“Arms” - argent, a lion passant between two flaunches purpura
“Crest” - lion passant, collared gules ducally crowned: under his forefoot a fleur-de-lis
“Motto”- Fortiter in re’ (with firmness in acting)
The Jarretts were knighted and crested no less than nine different times for their bravery and valor, and were the early emigrants to Virginia. Henry, Bishop Meade, and other early writers here made honorable mention of them. They were also prominent during colonial and revolutionary periods.
The Rev. Devereux Jarratt was named for Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, in whose army his grandfather served with valor, and was knighted by the king, who bestowed on him the above coat of arms and crest during the “Was of the Roses”. The Rev. Devereux Jarratt was born in New Kent County, Virginia on January 6, 1732-3. His widow was a daughter of Bernard Claiborn of Dinwiddie of Brunswick. Robert Jarratt had: Devereux Jarratt II, and Mary Jarratt, who married William Clopton, and had seven children, the eldest born July 3, 1712 and the youngest January 11, 1735. The sons were : Walter, born March 24, 1720; Robert , born June 4, 1735; Devereux, born August 30, 1727.
On January 6, 1732, the Rev. Devereux Jarratt who had been ordained in London, England, on Christmas Day the preceding year, became minister of the parish of Briston.
It was the custom of the higher classes of the colonists to send their children to England to finish their education and receive orders. He was minister of this parish from 1763 to the time of his death, January 29, 1801, in 69 years of his age and 38 of his ministry.
In the State Library is the life of the Rev. Devereux Jarratt, which is full of interest and information.
MDCCI and VII London, England. Collin’s Peerage Vol. III, George Hastings, the only son and heir, was of the Council of Henry VIII, whom he attended in 1513 at the taking of Larraine and Tourney and was by that Monarch crested Earl of Huntingdon.
On December 8, 1529, his lordship married Anne, daughter of Henry Stafford, second Duke of Buckingham who married the widow of Sir Walter Herbert Knight, second son of William, First Earl of Pembroke, who was beheaded on July 27, 1469, by the Lancastrians. By her he had five sons: Francis (his heir), Sir Thomas, Sir Edward, Henry, William, and three daughters: Lady Dorothy, married Sir Richard Devereux; Lady Mary, married ........ Thomas; Catherine married Lord Berkley.
The above mentioned Sir Richard Devereux was the eldest son of Walter Viscount of Hereford. Robert Jarratt married Sarah Bradley, daughter of Joseph Bradley. Children: Robert, Joseph, Devereux, and Mary, who married William Gilliam.
Issue: Devereux, who married Edith Ellis, Elizabeth Gilliam married George Raulatone, a direct descendant of Lord Elgan and his wife, Lady Margaret Creighton. The descendants of the couple intermarried with John Taylor’s family. Lucy Taylor, his daughter, married Charles Carter Lee, eldest brother of General Robert E. Lee.
The Jarratts first settled in York County from which New Kent was formed November 20, 1654, and from this historic branch all the Jarretts in Virginia and Maryland are descended and they may well be proud of their lineage for authenticated facts prove that, step by step, link be link, they are descended in a clear and unbroken line to those who built up the foundation of our country and are united by noble blood to the first families of the land.