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Re: Yeakels/Schwenkfelders
Posted by: S. Yeakel Date: July 18, 2000 at 18:00:18
In Reply to: Re: Yeakels/Schwenkfelders by Deborah H. Bean of 824

Have you heard about the Yeakel/Jackel coat of arms and motto? If you have, disregard; but if you haven't, here it goes. I won't describe it according to heraldic terms. I'll just describe it in terms I can understand. I am totally ignorant of heraldic terms.

The coat of arms can best be described in thirds. The top third is purple. In the middle is a crown. It is gold, with a cross on the top, red fabric in the middle, and red tassels on both sides of the crown. The bottom two thirds are gold. There is a natural color log (some paint it as red) diagonally splitting the two thirds in half. The top of the log is pointing left. The bottom, of course, is pointing right. On both sides of the log is one red rose.

The Yeakel/Jackel motto is Nach Gott und Ehren steht mein Begehren. This means after God and honor stands or is my desire. The Germans capitalize all of their nouns so Gott, Ehren, and Begehren are all capitalized.

The Yeakels, I believe, had their coat of arms registered in Saxony. I don't know when, sometimes before the 1700s.

Some Yeakels have storks in their coat of arms. The coat of arms is divided into fourths with the log and roses in two of the four sections and a stork holding a rock in the other two sections. This could be a melding of two coats of arms through marriage.

Susanna Yeakel


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