Gadbury, knt. with three. Even though the Gadberry spelling of the name was in existence as early as 1543 there is no registered shield for this variation of the name. This does not mean that there was not a Gadberry coat of arms, but if there was, it is not listed in the registries. Which only points to the imperfections in the system. Sir Richard’s coat is not listed in the registries researched either, we only know it exists because of its inscription on his tomb.

 Burkes General Armory lists the Gadbury Coat of Arms as: Gu. across or betw. four goats heads erased ar. This would be translated a red field separated between four goats heads colored silver, with stylized necks (drawn with three decorative points, not in a straight line).

 Our research has yet to find a documented link between these two Coats of Arms, but their similar design suggests a common origin and a close family relationship.

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CAUTION ! I cannot certify these files as 100% correct nor are they all proven. These files are a compilation of what the various GADBERRY/GADBURY Family researchers have shared with me. I check them for reasonableness and assume that those submitting their GADBERRY/GADBURY file are correct for their direct line. These files are strictly a depository for GADBERRY/GADBURY documentation and can aid in research by providing research leads & possible direction. Good luck!

There are a number of gedcom files for download. Select from:

Nathaniel #1 born about 1745-50

Click download to get the gedcom for all of the known descendants of Nathaniel #1.  This Gedcom contains 5,279 individuals and was updated 12 May 2005.

 John Gadberry born 1760

This family is only connected to the Nathaniel #1 family by way of collateral marriages. Click download to get the gedcom for all of the known descendants of this John Gadberry.   This gedcom dated 23 August 2008.

 John Gadbury born 1755

This is the family of Robin Gadbury. There is not yet any direct Gadberry/Gadbury connection between these three families but surely one does exist and someday it will be discovered. Click download to get the gedcom for all the known descendants of John Gadbury.

 Thomas Gadberry, Sr. born about 1683

This Thomas, Sr. is one of the original Gadberrys in the colonies. Download his known descendants. There is not a proven connection between the earliest Gadberry/Gadbury's in America and the Nathaniel #1 listed above.   This gedcom dated 14 Jun 2003.


William Gadberry born about 1796 and married to Ester Neat

This branch has not yet been connected to the Gadberry or Gadbury branches.

Download this gedcom now.   This gedcom dated 14 Jun 2003.

Unknown Gadberry born between 1750-1770- Father of Col. James M. Gadberry born about 1817

This branch has not yet been connected to the Gadberry or Gadbury branches. Harold Fisher is doing a lot of work on this branch but would appreciate help. Contact Harold at

Download this gedcom now.   This gedcom dated 14 Jun 2003.


The following four brother's gedcoms are provided here

as a convenience to those only interested in these Gadberry branches.

Thomas Gadberry born 1775

This is my 3rd Great Grandfather.

Download this gedcom.  This gedcom dated 14 Jun 2003.

Nathaniel #2 born 1783

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Greenberry born 1785

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James born 1786

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ANDREW JACKSON GADBERRY/GADBURY ? For an in depth analysis of Andrew jackson Gadberry/Gadbury, a study by Russell Gadberry please click here.

The origin of the Gadberry/Gadbury name? Russell Gadberry provides an in depth analysis and insight, just click here

.Interested in Early Gadbury's in England just click here. Russell Gadberry provides a window into what it was like for Gadberry's in England.

 Russell Gadberry provides added insight in his writings about early Gadbury colonists to America. Click here to view

 Following describes my direct ancestors


My 4rd Great Grandfather was Nathaniel Gadberry, born between 1745-1750, probably in Virginia. He married Margaret Sloan, daughter of John Sloan, about 1773. To this union were born Thomas (my 3nd GGF),  Nathaniel II, Greenberry, James and possibly three additional children. Nathaniel died about 1851 in Rowan County, North Carolina.

For additional information about Nathaniel Gadberry please see the investigative analysis by Russell Gadberry by clicking here.



My Thomas was born about 1775, the eldest son of Nathaniel (above). On 4 May 1805 Thomas married Sarah (Sally) McKee, daughter of Robert McKee, in Rowan County, North Carolina. Sarah had first been married to Andrew Smith. Thomas & Sarah had two children. Martha was born about 1806 and my 2nd GGF Theodore was born in 1808.

For additional information about Thomas Gadberry please see the investigative analysis by Russell Gadberry by clicking here.




