The Arms of the family of Pattishall of The Ford were officially confirmed in favor of the Puddleston family. This confirmation was based on the belief of the Heralds in 1683 that John Pattishall who heads the pedigree was the son of William Pattishall of The Ford, the son of John Pattishall and Eleanor Tomkins.

A pedigree registered in the 18th century shows the descendants of the above Thomas Pattishall of Weston down to the end of the 18th century.

I have extended my searches beyond the official records of the Collection of Arms in an endeavour to shed further light on American emigrants of your surname. In this respect, I find reference to a family of Pattishall which was established in Boston in the 17th century. One Robert Pattishall is stated to have been born in 1685, married Jane Greenleaf in 1706, and by her

had a son Richard, who was educated at Harvard University. Robert Pattishall was the son of Richard Pattishall by the latter's second wife Martha. This Richard was made a Freeman of Boston in 1678 and his first wife's name is given as Abigail.

In miscellaneous lists of Middlesex marriages I find that one Richard Pateshall of St Mary-le-Strand, mariner, aged about 27, and Abigai1 Prior of St Clement Danes, aged 21, obtained a licence to marry at Great All Hallows, London, in 1663. There seems an excellent chance that this is the couple who subsequently arrived in Boston. If you yourself are a descendant of the Boston family it seems likely that the pedigree can be established across the Atlantic. To locate an emigrant in this country is seldom an easy task; in consequence this marriage licence may well be of considerable importance. It may well be that the Boston family were descended from one of the above Armigerous persons. However, it would first be necessary to prove this descent and to have the same officially registered in the appropriate book of record at the College of Arms before any formal certification could be made in your name.

If it is your wish to proceed further in the matters the next stage would be to substantiate your pedigree back to the original Richard of Boston. Such a process would necessitate drafting a pedigree, fully documented and supported by contemporary evidences, the whole being then submitted to the official examiners at the College of Arms and on the latter's acceptance, the pedigree is then entered in the official registers. In this respect, if you would like to let me have any particulars relating to your known forebears, including birth, marriage and death certificates deeds, memorial inscriptions, entries from family bibles and the like, I would be pleased to examine the same and then advise you therein.

The cost of work in this Office, together with the subsequent registration fees is likely to amount to $25, per descent taking a descent to mean the child or children of any given pair of parents.

Once the pedigree has been established back to the original emigrant, then a process of research among local and national archives could be effected in an endeavour to trace your ancestry further back on this side of the Atlantic.

In the meantime, I hope the above will be of interest to you.

Yours sincerely,


P.L. Gwynn-Jones,

Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms.