My wife, the former Jill DeForest of Lagrangeville, NY is a direct descendant of Jesse DeForest, who led the Huguenot exodus to the New World in 1623. I've been trying to locate a family coat of arms, and can only find the one that was described as bogus by John W. DeForest in his book, The DeForests of Avesnes and New Netherland, published in 1900. He states that the one you most commonly see, the one with the trees and the quarter moons, is entirely bogus and was known as such even in the mid-1800s. He further stated that the DeForest of Avesnes has no known coat of arms, but could reasonably use the coat of arms of the closely related DeForests of Quatreville, who had left Avesnes a few years earlier (in the 1400s or thereabouts). This coat of arms had three martlets (birds of some sort) on the shield surmounted by a lion holding a pennant emblazoned with a lion, or some such. Does anyone have a decent illustration of this coat of arms? I'd appreciate it, since I'm putting together a DeForest geneology booklet for my wife's family and it would be nice to have something done up a little fancier.
Thanks much --
Douglas E. Nash
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