On 19 Jan 1824, Theodore married Elizabeth A. Walton, daughter of Claiborne Walton and Mildred Warren, in Barren County, Kentucky. Theodore (AKA Dora) and Elizabeth had five children. Thomas Jefferson., Elizabeth A, John Franklin, Joseph Daniel (my GGF), and Salie.

To learn more about the Walton Family lineage click here.

 Theodore built a home which still stands and is presently (1997) in use. This house is the same house that Cyrus Edwards in his book "The Early Days" referrs to as "The Gadberry Mansion".





Contact the Barren County, Kentucky Genealogy Web Page.




Standing L to R are: Dan, Betty, George, Lura (George's wife), Ida Mae (my grandmother) & John

Sitting L to R are: Sally, Joseph Daniel, Celia Creech Gadberry & Tom

Not in picture : William Eugene




by Roy Juch

Second Great Grandson of Theodore Gadberry

The following account, as best I can estimate it, is based on available documentation and factual data, and some conclusions based on logical assumptions considering that factual data. With limited knowledge of the circumstances and the difficult times between the years 1850 and 1900 my account is not without questions that remain to be answered.

Cyrus Edwards describes the village of Hiseville, Kentucky and many of those folks living there. In his book "Stories of Early Days", chapter number eleven, and page 148 Cyrus Edwards begins telling his recollections of the Gadberry's, their lives, marriages, professions and many other matters of interest to those of us that are proud descendants of these hard working and honorable people. It must be pointed out that there is some contradictions between Cyrus' "recollections" and available factual data from marriage, land and census records. When this occurs, I lean toward the written record as opposed to "recollections".

"In the beginning" and about 1850 thru 1853, the Gadberry family unit consisted of the patriarch Thomas, his son Theodore and wife Elizabeth Walton, and Dora & Elizabeth's children; their son Thomas Jefferson., daughter Elizabeth A., sons John F., Joseph Daniel, and youngest daughter Sally. The children's grandfather Thomas lived alone in a very small cabin a few hundred yards from the log cabin in which the grandchildren lived. The children cared daily for their grandfather. (Cyrus mentions that Dora & Elizabeth had died, but this is probably incorrect because they later show up in the Lincoln County, Missouri 1860 census as a family unit). Daughter Elizabeth A. had already married Willis Franklin Settle and set up housekeeping. In 1853 John F. married his first cousin Martha Walton and departed the log cabin, leaving sons Thomas Jefferson, Joseph plus young daughter Sally to care for their grandfather the elder Thomas.

After the death of the elder Thomas about 1857, and according to Cyrus Edwards, "all the family except John Gadberry moved to Indiana...". This is probably only partially correct because Willis Settle, with wife Elizabeth A. Gadberry probably continued to live in Hiseville. At this time I should mention that there is some probability that Cyrus Edwards may have thought that Dora & wife Elizabeth had died because they left Hiseville and moved to Missouri and his memory just failed him in this instance? And after the death of the elder Thomas, the remaining Gadberry family members (plus Thomas Jefferson & spouse Sarah Ann Payne, (married in 1854) & son Joseph W. S.), moved to Missouri to be with their parents?

Thomas Jefferson & his family, Joseph Daniel, and youngest Gadberry daughter Sally moved to Missouri on 21 March 1860 (according to Thomas’ obituary) (appearing on the 1860 Lincoln County, Clark Township, (page 31, line 20), Missouri census rolls with their parents Dora & Elizabeth, Dora as the Head of Household! This is further supported because Thomas Jefferson's son Joseph W. S. was born in Kentucky (from census records) in December 1856 and next child daughter Mary E. was born in Missouri in 1861, plus Thomas Jefferson & "S. A." (Sarah Ann Payne Gadberry), sold 160 acres of land in Kentucky in 1856 according to Barren County land deed records. It is likely he would have sold his property to have money for a difficult and uncertain move to Missouri. Why the move to Missouri at this time? Pros & Cons of Slavery, possible secession from the Union and maybe economic conditions may have made life in Hiseville, Kentucky uncomfortable for the Gadberry's? The Gadberry's did appear to be neutral in that no evidence is available that any Gadberry man (from this family unit), served on either side of the fighting. Another possibility, or at least question, is that why upon their later return to Kentucky, (abt 1875), were Arcelia (my great grandmother) & son George P. grantees for five acres property purchased in 1883, and not Joseph Daniel & Arcelia which would have been normal. Joseph Daniel was 24 years old when he left Kentucky. Had there been ill will between his neighbors and himself or another member of the Gadberry family? Had Joseph Daniel been in more serious trouble preventing his ownership of property? Why did Thomas Jefferson not return to Kentucky with other family members?

In Missouri, Thomas Jefferson & wife added to their family with two daughters and one more son. About 1873 Thomas Jefferson's wife of twenty years Sarah Ann Payne passed away and Thomas Jefferson later married Elizabeth Taylor in August 1874. As far as is known Thomas Jefferson's descendants remained in Lincoln County, Missouri and Thomas Jefferson died there on the April 8, 1916, but his final resting place is unknown. A grand daughter Monto Melrose in a written statement believes that Thomas Jefferson

The only other mention found for youngest daughter Sally Gadberry is in Joseph Daniel's obituary. The obituary mentions a sister Sally Bowman of Indiana.




by Roy Frederick Juch, Jr.


My paternal Great Grandfather Joseph Daniel Gadberry (aka Joe Gadberry), was born 19 January 1834 in Hiseville, Barren County, Kentucky to parents Theodore Gadberry (aka Dora Gadberry) and Elizabeth A. Walton.    Joe Gadberry was the youngest son and forth child of five born to Dora & Elizabeth Gadberry.   In 1846 Joe’s older sister Elizabeth A. Gadberry married Willis Settle.   In 1853 Joe’s brother John Franklin Gadberry married his first cousin Martha L. Walton.   In 1854 Joe’s oldest brother Thomas Jefferson married Sarah Ann Payne.   These marriages left the remaining Gadberrys living in a log cabin in Hiseville, Kentucky.    As a young man, Joe was trained as a blacksmith and worked in his brother-in-law Willis Settle’s Blacksmith shop directly across the street from the Gadberry Mansion.

 It should be noted that the Gadberry Mansion was no longer owned by Dora Gadberry.   The Gadberry family had fallen upon hard times and had to sell the mansion.

Willis Settle was also a noted flint-lock rifle maker.   His rifles are collector’s items today.    Sometime around 1857,  I believe, but definitely between 1857 and 1860, the Gadberry family (Dora, Elizabeth, Joe & younger sister Sallie) plus married son Thomas Jefferson, wife Sarah Ann & their son Joseph Winfield Scott Gadberry (born Dec 1856 in Kentucky) departed Kentucky and migrated to Lincoln County, Missouri.   They all appear on the 1860 Lincoln County census.    Elizabeth Gadberry Settle had died at age 30 on Oct. 23, 1856 which may have been a reason to migrate to Missouri?    Brother John Franklin Gadberry remained in Hiseville, Kentucky with his family.   I believe that the date of the move to Missouri would have been after the death of Dora’s father Thomas Gadberry (1745/1755-about1857).    Thomas Gadberry lived alone in a log cabin on the east side of Hiseville but was cared for by his grandchildren.   The Gadberry family would not have left the aged Thomas on his own and without family to care for him.   The 1857 migration date is also supported by the fact that Thomas Jefferson Gadberry & wife Sarah sold 160 acres of land in Barren County, Kentucky in 1856.   It is not known why the move to Missouri?    The deaths of elder Thomas and his grand daughter Elizabeth Gadberry Settle may have contributed to the decision to move to Missouri?    The time frame was just prior to the Civil War so that could have been a consideration?  

Joe Gadberry, a single man of 24 years when he moved to Missouri would have likely used the training he received from his brother-in-law, Willis Settle and worked as a Blacksmith or farmer for a few years before he married Arcelia Creech (aka Celia Creech), 14 May 1862.  At the time of his marriage Joe was 29 years old and his new bride Celia was 16 years old.  The first marriage for both.   At about age ten Celia had been fostered to her Uncle George W. Creech’s home sometime after the death of her father John Creech in December 1856.   Celia’s mother, Elizabeth M. Brown Creech (daughter of Andrew Jackson Brown & Sarah Miller) had been a widow for two years before she remarried to Dr. Caswell Sconce on May 1, 1858 in Lincoln County, MO and moved to California.   All the children of John & Elizabeth Creech were fostered to other family members by then.

