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Charles Hinton Drake.

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 27th March 2007. Registration No. 0101.

Arms: Per pale Argent and Azure, three oak trees eradicated, counterchanged, fructed Or, a chief per pale Azure and Argent.

Crest: A dragon passant Vert grasping in its dexter foreclaw an oak tree eradicated per pale Azure and Argent fructed Or.

Motto: Dei Gratia.

Honorary Grant: College of Arms 15 May 1984.

Further Certification: As the second & third quarters of an achievement certified in the name of Charles Edward Francis Drake [including supporters and comital coronet] by Don Alfonso de Ceballos-Escalera y Gila, Marqués de la Floresta, Crónista de Armas de Castilla y León, No. 20/2005.
 

The Arms of Charles Hinton Drake.

Charles Hinton Drake, physician, born 1918, Tattnall County, Georgia; quandam MAJOR United States Air Force, Bronze Star, Croix de Guerre with Silver Star, despatches, educated Emory University, Medical College of Georgia (MD, 1951), married 1946 Estelle Carolyn Nail, co-heiress of James Benjamin Nail (vide entry for Estelle C. Nail), born 1918, Tattnall County, Georgia and has issue:

  i. Charles Edward Francis Drake, recipient of a Scottish grant of arms in 2006, vide the parallel entry.
  ii. Carol Louise Drake, C.P.A., educated Medical College of Georgia (BSN, 1977, Magna Cum Laude), Georgia Southern University (BAA, 1987, Magna Cum Laude); member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution.

The composition of these arms was developed without the benefit of later genealogical discoveries about the family, and therefore, was an entirely new design.

Aside from the obvious canting reference to the name Drake, the dragon in the crest symbolizes a connection to Isle of Wight County, Virginia, where the armiger's family first settled in America. A green dragon or wyvern was borne by Sir Richard Worsley, who was granted land in Isle of Wight plantation and was one of its first settlers. Worsley was from Appuldercombe in the Isle of Wight in England, and it was his place of origin and connection which inspired the name for the Virginia county.

The idea for the oak trees began as oak slips, representing the rank insignia of a Major in the United States Air Force, and commemorating the armiger's service in the Second World War. He was assigned to the 391st Bomb Group of the 9th Air Force and served in England, France, and Belgium. The oak slips evolved into trees because the combination of a dragon and a tree with golden fruit called to mind the Garden of Hesperides.

 

 

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