Joe & Celia had at least nine children in total and five of which were born in Lincoln County.    In order of birth these are; George P. in August 1863, Bettie A. on August 7, 1866, William Eugene, on April 1, 1869, Ann E., Dec, 1870 & died 1870, and the last to be born in Lincoln County was Tomas E., born October 29, 1873.  The remaining children were all born in or near Hiseville, Barren County, Kentucky with the exception of Sallie Lee who was born in Indiana in December 1875 while the family was returning to Kentucky during that time frame.   However one member of the family did remain in Lincoln County, MO and this was Joe’s brother Thomas Jefferson and his family.

The reason for the return to Kentucky is not known.  Was it the death of Joe’s parents Dora or Elizabeth?   It is not known when or where they died or were buried.  In Kentucky at least three additional children were born to Joe and Celia Gadberry.   My grandmother Ida Mae was the first born in Kentucky on December 13, 1878.   Followed by her brothers David V. on May 25, 1880 and John T.E. on January 27, 1882.   It is unknown where or when the tenth child was born.

Note: Joe Gadberry’s obituary states that “ten children were born to this union”.

It’s interesting to note that when the family returned to Hiseville land was purchased in the names of grantees Celia Gadberry and her son George P. for five acres of property purchased in 1883!   Celia’s husband Joe was not listed as a joint owner!   Was this due to any illness or incapacity of Joe?    Then when the family eventually returned to Missouri (Wright City, Warren County) the property there was listed first in the name of Celia Gadberry, then secondly Joe Gadberry!    A clue may be in his obituary where it stated “He was a patient sufferer and on a number of occasions expressed a desire to be at home with Jesus”.  From this I gather that he may have been ill for much of his life and so much so that it influenced placing his name on a property deed.

The final move returning to Missouri from Kentucky was sometime between 1883 and 1887.    The property in Wright City consisting of a house on lots 5 & 6, block 9, Wright City Village was purchased in 1887.   This is physically at the Northeast corner of North 2nd Street & Elm Street.   I suspect that Joe’s health was not too good and that Celia was the support of the family.   It is known that Celia and her daughter Betty Gadberry Crane operated a Millinery & Dress Making shop out of the home.   This business continued even after the death of Joe and until 1918 when Betty died.   Because of osteoporosis Celia was not able to run the shop by herself and she sold the property on October 10, 1918 and moved to Texas to be near her daughter Sallie Lee Chastain.

Joe Gadberry died on June 23, 1910 in the home at North 2nd and Elm streets in Wright City, Warren County, Missouri.  He had lived 76 years, 5 months and 4 days.   He was a Missionary Baptist all his life.  Joe is buried in the Wright City Cemetery.   This cemetery is located at Exit 199 Westbound, Interstate Highway 70.    Celia is not buried with Joe.   Since she moved to Texas Celia is buried at the Rowlett Creek Baptist Church located north of Lewisville, TX on Highway 121 then Northeast toward McKiney, TX on an FM road.

The Gadberry House in Wright City, Missouri

The first house on the left in the above left picture

This view is looking east from the corner of Elm & North Second St





                                                                                           Front row, left to right: Children are Dora, ?, Earl McClintock & Elmer McClintock

                                                                                           Second row: Dan Gadberry (straw hat),

                                                                                           Third row: ?, Ida Mae Gadberry McClintock Juch, Earl McClintock, Sr. ,?, ?

                                                                                           Fourth row: Celia Gadberry,  Joe Gadberry

                                                                                           Back row: ?       



After the death of her husband Joseph Daniel in 1910, Arcelia sold her Wright City property (on October 10, 1918) and moved to the Denton, TX area from Wright City, Missouri to live out the remaining years of her life with her daughter, Sallie Lee Gadberry Chastain. Arcelia died July 27, 1925 and is buried in the Rowlette Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Collin County, Texas.

No further mention is found of Dora Gadberry & wife Elizabeth Walton Gadberry in Missouri. Did they return to Kentucky with Joseph Daniel or did they die in Missouri? Thus far no trace can be found of them in Missouri or Kentucky. No death, probate or burial records. Nothing is written about their death. They just vanished!

It is evident that these and many other questions remain to be investigated and hopefully someday we will have answers.


To learn more about the family of Ida Mae & Walter Juch.


 For direct link to another Gadberry Family branch by Jennifer Gadberry.

 For direct link to the Gadbury Family branch by Robin Gadbury, or Robin's other web page.

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